“Play is the highest form of research”
Our teacher is Mrs Bashford and our teaching assistants are Miss Draycott and Mr Norgrove. In Reception we want the children to have fun with their learning, be curious and creative, try their best and become independent learners.
Reception is a very important and exciting time where the children learn skills to enable them to become confident and independent learners. The children have lots of opportunities to learn and explore through meaningful play within the provision. The children will learn through a mixture of adult led and child initiated learning. Our aim is to create an inquisitive and creative learning environment to engage and encourage creative thinking.
We observe what the children can do, how well the children are learning and use this to plan their next steps. We document this learning in our floor books, wall displays and in the children’s Learning Journeys. We try our best to cater to the children’s interests and to inspire and engage the children. We do not just learn indoors, we take our learning outdoors as often as possible, in all weathers! We do various activities every day and send parents a message via Marvellousme to inform you of what your child is learning.
How your child is learning at home is very important to us. You can email us at school to share experiences or fill in a Wow moment for your child’s Learning Journey. By letting us know your child’s achievements and enjoyments outside of school we can build upon these experiences in school.
We are trialling in the moment planning so we can respond to the children’s interests as they develop. We have also been trialling Tapestry to log some of our children’s learning. If your child has been added, you will have received an invitation to access this. We would love to hear your feedback on this.
Our Class Promise
At the start of our year in Reception we made a class promise, created from the children’s ideas of what is important to them.
Our new Topic for Autumn is “Tell me a story…”, we will be sharing lots of our favourite stories as a class but also encouraging the children to tell us a story and create new stories. We can’t wait to read together, discover new stories we love and create some amazing stories ourselves.
This term we are working with the children to develop their mark-making skills and forming pre-writing shapes. We are working really hard to help the children learn to write their names and this is something they can practise at home too.
We will also continue to learn our tricky words – Tricky Words and Sight Words Song – YouTube
Some children will be focussing on rhyme and alliteration in Phonics before moving on to segmenting and blending words. We follow a RWI programme for Phonics and will be beginning to develop our sounds, letters and formation to help with our writing.
Remember to keep practising writing names, letter recognition and letter formation at home too!
This half term we will be focussing on shapes, particularly 2D shapes to support our mark-making skills. We will be hunting for shapes in the environment and seeing what we can create with different shapes. We will also be practising our counting and number skills which will support discussions about sides and corners or our shapes.
These songs are fantastic to help the children with their Maths skills:
This is document is brilliant to help the children practise their number formation too.
Remember to keep practising counting, number recognition and number formation at home too!
Children are expected to complete a homework task each week from the grid in the front of their homework books. There are other activities you could be doing with your children at home to ensure they make as much progress as possible this academic year, especially after their experiences of isolations and lockdowns during the pandemic.
- Social Skills such as sharing and playing together with friends are opportunities which have been limited during the pandemic. Play games with your children, sing rhymes with them, go for nature walks and encourage them to play out in all weathers – we do at school!
- Reading to your child / with your child every day is proven to help support develop their early reading skills. There is nothing a child loves more than snuggling up with a book a bedtime.
- Writing with your child and drawing shapes and pictures will help with pencil grip and formation of shapes and letters. Please encourage your child to try writing their name at every opportunity.
- Number skills are really important for children in Reception to help prepare them for addition and subtraction. Please practise when ever you can, counting steps, items in the kitchen and so on.
Games and activity videos
Topmarks has a great range of subject related games and activities that can be accessed on a tablet or laptop – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Jack Hartman – I love to rhyme – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVophT8naUM&t=53s
Alliteration – The Alliteration Song – YouTube
Cosmic Kids Zen Den – Superpower Listening | Cosmic Kids Zen Den – Mindfulness for kids – YouTube
Dance Freeze – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UcZWXvgMZE
Action song – I’m so happy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUXk8Nc5qQ8
Shake our sillies out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03zqJQJRLN0
Reminders for children in school:
- Homework will be given out on a Monday. It is up to you and your child to complete one piece of homework each week. Homework books need to be returned to every Friday for homework to be marked.
- Each child must bring their book bag each day, along with their reading record and book.
- Make sure you read three times a week with your child please. We encourage you to reread books with your child, this will help your child to remember repeated phrases and the more they see words the quicker they will become at reading them.
- Please label everything! Jumpers, cardigans and water bottles are essential.
- We do Outdoor Learning on a Wednesday and sometimes a Thursday afternoon in all weathers.
- We use our outdoor provision daily so wellies and a change of clothes are essential, please bring in a set to leave in school.
- Each child needs arrive in PE kit on a Friday morning, ready for our PE activities.
To be confirmed.