Honeybourne Primary Academy
Turning potential into success

Welcome to Honey Bee Class – Reception bee clipart

 Welcome to Honeybee Class with Mrs Edwards (Class Teacher), Mrs Elliott, Miss Williamson, Miss Stephenson, Miss Tranter and Mrs Slater (Classroom Support Professionals).

AutumnTerm 1  

 The children have settled in beautifully to their new classroom - making friends, learning names and exploring their new school.

Our focus topics for the Autumn term are: My Life Milestones, Me and My Family and House Pets. We will be having lots of circle times, getting to know each other, speaking and listening and turn taking in groups. Through this topic we will write for different purposes, trying hard to use the correct initial sound and any other sounds in the word that we can hear. We will write birthday cards, shopping lists, simple captions and labels.

In other areas we will be learning about primary colours and how to mix these to make new colours. We will be drawing and painting pictures of ourselves, our families and pets. We have forest school every Friday where we explore the forest school area on our school field - we will share stories, look for signs of Autumn and talk about the different seasons and changes in weather. We will make pictures from fallen leaves, create leaf rubbings and help Mrs Elliott plant bulbs and look after the flowers and vegetables in our garden. 

 In maths we will be sorting objects into 'same' and 'different' as well as by size, colour and shape. We will be comparing amounts - looking at which group has more, less or the same. We will practise counting, making sure that we count items carefully by touching or moving them and sing lots of counting songs! We will also explore pattern by copying, extending and creating a range of different patterns. This half term will focus on a deeper understanding of 1, 2, 3: counting, representing these numbers in different ways, forming the numbers correctly, understanding one more and one less and notice that all numbers are made up of smaller numbers - like numberblocks!

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We use the 'Monster Phonics' scheme to help us learn sounds and key words. We practise our phonics every day and use our growing phonic knowledge in our reading and writing. We take home keyrings with sounds on as well as a Monster Phonics reading book to share at home too. 

In class we use the 'Zones of Regulation' to help us identify different feelings. We talk about the colours associated with different feelings, recognise different facial expressions and talk about times when we have felt specific emotions. We watch 'Inside Out' and relate this to our own experiences and feelings. 


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Links below to practice the letter sound and names - sing along and learn!

Letter sounds and names -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PmB3SIjNdQ

Phase 2 tricky words - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0

Phase 3 tricky words - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY

Phase 4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4