Welcome to Reception
A quality start to the learning journey

Our class teacher is Miss Patterson.

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Richardson and Mrs Gallagher.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has 7 areas of learning. There are 3 prime areas; Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development. There are 4 specific areas of learning; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The Characteristics of Effective Learning underpin all areas of learning and development in the EYFS. These are; Active Learning, Playing and Exploring and Creating and Thinking Critcally.

A big welcome to all of our Reception children and their families. Starting big school is a very exciting time and we are sure they are going to enjoy coming to school. We are looking forward to working together to support each child to reach their full potential.

During the first few weeks of school, we will be focusing on settling the children. We want our children to be happy and develop a love for learning. We will spend lots of time exploring the different areas, both indoors and outdoors. A big focus will be to support the children to form positive relationships, develop their confidence and independence. We will spend time talking about ourselves and our families. We will also focus on the story ‘Elmer’ by David McKee, discussing how we are all different, special and unique, just like Elmer! We will also share the story ‘Here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers. We will endeavour to use the children’s own interests to enhance their learning. An exciting time for us all…

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to Miss Patterson.

                 

PE for this half term will be focusing on working together ~ this will be every Tuesday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit, including their pumps. Please ensure PE kits are clearly named.

Behaviour management  – We have a rainbow in our classroom and children are moved up the rainbow for making good choices. When your child reaches red, this is celebrated in school and they are able to get a prize out of the prize box. I am sure your child will be very excited to tell you about why they got to the top of the rainbow. We also have a class teddy called Sam. He helps us in school, is always watching us and sometimes he chooses a child who has been a superstar and gets to go for a sleepover at their house – how exciting!

Please look out for our ‘I am proud’ pieces of paper which is an opportunity for you to share something that has made you proud of your child or any achievements. It could also be something that your child feels proud of themselves for. These will then be celebrated in school and placed into your child’s learning journey.

We follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme. Please see the link below to support the pronunciation of the sounds. Thank you!

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/#lg=1&slide=2

Forest School

Miss Patterson and Mrs Balshaw are forest school leaders. They have studied how to plan and lead successful sessions, health and safety, first aid and how to get the best learning from the outdoor environment. It is a real privilege to be able to offer this exciting way of learning. Reception will be taking part this term – we are really looking forward to this!

Reminders:

Please ensure your child brings their book bag into school each day. We change library books each Friday. Reading books are changed throughout the week.

Snack is £1 each week.

Our PE day is a Tuesday.

Please ensure your child’s clothing is clearly named – including shoes.

How you can support at home:

Share your child’s reading book with them each day. This should only be for a short time (5-10 minutes). Encourage them to decode words by segmenting (sounding out) and blending. Encourage your child to tell you about what they have read to ensure they have the understanding.

Recite numbers with your child, encourage them to recognise numerals to 20 on your way to school – on buses, houses etc. Give them opportunities to develop their number formation. At the dinner table – can they count how many cups and plates there are altogether? What would happen if we take one away – how many would there be?

Provide opportunities for your child to have a go at writing – simple sentences, CVC words (E.g mat, cat, mum) or hearing the initial sounds and have a go at forming these letters.

Please see Miss Patterson for any resources you need. Thank you for your support.

Follow us on twitter @Reception_LM to share some of our learning and any news.