United Kingdom Red and Blue Class. (Reception classes)
At Milton Park we have two reception classes who operate together in one room, the children are supported by 2 early years teachers, 2 full- time qualified early years teaching assistants and 2 part-time support assistants. United Kingdom classes can be found in the Acorn building.
UK Blue – Mrs Garnett
TA – Miss Lapham
1:1 support assistant- Miss Atrill
UK Red – Mrs Heal (Monday-Thursday) and Mrs Mansbridge (Friday)
TA – Miss Smith
Interventions support assistant – Mrs Vaughan
Our Topic this half-term
If you go down in the woods today…
We will be learning all about different traditional tales.
Our Communication, Language and Literacy this half-term:
We will be reading and retelling a large range of traditional tales (including: The three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Gingerbread Man. We will be doing this in a variety of ways; reading the book, watching a short video clip, using puppets and using ‘Pie Corbett’ style actions and story maps. The children will be learning how to write story boards, thinking about sequencing the beginning, middle and end of a story. Do all stories have a happy ending? We will discuss the good/bad characters and interview characters asking them the reasons and explanations for their actions. They will be writing character descriptions, speech bubbles and even a very sincere sorry letter from Goldilocks. Additionally, they will have opportunities to independently create their own story maps, reenact stories in our Three Bears Cottage (indoor role-play area), make and decorate Gingerbread Man puppets and a whole load more exciting activities.
Alongside this, we will continue to have daily phonics and guided reading sessions.
In phonics your child will learn new new sounds and the grapheme-phoneme correspondences. We are currently learning our Phase 3 Letters and Sounds which include vowel and consonant digraphs and trigraphs (2 and 3 letters joined together to make 1 sound. For example – ai, ng or igh). At the same time, we will be learning common exception words which we call ‘tricky words’.
Here is the list of common exception words that Reception children should know by the end of the year.