Learning is fun!!!
In Reception, a lot of our learning is done through play. Here are a few of the things we do in school to help support our learning.
We spend a few days a week doing either mindfulness or yoga. This helps us with calming techniques and also helps us to develop our gross motor skills. We find it encourages children to persevere as some moves can be more tricky, however the children continue to try and have a go and they become super proud of their progress.
We always start sessions sat on our bottoms, crossed legs, hands at our hearts and welcome each other by saying, 'Namaste'.
Please see below, an example of a mindfulness session and a poster of the yoga moves we are working on at the moment.
We are learning numbers 1-10. We need to be able to count from 1-10 and back again. We do this regularly throughout the day.
We also need to be able to count objects accurately. A good way to do this is to touch or point to the objects we are counting. We usually do this as part of our play or during a game.
We need to recognise that objects, fingers and dots can represent number (this is called subitising). A good way for us to learn this skill is through dice games......snakes and ladders, monopoly and lots of orchard toys games all have dice.
Number songs are fantastic too! A few of are favourites are:
- Alice the Camel
- 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer
- 10 in the bed
- 1,2,3,4,5, Once I caught a fish alive
- 5 currant buns
- 5 little ducks
Please encourage the children to show the correct number of fingers during the song and ask them to tell you what number comes next in the song.
We have also been doing Disco Digits twice a week where we are learning the shapes of the numbers through dance to help us to recognise and write numbers. The numbers we are currently working on are 1, 4 and 7.
At the moment during phonics, we are doing lots of listening games and tuning into sounds.
- We can close our eyes and listen to the sounds around us or go on a listening walk outside.
- We can also play fun rhyming games or listen to and sing rhymes! Rhyming stories are great too!!
- We can explore the sounds we can make with instruments....making loud/quiet sounds, slow/fast sounds and sounds that tap out a simple rhythm.
- We can explore sounds we can make too! A fun song we use is 'Mrs Mackenzie/Mrs Soper has a class, ee, igh, ee, igh, oh, and in that class she had a...' Each child has a turn to make a sound and everyone has to join in.
- We can also find people or objects just by listening to the beginning sound, for example, "If your name begins with a 't'" or "can you find me 5 objects beginning with a 's'?"
- We can oral segment and blend using 'robot talk' - "point to your 'f_ee_t'" or "Can you pass me the 's_p_oo_n'?"