Welcome to Reception
Hello and welcome to our Reception class page. Throughout the year we will update this page to reflect the steps our class take in their learning, to celebrate their success and to give you support with school life and home learning.
Please see the 'Welcome Leaflet' below under 'Early Years Important Information'. This provides lots of useful information on some of our school policies, our curriculum, ClassDojo and our online learning journal Tapestry.
Reception have done a brilliant job settling into their new class and are taking on new challenges, making new friends and growing as happy and motivated learners. We are immensely proud of them and look forward to working in partnership with you to see what wonderful things they achieve this year.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school or send me a message on ClassDojo.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Team
Reception Class Teacher- Miss Griffiths
Reception Teaching Assistant- Miss Ward
Foundation Unit Support - Mrs Kelly
EYFS Lead & SENCO Lead - Miss Milnes
Nursery Teaching Assistant- Mrs Preston
Our Learning Journey so far...
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children from birth to five. It provides the opportunity for learning and development to take place hand in hand by giving opportunities to develop in all seven areas.
The E.Y.F.S focuses on seven areas of learning, these are;
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Expressive, Arts & Design
- Understanding the World
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. In Reception we use the phonics scheme 'Read Write Inc'. Throughout our second term in Autumn Reception will continue learning the 'set 1 sounds'.
Please open the following link for some guidance on what phonics is and how you can help your child with their phonics learning at home:
For guidance on how to pronounce sounds, watch the following video:
Our topic this term is 'Winter Wonderland'. We will focus on festivals and significant days of celebration and learning including Bonfire Night, Diwali, Children in Need and Christmas. This term we will be exploring more non-fiction texts, using technology to support our learning and carrying out purposeful writing in the form of labelling and captioning. We inspire children's imaginations and develop their confidence so they see themselves as speakers, listeners, writers and readers.
As a class we convert texts into story maps and create actions to develop our knowledge and understanding of stories and language and adapt stories to make them our own.
Reading should be a magical experience for children and so we provide a wealth of active and interactive learning experiences and lots of opportunities for discussing, re-enacting and reinventing stories to develop children's love of reading.
Reading is a bonding experience for you and your child and plays an important role in their development.
Read lots of picture books together. Ask your child lots of open questions and encourage them to look at the pictures to tell you what they can see and to describe events, settings and characters. Encourage them to make predictions about what will happen next or how the story may end. E.g. What do you think might happen next? How do you think that character feels? Why do you think X has done that?
The best way to get your child writing is to support them in understanding that they can make marks.
Encourage your child to talk about the marks that they make and give meaning to them. Use a range of materials and tools to develop their interest- shaving foam, chalk, sand, flour. They can use a crayon, fingers, wet a paint brush with water and paint on a wall outside- mark make with anything and on anything!
This term your child will learn more about writing for a purpose. You can develop their interest and understanding of this by writing things in front of them at home and talking about what you are doing, e.g. you could model writing shopping lists, to do lists, letters, notes, labels, a birthday card and provide them with the tools to do the same. Encourage them to caption and label their work e.g. if they draw a bus they can label this using their phonic knowledge... 'b' or 'bus'.
Our focus on name writing will continue throughout this term. They can keep practising at home using their name card. Your child could make a name sign for their bedroom door or get into the habit of writing their name on their drawings so everyone knows it is there's.
In Reception we follow the 'White Rose Maths' Scheme of Learning to support your little mathematicians as deep thinkers and talkers. This term we'll be developing our maths skills in topics such as 2d shapes, positional language (e.g. on, under, next to etc) and looking deeply at numerals 4 and 5 and their values. There's lots of things you can do at home to help your child. Singing songs is important in developing their counting skills and there are lots of counting to 20 songs available on youtube, many of which your child will know from school.
Engage in practical counting throughout the day. How many red cars can you see on your walk home from school? How many chips are on your plate?
We can count anything… claps, jumps on the spot, steps as we walk up the stairs.
Encourage your child to line up all their teddy bears and count how many there are. Take one away- how many do we have now? How many will you have if you add one more or have one less? You could line them up in size order. Which is the biggest/ smallest?
Look out for numbers in the environment and talk about them e.g. numbers on car registration plates, numbers on house doors, numbered aisles in the supermarket.
Everyday on ClassDojo we post activities and information that will aid you in supporting your child's learning. If you ever require further information or if there is something in particular we can post that parents and children will benefit from, then please let us know.
Some useful websites:
The Oxford Owl website has some brilliant stories you can read and lots of learning activities across all areas, just follow the link below:
For maths and literacy games, visit:
To join in with some singalong stories, visit:
To keep active, burn off some energy or just have a dance, follow the link below. There are lots more action videos, songs and dances on youtube that are suitable for early years children too.