Reception - Château de Chambord
Our class name is Château de Chambord. Château de Chambord is an extraordinary castle known for its grandeur. It was built by King Francis I of France in the 16th century. Our class name will be the inspiration for our learning while we get to know your children and settle them in. We will be reading the story “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch; a not so traditional story of a Princess rescuing a Prince from a nasty dragon who destroyed her castle. During story time we will be learning about concepts of print as well as the three ways to read a book: read the words, read the pictures and retell the story. We will be exploring our various construction materials to build our own grand castles, role playing life in a castle, decorating crowns and even sculpting dragons with playdough!
Our topic this half term is Celebrations! During this topic we will explore the different customs and practices associated with various personal, family and community celebrations. Some of the celebrations we will be exploring include Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance Day, Hanukkah and Christmas. For each celebration we will ask six key questions: What is the celebration? Who celebrates it? Where is it celebrated? When is it celebrated? Why is it celebrated? How is it celebrated? Answering these questions will help us to develop an understanding of the meaning, characteristics and purpose of celebration, as well as an appreciation and respect for the diversity of our society and the contributions of different groups within it.
While celebrations are a time to feel joyous and thankful, we will be exploring the breadth of our feelings when reading Todd Parr’s The I’m Not Scared Book and The Feelings Book. These books will help us to understand how we and others show feelings, how our actions affect others and how we need to be sensitive to others’ feelings.
In Literacy we will be continuing to build our knowledge of letter sounds and high frequency words and will apply this knowledge to our reading and writing. In Maths we will be learning to partition five, sequence the days of the week, name 3D shapes, compare quantities, length and height, and recognise coins up to 20p.
Please continue to support your child at home by reading and sharing stories everyday, visit your local library to explore stories about castles or starting school. Talk to your children about our topic and encourage them to tell you about their daily learning.
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'?