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Welcome to Reception!
Coming into school in the morning: Thank you for encouraging your children to come into the classroom independently, this really helps them to settle quickly and get organised for their busy day.
The children lined up along the fence wonderfully on Friday morning when we rang the bell rang. Thank you for your support with this and we will continue to line up along the fence when Mr Cook rings the bell next week.
Friday RESPECT code Leaf Celebration Assembly:
Every Friday, Reception attend our RESPECT code assembly. This is an assembly where the whole school comes together to share and learn about children from each class who have demonstrated aspects of our RESPECT code through their learning and play. Two children from each class are chosen each week and the class teacher tells the whole school the amazing things the children have done during that week linked to our RESPECT code. The children stand up in front of the whole school and are given a special sticker from Mr Cook or Mrs Myers. A leaf, sharing what the children have done, is then put up in the hall. Be proud of your children all the time, because we are, but be extra proud of them if they come home on a Friday with a special Headteacher sticker!
Please read the sections of the website below for details about what we are learning about in the different subject areas this half term. We hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!
The Reception team
The Reception staff team consists of Miss Hicks, who is the SENDCo, class teacher and a member of the Senior
Leadership team, Mrs Letheren, who is our RE Leader and class teacher and Mrs Wilson, Mrs Naylor, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek who are teaching assistants. Miss Hicks will be teaching all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Mrs Letheren will be teaching alternate Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs Meek will be teaching alternate Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Wilson will be our teaching assistant every morning. On a Monday and Tuesday Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant in the afternoon and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Mrs Naylor will be our teaching assistant. We also welcome Mr Seaton to our school who will be joining us full time in reception.
WOW, reception were absolutely amazing in the whole school Harvest Celebration! All the children joined in with the singing and actions and it was fantastic to see them with big smiles on their faces. They were so proud of themselves afterwards and all the staff in Reception thought they displayed a huge amount of courage by singing in front of so many people for the first time.
Reception have had a really busy couple of weeks. Last week, we were learning about harvest and preparing for our Harvest Celebration. We enjoyed practising ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’ and putting the actions to the song. We have been reading the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and have been thinking about how wheat is turned into bread. We worked in groups and retold the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ taking on the role of the different characters. This week, we have been learning about British Values, which are an important part of our school and also about becoming a superhero learner. We learnt about the British values of democracy, individual liberty, mutual tolerance and respect and the rule of the law. We created our own superhero rules for the classroom. We created our own superheroes and talked about what makes us a superhero learner by thinking about values from the RESPECT code. We also worked in pairs and designed superhero friendship bracelets for each other by following a repeating pattern. We have also been creating our own repeating patterns by printing with leaves.
The sounds we have been learning are: t i n p g
Once we have finished this next group of sounds, we will send home the sheets to help your children practise at home.
In maths we have been learning all about the number one and zero. The children have been thinking of different ways to show their understanding of one and zero. The children have been thinking about one as an amount, one as a quantity, first means position one, once means one time and one less than one is, one more than one is. We have been looking for the number one in our environment and in our world by looking at house numbers, bus numbers, 1p coins. We have also been looking at circles.
Wow! Your children are all amazing and what a fantastic couple of weeks they have had. The children are doing so well learning their new routines and are really developing their independence within the classroom. Over the past couple of weeks we have been learning all about our school RESPECT code and are therefore well on our way to becoming superhero learners! The children know so many of the words linked to our RESPECT code and what they mean. We decided that one of the most important words in the RESPECT code is 'perseverance'. The children have been very mature in applying this word when they are doing their learning, saying things like 'if I just keep going and keep trying I will get there' and ' I cant give up, I have to keep trying'. The children have also enjoyed talking about JOY and showing joy in their learning. They have been all worked hard to show great courage too, this could be coming into school independently or trying something new. The children have thoroughly enjoying doing a Superhero RESPECT code hunt and have been very busy working together to find miniature RESPECT code symbols hidden around the classroom and outdoor area.
This week the children have started their Literacy and Mathematics lessons. We have started our phonics by learning the following sounds this week: m a s d.
The days are now very full of learning so you may notice that the children become quite tired! This week we have been focusing on ourselves and our families and what makes us special superheroes! We have been thinking about who we love and why we love them and what makes a good friend. We have been making our very own friendship bracelets for our friends and have been thinking about the colours and patterns they might like.
Next week we will learning about and preparing for our Harvest Celebration. We really hope that as many of you as possible can join us on Wednesday 9th October.
Tommy the Travelling Bear is making his first trip home with a member of reception class this weekend!
Thank you to the parents who have already brought in some ‘WOW’ stars from home. We enjoy hearing about what the children have been achieving at home so if your child does something you feel is significant to their development, or something they have not done before, or conquers a fear, or tries something new, we would LOVE to hear about it. Please write on the start telling us what happened and the date. You can even include a picture if you like! The star will then be stuck into their learning journey books and will help us build up a wider profile of your child. If you need more ‘WOW’ stars, they are available on our class webpage or from the classroom
Reception are ready to go!
