Welcome to Reception Class

This Year the Reception class teachers are Mrs Sharp in Red Class and Mrs Shaw in Blue Class.  Working along side them are Mrs Middleton and Ms Davis and Ms Kavanagh.  If you would like to help in our unit, please come and chat to us about the possibilities- help is always greatly appreciated- and is very enjoyable too!!

PE
The children will have PE on Monday and Wednesday.  Please make sure all clothing and PE kits are clearly named.  Please include long sleeved top/jog pants & trainers now as some PE may be outside, weather permitting!

Returning Library Books
Red class - Please return by Monday
Blue class - Please return by Monday

Reading Book Bags
Please return by Wednesday

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Wow, where has time gone? The children in reception have had another amazing half term. We have spent four weeks learning about structures and the children really enjoyed their creative thinking and becoming engineers! Designing, building and adapting their own model trails has been a highlight of the half term and was a real credit to all their hard work and perseverance. Thank you to all who came to see the DT exhibition in the hall. The children were very proud of their achievements.

We have spent a week thinking about E-safety and the importance of asking a grown up for help if we are unsure about anything when using tablets, computers or other devices. The children have given a Beebot (a programmable robot) instructions in order for it to work and then practised giving each other verbal instructions in the outdoor area. The children enjoyed pretending to be robots!

In phonics and literacy, the children have been focusing on recognising digraphs in order to read and working hard on their letter formation when writing words and sentences. They all continue to try so hard and it is a joy to watch them grow in confidence each and every day.

The children are challenging themselves when reading in school and love sharing their reading books at home. Thank you for your continued support with this. Please return your child’s reading book to school as soon as you have finished with it and we can swap it for the next book.

The children have continued to work hard in maths. This half term we have covered adding, subtracting and sharing with numbers to 10. We are encouraging the children to count objects reliably up to ten and developing the skills of counting objects to 20 (and beyond). Thank you to all who could attend our maths mornings. We are really proud of how the children engage during our carpet sessions and it was lovely to share it with you.

Parent Share is now up and running. We will usually send observations of your child’s learning on a Thursday. In addition, we will share any photos and videos that parents send in with the whole class on a Wednesday afternoon. The children love sharing their home life with the rest of the class and it is a fantastic way to promote speaking and listening opportunities. Please keep sending in photos and videos! For any help and support about this please speak to Mrs Sharp.

Next half term we will be thinking about Fairy Tales and story language. The children will be working in groups to retell the stories. If you have any fairy tales at home please share them with your children over the holidays.

Enjoy your break and we look forward to another exciting term in Reception.

The Reception team

This half term the weather has got colder but this hasn’t stopped Reception enjoying our outdoor area. The children are using the outdoor space incredibly well and are developing their physical, imaginative, speaking, listening and social skills whilst they play.

Children have been working hard on developing their fine motor skills. They have been busy building models in the DT area, using tweezers to pick up small objects and threading using beads and pipe cleaners. Furthermore, the children have been working extremely hard using a pencil. Cursive letter formation is being taught and children are encouraged to write in all areas of the classroom. Handwriting using shaving foam, sand, play dough and glass beads has been enjoyed by the whole class and will continue through the spring term. The children are growing in confidence when writing simple words and sentences and are working hard on segmenting a word in order to spell.

Children are now reading on a daily basis. They are developing their blending skills in order to read simple words and sentences. Reading books will continue to be sent home. Please return your child’s reading book as soon as you have read it at home with your child and we can send the next book. Thank you for your continued support.

In maths, we have now looked at all the numbers from one to ten. The children have really enjoyed exploring numbers practically, using musical instruments and exploring and finding different ways to make a number using Numicon i.e 6+3+1=10. The children are developing their 1:1 counting skills and continued support at home would be much appreciated.

We have had two fantastic student teachers work in reception this half term. The children developed super relationships with them and will be sad to see them go now their placement is over. We wish them the best of luck in their teaching careers.

We are introducing a new way to communicate with parents/carers in January, this is called ‘Parent Share’. It is an online system and enables us to share observations with you. In addition, you can send photos and video observations of your child to us and this will enable us to achieve a well rounded picture of each individual child. Star moments will still be another way to share achievements.

Children have made super progress this half term. We look forward to helping them grow and develop in Spring term.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

The children had lots of fun at Abbey House Museum this week.  They took part in a Nursery Rhyme workshop and looked around the museum.  After lunch the went to the Abbey ruins and the park.  Thanks to all the parents who helped out.

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This half term has seen the children settle into school life incredibly well. It has been a joy to watch new friendships form and the children develop independence.

New rules and routines have been established and the children are working hard every day to follow these to the best of their ability.

The children are working hard on speaking in clear sentences and listening to others when adults or children are speaking. We have learnt lots of new, interesting and amazing things about our reception class already.

The class have been busy learning new sounds in phonics and are trying hard to sound out words and blend them together in order to read. We will continue to learn new letter sounds next half term too. 

We are having lots of fun developing our gross motor skills. Climbing, crawling, using chalk outside, ‘painting’ large areas with water and much more. We are also busy developing our fine motor control by using Lego, being creative in the DT area, using scissors, investigating ‘funky fingers’ activities and having dough discos on the carpet with play dough! All these activities (and many more) will help your child develop strength in their fingers and will help them to gain more pencil control.

In maths we have been learning all about a number each week. So far we have learnt all about 1, 2, 3 and 4. Within these number sessions we have looked at 2D shapes, objects that have 1,2,3,4 things, we have been counting lots of things in the classroom (saying each number as we count each object) and we have also introduced addition. The children have been using Numicon to make numbers in different ways, I.e. 1+1+1+1=4, 3+1=4, 2+2=4 and 2+1+1=4

Well done reception for a successful first half term. We look forward to seeing you all after a week off and starting a new half term of learning and fun... including a trip to Abbey House Museum!