Welcome to Reception! On this page you will find information about Reception and our learning this half term.
Please follow the link below if you wish to view some of our previous Reception Home Learning Activities:
Meet Our Staff:
Class Teacher: Mrs Carr
I have taught across all Key Stages with the majority of my teaching career focused on working in Early Years and Key Stage 1. I am very excited to be teaching Reception this year and it is lovely to welcome the new cohort into school. I am looking forward to supporting all children in their learning.
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lock
Mrs Lock has been working in education for many years. She has extensive experience in Early Years, working in Reception classes and Special Schools. She works full time in our Reception class. Mrs Lock is responsible for the class every Thursday afternoon whilst I am out of class.
Our theme this half term is…New Life
This half term we will be learning more about New Life, growth and change. We will be finding out about the Lifecycle of a butterfly and frog. We will be reading different books including ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘A Tadpole’s Promise’. We will also explore a range of non-fiction books about Lifecyles. Our theme will run through many areas of our learning and we will also follow children’s interests to enhance learning in the classroom.
In Maths we will continue to practise number skills, exploring sequencing and finding more/less than a given number. We will be exploring weight and capacity through practical tasks and will also investigate money.
Our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE topic this half term is ‘Relationships’. Our activities will be based around relationships with our family and friends. We will explore how to co-operate with others and resolve disagrements. We will also investigate what makes a good friend. We will continue to develop a Growth Mindset and follow the share the Golden Rules for our classroom.
We will regularly take our learning outside and will be following seasonal change in our school grounds. We will be growing seeds and searching for mini-beasts in our outdoor area.
We begin our reading journey here in Reception and Children will soon be bringing reading books to share with you at home. In school we have a range of reading opportunities. We read together as a class, in small groups and individually. At home, we ask for your support to help your child practice their reading. You can also help your child by exposing them to a range of different reading experiences. You might share a story, look at a magazine or newspaper together.
In class, children will read at least once each week with an adult. This may happen at different points in the week so please make sure reading books come into school each day. Books will be changed once and this will be either on a Monday or Thursday. All books collected in will be quarantined for 72 hours before being sent out again to follow current guidelines. The children will also take part in Guided Reading as a group to develop word reading and comprehension skills.
We are very active in Reception and love using our outdoor area. We will also use our daily mile track to keep fit and active. We have two Physical Development lessons which take place on Tuesday and Friday. Please have a full P.E. kit on school for our Tuesday sessions. We will send the kits home at the end of each half term to be washed.
In Reception all children are offered a fruit snack and drink of milk during the morning session. All children have access to their water bottles throughout the day. Water bottles must contain water- no juice please!
Children are able to bring a snack from home to eat in the afternoon. Please try to make sure this is a healthy snack.
At the end of each week your child will bring home a newsheet giving information about the learning which has been focussed on in class during the week. It will give ideas of how to support your child at home and also any important notices. At times there may be some activities posted on a OneDrive file which families can access at home. Further information on this will be sent via the weekly newsheet as appropriate. You may also choose to access the following websites to support your child’s learning at home.
If your child is unwell and will not be attending school you need to inform school as soon as possible, you can ring or email. If you child has an appointment to attend and needs to be out of school, please let us know in advance.
What should I do if my child shows Covid Symptoms?
Common symptoms of Covid 19 are a high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell. If your child displays any of these symptoms, please notify school immediately and arrange for your child to be tested. Your child will need to stay at home for at least 10 days starting from the date when symptoms appeared, all other household members must stay at home for 14 days.
www.oxfordowl.co.uk – This Website has ebooks which can be accessed freely and may provide other books to read with your child at home.
www.teachyourmonstertoread.com – This is also avaliable as an App. Both have a range of reading games which will be helpful to the children as we progress through the Reception year and learn new sounds to support reading.
Look out for a personal Log-in for Education City and Mini-Mash for your child in their Reading Record.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk, www.phonicsbloom.com – These site has a range of Phonics games and activities. We will be focussing on Phase 1 Phonics intitially in school.
www.ictgames.com – This site has a range of Maths and Literacy activities which can accessed freely to support your child’s learning.
2nd September 2020 – Back to school
22nd October 2020 – Tempest Family and Individual Photographs
23rd October 2020 – School closes for half term
3rd November 2020 – Back to school
18th December 2020 – School closes for Christmas
4th January 2021 – Back to school
12th February 2021 – School closes for half term
22nd February – Back to school
26th March – School closes for Easter
12th April – Back to school
3rd May – May Day Bank Holiday
27th May – School closes for half term
7th June – Back to School
16th July – School closes for Summer