Welcome to Reception

Reception Department 

In the Reception Department, we focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage, helping children to develop their personal and social skills alongside developing their confidence and communication skills. The children have access to a wide range of learning experiences across the day to support their learning in Literacy (Reading and Writing) and Maths (Number and Shape, Space and Measure). Our topic work enables us to focus on different aspects of Understanding of the World, helping the children to develop a fascination for the world in which they live.

Below is a list of this term's Favourite Five book titles;


The day a crayon quit

Oi, Frog!

The little gardener

If all the world were...

The princess and the pea


Share these stories together at home.

Physical Development:
The children have free access to the large outdoor area. They are able to explore the climbing apparatus to develop their climbing skills and confidence. There is a wide range of small equipment such as bats and balls which help to develop throwing and catching skills. Staff encourage the children to try out new activities to enable them to develop their confidence whilst supporting their physical development.
We have 'Funky Fingers'  sessions to help develop fine and gross motor skills. This helps the children with their pencil control and early writing skills.
The children will have PE with a Sports specialist once a week. Please ensure their PE kit is in school at all times.
Communication, Language and Literacy:
This half term we will be looking at stories based on our theme 'Once upon a time'. We will be reading Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children will have the opportunity to act out stories using puppets and masks, developing their understanding of how stories work. We are also very excited to have a theatre company coming into school to perform one of our stories, and to be going on a trip to see some real goats.
There are daily opportunities to talk about books and stories, enabling children to improve their comprehension whilst also developing a love of books and reading.
Activities will include describing different characters, sequencing main events and writing lists and instructions. 
We have a 'Never Heard the Word' focus every week where we introduce the children to exciting new vocabulary and language.
The children have a daily phonics session to help them to learn their letter sounds and how to write letters, words and sentences using Ruth Miskin's 'Read, Write , Inc' programme . The children will be learning Set 1 sounds alongside blending sounds to read 'green' words and learning to recognise and read 'red' words alongside reading new words in their home reading books and class books.
Children are encouraged to write all the time, practising using 'Fred Fingers' and 'Fred Talk' to help them use their phonics throughout the department. All children are keen to have a go, displaying their drawings and writing wherever they can.
This half term our focus is numerical patterns. This includes doubling, halving, odds and evens. 
All Reception pupils have access to Numbots at home. Ensure your child is logging on and using Numbots for ten minutes each day.
Below is s short video showing you how to get onto Numbots.

Understanding of the World:

This half term our topic is 'Once upon a time...'. We will also spend some time watching our plants grow.

We will also be noticing the seasonal changes as we move into summer, and will be watching one of our traditional tales brought to life in our theatre experience.


Expressive Arts and Design:
The children will be developing their imagination and role play with different role play areas including the vets. 
In our creative sessions and throughout the Department, the children will have the opportunity to explore activities such as junk modelling, exploring using different collage materials, printing, mixing colours and exploring sound.
All of these activities help the children to develop their practical skills as well as their creativity and imagination.
We had a wonderful time celebrating Diwali.
We had a fun afternoon celebrating Eid.
World Book Day
We spent the week looking at books written by Rod Campbell. The children created some lovely animals from the stories and brought their own books to share on World Book Day.

Homework and School Closure Work

To access the weekly homework or school closure work you will need to log in to your Google Classroom account using the email address in your Blue Reading Journal. You will find messages from all of the teachers in Reception and some useful links.
Remember to support your child in their daily use of the Ruth Miskin phonics on YouTube (Set 1 sounds) and with their Numbots account. The details for this is also in your child's Blue Reading Journal.
Happy learning!
From the Reception Teachers

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