The Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) is a very important stage of your child’s school experience; as it helps your child prepare for their future learning and successes. Children in Reception learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
TEACHERS: Miss Bushnell & Mrs Reed
Welcome to Reception. There are two classes in reception
Personal, Social and Emotional
During the Spring Term we will continue to promote and encourage the children to develop the following :-
- Self confidence
- Playing co-operatively with others
- Understanding and following our classroom expectations
- The ability to regulate their behaviour and behave appropriately in different situations
Communication and Language
In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:
- Practise active listening (through story time, carpet time, circle time and show and tell)
- Hear adults using good language and experience language that is appropriate for different audiences
- Develop their confidence in speaking in front of others by providing children with the chance to speak in front of different audiences e.g. peers, children from the other class, visitors
Physical development is a key area for young children and supports their writing by enabling them to develop the gross and fine motor skills needed to hold a pencil. The children will be partaking in PE lessons every Tuesday or Wednesday. During class time the children will have access to the outside area most days for running, jumping, climbing, digging etc. We will also continue to remind children about basic hygiene, support scissor skills and correct pencil grip for those children who require it.
During the Spring Term we are continuing to:
· Learn letter sounds and words
· Read a variety of different genres and experience both fiction and non-fiction books
· Work alongside an adult twice a week to develop writing skills, spelling simple words and beginning to structure sentences
· Practice the correct formation of letters
Our learning this term will focus on:
· Saying 1 more and 1 less than a given number
· Recognizing and correctly writing numbers to 20.
· ‘Touch counting’ irregular amount of objects
· Naming and describing 2d and 3d shapes
· Using the appropriate language related to weight, money, time etc
· Talking about estimating quantities
· Introducing simple addition and subtraction sums
Understanding of the World
This area of the curriculum covers learning in science, geography, history, RE and Technology. During the Spring Term we will be:
- Encouraging children to look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change in their environment.
- Providing children with the opportunities to use a range of age appropriate technology.
We also value children bringing in anything they would like to share from their holidays or their culture/community.
Expressive arts and design
This area of the curriculum covers learning in music, art and dance. We provide opportunities for children to explore these areas through ‘free play’ where the classroom and outdoor environment is set up with activities and resources to facilitate this. In both classrooms, children will have access to role play area and small world resources in order to develop their imaginative play. Depending on our focus of the week the children will have opportunities to complete focussed art work.
Tapesty – Online Learning Journey
We continue to use this to record your child’s learning and achievements during their time in Reception. We value all contributions parents make to this journal as it is important for us to see what learning the children demonstrate at home – we often hear that they have mastered a skill but we may not see that in class. It is also a good way of us finding out about the children’s interests outside of school and what they do as a family which provides us with rich evidence for the ‘people and communities’ strand of our curriculum. If you are unsure how to comment or add evidence to your child’s Tapestry Journal we are more than happy to help.
As always we would be most grateful for any offers of help with any aspect of our work.If you have any concerns or queries please arrange an appointment time to see the class teacher.
We have limited drawer space so please provide your child with a small book bag which will adequately carry their snack and reading diary. These can be bought at the office.
Every child needs to be provided with two water bottles, one for snack and one for lunch.
The children have half an hour to eat their lunch. Please provide a healthy balanced lunch. If your child has any allergies please tell us directly.
Snack in reception is ongoing and one healthy snack , such as fruit, cheese and crackers needs to be provided by the parent.
All Reception children are required to wear the School Uniform. For details of the type of uniform required for this age, please see our accompanying School Uniform brochure. All items of uniform should be clearly marked with your child's name.
Please provide you child with a spare bag of clothes that is to be left at school. This does not need to be school uniform. PE Kit is NOT required in reception.