This year we have two Reception classes called Reception Explorers and Reception Adventurers. In Class Explorers our teacher is Mrs Bashir and our teaching assistant is Mrs Nawaz. Mrs Dunn will also be with us in reception.
In Class Adventurers our teacher is Mrs Bowler and our teaching assistant is Miss Naz. Mrs Nizzer will also be working with us in Reception.
As part of our British Values in Reception we will be learning about Democracy by encouraging the children to make decisions together. One of the ways we will be doing this is by holding class votes for example a class vote for who will be part of the School Council. The importance of valuing each others feelings and views will be embedded in the day to day learning. The children will be taught the importance of having rules and routines in place within the school and classroom. This will also be linked to the wider community such as the police and people who help us.
Children will always encouraged to think about their actions and make good choices. As part of our topics such as All About Me, we will be learning about how we are all different and how this should be celebrated. Children will be encouraged as part of their self confidence and self awareness to feel confident to express their needs and opinions. Mutual respect and tolerance will be part of the underpinning the values in Reception. An ethos of inclusion will be embedded where the children are sensitive to the needs and beliefs of others. This will be encouraged through the importance of sharing and respecting opinions.
There are seven areas of learning In Early Years that we will be focusing on throughout the year in Reception. These are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the world and Expressive Arts and Design.
All children start the day with their picture on the GREEN smiley face. They try hard to stay on the green smiley face by being kind to their friends and making good behaviour choices. Children are then rewarded with stickers, small prizes and GOLDEN TIME if they stay on green.
Golden Time can consist of some outdoor fun, face painting, dancing, sports, and snacks! A well-deserved reward for children who work hard to do their best at all times.
The children have a daily phonics session to help them learn their sounds and to read and write. Each child has a sound mat to take home to help them learn to read and write their sound at home too. Below you will find an attachment that includes the sound mats children have been given to take home and they also use in class to help them with their sounds.
In addition, students have been learning and practicing their TRICKY WORDS. Tricky Words do not follow the usual phonetic rules, so students are encouraged to memorize them. This will help them in both their reading and writing progression.
Phase 2 Tricky Words: I, go, no, to, into, the, me
Phase 3 Tricky Words: he, she, we, be, you, was, my, all, they
Children will have an individual reading and library book to take home weekly. They have already read the book at school so please help them to practise reading it at home. Don’t forget to write a comment so that we can see that they have read. When they have read 25 books at home, they are awarded the bronze Reading Olympic certificate in assembly. The next challenge is to read 50 books for the silver award and then 100 books for the gold award. They are also bringing home weekly homework. This also gives you an overview of what they have been learning during the week. Please complete the homework activities with your child and ensure that your child brings their homework back every week.
Come and Stay sessions starting soon
All parents/carers are invited to our weekly come and stay sessions every FRIDAY morning between 9:10-10:00. You can be apart of your child's learning, and also allow them to show off their skills, their classroom and their new friends!
Our topic this term is Ourselves
In this topic we will be finding out about us as babies and our families. We will be finding out about what foods are good for us and how we can take care of our bodies. We will look at different stories as part of our topic such as Owl Babies. This half term our role play area is a doctors surgery. It will help us find out about how Doctors help us.
We had a Roald Dahl day and all the children came dressed as a character from The Enormous Crocodile. It was lots of fun!
Reception Parent workshops
We had a phonics, Literacy and maths workshop for parents. Thank you to all those who attended.
Our topic this term is Festivals and Colours
As part of our topic we are going to be looking at different festivals and celebrations such Bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas. We will be learning the nativity story and performing a Christmas play for parents and children. We will also be finding out about Autumn time and the changing seasons.
Our topic this term is Animals
This term we are finding out about animals. We will be sharing lots of stories about animals such as Handa's Suprise and Walking through the jungle. We will also be finding out about Winter.
Our topic this term is Traditional tales.
We will be learning about stories such as The Gingerbread man and Goldilocks and the three Bears.