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The Whiteoak Academies of
Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors.
Planting dreams. Nurturing hearts. Growing minds.
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Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors.
Planting dreams. Nurturing hearts. Growing minds.

Term One

During Term 1 we will be ensuring that the Reception children get to know one another, and us, by playing circle time games and doing lots of small group work.  We will also be focusing on speaking and listening and building up the children’s concentration skills, again using games and fun activities.

 

Our topics this term will include ‘All about Me’ where we have already begun to talk about the children’s families and pets, hobbies, likes and dislikes.  The children will explore this topic through creative activities, mark making, stories and play.

 

During our first couple of weeks we have been exploring a wonderful picture book, ‘You Choose’, which explores a range of scenarios where children can choose where they would like to live, sleep and play.  The book is great for encouraging discussion and the children have been really enjoying talking about it amongst themselves.

 

We will also be exploring ‘The Fox and the Star’ in depth this term. This is a beautiful fiction book, full of wonderful illustrations! We’re really looking forward to this one!

 

We’ve already started our phonics programme and will build on this daily.  It is a very effective and enjoyable way of teaching the children early reading skills.  The children will be bringing their first individual reading books home to share with you later this term.

 

The children will enjoy a class story every day.  We have a great selection of books in school and will be reading favourites by authors such as Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle, Judith Kerr, Michael Rosen and Shirley Hughes, amongst many others.

 

For our maths learning, we use the White Rose scheme, through which we aim to build deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths.  This is all done through practical and engaging activities.  This term we’ll be exploring matching and sorting, making comparisons and pattern.

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