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 Around the World! We will be travelling around the world, arriving at a new continent each week. First stop, Australia! We hope you like vegemite sandwiches!
This topic provides a fantastic opportunity to learn about the differences and similarities between animals, environments and people around the world. For each new place we explore, we will be asking three key questions: What is special about this place? How is this place similar to where I live? How is this place different to where I live? Answering these questions will help us develop our critical thinking skills and an understanding, appreciation and respect for diversity.
The characteristics of effective learning are attitudes and behaviours which help us to learn. We will use Todd Parr’s, It’s Okay to Make Mistakes and other books, to talk about how mistakes are helpful and what we can do if we make a mistake. This will help us to learn about the importance of having a go, trying different things and persistence.
In Literacy we will be sharing books linked to the places we visit and writing about what we do and see in each place. We will continue to expand and consolidate our knowledge and understanding of letter-sounds and high frequency words and apply them when reading and writing. In Maths we will be focused on mastery of numbers 1-10, recognising coins up to 20p and naming 3D shapes.
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'?