Reception - tortoiseshell Butterfly Class
Tortoiseshell Butterfly is one of the more familiar butterflies found in the UK. However, in recent years the numbers of these butterflies have been decreasing, with the Large Tortoiseshell now being extinct in our country! This is possibly due to climate change and parasitic flies, although the precise cause is unknown. Reception will explore the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle to gain an understanding of the life-cycle of a butterfly and how it lives. We hope to see some butterflies when we go on a butterfly hunt and we will be conducting some fun butterfly-themed science experiments as well as creating some beautiful pieces of art though symmetry.
Our topic this half term is ‘Buying and Selling’. As an entry point activity the children enjoyed a fantastic local walk up the High Road noticing all the different retailers. They were all able to spend £1 in ‘Poundland’ which they have written about in literacy. We will continue to explore the topic through a series of fun books such as ‘I went to the Zoopermarket’ and ‘The Great Pet Sale’. The children will be learning about subtraction using a number line, estimating and using ordinal numbers in context (races). We will also be learning about British coins and using money to pay for items in our role play areas- the Garden Centre, Snack Shack and Tesco Express!
We will continue to develop our Personal, Social and Emotional well-being through Todd Parr books ‘It’s OK to Make Mistakes’ and ‘The Earth Book’. Our RE topic this half term is ‘Who Cares for Our Special World and Why?’ which we will explore each week through a series of questions and Bible stories.
You can support your child at home by encouraging them to continue to develop their skills including forming letters correctly, familiarise them with each of the coins and ask them to help you pay for small items when shopping, engage with creative role-play and creating pictures and structures. Support children to gain more understanding of our Christian Value of ‘Service’ identifying people in our community that do things for us. Visit your local library or book shop to share a range of stories related to our topic.
Read Every Day, Talk Every Day
To encourage a greater focus on reading at home, the Early Years at Holy Trinity is introducing what we hope will prove to be a highly motivational scheme called RED TED.
RED TED is an acronym for children Reading Every Day with their parent or carer and then Talking Every Day about what they have read.
Please click on the Red Ted for more information
Please find below the resources that were used and handed out in our recent Phonic Workshop for parents. We hope that you find them useful.
Here are some helpful websites to help your child with Phonics at home.
- Youtube – Jolly phonics. Songs and actions for each sound.
- http://www.mrthorne.com/ - Mr Thorne does phonics – some nice videos/apps
Here is a useful website to help your child continue their learning at home. Have you tried 'Count with Lecky', 'Dressing Lecky' and 'Lecky's Friends'?