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At Forest Academy, we believe that learning is most memorable for children when it is planned in a cross-curricular way, taking on board their interests and therefore, enabling children to make links throughout their learning. We always ensure our activities include challenges for all learners, opportunities for children to develop through play and real life experiences with lots of interaction from adults and peers. We have high expectations of both staff and pupils and always strive to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Welcome to Autumn 2 term in Reception.  We hope you had a lovely half term and that you feel rested and refreshed.   I am sure that everyone is very excited about the launching of the next chapter of our learning!

English and Topic
This half term, our core book is ‘Let’s Celebrate! Festival Poems from around the World’.  This book creates an atmosphere where the children are transported to the country the poem represents through the use of vibrant and colourful illustrations. The poems celebrate festivals ranging from Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Holi and Purnima. 

In keeping with our book ‘Let’s Celebrate’   this term the children will be exploring not only poems but we will be looking at nursery rhymes as well.  In our class the children will be doing a Winter Celebration in the form of performing dances and singing songs from different cultures.  The children will be focusing on the presentation and oral delivery of familiar poems before they start to learn about their own and each other’s cultural celebrations.  If parents or carers are feeling intrigued and have a cultural song, dance or poem you would like to record and share with Ash class that would be a great contribution to our learning.  Ash class will also be investigating food from different cultures. 

In maths we will be exploring repeating patterns.  We will be using colours, objects and shapes to create a pattern and the children will be learning what would come next in the sequence in order to create a pattern.   Children will review counting from 1 to 10.  to consolidate previous learning and build upon the skill of identifying which number comes before or after a given number. The children will also be counting back from 10 to one and practise writing the correct number formations. We will also begin to explore addition and subtraction and  introduce more mathematical language such as one more or one less. 

In phonics lessons this term we will be reviewing our phase 2 sounds to consolidate our learning.  The children will be linking sounds to letters, naming and sounding out the letters of the alphabet.  An important aspect of phonics we will be working on this term is the ability to begin to segment and blend the sounds learnt last term which will enable the children to read and spell words independently.               

We will have two PE sessions each week, consisting of an indoor and an outdoor session. Indoor PE takes place on Tuesday afternoons; and outdoor PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons.  PE kits should be worn to school every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Outdoor Learning
During free flow the children will have the opportunity to explore the outdoor learning area which is an extension of our indoor learning.  The children will be mark making using chalk.  The children will be creating their own unique firework designs using a number of different resources.  We will also be exploring maths in a number of different ways such as number tiles and writing numbers with chalk. 

Useful Information

PE Kit
Children will have PE every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name. PE Kits should consist of a white T-shirt and black shorts/jogging bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls.  Please ensure that all items of uniform and PE kit are labelled.

Reading Records and Passports
Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary and books.  This term in Ash class we will be changing books on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Water Bottles/Clothing
Please bring in a reusable, named water bottle for your child, these can be kept in school and will be washed and filled daily with drinking water. 

Diary Dates

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November 2020 – Parent consultations

Friday 4th December 2020 – INSET day-school closed to children

Friday 18th December 2020 – Last day of  autumn term

Monday 4th January 2021- First day of spring term