Welcome to Reception
A quality start to the learning journey
Our class teacher is Miss Patterson.
Our teaching assistant is Miss Benson.
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 them to form positive relationships with their peers. We will also spend time talking about ourselves and our families. We will endeavour to use the children’s own interests to enhance their learning. An exciting time for us all…
During Spring term, our focus will be ‘Winter’ and we will receive an exciting package…a penguin has come to visit us, all the way from Antarctica! We will learn all about penguins, including where they live, what they eat and all about their chicks. We will enjoy sharing various books, including non-fiction books. We will receive a special parcel from Big Boss Emperor Penguin ~ a book called ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. We will enjoy sharing this story, sequencing pictures and re-telling the story using the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach (Pie Corbett). We will also be making our own story maps! In mathematics, we will continuing to focus on numbers to 20 ~ focusing on a number each week. We will continue to focus on finding one more/one less than a given number, moving on to addition and subtraction with numbers to 10.
During Summer term, we will be focusing on Spring and growth. We will look at how the children have grown and developed since they were babies. We will then move onto looking at plants and animals. Our role play area will transform into Litherland Moss’ Garden Centre. We will focus on the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will use lots of story language, sequence pictures from the story and then we will also re-tell the story using the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. We will then have a go at writing the story, changing key features. We will also plant our own beans and look after them. Later in Summer term, we will move onto learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly ~ we will receive a very exciting package! We will also make our very own caterpillar diary. We will then move on to learning about ‘Under the Sea’. In mathematics, we will continue to focus on numbers to 20. We will also be solving problems involving, doubling, halving and sharing.
PE for this half term will be focusing on working together ~ this will be every Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit, including their pumps.
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.
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!
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 Wednesday.
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.
We use a mastery approach to learning mathematics. We believe that every child can master an understanding and a love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. We specifically use the Maths – No Problem! primary school series, using the mastery teaching approach from Singapore.
Aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for mathematics, the series is used as part of the NCETM’s Maths Hub programme.
Features of Singapore Maths:
Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge
Careful scaffolding of core competencies of :
visualisation, as a platform for comprehension
mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities
pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise
Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.
Phonics and the Teaching of Reading
We are a Read Write Inc school. Our success at teaching early reading has been accelerated using this exciting programme.
Our success at teaching reading is based on a determination that every child will learn to read, together with a very rigorous and sequential approach to developing speaking and listening and teaching reading, writing and spelling through systematic phonics. This approach is applied with a high degree of consistency and sustained.
We have lessons from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. every day.
Seven out 0f ten schools in the Ofsted report ‘Reading by six: how the best schools do it’ use Read Write Inc. You can find the information here: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/reading-six-how-best-schools-do-it
For more information you can visit the Read Write Inc website http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/
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