Welcome to Reception!
Welcome everybody to the Reception section of the website.
Teachers: RS - Miss Singleton and Mrs Boden
RB - Mr Billington
LSAs: Miss Allen, Mrs Taylor, Miss Martin, Mrs Henshall, Mrs Stone and Mrs Phillingham (Speech and Language)
We provide a varied and creative curriculum, which engages our children, and by promoting excellent behaviour, we aim to enthuse in all our children a desire to learn, as well as care and respect each other.
The Partnership between home and school is integral to your child’s success and we encourage parents to take an active part in their child’s learning. We see parents as playing a significant part in the education of their children, and greatly value their contribution to school life. Children thrive when they feel happy, safe and respected.
Whatever the needs of your child or special interests they have, we aim to ensure your child thrives at Lark Hill Community Primary School. We want the children here to have memorable experiences, build on what they know and can do and help them to become confident, life-long learners.
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.
Please read the newsletter below to find out important information for you and also about your child's learning. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask one of the Reception team.
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 which this half term is called 'On Our Street'.
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.
Support children to apply their phonic knowledge by saying letter sounds and blending those sounds together to read a word. Also, continue to demonstrate reading for pleasure and reading stories to your child.
Practice reading sight words daily. These are the tricky words children cannot use their phonics to sound out, they learn them by sight. Children learn best by repeated exposure to the words, by seeing them and saying them and playing games. At Lark Hill, we call these Red Words and your child will bring a set home with their first reading book, we will test them when reading in class and when they know all the words in that set they will move on to the next. Below is also the Red Words we teach in school.
Seesaw is an online learning journal that documents a very special record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their primary years. Using photos, videos and diary entries, Seesaw tells 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. Once your child has settled into their new class the class teacher will create their profile. If you can not access Seesaw please give your child’s class teacher your email address to activate your account.
Please respond to the things that we post with a comment, and post your own photographs or videos so that we may share in your child's home learning journey. Use the crib sheet below to guide you through uploading an observation to your child's account.
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!