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Gothic Mede Academy

Reception - Ash & Oak

Welcome to the home page of Ash and Oak classes

There are 2 Reception classes in our school. Oak is taught by Mrs Lewis and Mrs Webber. Ash is taught by Mrs Roberts. We also have Mrs Maycock, Mrs Russell and Miss Day who assist the children in many ways.

Our topic this term is ‘Down in the Jungle’. We will be listening to and reading poems about jungle animals and working together to perform them, adding in rhythms and using instruments to create different sounds. We will be painting our own jungle animals and making animal masks which we will use when we learn the song 'The Jungle Boogie'.  We will use the computers to research jungle animals, find out information and to look at maps of Paradise Wildlife Park. We will spend time preparing for our trip, thinking about how we can keep safe and have a wonderful time. We will read non-fiction texts linked to jungle animals and will write information texts about our favourite animals and a recount of our trip. This is a very exciting half term and we are all very excited about visiting PARADISE WILDLIFE PARK!!

The children will develop their speaking and listening skills in front of the class and with groups of their friends during play, circle times and show and tell sessions. Every week, children will have the opportunity to share interesting items from home and talk about exciting events that have happened to them.

The children will continue to have daily phonics sessions following the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme. They will work on their listening skills to develop their ability to hear sounds and learn the Phase 2 and 3 letter sounds.  They are now starting to write more and we will be giving the children lots of opportunities to develop these new skills.  They will also continue to take part in lots of fun activities to develop their fine motor skills which will help them to developing their confidence with pencil control.  We will carry on working on cursive letter formation. 

We will play lots of number games and take part in activities that will develop our counting and number recognition skills. We will also be working on ordering, counting, estimating, adding and subtracting, matching, patterns and sequences, measuring and comparing length, weight and capacity and start to learn about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.