Reception - Château de Chambord
Our class name is Château de Chambord. Château de Chambord is an extraordinary castle known for its grandeur. It was built by King Francis I of France in the 16th century. Our class name will be the inspiration for our learning while we get to know your children and settle them in. We will be reading the story “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch; a not so traditional story of a Princess rescuing a Prince from a nasty dragon who destroyed her castle. During story time we will be learning about concepts of print as well as the three ways to read a book: read the words, read the pictures and retell the story. We will be exploring our various construction materials to build our own grand castles, role playing life in a castle, decorating crowns and even sculpting dragons with playdough!
This half term we will be covering two topics. For our first topic we will be travelling back in time to learn all about Dinosaurs! For our second topic we will be heading beyond the atmosphere with Space! Across both topics we will be challenging ourselves to become story writers by innovating known stories. There are many ways to innovate a story. We can add or change characters, dialogue, the setting or even an event in the story. Both topics will also provide opportunities to explore non-fiction texts and how they are read differently to fiction.
In Maths we will be exploring numbers 1-20. This will include developing numeral recognition, counting out objects up to 20 as well as comparing two groups using the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’. We will learn to identify the number that is one more and one less and continue with addition and subtraction. We will be introducing the concept of ‘doubling’ later in the half term.
Children are effective and motivated learners when they create and think critically. This involves having their own ideas, making links between ideas and developing different strategies. This half term in PSED we will be reading Rosie Revere Engineer and discussing how her curiosity helps her to create and think critically. Following on from the Easter Story, in RE we will be asking the question: Why do Christians believe Jesus is special? And in Music we will be exploring how we can play instruments loudly/quietly or slow/fast to match a theme.
Topic Entry point
One sunny day Chateau de Chambord found some giant footprints in their playground. They wondered what could have made the footprints. Could it have been the Easter Bunny or maybe a fox? The next day they discovered colourful eggs in Pocket Park. They talked about which animals lay eggs, how big the animal inside might be and what colour. While Chateau de Chambord was sleeping the eggs began to crack and out hatched...baby DINOSAURS!!
"We found dinosaur eggs. Then we put water in. When it breaks it's not real." - Anastasia
"When we put them in the water they cracked. Dinosaur come into the egg. I was happy." - Deshawn
"We found dinosaur footprints. Everyone was scared, but Mrs Smith said dinosaurs are extinct. Then we found dinosaur eggs at Pocket Park. When we found the eggs we put them in water straight away. The eggs cracked when we were sleeping."
Please continue to support your child at home by reading and sharing stories everyday, visit your local library to explore stories about castles 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'?