A huge thank you to you all for welcoming us into your homes last week. We loved meeting all the children and find that visiting them in their home environment is a wonderful way to really get to know them and an excellent opportunity for you to let us know any important information. If there is anything that you forgot, please do not hesitate to pop in to see us.
Wow! What a fantastic start! The children have done brilliantly during their first week in school and are really settling in. We are really impressed by how hard they have tried to come in on their own and to use all our areas of play and learning safely and cooperatively. They have listened really well and as a result, are learning all the new routines of the school day quickly. We have been focusing on organising and putting on our belongings independently, tidying up our learning resources, lining up at playtimes and taking turns to speak during carpet time. We are all super proud of how independent the children have been at lunchtime too. The have all managed to carry trays with plates and cups on and find their seats. Miss Hicks, Mrs Letheren and Mrs Wilson have been with the children in the hall and observed some lovely table manners and children trying really hard to cut their food using a knife and fork. The children have also been learning to clear away their plates and cutlery and scrape any left over food into our food waste box, this is a very tricky skill but one that has really improved. Our Lunchtime Leaders are also on hand to help! Your children are have all been amazing and many are already beginning to grow in independence, confidence, perseverance and resilience. We’ll be exploring some of these words next week when we start to learn about the school RESPECT Code so that everyone can become Superhero Learners!
Gentle reminder: Please remember to send letters or emails if your child is being collected by another adult, so that we can ensure that all children remain safe. If you have family or friends who are allowed to collect on certain days or indeed on any day, please send this information to us and we can use it for the year.
We think that we are in for an amazing year!
The Reception Team
The children start school full time during the third week of term (wk. beg 16.09.19) During this week we will continue to observe the children playing and will also do some very short 1:1 assessments with the children to inform our observations and help build up a full picture of your child's development, we will also teach the children about the RESPECT code through the use of stories.
We understand that your child starting school for the first time can be overwhelming and that there is a lot of information to take in! We will be bringing a letter to the home visits with us that contains all the information that you need and also has your child's start date on it. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email or ring the school office and Mrs Letheren or Miss Hicks can arrange a time to ring you back.
We absolutely love what we do and we cannot wait to begin the year with your children and help them develop a life-long love of learning.
Our PE day this half term will be Friday. During this lesson the children will focus on particular skills and aspects of PE. However the children have access to physical development opportunities every day both inside and outside of the classroom. Physical development in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is a prime area of development. Part of this includes developing children’s knowledge and skills in taking responsibility for their own health and self –care. The EYFS states that ‘children manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully including dressing and going to the toilet independently’. For this reason, Reception children should bring their PE kit to school in a draw string bag at the start of every term. Their PE kit will stay in school and children will practice getting dressed and undressed independently at the start of every formal PE lesson. Reception children will take their PE kit home at the end of every half term to be washed.
Once your child has been given a reading book, book changing days will be Mondays and Thursdays, please note that books will only be changed if your child's reading record has been signed. Books will not be sent home with the children as soon as they start Reception. Children will be given a reading book to take home when Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren have assessed them as being ready.
Show and Tell
Show and Tell will be on a Monday. This is an opportunity for children to talk to, and/or show the whole class about something important to them. This may be something they did or created at the weekend or out of school or it could be something from home that is special to them. Show and Tell helps us to get to know the children and their achievements and interests outside of school, it is also a fantastic opportunity to practice their speaking, listening and questioning skills. Children do not have to participate every week, this is an optional activity. We will start Show and Tell from the week beginning 23rd September as we would like the children to settle into the new routines during their first full time week.
Tommy the Travelling Bear
Tommy the Travelling bear will be sent home with a different child every Friday and should be returned preferably by Monday but no later than Wednesday of the following week. Tommy will be part of your family for the weekend, the class love hearing about what he has been up to! Tommy activities can be recorded in his book with writing and/or pictures, please see Tommy's book for more details.
18-09-19: Read Write Inc Meeting at 6.30pm
04-10 -19: Individual School Photos taken by Tempest photographers.
09-10-19: Harvest Celebration. Time TBC
16-10-19: Reception Topic Share Maths Afternoon. Surnames A-K 1.15pm - 2.05pm, L-Z 2.15pm- 3.05pm
21-10-19: School Nursing team to visit school and complete height and vision checks.
04-11-19: Staff Training Day - school closed to pupils.
14-11-19 and 21-11-19: Parent Consultation Evening
21-11-19: Reception Topic Share afternoon.
10.12.19 - Christmas Performance (2.00 - 3.00pm)
12.12.19 - Christmas Performance (10.00 - 11.00am)
11-12-19: Flu Vaccination Programme (Information to follow from the School Nursing Team)
06-01-20: Staff Training Day
05-03-20 and 12-03-20: Parent Consultation Evening
31-03-20: Reception Share afternoon - Come and the dance we have been learning during PE. 2.45 - 3.05pm
01-06-20: Staff Training Day
18-06-20: Reception Topic Share Afternoon
This is the place to check in each fortnight to find out about all the exciting things we have been up to!
We will be starting our RWI lessons on Monday 23rd September. Our first sounds will be m, a, s d, t. We will be learning a new sound each day.
