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 Critically.

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.

Spring Term Two ~ Life at the Farm 

Welcome back – Hope you all had a lovely half term. Hopefully restrictions will ease and we can all be back together at school soon.

Our new topic will be ‘Life at the Farm’. We will be learning about the different seasons, focusing on ‘Spring’. We will explore different animals that live on the farm, different jobs that need to be done at the farm and learn all about baby animals. We will also think about our own experiences of farms and talk about our favourite animals.  We will be focusing on the story ‘Farmer Duck’ by Martin Waddell. Within number, we will be exploring numbers 11-20 through various activities. Within Shape, Space and Measure, we will be focusing on height, length and pattern through lots of practical activities.

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

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.