Maple Class

Welcome to our Maple Class page! Here we will share the adventures of our Nursery and Reception children.

 Autumn term 1:

Maths

In Maths, we will be learning to recognise and describe repeating patterns and to build our own. We will then be learning about numbers to 5. We will learn to order and recognise numerals and count using 1:1 correspondence. We will start to make amounts in different ways and recall one more and one less facts.

Reading

We will be focusing on ‘The Jolly Postman and Other People’s Letters’. We will learn to retell the story, extend our vocabulary and start to identify the different parts.  Everyday, we will vote for the story we want to hear at the end of the day.  We will also take part in group guided reading sessions. In phonics, we will be learning to recognise different sounds, and blend them together to read CVC words, captions and sentences.

Writing

In phonics, we will be learning to spell different words using the sounds we have learnt and we will practice writing words, captions or sentences to match a picture. We will also focus on forming letters correctly. We will complete a daily writing challenge and apply our writing skills in literacy and other areas of the classroom.

Autumn term 2:

Maths

Linked to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we will be learning to order objects by size, length, weight and capacity. We will consolidate our knowledge of numbers to 5 and one more and one less facts and start to recall number bonds to 5. We will then start learning about numbers to 10.

Reading

We will be focusing on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We will learn to retell the story, extend our vocabulary and infer how the characters are feeling, amongst other activities. Everyday, we will vote for the story we want to hear at the end of the day. We will also take part in group guided reading sessions. In phonics, we will be consolidating our knowledge of phase 2 sounds and practicing reading words, captions and sentences using these sounds and tricky words. We will then move on to phase 3 sounds.

Writing

In phonics, we will be consolidating our phase 2 knowledge by writing words, captions and sentences using these sounds and tricky words. We will then move on to phase 3 sounds. We will use our writing skills to complete literacy activities, our daily writing challenge and we will apply our skills in other areas of the classroom.

Spring term 1:

Maths

Linked to Lost and Found, all children will start the term by learning about 2D and 3D shapes. They will briefly recap numbers to 10 before learning about addition and subtraction. Then, they will move on to numbers bonds to 5 before learning number bonds to 10. They will also start counting beyond 10 and spotting number patterns while counting. Nursery children will consolidate their understanding of numbers to 5 including counting, recognising, ordering and showing finger numbers.

Reading

In our literacy lessons, the children will be focusing on ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. They will learn to retell the story, extend our vocabulary, make sensible predictions, recognise the beginning, middle and end and talk about how the characters are feeling, amongst other activities. Everyday, they will vote for the story they want to hear at the end of the day. Twice a week, Reception children will take part in group guided reading sessions. In phonics, Reception will continue to learn phase 3 tricky words and sounds and use these to read words, captions and sentences. Nursery will continue to listen to and discuss stories as well as having opportunities to read their name and hold books and follow print.

Writing

In phonics, Reception will continue to learn phase 3 tricky words and sounds and use these to write words, captions and sentences. They will use their writing skills to complete literacy activities, the daily writing challenge and they will apply their skills in other areas of the classroom e.g. home corner, mud kitchen and role play. Nursery children will have opportunities to mark make and will practice writing their name.

Spring term 2:

Maths

Linked to the topic, all the children will explore repeating patterns. They will learn to describe patterns, create their own patterns and correct mistakes in patterns. They will also explore measure by weighing fruit and they will create a tally chart to show favourite fruits. Reception will consolidate their understanding of numbers to 10 including recalling number bond facts and one more and one less facts. Then they will learn about doubling, halving and sharing before exploring odd and even numbers.

Reading

In our literacy lessons, the children will be focusing on ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne. They will predict what will happen using the front cover and blurb. They will then practice their inference skills by talking about the character feelings and discussing what they characters might be saying. They will also learn about the beginning, middle and end of a story and they will be taught a range of new vocabulary. Reception will be consolidating their phase 2 and 3 phonics knowledge to enable them to read words, captions and sentences which use these sounds. They will then move on to phase 4 sounds where they will learn about consonant blends. Nursery will be focussing on understanding the 5 principles of print and will be learning to recognise their name and sounds in it. Some nursery children will be learning to recognise some phase 2 sounds.

