Thank you for choosing our wonderful school for your children. We are so excited to teach and nurture them and to watch them grow and blossom. We are also looking forward to welcoming you into our school family and working closely with you, so that together we can give your children the best possible start to their school journey. We are a friendly, caring and approachable team and we are always here to help and support you.
Below, you will find an overview of your children's learning for the week ahead; this will also be shared on Tapestry. You will find photos of your children having fun with their learning on the weekly Tapestry update; these will be added throughout the week.
Please scroll further down the page to find more information about your child's learning.
Your child's week at school - week beginning 27.11.23
We hope that you have all had a lovely weekend. 😊
Below, you will find an overview of your children's learning for the week ahead; this will also be shared on our website page. We will add photos of your children having fun with their learning throughout the week, so keep checking this observation. 😊
The week ahead:
We will continue to work in our new phonics groups. All groups will be revisiting all of the sounds that we have learned so far, we will build words using flashcards and magnets, play Fred Games where we listen to the sounds in words and blend them together with increasing independence, spell using our Fred Fingers to write words, again with increasing independence.
Group A will spend the week revisiting and practising the sounds that we have already learned and learn the new letters r, j and v.
Group B will learn the new sounds w, z and x.
Group C will learn the new special friends sounds zz, gg, sh, ch, th. They will also continue to read ditties.
We will share lots of stories throughout the week and will send home books for you to read to your children. Those children who are confidently recognising the sounds that we have already learned will bring home a sound blending book.
We will share the story ' The Night before Hanukkah' by Natasha Wing. We will discuss Hanukkah and how this celebration uses the lights of candles to sparkle and shine. We will use our Fred fingers to write words linked to Hanukkah, using sounds that we already know.
Vocabulary to discuss and practise using at home:
Hanukkah, menorah, gelt (chocolate coins), temple, latkes
We will continue to learn about 1,2,3,4,5. We will sing the songs 5 Currant buns, 5 Little Men in Flying Saucer and 5 Little Speckled Frogs and link these to 1 less. We will read the stories The Man on the Moon and Anno’s Counting Book and encourage counting forwards and backwards. We will use numicon and objects to explore and compare. We will draw amounts of objects and have a go at writing numbers too.
Continuous and Enhanced Provision
Continuous Provision describes all of the different areas of provision that are available for your children to access every day e.g. maths area, writing area, creation station, construction area etc. Within each of these areas, there will be a core range of resources that your children can use all the time, throughout the whole year. These areas invite the children to explore, engage and become active learners. We update our Continuous Provision to meet the needs of the children and we enhance it to add links to our current learning. This week we will add enhancements linked to Hanukkah and to our project ‘Sparkle and Shine.’
We are going to have lots of fun together this week. 😊
The Reception Team
Jigsaw (Personal, social, health, and emotional education)
This half term, the Jigsaw puzzle piece is Being me in my World. In Reception, the children will be learning about:
- Understanding feelings
- Being in a classroom
- Being gentle
- Rights and responsibilities
School start and finish times:
Children should arrive at school between 8.30 and 8.40am
School finishes at 3.05 pm for children with surnames beginning with A-M and at 3.10pm for children with surnames beginning N-Z
Please use Tapestry to let us know about any concerns or questions you might have; however small they might seem; we are always here to support you. If you need to speak to us, then please either catch us at the end of the school day or contact the school office - 783876 - and we will either take your call or ring you back as soon as we are able to.
Meet the Reception Team
Mrs Llewellyn - Deputy Head, Early Years Lead, Class teacher
Mrs Mitchell - Class Teacher
Mrs Wait - Class Teacher
Mrs Williams - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Cole - Teaching Assistant
Mrs King- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Kershaw - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Brown - Teaching Assistant
Miss Clarke - Teaching Assistant
Miss May - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Mc.Grath - Lunchtime Assistant
Mrs Rumbold - Lunchtime Assistant
In addition, summative assessments are carried out for phonic development, the stable order principle in number and an assessment of each child’s stage of development for each of the seven areas of learning. These take place every half term and are used to inform the planning of subsequent teaching and learning.
*Please refer to our curriculum overviews for Chickadees and Reception. These will show you how our curriculum progresses across the Early Years Foundation Stage, building on prior knowledge in a sequential way and using the Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme, the White Rose Maths scheme and Cornerstones to support the progression of key skills and knowledge.
Reception Curriculum Overview - this document will show you the different skills your children will be learning as they progress throughout the year
Our EYFS curriculum
Our EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum for both Chickadees and Reception has been guided by the EYFS Framework, Development Matters and early years pedagogy, whilst being personal to our school; it embraces the contextual learning and the cultural capital that comes from our community and our children’s home lives. It has been designed to engage and enthuse the young minds of our children, through carefully planned, play-based learning experiences. Our curriculum is rich and well-sequenced; it ensures that the skills our children require for the next stage in their education progress throughout the EYFS, so that they are ready for school after Chickadees and for Year 1 after their reception year. In reception, there is a key focus on transition to Year 1 which continually evolves throughout the year. For example, whilst teaching the children about the past and the present (Understanding the World), we will introduce the concept of a timeline and introduce some historical vocabulary such as – new, old, ago, past, order, time. In this way we teach children the foundational knowledge, and develop concepts and vocabulary, that prepare our children for their history lessons in year 1.
Our Reception Curriculum Goals
Cornerstones Curriculum Project for this half term. This document will give you an overview of the project and will provide you with some ideas for how you can support your child at home.
Developing a good pencil grip
We are focusing on helping your child to develop an effective pencil grip, which will help them to form their letters correctly when they are writing.
Suggested Activities to help develop your child's fine motor skills, which will help them to grip their pencil and form their letters correctly.
- threading - beads, pasta etc.
- tearing paper to paste onto a large picture
- making snips in paper using scissors and then extend to cutting in a straight line
- making papier mache
- using play dough to create different shapes
- making marks in playdough using small tools
- grating vegetables or fruit
- playing musical games involving fine hand control (‘open, shut them’ etc.)
- using finger puppets to tell a story or join in a play
- drawing faces onto fingertips then making the faces ‘kiss’
- finding hidden small items in a bucket of rice or beans
- hanging washing onto a clothesline - you could make one at child-height