Reception

Welcome to Reception at St Gregory's

Welcome to FS2 at St Gregory's

FS2 staff:

Miss Bath & Mrs Hill-Bloor

Mrs Till & Mrs Taylor

Our Learning - Autumn Term

Children are more likely to be successful learners when there is regular communication and a good partnership between home and school. He / she is more likely to talk about their learning if you are involved and informed, so that you too, can talk about your child’s interests.

Listed below are the themes which your child’s class will be learning. Where possible, talk to them about their l learning. You may have more knowledge and information to share with them.

Remember to look at our DEAR PARENT LETTER for our weekly objectives in RE, Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Our main topic area to this term:

  • Settling in and Celebration

If anyone has any resources or artefacts which would be of interest, we would appreciate your contribution.

Religious Education:

During our RE lessons this term we will be learning about:

  • Creation
  • People who care for us
  • People who help us
  • Advent

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

During our lessons this term the children will be learning to:

  • Make friends
  • Become an independent learner
  • Take turns and share
  • Feel safe and secure​

Communication and Language:

During our lessons this term the children will be learning to:

  • Joins in with familiar rhymes and stories
  • Show an awareness of rhyme
  • Identify the initial (beginning) sound (phoneme) in words e.g. cat begins with c
  • Attempt a variety of writing e.g. lists,
  • Letters, sentences

Physical Development:

During our lessons this term the children will be learning to:

  • Move with confidence in and around the outdoor equipment
  • Practice threading, beading, rolling and other fine motor control activities to build up hand-eye co-ordination

Mathematics:

During our lessons this term the children will be learning to:

  • Reliably count up to 10 items (then 20)
  • Number recognition
  • Number writing
  • 2D shape names and descriptions

Understanding the World:

During our lessons this term the children will be learning to:

  • Know that other children don’t always en-joy the same things, and are sensitive to this.
  • Show care and concern for living things and the environment.
  • Talk about the features of their own im-mediate environment and how environ-ments might vary from one another.
  • Make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
  • Talk about why things happen and how things work.
  • Recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.
  • Select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive Arts and Design:

During our lessons this term the children will be learning to:

  • Sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.
  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design,texture, form and function.
  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.

Other Information:  

Your child may be given homework activities which may not require them to write or record. It is important that you work with your child on these tasks.

Please remember to record any Magic Moments your child may have and send them into school. 

(Magic Moment example — the first time they ride a bike without stabilisers)

There will be the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher this term to discuss how well they are progressing.

Also information can be found on the weekly emailed DEAR PARENT letter.

 

Documents

Expectations for the End of  Foundation Stage 2

 

 

What is dough disco?

Dough disco involves moulding play dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it.

Why do dough disco?

This activity helps to strengthen children's fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it's fun!

When do we do dough disco?

In Nursery and Reception we do it for five minutes everyday.

What do you need to do a dough disco?

Music – Any song will do! We have had Abba, Frozen CD, Musicals, and TV Themes to name a few of our favourites!

Dough – You can buy pots of dough or make your own with your child. See the recipes below to help!

A set of moves! - These can be done in any order and you don’t need to include them all!

Recipe for play dough - cooked

Ingredients:

1 cup of salt

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 cups of flour

2 tablespoons of oil

Food colouring

Recipe for play dough - uncooked

Ingredients:

1 cup of salt

2 cups of hot water

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 cups of flour

2 tablespoon of oil

Food colouring

Directions:

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a pan.

Mix the water with the food colouring.

Add the water and food colouring mix to the other ingredients, stir well.

Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, while constantly stirring.

When the mixture becomes "doughy", remove from heat and start kneading. (the dough will be hot, so mind your hands)

When desired texture is achieved, the play dough is finished, enjoy your dough disco

Directions:

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.

Mix the water with the food colouring.

Add the water/colour-mix to the other ingredients, stir well.

Stir continuously until it becomes dough.

When the mixture has cooled start to knead. Knead it until the stickiness has gone. Add more flour if it remains a little sticky.

When desired texture is achieved, the play dough is finished, enjoy your dough disco!

Dough disco moves!

Roll the dough into a ball using both hands.

Poke the dough with each finger and thumb in turn to make holes in the dough. Make sure you swap hands so all fingers and thumbs are used. Extend by using names of fingers and thumb:

 Tom Thumb

 Peter Pointer

 Toby Tall

 Ruby Ring

 Baby Small

Squeeze the dough with all the fingers and thumb using a fist grip one hand at a time.

Sausage! Roll the play dough between both hands moving backwards and forwards to make a sausage.