Welcome to Reception
We are so pleased to welcome the children into our classes for the start of their school career. The children have settled really well and are happy and keen to learn.
Before we tell you all about the exciting things we do in Reception we would like to introduce to the staff. Mrs Heath is the Early Years lead and the teacher in RH. She is supported by her teaching assistant, Mrs Salt. Miss Marshall is the teacher in RM and is supported by her teaching assistant, Mrs Wason. Mrs Emery also works in Reception on a Friday to support Mrs Salt as Mrs Heath doesn't work on a Friday. This year we are excited to be back in the main school building and working together as an Early Years unit. This means that Reception children will be sharing provision across the two rooms and the outside area and our dedicated staff will be working with all the children.
Key Information for Reception classes:
PE is on a Monday and dance is on a Thursday. Please remember that the children need to come dressed in PE clothes.
Phonics - A new sound is introduced Monday to Thursday each week. Please practise this sound with your child by completing the two pages in the Phonics Homework books. Please return the book each day.
Autumn 1 Learning in Reception
We have had an amazing start to the Reception year with lots of inspiring learning opportunities. Our main focus this half term is phonics and the children are enjoying being immersed in multi-sensory activities both inside and outdoors to help them remember all the individual letter sounds. For example to reinforce the letter 'a' we invited the Animal Lady into school and had an exciting morning seeing and holding a variety of animals, we had a party and played pass the parcel and won prizes to reinforce the teaching of 'p' and had a teddy bear's tea party to support the teaching of 't'.
This half term in Maths we are introducing children to early number using Numberblocks, which helps to bring the numbers and ideas to life in the world around them. We then teach key mathematical ideas that are embedded in the programmes such as key mathematical concepts and mathematical language. The children then rehearse these skills practically through play.
Our topic this half term is 'Ourselves.' We have shared the story The Colour Monster which the children have loved. This has been a springboard for children to identify and discuss a range of emotions. We have even created sensory jars to represent the colours of the feelings in the book. The children really love holding these and talking about their own feelings. Next we will create our own self portraits looking closely at our features and then using these to discuss our similarities and differences. We will be learning that we are all unique and discussing what makes us special.
Partnership with Parents
In Reception, we value working alongside parents and encourage parents to share in our learning. This term we have held a successful literacy evening and explained how we teach Phonics, Reading and Writing in Reception. This will enable parents to better support their child's learning. We truly believe that parents play the key role in children's learning. They are experts on their own children and they are a child's first and enduring educators. We encourage parents to be actively involved in their children's learning and welcome home observations detailing what their children have accomplished at home. These can be added to the children's Learning Journey on Tapestry.