In St Chad’s Foundation Stage we get to know our children really well and we find out what interests them and motivates them. We then enhance our learning environment to reflect the needs and interests of our class to encourage and support them meet their next steps. When we observe a group of children who share an interest or fascination we start a project based upon that interest. The children lead the learning, deciding what they would like to find out next. We place a very high value on play, where children get to explore, investigate, problem solve and collaborate in a safe and engaging environment. We aim to create a calm and stimulating learning space with a home away from home feel, where children feel valued and secure.

 

Learning in Reception this half term

 

In St Chad’s Foundation Stage we get to know our children really well and we find out what interests them and motivates them. We then enhance our learning environment to reflect the needs and interests of our class to encourage and support them meet their next steps. When we observe a group of children who share an interest or fascination we start a project based upon that interest. The children lead the learning, deciding what they would like to find out next. We place a very high value on play, where children get to explore, investigate, problem solve and collaborate in a safe and engaging environment. We aim to create a calm and stimulating learning space with a home away from home feel, where children feel valued and secure.

 

In phonics this half term we are beginning to work on phase four of Letters and Sounds. This will help us to consolidate the sounds we have already learnt and practise using them for both reading and writing. Our phonics sessions use a range of games and activities to make learning fun and playful. We will also continue our morning writing task, encouraging children to write a sentence and looking at ways of improving and extending our writing.

 

We are using Talk for Writing to help us learn how to write instructions, based on ‘How to Make a Magical Flying Potion’. We will use actions and story maps to help us internalise the text, and talk about the key features of instructions. We will then work together to adapt the text, changing the potion and its ingredients, before encouraging children to make their own story map and instructions.

 

Our maths sessions this half term will continue to focus on counting and calculating skills, consolidating our understanding of numbers and looking at numbers beyond ten. We will continue to focus adding and subtracting, learning how to count on or back from the largest number. We will also be learning about doubling and halving. We will also spend some time looking at 3d shapes, learning their names and exploring their properties.

 

At the start of the term we will be visiting Hesketh Farm, where children can feed the lambs and calves, collect eggs and go on a bumpy tractor ride. We will also be hatching some eggs in our incubator at school and looking after the chicks for a short time, thinking about what they will need and how to take care of them. In addition, we have the opportunity to learn about how caterpillars grow into butterflies thanks to a generous donation of caterpillars and a butterfly garden. We are looking forward to learning all about different animals and how they grow.

Meet Our Staff

 

Reception Class Teacher

Mrs Michaud

Links & Resources

St Chad's Church of England Primary School Northolme Avenue West Park Leeds West Yorkshire LS16 5QR Telephone: 0113 274 7110 Email: katy.dixon@stchadsprimary.net Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House Abbey Grange C of E Academy Butcher Hill Leeds LS16 5EA Telephone: 0113 275 7877 Email: enquiries@abbeytrust.org
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