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Conway Primary School

Reception

Autumn Term 

Literacy

During the autumn term we have been learning about different people who help us in our community. Each week in literacy we have been discussing the different jobs that people do and how they help us. We have looked closely at the different equipment they use and where we might find them in our local area.

We have also been learning how to structure a sentence correctly; learning how to apply our phonic knowledge in our writing, using a sound mat to ensure we are forming the sound correctly. We have also been working hard to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Maths

In Maths we continued to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction, recognising numbers, combining groups, and finding one more and one less. We continue to extend our learning by reading and writing number sentences and used the number line to support us when solving addition and subtraction problems.

During our Maths sessions, the children have access to different mathematical activities, enabling them to re-visit and practise their previous learning. For example, children may practise recognising numbers, forming numbers ordering numbers, counting out the correct amount of objects and match it to the corresponding numeral.

Within space shape and measure we have been focusing on 2D shapes and their properties. We have looked closely at their differences and similarities. 

 

 

Topic

Our topic this term is ‘People who help us’ each week the children have been discussing and making different people in the community who help them. We have also been to visit the local fire station where the children we able to meet fire fighters and sit in a fire engine and use the water hose. Over the coming weeks the children will also have visits from our community police officer and lollipop lady.

This term we have also celebrated and remembered many special events including Diwali, Remembrance Day and Children In Need.

  

Outdoor Learning Area

We have continued to enjoy our outdoor area. The children are very enthusiastic about our new basketball net, which has encouraged many of the children’s physical skills. They have also shown great interest in the forest school, particularly the mud kitchen. The children have been very keen to use whatever they can find to make a ‘mud cake’.

As our topic this term is people who help us – our small world scenes have also been very popular the children have been role playing different occupations and applying what they have learnt in their play. 

  

Next Term (Spring)

Next term we are looking forward to our new topic ‘Traditional Tales’. The children will be reading a new tale each week, and will have the opportunity to role play different story characters. We will begin to introduce the structure of a story as well as prediction.  ‘What might happen next’ and why? This topic will be supported greatly by our weekly trips to Plumstead library on a Thursday afternoon, which all the children thoroughly look forward to.

 

Spring Term 

Prime Area

During the spring term we looked at the topic, ‘once upon a time’ and we had great fun discussing our favourite traditional tales and saying what we liked or disliked about them. We also used our phonetic knowledge to write simple sentences about some classic traditional tales such as The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Maths

In Maths we continued to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction, combining groups, time, finding one more and one less. We continued to extend our learning by reading and writing number sentences and used the number line to support us when solving addition and subtraction problems.

During our Maths sessions, the children have access to different mathematical activities, enabling them to re-visit and practise their previous learning. For example, children may practise recognising numbers, forming numbers ordering numbers, counting out the correct amount of objects and match it to the corresponding numeral.

Within shape, space and measure we focused on 2D and 3D shapes in the spring term. We looked the names of different shapes and how we can describe them as well as how they differ from each other. We practised making 2D shapes and 3D shapes using Play-Doh and on geo-boards. We also continued to look at measurement, including length and weighing different sized objects by predicting our answers and then checking them.

Topic

Our topic ’Once upon a time’ provided the opportunity for us to carefully look at different traditional tales. We set up our role play area as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Gingerbread Man’s house.  We dressed up as some of these characters and acted in role. We also planted our own grass seeds and a selection of flowers in our outside area so we can watch them grow ready for the summer.

 

Outdoor Learning Area

We have continued to enjoy our outdoor area. The children are particularly enthusiastic about our newly painted stage! We have been developing our gross motor skills as well as incorporating some of our mathematical knowledge by adding our scores together and identifying the biggest and smallest numbers. We have also enjoyed the dressing up area, and have been using role play to pretend to be different fantasy characters. This has helped us develop our creativity and imagination as well as our communication and language skills. Making different foods in the ‘mud kitchen’ in our forest school has also been very popular.

Next Half Term

Next term, we are looking forward to our topic of ‘Growing’; we will be focusing on the stories The Enormous Turnip, Oliver’s Vegetable and Titch. We will be looking at where vegetables or fruits grow and what they need to survive. We will also look at the life cycle of a frog by watching how our class frogspawn grows into frogs. 

We will continue with our weekly trips to Plumstead Library on a Thursday afternoon, which all the children thoroughly look forward to.

 

 

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