This term has been so exciting. It was Receptions first term at St Teresa’s. We have been very busy! We have been learning through play and making lots of new friends.
In literacy we have been learning the story of Augustus and His Smile. We were thinking about what makes us smile in school and at home. We retold the story and added in movements and music. We learnt about the characters and setting of the story and innovated the text. In maths we have been learning to recognise and write numbers to 10. We also learnt to use the language ‘more’ and ‘less’.
At St Teresa’s, we pray three times a day. We have learnt how to say these prayers and how to make the sign of the cross. We really enjoyed learning about God’s creations and how God mad the world for us. We went on a creation walk to find some things that God made.
In literacy this term, we have been studying the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We learnt to retell the story, sequence pictures and we even began to write simple sentences! We planted our own magic beans and waited for them to grow in our garden. We looked at what a seed needs in order to grow and how it changes as it grows into a plant.
We have also been busy in maths. We practised forming numbers to 10, looked at weight, capacity and how to find 1more/ 1 less of a number.
In Religion this term, we focused on Advent. We learnt why Advent is a special time of the year and why it is important to pray during this time. We used our reflections to help us pray and be close to God. We focused our reflections and prayers around thanking God for sending baby Jesus to the world. We coloured in our Advent calendar and used the building blocks to make a stable into which the characters from the nativity story were placed. It certainly has been a busy and exciting time!
This term our learning has been based around the story ‘Hurray for Fish’. In literacy we were thinking about rhyming words and creating our own rhyming couplets. We even went to the Aquarium and learnt how to write a recount of this trip.
In maths we started to recognise and order numbers from 10-20. We also practised counting objects above 10 - we used fish to do this!
In Religion we have been learning about different cultures and religions and we looked at how these differ from our religion. We also listened to many stories from the bible such as ‘Jesus feeding the 5000’. We have also been thinking about objects that you find in a church and why we go to church. The children have loved talking about their visits to the church!
This term our central topic has been ‘transport’. We based our learning around the story of The Naughty Bus. We took the Naughty Bus to the park and on returning to the classroom, we learnt how to write a recount of this trip. We followed this by learning how to ’innovate and adapt’ the story of The Naughty Bus by changing the character, setting and ending.
In the course of this term we also examined the idea of ‘healthy eating’. To help us with our understanding of this very important topic, we held a picnic in our school field with lots of healthy foods. It was really yummy! We then played some activity based games and talked about how we can stay fit and healthy.
In maths we were learning about ‘3D shape’. We used a magic bag to change the 2D shapes into 3D shapes. We then went on a number of shape hunts around our school to see if we could find any 3D shapes.
Finally we were investigating ‘ordinal numbers’. To help our understanding of this topic we had a number of races in which we used relevant language – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. This was a really fun activity and certainly helped in our understanding of this topic.
This term in literacy, we have been reading ‘What the Ladybird heard’. There are police officers in this story and the police came to visit us in school. They told us all about their job and let us try on their uniform!
Our prize cow went missing so we wrote letters to the police. Using describing words, we also made missing posters for our prize cow.
In maths, we were learning how to halve and share a number equally. We used sweets to help us with our understanding! We also practised adding and subtracting larger numbers. Some of us used a number line. We also further explored the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
We were preparing to say goodbye to Reception and hello to Year one. We talked about some of the things we were excited about and some of the things we would miss about Reception class.