Reception - James COok
James Cook was an 18th century British explorer. Cook served in the Royal Navy where he developed his skills as an expert navigator and cartographer. He is most famous for his voyages to the Pacific Ocean aboard the ship Endeavour. During these voyages he made the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and circumnavigated New Zealand twice, creating accurate and detailed maps as he went.
We will be exploring our class name as we get to know your children and settle them in. We will be using construction resources to build ships, drawing maps and using junk modelling to make our own telescopes for navigating. We will be reading the story Diary of a Wombat and learning about some of the strange creatures James Cook would have encountered when he landed on the shores of Australia and New Zealand.
Our topic this half term is Traditional Tales. During this topic children will become familiar with stories such as, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Gingerbread Man. We will be focusing on developing our listening skills and showing our understanding by making predictions and answering questions about the story. The children will learn to create story maps to show the sequence of events and will develop their vocabulary and language skills through role play and retells. We will also be learning how we use our five senses to explore, interact and learn about the world around us. This will include making our own gingerbread men to taste!
In PSED we will be sharing the book It's Okay to be Different and You Choose and discussing how we all look and feel different and how we like different things. We will be emphasising the importance of respecting these differences. Our RE unit explores the question, Who made this wonderful world? and centres around the story of creation.
In our Maths learning, we will be developing and deepening our number sense with numbers 1-5. We will be learning to identify and describe 2D shapes using mathematical language and problem solving to create and recreate patterns.
In Phonics, we will be beginning Phase 2 letter sounds and using these to start reading and writing VC and CVC words. We will be learning some tricky words as well!
What a busy and exciting half term it's going to be!
Please continue to support your child at home by reading and sharing stories everyday, visit your local library to explore stories about explorers 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'?