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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!
Summer Term 1
We hope you all had a fantastic Easter holidays and that you gave your brains a big rest! We cannot wait to see you again and get started on all our learning for this half term. This half term starts with some very eggciting (this is a bit of a clue!) visitors to the classroom. Can you guess who these visitors might be? They will be with us for two weeks and will start us off on our new topic learning 'Welcome to …. Farm' The children will be deciding on a name for our farm together. We will be turning the classroom into a farm for the summer term, with a vets inside as our role play and we will be growing lots of things outside. We already planted some potatoes before half term and the children will continue to plant more things in their house teams- we will be growing carrots, courgettes, spinach, beetroot, lettuce, radishes and tomatoes! We will also be planting some more summer bedding plants. As the weather gets warmer we will be doing lots of our learning outside, we have our very own ice cream role play outside too! We spent a day in the holidays getting the classroom ready for you so have a look at the photographs of our new areas of learning!
Overview of learning this half term
Please see the different sections of the web page below for more details of our learning this half term
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.
19.04.21-30.04.21- Special visitors in the classroom!
03.05.21- Bank holiday
10.05.21- Assessment week
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. Tricky words will be uploaded on a Monday.
Please make sure you read to and with your children every night.
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. . Show and Tell we take place in children's house groups.
Monday 19th April- Dales
Monday 26th April- Rivers
Tuesday 4th May- Lakes
Monday 10th May- Moors
Monday 17th May- Dales
Monday 24th May- Rivers
Curriculum this half term
This half term we be focusing on encouraging the children to write more independently, we will be focusing on the children becoming independent in writing simple sentences. We will begin by spending two weeks writing diaries about our special visitors! We will be making sure that the children are representing the sounds they have learnt correctly in their writing. The children will continue to recap their Set 2 sounds, we will also be learning the names of the letters and what these look like- capital letters.
This half term we will continue our Big Write sessions, these will take place once a week. Big Write is where the children all sit down together and have a go at writing something independently- without the help of an adult. They will draw on all the skills that they practise in their RWI sessions and practise sounding out independently and then reading back their work. This half term we will be trying to write more than just simple sentences and having a go at writing descriptions, recounts, instructions and stories! Big Write gives children the opportunity to write at length and experience different genres of writing. It also helps prepare the children for Year 1.
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
Reading books will be changed on Monday and should be returned on a Friday. Children will receive two books every Monday.All reading records have now gone online on the go read website which will be a digital reading record. If you do not have a login for the site, please let a member of the Reception team know. 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 be practising and improving our sending and receiving skills using bean bags, quoits, hoops and a variety of balls. We will also be continuing with our River Bear Yoga.
This term we will begin a new topic called 'Welcome to ….. farm.' Further information can be found below once we have announced the topic to the children.
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.
We will be having a focus week to learn about Easter and New Life. The children will listen to and discuss the Easter story, and make links to why we celebrate with Easter eggs, hot cross buns, cards and church services.
The children will carry out machine/ technology hunts to consolidate their understanding of the technology we use every day.
To begin with we will practise all the French we have learnt so far. Try asking your child to say hello, goodbye, yes and no. Then we will move onto counting in French, linked as usual with lots of rhymes and songs. Finally we will learn about what school is like for French children.
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 democracy when we have a vote for the name of our class farm. We will think about the rule of law when we talk about the countryside code.