Reception Class

WELCOME TO RECEPTION CLASS
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TERM 2

Hello Reception, and welcome back to school!  You settled really well into school last term, and we are very proud of you!

We will be focusing this term on Autumn and celebrations. We will continue to talk about the seasonal changes we notice outside, remembering to wear warm clothes and keep safe in the colder weather. We will also be developing our understanding of feelings and emotions, what it means to be a good friend, and how we can be safe in lots of different situations, such as using the Internet. As part of our Mental Health focus week, we will be reading a lovely book called The Jar of Happiness.

As we develop our understanding of the world around us, we will be thinking about the materials around us, such as wood, metal, plastic, and where these come from. Our children have already been very excited in exploring the school environment and finding all sorts of materials.

Thinking about different people and communities, we will look at various special events, such as Bonfire Night, Remembrance, Diwali and Christmas. We will be finding out about special people in different belief systems, for instance the Prophet Mohammed, and Jesus, and reading from the Children’s First Quran  and Children’s First Bible.

Phonics and reading

We place great emphasis on reading in Reception, as an essential skill for life. Our children enjoy reading books for pleasure each morning, and then follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc (RWI) programme of phonics learning in groups according to their needs. We are learning to segment and blend simple words now, and are beginning to write simple words. We practise using and applying our phonics learning throughout the day.

Each week, we will have a story we will be following, and will practise retelling the story, acting it out, joining in with repeated phrases.

Adults in class will read with your child. Please ensure you read with your child every day, even if it is just for 5-10 minutes, and write this in their Reading Record.

Writing

We have formal practise of our writing each day. Every morning the children practise writing their name, and write the new letter sounds they have learned. They also practise writing simple words.

Within the classroom and outdoor environments, we have lots of mark making and writing materials, to allow children to practise their writing skills.

At home, you can practise writing your child’s name with them, the sounds they are learning in phonics, and simple words. You can use all kinds of materials, even using paint brushes and paint, chalk, or using a finger in flour!

Maths

We use the White Rose scheme of learning. The focus for this term is introducing all about numbers to 5, how we represent numbers, comparing numbers to each other, how numbers are made up of smaller amounts, and different places we can see and use numbers. We will look at some simple shapes and changes in night and day.

PE

Please note that we will have PE each Thursday. Due to Covid-19, please could your child come into school each Thursday wearing their PE kit, which they will wear all day.

Being Creative

We love to see our children using their creativity in songs, stories, role play, using a range of different materials. Adults encourage and support children in accessing different materials, and in producing creations they are proud of. 

As well as learning together, our children continue to have access to the indoor and outdoor environments so they can follow their interests. Staff seek to add to the environment in keeping with the children’s interests, and the environments are designed to give your child lots of opportunities to put their new learning into practice, to try things out and find things out themselves. This is so important for your child, as the repetitions in their learning help new ideas to be firmly developed, so that learning can be applied, both in Reception and throughout their school career. 

How you can help your child:

- Encourage your child to develop their independence, e.g. in dressing themselves, using a knife and fork, pencil and scissors;

- Talk to your child about school, what they are doing and how they feel

- Enjoy sharing books, comics, online reading games with your child. Look at packaging of favourite foods from shops and the words and pictures on them

- Sing and share songs and rhymes with your child

- Notice and talk about numbers, patterns and shapes around you

- Practise reading and writing your child’s name with them. This can be in chalk, pencil, paint, in the mud!

- If you have magnetic numbers and letters at home, put some on the fridge and play games with them.

- Encourage your child to explore and find out about things they are interested in. 

Further information and useful websites:

Phonics (reading and writing): https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/ 

Keeping in touch:

Tapestry: https://tapestryjournal.com/s/st-pauls-cp-school-nursery - Please keep looking at and liking observations about your child, and even add your own!

Padlet: https://padlet.com/emmaward2/p4cyhibob7arbkc6 

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Ward, Mrs West & Mrs Callow.


 

Hello and a huge welcome to all our new Reception children and their families! We are delighted to meet you!

We will be focusing this term on All About Me! This will involve us getting to know your child and you, and your child getting to know their new teachers, friends, school environment, and daily routines.

At first, we will be spending short (and slowly increasing to longer periods) periods on the mat together, for our register, singing songs, listening to stories, games and rhymes, developing confidence in talking to each other about what is special to us, and learning new things. The majority of our day will be spent allowing and encouraging your child to explore and develop their play and learning in the indoor and outdoor environments. It is very important for your child to have the skills they need to be successful, life-long learners. We call these skills the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These are:

Playing and exploring – engagement

Active learning – motivation

Creating and thinking critically – thinking

As well as these important foundations for learning, we will also be looking at your child’s current development in their Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Skills (both large movements and finer movements), and their Communication and Language (listening, attention, understanding and speaking). Each child may well have different starting points, and we will build on these to help your child on their learning journey. These three areas of learning are crucial in order for your child to be ready for learning in more formal areas, which are Phonics & Literacy (reading and writing), Maths (number and space, shape and measure), Understanding the World (the world they live in and the people), and Expressive Arts and Design (using different materials and being imaginative).

In Reception, we are constantly learning. Learning may be a short, formal input session on the mat, or a small group session. This learning is then applied in the class and outdoor environments, which are designed to give your child lots of opportunities to put their new learning into practice, to try things out and find things out themselves. This is so important for your child, as the repetitions in their learning help new ideas to be firmly developed, so that learning can be applied, both in Reception and throughout their school career.

Phonics and reading

We follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc (RWI) programme of phonics learning. As soon as your child is ready to begin formal learning of letter sounds, they will learn individual sounds and how to write them. Once they know several sounds, they will begin to read and write simple words.

Your child will bring a book home to read with you at home. At first, the books will have no words inside-the importance with these is to talk about the pictures. Once your child is ready, they will start to bring home books matched to what they are learning in RWI. Please read with your child every day, even if it is just for 5-10 minutes.

Maths

We use the White Rose scheme of learning. The focus for this term is understanding routines, using mathematical language, matching and comparing, and introducing all about numbers 1,2, 3 (it is so much more than just the numbers!)

PE

Please note that we will have PE each Thursday. Due to Covid-19, please could your child come into school each Thursday wearing their PE kit, which they will wear all day. 

How you can help your child

*Encourage your child to develop their independence, e.g. in dressing themselves, using a knife and fork, pencil and scissors;

*Talk to your child about school, what they are doing and how they feel

*Enjoy sharing books, comics, online reading games with your child. Look at packaging of favourite foods from shops and the words and pictures on them

*Sing and share songs and rhymes with your child, either ‘live,’ or via the Internet (Super Simple Songs is a class favourite already!)

*Notice and talk about numbers, patterns and shapes around you, e.g. the wallpaper has stripes, the rug has swirly patterns, the dog has spots! I have 5 fingers an each hand, two ears, etc.

*Practise reading and writing your child’s name with them. This can be in chalk, pencil, paint, in the mud!

*If you have magnetic numbers and letters at home, put some on the fridge and play games with them.

*Encourage your child to explore and find out about things they are interested in. 

Further information and useful websites:

Phonics (reading and writing): https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/

Tapestry: https://tapestryjournal.com/

You should have received an activation email so you can see observations about your child, and even add your own! 

We look forward to working with you and your child this year.

Best wishes, 

Mrs Ward, Mrs West & Mrs Callow.