Writing

In phonics, Reception will consolidate their knowledge of phase 2 and 3 sounds and tricky words. They will use these to write words, captions and sentences, remembering to include full stops and finger spaces. They will also learn about capital letters.  They will use their writing skills to complete literacy activities, the daily writing challenge and they will apply their skills in other areas of the classroom e.g. home corner, mud kitchen and role play. Nursery children will have opportunities to mark make and will practice writing their name.

Summer term 1:

Maths

Linked to the topic, all the children will learn about 2D and 3D shapes. Nursery will learn to recognise the shapes and Reception will learn to recognise and describe them. Reception will be learning to count beyond 10 and will be exploring number patterns by investigating odd and even numbers, sharing, doubling and halving. We will consolidate our knowledge of number composition and number bonds. Nursery will be learning about the numbers to 5 and will practice counting 1:1, recognising and ordering numerals and showing finger numerals. They will practice counting beyond 5. All the children will practice subitising with small amounts. All the children will finish the term by exploring size by ordering and measuring rockets

Reading

In our literacy lessons, the children will be focusing on ‘Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)’ by Simon Bartram. They will predict what will happen using the front cover and blurb, learn to retell the story and act it out. They will practice their inference skills by talking about character feelings and discussing what the characters might be saying. They will also learn about the beginning, middle and end of a story and they will be taught a range of new vocabulary. Reception will be learning phase 4 phonics, which focuses on consonant blends. They will practice reading words and sentences with these sounds. Nursery will be focussing on understanding the 5 principles of print and will be learning to recognise their name and sounds in it. Some nursery children will be learning to recognise some phase 2 sounds and hear the initial sounds in words, while others will be practicing their listening skills.

Writing

In phonics, Reception will be learning phase 4 phonics. They will practice writing words and sentences using these sounds. They will practice using full stops, finger spaces and capital letters. They will use their writing skills to complete literacy activities and the daily writing challenge. They will also apply their skills in other areas of the classroom e.g. home corner, mud kitchen and role play. Nursery children will have opportunities to mark make and will practice writing their name. Some nursery children will practice writing s,a,t,p,i,n.

Summer term 2:

Maths

Reception children will spend this term consolidating their knowledge of numbers to 10, which includes reading, writing and ordering the numbers, addition and subtraction, recalling number bond and double facts, odd and even numbers and sharing and halving. Nursery children will focus on counting objects to 5 using 1:1 correspondence, recognising the numerals and matching to an amount and writing numbers to 5. They will also learn to describe the sequence of an event using language such as first. Reception will learn to count beyond 20 and Nursery will learn to count beyond 5. All children will explore patterns. Our maths lessons will link to our topic.

Reading

In our literacy lessons, the children will be focusing on ‘The Frog Olympics’ by Brian Moses and Amy Husband. They will predict what will happen using the front cover and blurb, learn to retell the story and act it out. They will practice their inference skills by talking about character feelings and discussing what the characters might be saying. They will also learn about the beginning, middle and end of a story and they will be taught a range of new vocabulary. Reception will consolidate their knowledge of phonics phases 2, 3 and 4. They will practice reading words and sentences with these sounds as well as focussing on reading the tricky words. Nursery will be focussing on understanding the 5 principles of print and will be learning to recognise their name and sounds in it. Some nursery children will be learning to recognise some phase 2 sounds and hear the initial sounds in words, while others will be practicing their listening skills.

Writing

In phonics, Reception will be consolidating their knowledge of phonics phases 2, 3 and 4. They will practice writing words and sentences using these sounds as well as practicing the tricky words. They will practice using full stops, finger spaces and capital letters. They will use their writing skills to complete literacy activities and the daily writing challenge. They will also apply their skills in other areas of the classroom e.g. home corner, mud kitchen and role play. Nursery children will have opportunities to mark make and will practice writing their name. Some nursery children will practice writing s,a,t,p,i,n.