Key Dates for Term 4
Tuesday 23rd February - First day of term
Thursday 1st April - Last day of term
Learning at home
It has been announced that all children will return to school on the 8th of March so home learning will continue for most children for the first 2 weeks of this term. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back soon.
We have been very impressed by how well many children have engaged in home learning and are so grateful for all the support you have given your children and how you have communicated this learning with us. Thank you! Please continue to access planning and resources on this page and to provide us with daily updates on Evidence Me.
It is important to remember how children learn at this age. While the government have specified that primary children should be provided with 3 hours work a day, Reception children cannot and should not be expected to sit down and focus on academic work for long stretches. When in school, typically children would sit and listen to an adult led lesson for around 15 minutes and this would often include some involvement from the children. They are usually then free to go and select activities from the range of continuous and enhanced provision we have in the classroom or outside area. Continuous provision includes resources which are always available such as the climbing frame, scissors and glue or a doll's house. Enhanced provision is carefully chosen by practitioners to spark interest and develop skills. For example this might include pumpkins and golf tees to hammer to engage children and strengthen finger muscles; maybe Christmas decoration making; or making pasta necklaces. Adults observe and sometimes play alongside children, communicating and modelling where necessary. Sometimes adults call children over to complete specific directed tasks such as letter formation or phonics practice.
We would recommend working in a similar way at home. You will all be experiencing lockdown under a range of circumstances and we want learning to be as flexible as possible to suit you. For this reason we are providing video clips to introduce and model new learning. We suggest watching these clips with your child so you can see the language used and concepts introduced. Staggering these throughout the day is likely to be the easiest and most productive way to access the learning. We require that you use the evidence me app to send in observations of your child's learning so we can track their progress and offer support.
We are continuing to offer a daily zoom story time where an adult from the EYFS bubble reads a story to the EYFS children. This is daily at 2:30pm for anyone who would like to join in. Stories can also be viewed afterwards on this page. Class teachers will be in touch with details of two interactive zoom sessions a week.
Term 4 Summary
This term we are going to start with exploring pets, expanding our vocabularies related to pets and considering how we care for other living creatures. We will then move on to the joys of spring before finishing with Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs. We will continue to provide lessons in the format of daily short video clips with accompanying activities for literacy, phonics and maths. We will also suggest activities from the wider curriculum designed to engage your child and inspire further play. If you would like a reminder of what it is hoped children are able to do by the end of Reception you can see the Early Learning Goals here.
Phonics and Reading in Term 4 of Reception
In phonics we will be reviewing all those phase 3 sounds we have just learnt and applying them in our reading and writing. We will steadily continue adding new tricky words at an average of 1 new word a week. Please find here some general resources and links to support with phonics and reading at this stage.
Writing in Term 4 of Reception
In writing we will continue to work on constructing simple sentences. We will practise planning our sentence, 'holding' it in our heads, forming letters neatly, using soundtalk to spell, writing tricky words, using finger spaces, including full stops and capital letters and reading the sentences we have written back out loud to check for mistakes. An updated set of colourful semantics including words with phase 3 sounds will be used a lot this term. Please find here some general resources and links to support with writing at this stage.
Picture and sentence cards. Read, match, memorise, cover, write, check.
Maths in Term 4 of Reception
In maths we will look at the numbers 9 and 10 and explore their composition before spending some time consolidating all our maths learning so far. We will particularly work on strengthening recall of number bonds within ten.
Early Number Sense video clip
All About Numbers Booklet 1-10 - different representations including number formation
Weekly planning and resources
Week 1 23/02/21 The Great Pet Sale
This week we are looking at all things pets! We will be thinking about how to care for
other creatures and share our own experiences of pet ownership with each other. We
will ease back into phonics by reviewing phase 3 and will explore numbers 9 and 10 in
Tuesday: I spy phonics 1
Wednesday: Literacy - My Favourite Pet writing template
Thursday: Literacy - Find the pet
Friday: Phonics - read and draw 1