Year R Blog
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Reception has settled into school beautifully. They have come into school with smiles on their faces every day and have been ready to learn.
In Year R we use Tapestry for home learning. Please watch the instruction videos below to learn how you use Tapestry:
How to use Tapestry (mobile version)
How to use Tapestry (website version)
If you would like to share the learning that your child does at home, you can upload a picture to tapestry. We love seeing the fantastic learning that children engage in at home and use these pictures as a talking point with the children in school.
In English and Understanding the World, our learning focus this term is ‘I wonder where in the world…’. We will be reading Handa’s surprise and Harry saves the Ocean. We will find out where the characters in the story live and what it is like to live there, specifically looking at the animals and food that are found in those countries. Harry saves the Ocean, focusses on plastic pollution and we will find out what we can do to reduce our pollution and help save the oceans like Harry.
In Maths, we are consolidating recognising numbers to 20 and being able to count up to and past 20. We will continue to focus on knowing number bonds to 10. We will then learn how to double a number by ensuring we are adding the same number to itself. We will also look at halving and sharing a number into equal groups.
Read, Write, Inc. (RWI)
We will continue to learn Set 1 sounds until the children can confidently and consistently recognise these sounds at speed. Once they have achieved this, they may begin to learn Set 2 sounds (ay, ee, igh, etc.). We are learning how to Fred talk to read a word and use Fred fingers to spell a word to write. Fred talk is how children learn to hear and say each sound on its own. During reading, children will Fred talk the word by saying each sound on its own before blending the words together to read the word. In writing, the children will say the word and then break the word into sounds by using Fred fingers - one finger for each sound e.g. sheep is three fingers, sh-ee-p. This helps them to remember all the sounds they need to write a word.
You can support your child's learning at home by using Fred talk with your child, e.g. can you do your z-i-p? Can you get ready for b-e-d? Continue reading or practising their sounds with them daily.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
In PSED, we are reading The Cautious Caterpillar and The Colour Monster story. We will be discussing our feelings around moving up to Year 1, what they are looking forward to and thinking about any worries we have and discussing these together. We will be writing letters and drawing pictures for Miss Rose so that she can get to know us.
Family Display Board
I would like to update our family display board at school to link with our English topic ‘People Who Help Us’. If you are willing to, we would like to add photos of you, the children's parents. Whether you help people pack their shopping at Tesco or you stay at home and look after your children, you are all people who help us in various ways. If possible, we would like to have a photo of you in your work uniform, whether you have a full uniform, just a name badge or you wear your own clothes. We will use these photos in class discussions so the children can share how their parents help others.
If you could add a photo of yourself to Tapestry with your name, your job title and a sentence or two about what your job role involves, I am sure the children will proudly tell their friends about how you help others.