This term we are new to St. Teresa’s, so our topic is ‘all about me’. We have been learning about parts of our body, sharing stories about times we have spent with our family and we have loved making new friends. We have had so much fun exploring our new classroom! In math, we have been learning to count objects and how to recognise and write numbers to 10. We have started to learn sounds in phonics and we have even started to read! We always make sure that we point to each word as we say them. In PE we have been learning how to use equipment safely. We have also been using our body to form different shapes. We have enjoyed learning about creation in religion. We have learnt about all the wonderful things that God has made for us, and we talked about how we can better look after Gods world.
This term in Reception, we were learning the story of the Gigantic Turnip. We learnt how to retell a story and we spent time labelling the characters and different types of vegetables which appeared in the story. We even used our PE skills to perform this story in front of our friends and family. In maths, we were learning how to find 1 more and 1 less of a given number by counting forward or back in our heads. We also started to recognise and describe 2D shapes. As a class, we all shared experiences of time spent with our families. In RE we were learning about Advent and how it is a time for preparing for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. We also took part in our very first nativity - that was lots of fun!
This term in reception we have been studying ‘Biscuit Bear’ by Mini Grey. We explored the various illustrations in the story and added speech bubbles to explain each illustration. We also retold the story and made our own books. We explored instructional texts by writing recipes on how to make our own Biscuit Bears – that was lots of fun!
In maths we learnt how to add two single digit numbers by counting on in our head. We also learnt to use mathematical language and compared weight and capacity. Some children acted as human scales in order to discover which objects were heavier or lighter.
We really enjoyed our trip to church. We got to meet Father James and he taught us about different aspects of the church. We even got to dress like him.
This term our focus was on exploring stories linked to animals. We studied the story of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. In our writing we got to retell the story and practised writing sentences based on farmyard animals. We took a trip to Bristol Zoo, where we were able to hold different mini – beasts. It was lots of fun!
In Maths, we have been learning to recognise numbers to 20 and practise writing them in numerals. Following work on 2D shapes, the children were introduced to 3D shapes. We used construction materials to help us remember the names of the 3D shapes.
In PE, the children have been developing their ball skills and exploring static balance from a small base.
In computing, we have been learning how to use the ‘Beebots’ and remote control cars. We used positional language when directing the ‘Beebots’ over a large floor map (taken from ‘What the Ladybird Heard’). We also selected and used phonics and number apps to help us with our phonics and number knowledge.
In relation to our environment, we have focused on growing and new life. We discovered that seeds need soil, water and heat in order to grow. We got to plant our own seeds and watch them grow throughout the term.