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.
We have reached the final half term of the year where we will be doing lots of exciting activities around our new topic ‘Under the Sea’. As always we will be exploring the topic through well loved stories such as ‘Rainbow Fish’, ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ and ‘At the Beach’. The children will begin the topic with a treasure hunt in Pocket Park and finish with our whole school trip to the beach.
In maths, Reception will further explore capacity by helping Pirate Pete chose the best container to take to the beach; subtraction with rainbow fish taking away his colourful scales; counting in twos, fives and tens and using money to buy ice creams!
We will continue to learn about PSED through a Todd Parr story ‘The I’m Not Scared Book’ and ‘The Goodbye Book’. Our RE topic this half term is ‘Why is Jesus Special to Christians?’
Please continue to support your child at home by reading and sharing stories everyday, visit your local library to explore stories about creatures that live under the sea. Talk to your children about our topic and encourage them to think about what their favourite sea creature is? Where does it live? Have you been to the beach before? What would you need to take with you?
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'?