Learning logs in Reception will not be sent home every week they will be set when appropriate to the children's learning and often link with what the children have or will be learning at school. Inside the learning log there will be a learning challenge set by the teachers, tasks and expected timeframes for the return of completed learning logs will vary depending on the challenge set. Time frames and expectations will always be clearly communicated to both children and parents at the setting of each task.
Learning Logs are a unique personalised home / school learning resource for children. In the Learning Logs, children record their responses to learning challenges set by their teachers. Each log will become a unique record of a child's thinking and learning. The children can demonstrate their learning in a way that suits them. Learning logs are an excellent opportunity for parents to contribute to their children's learning journey and profile in Reception and have fun learning together! We really value any annotations or notes about how your child has been carrying out the learning log at home.
Curriculum this half term
The curriculum in Reception is holistic and not separated into subjects. The curriculum is set out into areas of learning. We do not explicitly make links to these area when talking to the children about topic learning. However when teachers plan topic learning is planned using these areas. As parents we realise that you might like to know which areas of the curriculum the topic learning links to and so we have provided the curriculum links for you. Please note that all learning that takes place in Reception covers all the areas of learning however the links provided are the ones that we are particularly focusing on that week. Literacy (reading and writing) and Mathematics forms part of all the topic learning that we do. In order to prepare the children for Year One we will where appropriate link learning to the national curriculum subjects such as History, Science, Geography.
Below is a key for the areas of learning;
PSED= Personal, Social and Emotional development
C&L= Communication and Language
PD= Physical development
UW= Understanding the world
EAD= Expressive Arts and Design.
Please see the web links at the bottom of the page for more detailed information on the Early Year curriculum and areas of learning.
Our topic for this half term is Superheroes!
More information to follow!
We will be starting our RWI lessons on Monday 23rd September. Our first sounds will be m, a, s d, t. We will be learning a new sound each day.
We follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme of work in our Literacy lessons. We use this scheme to teach the children to read and write.We will learn a different sound each day. We will practise saying, reading and writing that sound. The children will recap every sound they have learnt each day so that learning can be consolidated. Sounds that the children have been learning that week will be sent home at the end of the week so that you can support your child practising at home.
When the children can say, read and write sounds confidently then they will start to take part in 'word time' activities. This is where the children start to read ( by blending the sounds together) and write ( by segmenting the sounds) three letter cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words made up of the sounds they already know.
In Reception the children will have opportunities to read and write in all areas of the classroom and areas of the classroom will be enhanced at different times to encourage the children to read and write words and sentences using the skills they have learnt during RWI lessons. It is also really important that children are read to and are exposed to a variety of different text types. We will read stories to the children most days. Some weeks we may have focus stories that are linked to our topic. We will let you know what these stories are throughout the year. Please continue to read with your children at home as often as possible.
The children will take a reading book home when Miss Hicks and Mrs Letheren have assessed them as being ready. The reading books your child brings home are different to those we use in class for the teaching of specific reading skills. The home reading books are designed for your child to ‘show off’ to you about how well they are doing with their reading. They should never present too much of a challenge or become a chore; by using these Oxford Reading Tree books (based on the adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper) we hope to foster a love of reading and an enjoyment of books that your child will carry with them into adulthood. Remember to read the books more than once and ask plenty of questions. Understanding the story is just as important as being able to read the words so look at the pictures and ask questions about how the characters might be feeling, predict what might happen next or ask why a certain character did what they did. We do not hear your child read every reading book that we send home however we assess your child in their reading all the time as part of their RWI lessons and will move them up to the next stage when they are ready.
This year we will be focusing more on incorporating Mathematics into our daily routines in Reception, during tidy up time and other transition points throughout the day the adults in the classroom will be scaffolding the children's maths learning in a variety of different ways, by counting resources, ordering resources, working out how many children are here and how many children have milk, how many more straws we need to make 10 etc. More information about this will be shared in the maths afternoon.
Miss Hicks will be focusing on the number strand of Mathematics including addition and subtraction.
We will start our number strand by practising subitising - this is being able to say how many are in a group without counting them because the children just 'know'.
Mrs Letheren will be focusing on the shape, space and measure strand of Mathematics.
The Shape, Space and Measure learning we do will be directly linked to the number of the week. We will explain this further during our Maths Parent Afternoon.
Position & Direction
More information to follow.
Our PE lessons will now be on Thursday afternoons. When possible, we will try to get outside to enjoy the fresh air whilst exercising, so please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit in school. We will focus on the key skills of agility, balance and co-ordination through individual, paired, group and whole class activities and games. Each session will include a warm up activity where we will discuss how our bodies change and the importance of physical exercise. We will of course be mastering the art of getting changed independently and not losing any of our uniform!
More information to follow.
We will be giving the children their first taste of linguistics! It is widely reported that young children pick up languages easily. The children will take part in a whole class French session every week. We will start by focusing on greetings using fun actions, rhymes and games.
This half term we will be focusing on the British value of the 'Rule of Law'. We will be thinking about why rules are important.
British Values include;