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Welcome to Reception!
Please read the sections of the website below for details about what we are learning about in the different areas of the learning this half term. We hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic, literacy and mathematics information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Friday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!
Happy New Year!
Thank you so so so much for our amazing gifts at the end of last term!
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas! You all deserved a very big rest after an amazing first term at school. The Reception team are so excited to see you again! We have lots planned for this half term. We will begin the half term with a focus on being thankful and thinking about how we can be kind to others. We will be writing thankyou letters for our Christmas presents and we will also be thinking about what other things we are thankful for in our lives. In the second week of this term we will be learning about the story of Noah's Ark, we will be thinking about the message in the story and the promise that God made to Noah. We will be writing our own promises (New Years Resolutions) about what we want to achieve this year. In RWI we will start by recapping all the sounds we learnt last term and we will continue to practise reading and writing words. We will also be learning letter names (Capital letters). We will then move on to learning 'Set 2' sounds. We will continue to put the sounds the children are learning each week on the web page every Friday. We will also continue to learn a 'Rhyme of the week' each week, this will be available for you to see every Friday on the web page. Rhyme and learning rhymes play a key part in early reading and literacy development so any practise you can do at home is great!
This half term we will be encouraging the children to try and do more and more independent writing and reading during their play and each week we will be enhancing our writing area with different things in order to motivate the children to write. Please encourage your children to have a go at writing independently at home and remember to put some pictures on Tapestry if you catch them writing or reading! We will also be continuing to learn more numbers and will be starting to learn how these numbers can be combined and partitioned. Please take a look at the different sections of the web page for more detail on different subjects.
If you need to speak to us about anything, please don't hesitate to email the school office to arrange a telephone appointment.
The Reception team
The Reception team for this year will be:
Mrs Swift (Early Years Leader and SLT)- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Mrs Letheren- Alternate Wednesday afternoons, Thursday and Friday
Mrs Wilson (Teaching assistant)- Monday and Tuesday all day, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings
Mrs Naylor (Teaching assistant)- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons
Mrs Meek (HLTA)- Monday afternoon when Mrs Swift is having her leadership time and planning exciting things for the whole school!
We really value your input into your children's learning and see parents as partners in this. You know your children the best and you will be able to tell us lots about their learning and development outside of school, which really helps us to build up a full and rounded picture of the children. With this in mind our virtual classroom door is always open, even if our physical one cannot be at this time. Any queries that you may have are hugely valued so please do not hesitate to contact any member of the school team. We understand that it is going to be difficult not having face to face contact with the Reception team and not being able to enter the classroom so we want to make sure we are as accessible as possible. We will be happy to arrange phone calls with parents to discuss any concerns and answer questions. We will also update the web page regularly with pictures and videos of the children.
There may be some days when Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren are not in the classroom teaching. This is usually because we are on a course learning new things and getting new ideas for the curriculum and classroom! On these occasions we will always tell the children who will be teaching them and we will always try to make it someone from the Reception team.
This section will be updated fornightly on a Friday so please keep checking back for updates
Homework may be set on a Monday and the children will have two weeks to complete it; however are aware that just being at school is a lot for Reception children and they are very tired after school and on a weekend so we will only send homework where it is relevant to what we have been learning or is something that the children have shown interest in. Homework will either be maths based or more of a topic based learning project that you can do together as a family. Therefore homework might not be set every two weeks so if nothing has been added to the website don't worry!
You do not need to return any homework to school, if you would like you can take pictures or observations of what you have been doing and upload them to Tapestry.
RWI sounds that the children have been learning during the course of the week will be uploaded onto the website on a Friday for you to practise at home.
Please make sure you read to and with your children every night.
After Christmas we will start sending home tricky words for the children to practise reading and writing- more information to follow
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. We will start Show and Tell once the children are settled in to school after half term. Show and Tell we take place in children's house groups.
Monday 4th January- Training day
Monday 11th January- Moors (Green)
Monday 18th January- Lakes (Yellow)
Monday 25th January- Dales (Red)
Monday 1st February-Rivers (Blue)
Monday 8th February- Moors (Green)
Curriculum this half term
We follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme of work in our phonics 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 as part of the whole class carpet input. The children will then move to the tables in small groups and practise writing the sounds they have learnt. The children will use whiteboard pens during our phonics lessons to begin with as they help with the 'flow' of letter formation and are easier to grip. There will be a big focus on children holding their whiteboard pens correctly and forming their letters correctly. RWI has rhymes in order to help the children do this. The children will recap every sound they have learnt each day so that learning can be consolidated. The children will also practise writing their full names. Sounds that the children have learnt each week will be sent home so that you can support your child with their learning.
