Welcome to Reception
A quality start to the learning journey
Our class teacher is Miss Patterson.
Our teaching assistants are Miss Benson and Miss Davies.
During Spring Term we will be learning all about penguins within our topic of ‘Winter’. We will look at lots of non-fiction books, including The Emperor’s Egg and we will also share various story books, including ‘Lost and Found’. We will be learning lots of facts, talking about where we can find information and researching what we want to find out about penguins. We might even have a visit from some penguins…
During Summer Term, we will focus on ‘Traditional Tales’. We will focus on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will share different versions of the stories, encouraging the children to talk about similarities and differences. We will enjoy sharing ideas, feelings and thoughts. We will be acting out and re-telling the stories. We will write about the characters, write captions and have a go at writing a story. If you have these books at home, please feel free to share them at home.
PE for this half term will be gymnastics – this will be every Monday. 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 Monday.
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/
ESPRESSO HAS ARRIVED! Espresso is an educational service for children to use at home. This website is packed full of activities, games and stories for you to enjoy.
The log in details have been sent home with children. If you have not received them please ask a member of staff for them.
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