Spring Term 1
Our new topic is ‘Imagination land’. This topic will focus on teaching children with the support of Traditional Tales. We will be using a selection of stories that include Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs, however it will not be limited to these stories.
Children will be using these stories to develop their vocabulary and understanding. Through the use of traditional tales, children will become confident to retell key stories, create independent story maps and start to innovate their own creative stories.
With the inspiration of our traditional tale ‘Jack in the beanstalk’ We will be growing our own beans and measuring how they grow in our ‘Bean diaries’. Along with learning the science of plants and investigating the best conditions to grow plants, we will also be using our sense of taste to investigate different porridges and beans of the world. Which one will we like best ?
In spring two, we will have some very special guests as we learn the life cycles of different animals of the world and learn how best to care for animals and our environment.
If you have a favourite Traditional Tale from your own family or culture please share this with your child’s class as we want the traditional tales to reflect the children in Bumblebee class.
You can help at home in a number of ways including reading a variety of Traditional Tales to support your child to be as familiar with these stories as possible. Discuss the beginning, middle and end of stories and how the writer keeps the reader interested.
Spring Term 2
This term we will use space to help inspire children's learning as we learn about significant people from the United kingdom and around the world. Children will be recognising how people celebrate special events like Easter, Holi and Mothering Sunday. Along with exploring the natural world and how we can take care of the things in our environment. With the use of our learnt map skills we will be creating and following maps to go to Admirals park. This will also allow us to observe the changes in the seasons. We will be learning about Van Gough and having a go at creating our very own master pieces.
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday this term. This is a change from the autumn term. With a change from one teacher led class and one specialist coach led class to two specialist teacher led classes. The children are already meeting their daily and weekly active time through daily activities and their PE lesson on Monday. In reception children will be spending time in addition to their PE lesson on Mondays by taking part in dance, yoga and the daily mile through the week to promote the importance of being active. This will continue to meet children's needs above and beyond.
Children should bring their PE kit to school at the beginning of each half term; it will be kept safely on their peg. PE kit should include a white t-shirt or polo, jogging bottoms (as the spring time is normally very cold) and black plimsolls.
Please also pack a dark coloured sweatshirt or hoodie, as it is especially cold during this time of the year. Please make sure everything is labelled clearly with your child's name. All earrings must be removed on PE day and hair should be tied up. PE kits will be sent home each holiday for a good wash!
We love to cook
In Reception, we provide the children with regular cooking and tasting activities. The children love these times and there are so many learning opportunities within them. To ensure your child's safety, it is vital that you keep the office informed of any allergies or dietary requirements that your children have.