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Gothic Mede Academy

Reception - Ash & Oak

Welcome to the home page of Ash and Oak classes.

We hope that all of our families have enjoyed the May half term and were able to get outside and enjoy the lovely sunshine.

Our topic this term is Mini Beasts.  We will be reading the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and thinking about life cycles. We will enjoy observing our own caterpillars as they grow and change in to butterflies. We will write our very own versions of the story and produce art work linked to the story too.  We will learn and perform the poem 'We're Going on a Bug Hunt' and will write mini beast riddles for our friends to solve.  We will all look forward to enjoying a Mini-Beast Ball at the end of term and will be planning and preparing for this very special party. We would love your children to dress up as their favourite mini-beast for this. More details to follow in the newsletter.

Speaking, listening and general communication skills will continue to be a very important focus in class.  The children will have the opportunity to make up, act out and retell stories in small groups.  They will continue to be given many speaking and listening opportunities in front of the class and with groups of their friends during play, circle times and show and tell sessions. 

The children will continue to have a 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 3 letter sounds and the Phase 4 blends of sounds.  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 continue working on cursive letter formation in our handwriting sessions. 

In our daily maths sessions, we will play lots of number games and take part in activities that will develop our counting and number ordering skills. We will be thinking about the properties of numbers to 20, looking at symmetry and starting to think about early multiplication and division concepts. We will solve problems where we need to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Well being continues to be a very important focus and we will continue to discuss feelings and emotions with the children using Kipsy the Caterpillar. As well as this, an active, healthy lifestyle will continue to be an important priority and we will be outside enjoying a variety of different activities. Our PE sessions will help the children to prepare for sports day and gymnastics sessions will focus on weight bearing.