Welcome to our Reception class page!
Hello and welcome to Reception.
The early years curriculum is based on learning through exploration and play. We access many different activities in Reception to help us with our learning.
A typical day in Reception:
Our school day begins with Early Doors at 8.45am: children are welcome to arrive anytime between 8.45am and 9am. After registration and prayers, we are ready to learn our Letters and Sounds. Each day we learn a new letter or sound with adult-directed activities. After our whole class learning, we have some time to choose our own activities or we work with an adult in small groups or 1-1. Our outdoor area is set up so that children can access activities both inside and out. After break time we all sit down together for snack and milk. We have a healthy snack each day except on Friday's when we have a treat.
After snack we take part in Maths activities, which can involve counting, singing, shape games, ICT, water play, sand play and measuring. We like to learn through fun, practical games and activities. Lunchtime begins at 11.35am. Most of us have hot dinners and some children bring in a packed lunch.
At 12.35pm we go back into class for the afternoon session. Each day we focus on different areas of the early tears curriculum. Our activities can be linked to our Come and See topic, Show and Tell, Music, Knowledge & Understanding of the World or Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Circle Time Games). We have a piece of fruit each afternoon as part of the free fruit scheme Healthy Schools Government initiative.
Each day we take part in Collective Worship and we enjoy learning about Jesus through our Come and See topic. We say prayers each morning, before and after lunch and before hometime.
Before hometime, we like to finish our day with a story or a song and then we are ready to go home at 3.20pm.
We will have P.E. (fundamental skills) on Thursday mornings. Please send your child to school in their full P.E. kit. The children must also wear a school jumper or cardigan.
Snack money is £1 per week or £6 per half term.
The early years curriculum is based on learning through exploration and play. There are a number of ways you can help your child to learn and make progress:
* Good attendance
* Home reading
* Point out numbers and letters in the environment.
* Count at every opportunity.
* Encourage your child to talk about the world around them.
Reading can be a special time for you and your child. Research has shown that reading for as little as 5 or 10 minutes each day can help support your child's educational development.
Phonics and Reading Books
We have been playing lots of phonics games in class and listening out for sounds around our environment. We have been hearing and saying the initial sounds in words and finding objects beginning with these sounds. We are also enjoying lots of different stories each day. Over the coming weeks we will be beginning our phonics programme. The children will be taking part in a structured phonics lesson each morning and we will let you know how you can continue this learning and support your child at home. We will start sending reading books home after the October half term.
How to support your child with reading at home
Hello Yellow Day 2020.
We had lots of fun supporting World Mental Health Day today in class. The day began with some of us colouring in pictures of the feelings monsters and others looking at stories about feelings. At registration the children spoke about how they were feeling today. We watched a powerpoint called 'How are you feeling?' and this led to a class discussion about what makes us feel happy, sad, excited, angry and worried. Here are some of the children's responses:
What makes you happy?
Rosie - "rainbows" Miles - 'my mummy and daddy" Archie -"spiderman"
Mackenzie - "getting new toys" Regan - "movies"
Teddy - 'Evie" Felicity - "Sam" Aleks - "when it's my birthday"
What makes you Scared?
Teddy - 'bees stinging me" Felicity - "fireworks" Regan - "spiders"
What makes you sad?
Patrick - "rainy days" Teddy F - "if my cars are broken" Ruthie - "falling over"
What makes you excited?
James - "I'm excited to see Daddy" Felicity - "to sleep downstairs tomorrow"
What makes you angry?
Rosie - "lightening & thunder" Teddy F - "fire" Lucy - "when my sister be mean to me"
Miles - "when somebody shouts at me"
We looked in mirrors and made different facial expressions, such as angry faces, surprised faces and happy faces before painting our facial expressions onto plates to show how we feel today. In circle time we sang "If You're Happy and You Know it Clap your Hands". Children were encouraged to think of different feelings and we changed the words to some of their suggestions; If you're tired, go to sleep (Imogen), If you're cross, stamp your feet (Patrick), If you're excited, jump up and down (Verity), If you're worried, rub your tummy (Mrs Grant).
We finished our wonderful day with a story about feeling alone and began to listen to a compilation of CBeebies songs about feelings: https://youtu.be/uvMx-roJxRw