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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 Easter break and eaten lots of chocolate. We are looking forward to hearing about what you have all been doing.

Our topic this term is All About Plants.  We will be immersing ourselves in the wonderful world of planting and growing. We will read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and think about what we would like to find at the top of the beanstalk. We will be planting our very own beanstalks and watching them grow.  We will learn about where fruit and vegetables come from and hopefully visit the local allotments to see what is growing. We will investigate where in the world fruit and veg are grown and think about how they get to us. The children will have fun doing art and craft with fruit and veg too.  We will discuss how fruit and vegetables form part of a healthy balanced diet and try different fruits when we make a healthy fruit salad.

Speaking, listening and general communication skills will continue to be an important focus.  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 also be working on estimating, adding and subtracting, time and sequencing events, measuring and comparing length, weight and capacity and learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

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.