We have had a great first term in Reception class. The children have all got to know their new school and friends very well.

This first term we have been focusing on developing the children’s awareness of sounds. They have been learning about rhyme and alliteration through songs and stories. Each child also thought of an animal that starts with the same sound as their name. In addition to this they have also explored the initial sounds in words and the oral blending and segmenting of words. This has prepared the children well to begin to learn ‘Read, Write, Inc’ set 1 sounds next term.

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The children have been developing their gross and fine motor skills through ‘Write Dance’ and ‘Dough Disco’. In ‘Write Dance’ sessions children start by learning a song and actions to go with it. They are then shown examples of mark-making that they can do while listening to the song. They then listen to the song and carry out their mark-making. Please see the examples below.

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In ‘Dough Disco’ sessions children have a large ball of play dough that they manipulate with their hands while listening to music. There are certain moves that the children have learnt to do with the playdough. For example, squeeze it, roll it, smack it and five fingers. They have been very creative with making their own actions too. This has really helped the children to strengthen the muscles in their arms, hands and fingers, supporting their fine motor development.

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In Mathematics the children have been recognising, ordering and counting numbers 0-10. They have also been matching numeral and quantity to 10. Some children have begun to go beyond 10 with these skills. In addition to this they have been introduced to numicon and have developed some of the above skills through using it. The use of their fingers to represent numbers has also been a skill that they have developed this term.

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We went on our first trip to the Royal Fort Gardens at the end of this term. The children explored the gardens by going for a walk around them and collecting different autumnal objects. They showed great listening skills throughout the trip and we were very proud of their sensible behaviour in a new environment. We are looking forward to our trip to the cinema to watch ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ in November.

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