Welcome to Reception!
Welcome everybody to the Reception section of the website.
RS- Miss Greenhalgh
RB- Mr Billington
RT- Miss Singleton and Mrs Boden
LSAs: Mrs Taylor, Miss Roscoe, Mrs Allen, Mrs Stone and Mrs Phillingham (Speech and Language)
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask one of the Reception team.
Reading at home
In Reception, it is important that you read with your child at least 3 times a week and sign their reading record. Children must have their reading record signed by an adult to gain their sticker for the sticker chart. Children who read 5 times a week can earn 2 stickers. A member of the Reception team will check reading records daily, so please ensure that reading records are returned to school day.
Tapestry is an online learning journal that documents a very special record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their early years. Using photos, videos and diary entries, Tapestry ‘weaves’ the story of your child and how they are growing and developing. Parents are able to view online their child’s progress and how much fun they’re having, whilst also uploading their own comments and media.
If you can not access Tapestry please give your child’s class teacher your email address to activate your account.
Our P.E. day is Thursday.
A gentle reminder that our school P.E. kit is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps or trainers for outdoor sports, without visible branding.
Water bottles and snacks
Don't forget to bring a water bottle to school each day - it is important for children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please label bottles and refill them each day.
Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack such as fruit and vegetables to school each day for snack time, but children are also offered a piece of fruit each day. Bread sticks and milk can be ordered at the start of each half-term, please speak to the school office about this.
In Reception we use a play based approach to teach across the Early Years Curriculum. Over the year we will explore the children's interests and use themes to guide our learning. The adults will tune into children's interest and plan purposeful and meaningful learning experiences across the curriculum. The learning environment will also reflect our learning and theme.
Our theme this half term is 'All Creatures Great and Small'. We start by remembering the life Eric Carle who died recently. We will read and use his books The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Mixed-Up Chameleon as our core texts. We will compare and contrast them and we will use his illustrations as inspiration for artwork. We will then use traditional tales with animals as central characters such as The Ugly Duckling, The Little Red Hen and the fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. We will use these texts to learn about what makes stories successful, and we will find out that they follow similar patterns and structures. These stories will also provide a background to our PSED, we will study the lessons and messages within the stories.
This half term we are focusing on numbers to 20. In daily Maths sessions we will practice orally counting forwards and backwards to 20, remembering to count in order. We are learning to add groups of objects together and we are using different tools and strategies to help us. We will learn about doubling numbers and subtraction too.
In Literacy, we will focus on telling stories and the children will bring home their reading book to support this. We will continue whole class phonics sessions this term and we will be learning to sound out letters and blending sounds together to make words, this is the first step in becoming a competent and confident reader. To find out more about the Read, Write, Inc. phonics programme please read the information below.
We are continuing our writing journey by beginning to write sentences. Please practice writing skills at home.
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics based programme which helps children learn to read whilst also developing a wide range of vocabulary and encouraging a love of stories. It was developed by Ruth Miskin.
In Reception, children will be taught a sound a day and will be assessed regularly by their class teachers. We will continue in our phonics groups learning new sounds, segmenting and blending, reading and key words. Please also practise these at home!