Our Reception class is a vibrant and happy environment for children to continue their journey through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Staff in Reception are passionate about Early Years and focus on the interests and needs of the pupils. Miss Rowden leads the teaching with Miss Hand and Mrs Cybulska.
Up-to-date curriculum information:
In Reception we are all about learning skills, e. g. conversing, negotiating, reading, writing, adding, etc. and the most effective way to achieve this is through the children’s interests. As we all know children learn best through their play and what better motivation for learning than the things they find fascinating!
The staff will be continually observing the children to see how they learn best, what stage they are at in their learning and what they need to learn next. This process ensures that each child’s learning experience is accurately matched to their needs and they will have the best learning experience possible whilst in the Reception class.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Throughout this term we will be encouraging the children to make new friends, develop existing relationships and support each other through an exciting but potentially nervous time. We will look at the importance of sharing, taking turns, being respectful of others and their environment, etc. and discuss with the children who they can talk to if they are worried or concerned about anything at school.
We will be encouraging the children to be confident about speaking to others about their own wants and interests and to have a positive self-image
Communication and Language
The Children will be developing key skills such as listening and following instructions, sharing ideas and opinions with others and extending their vocabulary by exploring the meaning and sounds of new words. We will provide plenty of opportunities for the children to listen attentively in a range of situations, responding to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. We will encourage them to express themselves clearly developing an awareness of the listener and building confidence in speaking in a familiar group. Asking questions, talking about events and following instructions are all an intrinsic part of our daily routines and activities and you can also do this at home.
In PE lessons, the children will be developing gymnastic skills, playing games and participating in dance and movement activities
Physical development extends beyond the taught lessons and prevails in all areas of our setting. In the Foundation Stage, physical development covers both gross and fine motor skills and large and small scale movements. The children will have the opportunity to develop large muscle movements through activities including riding bikes and scooters, climbing apparatus, dancing with ribbons and everyday activities such as climbing trees at Forest School or playing ball games. Similarly, small scale muscle movements will be developed through engaging in manipulative activities such as working with playdough, threading, sewing, building Duplo/Lego, cooking, drawing and water colour painting.
We will soon begin our Phonics programme and we will continue to have daily phonics lessons. This is when the children will learn the letter sounds along with the blending and segmenting skills they will need to read and write independently.
We greatly appreciate any help you are able to give your child. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of spending time sharing books and reading to and withyour child. Developing a love of books and reading will help your child to become an enthusiastic, independent reader.
Progression in reading is not just about being able to say the words on the page. Children must first become ‘storytellers’ in order to develop a sense of inference and reasoning about characters, events and word choices and effects. So don’t be surprised when their first books have no words in them!
In order to support their learning, you might like to try the following:
Talk about the characters – What are they like? Good or bad? Why? How are they feeling? Discuss the events and relate them to your child’s own experiences e.g. Do you remember when you did that? Predict what will happen next before reading on. Can you think of a different word instead of the one used in the book?
We will be supporting the children to recognize, order and write numerals 1-20. We do a lot of counting, sorting and organising groups of real objects in class, sometimes involving larger numbers. At home you could help by saying number names in counting everyday objects (touching each object and saying one number name for each) and repeating songs and rhymes like ‘ 1 2 3 4 5, once I caught a fish alive’, and ‘1, 2 buckle my shoe’.
Understanding different values of numbers often starts with hearing stories like The Three Little Pigs or songs and rhymes like 5 Green and Speckled Frogs and 10 Fat Sausages. We will be supporting the children to begin to say the number that is one more or one less than a given number.
At school and home we can help children thread beads and arrange toys and construction kits so they learn to talk about, recognise and recreate simple patterns, using everyday words like ‘in front’, ‘behind’, ‘beside’, to describe position. Helping unload shopping, and playing in the kitchen helps children develop language such as ‘circle’ and ‘bigger’ to describe the shape and size of solids and flat shapes; and ‘greater’, ‘smaller’, ‘heavier’, or ‘lighter’ to compare quantities.
Understanding the World
The children will be developing their Computing skills by using a range of equipment, including iPads, BeeBots, cameras, remote controlled toys, music systems, etc.. The children will also use PCs in the Computing suite and will learn to Log in, use a Search Engine, etc.
To enhance the children’s learning we will be introducing them to Forest School, where they will have opportunities to explore and engage with their natural environment, learning through play outdoors in all weathers, through the seasons.
Expressive arts and design
The children will be developing their creative skills by expressing their ideas and feelings through music, art, dance and drama. The children will be building a repertoire of songs and dances and will be given the opportunity to explore musical instruments. The children will have continuous access to a large range of construction and craft materials to aid their learning in this area.