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, this is so important for developing children's language and early reading skills
Week beginning 21st September- We read 'The Colour Monster' and talked about different feelings. We put some words on our Wow Word Wall- angry, calm, fear, afraid, happy, scared, and confused
Week beginning 28th September- We read 'The Runaway pea' which is the book that got sent home for you to read from the Book Trust. We focused on rhyming words and played some games with rhyming words and then thought of somewhere else the runaway pea could travel to on his next adventure and drew a picture. See the link at the bottom of the page for some rhyming activities you can do at home.
Reading books will be changed on Monday and should be returned on a Friday. Children will receive two books every Monday. At the moment we are unable to send reading logs home for parents to write in. If you would like your child's books to be changed then please make sure they come to school on a Friday. The children will take a reading book home when Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren have assessed them as being ready. Reading books will match children's current phonic level and this will be continually assessed when we listen to the children read in class. As a school, we have also invested in a new reading scheme. The new scheme works on both phonics and colour bands. There are now no levels. Because we have matched our older books to the scheme, some books may have levels on them but we have matched them to a colour band based on the phonic sounds in the book. This means that there may be a variety of different 'levels' of books within one colour band. Initially, the books have been grouped according to the phonic sounds in them and we have ordered them to match the order that we teach phonics in Read Write Inc. The reading books that children bring home are different to those we use in class for the teaching of specific reading skills. The home reading books are designed for children 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; 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. As well as your child's reading book, please continue to read other books at home and continue to read to your child daily if possible so that they are exposed to a wide range of different texts.
In Reception we focus heavily on incorporating Mathematics into our daily routines, 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 a maths meeting once the children have settled into school.
Mrs Swift will be focusing on the number strand of Mathematics including addition and subtraction.
Mrs Letheren will be focusing on the shape, space and measure strand of Mathematics. Shape, space and measure learning will link with our focus number for the week.
Our PE day this half term will be Thursday. 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’. Under normal circumstances the children would bring their PE kit to school so that they can practice getting changed independently, however due to the current circumstances the children will be coming to school dressed in their PE kit. In order to help the children achieve the Early Learning Goal in health and self-care please ensure that the children are dressing themselves as much as possible at home.
PE - THURSDAY
When possible, we will continue to try to get outside to enjoy the fresh air whilst exercising, so please ensure that your child wears the appropriate kit. We will continue to focus on the key skills of agility, balance and co-ordination, as well as introduce ball skills 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 endeavour to minimise physical contact and the sharing of equipment during our PE lessons.
Please check back soon for details of our new topic!
With the exception of phonics and some mathematics all our learning in Reception is topic based.The curriculum in Reception is holistic and not separated into subjects. The curriculum is set out into areas of learning. We have one topic that covers all areas of learning. We do not always explicitly make links to these areas when talking to the children about topic learning. However when teachers plan topic learning, it 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 opportunities provided as part of all 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. When planning for our topic we will also take into account our whole school curriculum drivers and plan learning that incorporates these.
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.
Our first topic will be about ‘Superheroes’ and this half term the children will be looking at what we need to become a superhero learner. Their learning will be based on the RESPECT code and how to become and life long learner! The Early Years Foundation Stage also has ' Characteristics of Effective Learning' which are central to all learning in Reception. These ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ will be reported on at the end of the year. As a school, we believe that these characteristics underpin all learning and it is extremely important that children learn and develop these skills to create a life- long love of learning. At the bottom of this page are links to all three documents, please take the time during your child's first few weeks at school to familiarise yourself with the language we use as a school when talking about the skills we need to learn as the children will be using lots of words from these documents in everyday life!
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 RE learning will be all about The Creation Story. The children will listen to and watch the story then be challenged to retell in themselves in small groups. They will begin to learn about Christianity, God, the Bible and become familiar with some of the symbols used throughout school in our Understanding Christianity scheme.
Following this, it’s on to learning about the true meaning of Christmas through stories, arts and crafts, music and glitter!
In our Technology Area, the children will begin to use our new listening centre and headphones to listen to stories, beginning with one of our focus stories Superworm! We will also be using the computer suite for the first time and learning how to click and drag using a mouse, which many children will not have done before.
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 each week. We will start by focussing on greetings using fun actions, rhymes and games.
British Values include;
These values are embedded throughout the curriculum in Reception and we focus on different values in each topic.
This half term we will be thinking about 'mutual respect for an tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith when we learn about Chinese New Year.