Reception

Welcome to the class page for Reception at Woodlands Academy. 
 
On this page you will find details of the topics we focus on, ideas of how you can support your child at home, photos of the children involved in their activities and pictures of some of the work they have produced. We hope you enjoy finding out a bit more about your child’s time at Woodlands.
The children will need to bring their book bag including their reading book and log to school every day. The children will bring home phonics games and reading books which will be changed weekly. We appreciate you recording any time your child has read as this goes towards our Reading Stars certificate at the end of each term. 

They will also need a separate P.E. bag that can stay in school all term. All clothes should be named, even shoes and socks as it is amazing how things can get muddled or lost during the school day.

We are always happy to answer any queries you may have about your child’s learning, friendship issues or homework. After school is a good time as in the morning we are focussed on getting the children settled and down to work.
What are we learning about this year?

Phonics

In Reception the children will begin to learn their letter sounds (phonics). This will carry on throughout the year and will enable the children to learn to read and write. Below is a list of the sounds and high frequency words that the children will be learning at each phonics phase:

Phase 2 sounds - s, a, t, p, I, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Phase 2 high frequency words - is, it, in, on, am, I, to, the, no, go, into, at, as, a, up, an, dad, and, can, get, not, got, mum, if, of, off, had, back, big, him, his, but.

Phase 3 sounds - j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, er

Phase 3 high frequency words - that, will, for, this, see, now, then, look, down, them, was, too, with, you, going, he, they, away, she, yes, play, we, all, are, me, my, her, be

Phase 4 sounds - There are no new sounds introduced in phase 4 but children will be taught to read and write ccvc or cvcc words e.g. frog, float, belt, tent etc.

Phase 4 high frequency words - went, it’s, from, children, just, help, said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what
Term 1

During term 1 we will be basing our learning around the topics of Ourselves and Toys.

Ourselves - this will include learning about parts of the body, what makes us special, where we live, our families and how we change as we grow.

Toys - this will include learning about our favourite toys, toys that move, toys from the past and toys from other countries.

We will be using story books such as ‘I’m special, I’m me’, ‘Peace at last’, ‘Dogger’ and ‘This is the bear’ as well as non-fiction books to broaden our learning and inspire our writing. In maths we will incorporate our ideas about Ourselves and Toys as we learn how to shop using 1p and £1 coins, compare objects for length, weight and capacity, add and subtract numbers (by using visual aids), and order numbers up to 20.

Term 2

During term 2 we will basing our learning around the topic of Celebrations. This will include learning about the Hindu festival of light ‘Diwali’, birthdays and the Christian festival of Christmas.

We will be using story books such as ‘The story of Diwali’, ‘Kipper’s Birthday’, ‘Jesus’ birthday party’ and ‘The jolly Christmas postman’ as well as non-fiction books to broaden our learning and inspire our writing. In maths we will incorporate our ideas about Celebrations as we learn how to shop using 1p and 2p coins, learn all about symmetry by creating Rangoli patterns, compare objects for weight in our Post Office, add and subtract numbers (by counting on and using visual aids), and order numbers up to 20.

Term 3

During this term we will be basing our learning around the topic of Transport. This will include how we travel on land, water, air and even into space.

We will be using story books such as ‘Whatever next!’, ‘To town’ and ‘Dan the flying man’, as well as non-fiction books to broaden our learning and inspire our own writing. In maths we will incorporate our ideas about transport as we learn how to measure distance, add and subtract numbers (by counting on and back using visual aids), and order numbers up to 20.

In addition, we will enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year by finding out about traditional customs and stories, making Chinese lanterns and fans, joining in with a Chinese dance and dining in our Chinese restaurant role play area.

Term 4

During this term we will be basing our learning around the topic of Growing as we enjoy planting seeds and observing them as they grow.

This will include sequencing and labelling plants as they grow, exploring instructional language for how to look after a plant and sharing books, including ‘Stone soup’ and ‘The Enormous Turnip’. In Maths the children will build and extend their number skills, as well as measure and compare the heights of plants, correctly sequence the stages of growth and halve quantities as we make our own soup.

Term 5

During this term we will be basing our learning around the topic of Animals as we find out about animals in different habitats, how to look after pets and all the things living things need to survive.

This will include making up silly rhymes about animals and listening to a range of different books, both fiction and non-fictions linked to ‘animals’. The children will also be learning how to use the computer keyboard to type sentences to accompany pictures they draw of animals. The children will have opportunity to write for a purpose in the Vets role play area, making appointments in the diary, recording the pets treatments and writing out prescriptions! During maths sessions, we will be counting in steps of 2 in order to count the animals getting onto Noah’s Ark, we will continue to explore symmetry in nature, looking at butterflies and ladybirds, and learn how to solve number problems about ‘1 more and 1 less’.

Term 6

During this last term we will be basing our learning around a topic called ‘Once upon a time’ as we enjoy a selection of traditional tales. The children will learn playscripts and we will record them acting out tales that we know. They will also have opportunity to retell stories and write them in books, in preparation for writing in Year 1. During maths sessions, we will be continuing our number recognition to 20, counting, ordering and recognising 1 more and 1 less using teen numbers. We will also be adding and subtracting, doubling, halving and sharing quantities.