A very warm welcome to our Reception class
Mrs Booth and Mrs Darlington are the class teachers and Mrs Shah and Mrs Harvey are the classroom TA’s. Our morning starts at 8.35am and we come in to ‘busy fingers’ activities which strengthen the muscles in our hands and fingers. This is very important for all the mark making we do in Reception.
Reception is tailored to meet the needs and interests of the children whilst skill imparting the key skills and knowledge needed at this age. We learn through topics that the children are interested in, as well as using seasons and festivals across the year. We make good use of our outside area where we enjoy role play, riding bikes, playing with toys as well as exploring and gardening.
The children learn in a variety of ways through play as well as in group or whole class activities.
School lunch is at 11.30 where the staff help the children to use a knife and fork. We finish for the day at 3.15pm. On the board where you collect the children you will see that we write daily what we have been learning about in class too.
Please use any ‘Moments from Home’ sheets or ‘Stars’ to share any special occasions or achievements outside of school. These are also found where you collect the children at the end of the day.
This term we are learning about ourselves sharing our experiences through family pictures and lots of art activities based on ourselves. We will be looking at Autumn and Harvest and make soup and bread. We will visit the church as part of the Harvest Festival Service. We will learn about India and the Hindu festival ‘Diwali’. Towards the end of the Autumn Term we shall look at the change in the weather, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. We shall look at any other Religious Festivals which may fall in this time also.
Each week on Friday, you will receive a ‘Focus of the Week’ for the forthcoming week. This is sent home via email and is on the windows where you collect at the end of the day. Whilst we do not have formal homework we often will ask you to bring something in when it links to the topic. Reading is our main ‘homework’ in Reception, so please share their school reading books as well as any other books at home you have. School reading books should be kept in the book bags but will be changed every Wednesday.
Children take part in PE on Thursdays. Children will need a white/ green t-shirt, green or black shorts, tracksuit bottoms (black or green) and trainers or plimsolls. All items of clothing need to be NAMED. We encourage children to be independent getting dressed for PE. Please resist dressing the children in formal shirts and blouses, unless they can do these independently. Polo shirts are much easier to assist with independence.
Every child needs a water bottle with a sports cap – children will only be allowed WATER in class. Please no squash or juice.
We have fruit time or ‘rolling snack’ each day which is provided, plus milk cartons if you have ordered them.
Children can take library books from the school library but they will need a school book bag to keep them safe. School library books are only changed on a Wednesday.