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.
Reception Autumn 1
English and Topic
This half term, our core books are ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesey, a beautifully illustrated book, all about kindness and ‘All Are Welcome’ by Alexander Penfold.
‘The Boy, the Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ is about the unlikely friendship between between the characters. It is the celebration of the building of friendship, kindness kindness and empathy.
‘All are Welcome’ is a lovely story which brilliantly reflects the different cultures and the diversity within our school community. A warm and light-hearted book which informs children about the great learning learning adventures they will go on at school.
This term we will be teaching the children what it is like to be part of a community. They will focus on our new character skills and how they can develop them to be good members of their classroom community. We will have discussions about our feelings and emotions. and will be asking the children and parents to help create a ‘Hopes and Dreams’ tree in our classroom. There will be a ‘Hopes and Dreams’ ceremony where children can hang their
leaves on which they will have written their dreams on the tree. The ceremony will be recorded to include in the whole-school Museum of Hope. Working together, adults and children will develop rules for our class. We will discuss how the rules help us to build friendships and follow our school’s core values. We will be focusing on our speaking and listening to further our communication skills development.
This term in maths we will be looking at 2D shapes and their properties. The children will be identifying, describing and comparing shapes. The children will also be learning how to use Numicon, sorting and comparing amounts, and matching numbers to quantities.
In phonics lessons this term we will begin with Phase 1 where the children will be doing activities which help them to develop their listening and attention skills. We will then progress to Phase 2. The children will be linking sounds to letters, naming and sounding out the letters of the alphabet.
We will have two PE sessions each week, consisting of an indoor and an outdoor session. Indoor PE will take place on Monday afternoons and outdoor PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons. Please send you child into school wearing their PE kit on these days.
During freeflow sessions the children will have the opportunity to explore our outdoor learning area which is an extension of our indoor learning. The children will be doing mark making using chalk. They will be creating their own family album. The children will also be creating self-portraits using loose parts and will also be going on number and shape hunts!