A very warm welcome to our Reception class
We hope your Children are settling into school.
Mrs Baldwin is the class teacher all day and is joined by Mrs Harvey in the afternoon. Mrs Farlam is the teaching assistant. 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.
In Reception, learning is developed through a combination of adult-directed teaching and child-initiated learning through play. The children have directed Maths, Literacy and Phonics sessions each day and our outdoor and indoor environment provides opportunities for children to learn and develop in all areas, including Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We encourage children to learn through the Effective Characteristics of Learning: Playing and Exploring, Actively Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.
Each Monday we have a PE lesson and we visit the school library and borrow books every Friday. The children will all receive a reading folder in which they will get letters and words to practise reading and writing. Over the term they will also start to receive books to read at home. Please encourage your child to read daily and keep your child’s reading folder in their book bag.
This half term we are learning about ‘Ourselves and our families’. Our focus book is ‘So much’ and we will also be reading some traditional tales. Later this half term we will learn about Harvest and Autumn and then next half term we will explore ‘Light and Dark’ and find out about different celebrations and festivals, such as Firework night, Diwali and Christmas.
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. The children will receive a reading folder in which they will get letters to practise reading and writing. Please encourage your child to read daily and keep your child's reading folder in their book bag.
Each Monday we have a PE lesson.
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.