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.
Our topic this half term is Celebrations! During this topic children will learn about different religious and cultural celebrations including Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For each celebration we will ask some key questions: What is the celebration? Who celebrates it? Why is it celebrated? How is it celebrated? Children will be provided with opportunities to talk about celebrations they participate in with their families and to recreate these experiences through role play. This topic will enable children to develop an appreciation and understanding of religious and cultural diversity and the importance of celebrations for developing a sense of belonging.
While celebrations are a time to feel joyous and thankful, we will be exploring the breadth of our feelings in PSED using Todd Parr’s The I’m Not Scared Book and The Feelings Book. These books will help us to understand how we and others show feelings, how our actions affect others and how we need to be sensitive to others’ feelings.
In Phonics we will be introduced to the remaining Phase 2 sounds as well as some tricky and high frequency words. We will begin to apply our knowledge by segmenting and blending sounds to read and write CVC words and short phrases. In Maths we will begin to explore the concept of value when talking about money and deepen our understanding of numbers 1-5 by comparing and combining quantities and finding one more and one less.
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'?