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“Can little people have BIG adventures?”

The Reception staff would like to extend a warm welcome to all the children and their families who have started reception this academic year.

At St. Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School we use ‘REAL Projects’ as a way of learning. These projects fully engage children in their learning experiences. They provide children with a love of learning and real opportunities through an immersive experience.

Project Overview

This term we will be answering the question “Can little people have big adventures?”. We will explore the ideas of family and community and the themes of adventure and exploration.
We will begin by looking at our own families and how we are now part of the larger St Teresa’s community and how our adventure through school is just beginning.
The project will be launched by creating a large family tree which will take pride of place in the Reception setting – this will be adorned with images of the children and their families as well as those of staff.
We will dive deeper into this topic through our Literacy sessions which will be centred around three ‘driver’ texts which explore the themes of family, community and adventure, these will consist of ‘The Everywhere Bear’ by Julia Donaldson, ‘A Brave Bear’ by Sean Taylor and ‘Biscuit Bear’ by Mini Grey. In
each of these texts the central character is a bear who each go on their own adventures of self-discovery and growth. The themes selected will support the children on their own adventures, making friends, exploring their new environment and learning and growing together.

We are really looking forward to beginning our REAL Project.

EYFS Curriculum Links

Children in Reception will be learning to;

Maths

Count objects, actions and sounds. Subitise. Link the number symbol (numeral) with its cardinal number value. Compare numbers. Understand the ‘one more than/one less than’ relationship between consecutive numbers. Select, rotate and manipulate shapes in order to develop spatial reasoning skills. Compose and decompose shapes so that children recognise a shape can have other shapes within it, just as numbers can. Continue, copy and create repeating patterns. Compare length, weight and capacity.

Literacy

Form lower-case and capital letters correctly. Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sound with letter/s. Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them. Blend sounds into words, so that they can read short words made up of known letter– sound correspondences. Read a few common exception words matched to the school’s phonic programme.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

See themselves as a valuable individual. Build constructive and respectful relationships. Express their feelings and consider the feelings of others. Show resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge. Identify and moderate their own feelings socially and emotionally.

Think about the perspectives of others. Manage their own needs.

Communication and Language

Understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important. Learn new vocabulary. Ask questions to find out more and to check they understand what has been said to them. Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences. Listen to and talk about stories to build familiarity and understanding.

As the EYFS is cross curricular it is impossible to list all of our curriculum links and outcomes. Any queries feel free to speak to your class teacher.

Autumn
As Summer turns to Autmn we will be exploring the changing season and studying the world around us, noticing the changes in wildlife and the weather.

Bonfire Night
We will learn about the history of Bonfire Night and about why this celebration takes place each year.

Reading
Reading is a vital part of your child’s education, please ensure that you read with your child as much as possible at home so that they are able to make the progress that they are capable of.
We ask that all children read at home a minimum of 3 times per week – please record this in your child’s reading record along with any comments. You will also find comments here from school regarding your child’s progress.

Early Learning Goals
Accompanying this Newsletter is a list of the New Early Learning Goals that all children are assessed against at the end of Reception – this is nothing new and is something that happens every year.
These are the standards that all children are expected to reach before entering Key Stage 1. Please take some time to look at these as they are important milestones in your child’s development.
The accompanying letter will explain this in more detail.

We’re also on the school website and Twitter so remember to follow our class page  @reception_STOL

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