Reception

Class Teacher – Mrs S Clarke
Teaching Assistants – Miss Bellair, Mrs Morris and Mr Rigby

‘The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences’ Loris Malaguzzi

Our children in Reception learn through enhanced continuous provision, both in our indoor and outdoor classroom. Our children learn through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, these are:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

These are important life skills and attitudes which support children in being ready to face challenges, explore and extend their learning.

We have 7 different areas of learning these are broken down into our Prime and Specific areas.

Our Prime Areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Our specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

All of the activities planned within our EYFS key stage are linked to these areas of learning with close attention paid to the characteristics of effective learning.

What’s happening this term in Reception?

All of our wonderful children have enjoyed settling back into a brand routine and have had a very busy and exciting start to the term.

This term we will be focusing on Ourselves. During this topic we will spend a lot of time looking at our own names and exploring the different letters in our name. We will be talking about our families and what is special to us. This will help everyone get to know each other a little better and help build some new friendships! In the coming weeks we will be looking at the season of Autumn. We may need your help and support in finding Autumnal objects outdoors which we can explore in school. Further information will be sent home nearer the time.

Our core text for this half term is called ‘Aaaarrgghh Spider’ by Lydia Monks. This story is about a spider who wants nothing more than to be a family pet! We will be talking all about our own pets and the types of animals we could and couldn’t keep as pets!

We cannot wait to explore the story of ‘Aaaarrgghh Spider’ Please keep checking Tapestry to find out more about our learning and keep an eye out for a home learning challenge coming soon!

In phonics we will be starting to teach Phase 2 letter sounds and key words. Phonics is taught daily and a new letter sounds is introduced each day. We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme incorporating Jolly Phonics. All Jolly Phonics songs with action can be found on Youtube. We would encourage parents to allow children to access these to help embed their learning.

Cbeebies ‘Alphablocks’ is also a very educational and beneficial programme for the children to be watching which will help teach them the skills of blending and segmenting.

This term in mathematics we will be concentrating on numbers. We will be looking at numbers up to 10 hopefully progressing to 20 towards the end of term. As well as counting, we will be focusing on recongising numbers, ordering numbers and looking at numbers that are one more and one less.

In Come and See we are learning about Ourselves. During this topic we will be talking about how special and unique we all.

What can I be doing at home?

Reading to your child every day! Reading allows children to enter a new world, learn new words, new cultures, new experiences and develops imagination. It provides the chance to question, predict and most of all enjoy!

Find reasons to write. Before going shopping, write down lists of what you will need. Ask your child to write down the first sound of the items, whilst shopping ask children to find the b,b,b bread. Draw pictures and write captions of the things you have been doing at home and over the weekends.

Practice recognising your numbers every day and counting out objects to match. Find 1 more and less than numbers and create your own number problems. Count, count count!

Can you create your own maths problems? 

If I have 5 sweets but I ate 1 how many would I have left?

How many beads can you put into the pot into 1 minute?

Useful information

Tapestry is used daily by staff to record children’s learning. Please try to log in regularly to access your children’s achievements and successes and inform us of any out of school activities.

Each Monday we collect £1 which is used to buy snack for your child throughout the week. All contributions are greatly valued to ensure your child has a healthy week at school.

In Reception we have access to our outdoor classroom daily to keep us physically active and healthy. In addition to this, our planned PE day is Wednesday. PE will commence after October half term.

Please ensure ALL your child’s clothing has names on it. As they go through the wash names do tend to fade so please keep checking to ensure that things don’t go missing, especially jumpers and cardigans.

Many thanks for your continued support in school and at home.

Mrs Clarke