Key Dates for Term 5
Monday 19th April - First day of term
Monday 3rd May - Bank Holiday, school closed
Friday 28th May - Last day of term
Term 5 Overview
This term we are going to start with exploring planting and growing, including considering the food that we grow. We will then move on to farming and farm animals before finishing by thinking about 'When I grow up' and the world of opportunities open to our children to which they can aspire. Should your child need to isolate at home and they are not unwell you will be able to find planning and resources to support your child while learning from home.
Ruby Class: PE on Tuesdays
Jade Class: PE on Wednesdays
Opal Class: PE on Thursdays
Please wear sports clothes on your PE day; normal uniform on the other days. We are not timetabled for Forest school this term but please keep a pair of wellies in school so the mud kitchen can be used.
The following resources will all be of use this term if you are able to donate any of them.
child appropriate gardening/tools/gloves/equipment
seeds – particularly sunflower seeds
wooden pestles and mortars (for potion making)
play sand for sand pit (not builders)
outdoor play/pe resources – bean bags, soft balls, rackets, targets, stilts on strings
small world characters – playmobil size, farm animals, ponies, pets, mythical creatures, anything that comes in a set/collection can provide opportunities for imaginative play, storytelling and role playing
Thank you for your help.
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 5 of Reception
Having consolidated phase 3 we will now move on to phase 4. Any children still working on recalling phase 3 GPCs (grapheme-phoneme correspondences) and tricky word will continue to receive extra support within school and would benefit from practice at home as well. In phase 4 we will introduce a new set of tricky words and learn to read adjacent consonants. These will be in CVCC words e.g. 'went'; CCVC words e.g. 'from'; CCCVC words e.g. street and CCCVCC words e.g. scrunch. While introducing this new learning we will continue to master applying our phase 2 and 3 learning to reading and writing.
Your child’s book bag should contain: a yellow reading record; a bag of tricky words; a fully decodable phonics book for your child to read; a sharing book for you to read to your child and enjoy together. Please write in the yellow reading record every time your child reads to you. Ideally, every child will practise reading daily at home. We recommend reading a book at least 3 times as this helps build fluency and comprehension skills. Please make sure that your child’s book bag comes to school every day and contains the four items listed above. Please do not put water bottles in book bags as leaks and condensation damages books. Thank you.
Please find here some general resources and links to support with phonics and reading at this stage.
Writing in Term 5 of Reception
In writing we will continue to work on constructing simple sentences. Those that are ready will be encouraged to write more than one sentence at a time. We will continue to 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. We will practise segmenting and writing phase 4 words making sure we hear all the consonants. 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 5 of Reception
In maths we will be looking at teen numbers in our unit 'To 20 and Beyond' and using this to deepen our understanding that all quantities are composed of smaller quantities. Following this, in our unit 'First, Then, Now' we will explore addition and subtraction stories and problems. Please find here some general resources and links to support with maths at this stage.
Early Number Sense video clip for parents/carers - an excellent introduction to maths in Reception
All About Numbers Booklet 1-10 - different representations including number formation
A game to learn number bonds: https://youtu.be/8hkip2H48k8
Weekly planning and resources
Week 1 19/04/21 Errol's Garden
Week 2 26/04/21 Oliver's Vegetables
Week 3 03/05/21 The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Week 4 10/05/21 What the Ladybird Heard
Week 5 What the Ladybird Heard cont.
Week 6 When I Grow Up