Mary cassatt Class
Welcome to Mary Cassatt Class!
Our classroom is called Mary Cassatt, a painter and print maker popular for depicting the theme of mother-child relationship. Reception children have already drawn inspiration from Mary Cassatt’s work and created their own work on this subject.
Reception children have only recently begun their learning journey and will be working towards mastering the fundamentals, like writing their own name.
During this first term, they will be learning sounds, how to blends them in order to form simple short words, and how to write them. Singing and dancing play an important role in this learning process.
Children will be exposed to a wide variety of stories inspired by topics for this term; All about me and Celebrations. Children will be learning about their families, feeling and emotions, and their five senses. They will also find out about different British celebrations (e.g. Bonfire Night) as well as Christian festivals (e.g. Christmas) and festivals from other traditions (e.g. Diwali). Here are some of the stories we will be reading:
- The Kissing Hand
- Owl Babies
- The Colour Monster
- The Listening Walk
- Rama and Sita
- Winnie and Wilbur meet Santa
The children will talk about those stories, answer questions about them and do activities inspired by them.
Children love counting how many children there are in our classroom every day and are constantly exposed to shapes in their surrounding environment (e.g. windows are square, clocks are circular, etc.). Maths is an integral part of our daily life even though we are not aware of it. The key things Reception children will learn to do in maths are:
- Reciting and recognising numbers 0 to 20, including counting backwards.
- Recognising, continuing and creating patterns.
- Naming a range of 2D shapes and beginning to recognise 3D shapes.
- Addition and subtraction.
- Measuring items and comparing them in terms of length.
- Beginning to use language related to money.
We are a Christian school and we aim at helping children discover and understand our religious beliefs and practices. During this first term, children will focus on the following topics:
- The story of Creation
- Why is Christmas special for Christians?
Day 1: Light
Day 3: Plants
The children will have sports lessons on Mondays and Thursdays. One of our main goals is for children to be able to change clothes independently and become aware of the fact that they are responsible for placing them in a safe place. We will also be working towards developing their spatial awareness, their ability to jump in a variety of ways as well as their ability to maintain their balance.
If you want to support your child at home, please help them with their homework. This will also give you an insight into what we have been doing in school so you can practise further at home. Encourage your child to read or pretend to be reading, and write or pretend to be writing. Visit the park, shops, libraries and museums. Give them a plant which they will be responsible for. At such young age, everything can be turned into a learning opportunity. Be imaginative and creative and don’t hesitate to come to us if you need any help or support.