Reception (Class 1)
Welcome to your reception class page!
Teachers – Miss Taylor and Mrs Tracey
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Hitchmough, Mrs Sefton and Miss Hughes.
Parents and carers are free to contact us via the school office should you wish to make an appointment. Otherwise, I am always available for a quick chat at the door at home time.
Read below to find out all the exciting things we will be getting up to this half term.
Each Monday we collect £1 which is used to buy snack for your child throughout the week. All contributions are greatly valued to ensure your child has a healthy week at school.
In reception we have access to our outdoor classroom daily to keep us physically active and healthy. Our school P.E kit is blue shorts and black P.E pumps and either a yellow or white polo top. Our P.E day is a Monday and we ask that your child comes to school wearing their yellow P.E top whenever possible to make it easier to change for P.E. please.
Can you write about your weekend?
What can I be doing at home?
At home we want you to continue practising writing shopping lists, registers, notes and any messages. We want you to write down your news and things you have been doing at home over the weekends.
Practice recognising your numbers every day and counting out objects to match. Find 1 more and less than numbers and create your own number sentences.
Can you create your own maths problems? If I had 9 sweets but I was very kind and gave 4 to a friend how many would I have left? how would we work this out?
Have a look on some of these website to help you practice these skills.
http://www.topmarks.co.uk (excellent for mathematical learning)
http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-1-understanding-read-write-inc-phonics/ (all the advice you need for supporting your child’s reading and writing)
Look out on pinterest also for ideas for creative games and activities you can be doing at home too!
We encourage parents to practice reading and writing these sounds and numbers daily to ensure the best possible chance of success!
During our Summer Term we are looking forward to exploring how things grow. We will be using investigation, researching, observing and exploring skills to learn more about the world around us and how it changes during the seasons. We will use our senses to explore different plants and compare how they look and smell. We will planet our own plants inside and outside and observe and record the changes.
We will listen to stories such as, ‘The Tiny Seed’ and ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ as well as delve into Story World once more as we explore the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and begin to write our own traditional tales.
In our maths we will be applying our skills of addition and subtraction to consolidate these skills beginning to use a number line to help us solve problems independently. We will explore shape, space and measure through activities such as measuring the height of beanstalks and measuring the size of the giants feet comparing them with our own.
I wonder where our next story world adventure will take us?
The possibilities are endless in our story world!
Don’t forget to collect your story dust before entering into story world.
‘Magic story dust, really is a must, sprinkle on and we’ll be gone to magic story world.’
Poetry and songs
In reception we love to learn new songs and poems. We have been learning some short poems and can retell them confidently. Have a look at some we have learnt so far. We have also enjoyed making up our own poems too!
Glitter on my fingers,
glitter on my hair,
glitter on the carpet,
When I’m in the bath,
I like to play for hours,
Splashing water on the floor,
Building big foam towers.
Can you create your own poems at home?
I’m sure there will be lots of new poems and songs to learn throughout our topic this half term!
Number is very important to us in reception. This half term we will be consolidate our numbers to 20 and begin recognising our 10’s: 10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90,100. This will help get us ready for our learning in Year One! We will continue to count, count and then count some more even in our 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will know how to put numbers in order and say 1 more and less than that number. We will continue to create our own number problems which we love to do in Class 2!
Our main objective will be to consolidate our learning of addition and subtraction and begin to use a number line to help us solve the problems we create.
Shape space and measure
Exploring and investigating shapes is vital to our learning in reception. We learn to recognise shapes as well as build, create and talk about how they are the same and different. We are learning about weight, height and capacity using areas such as sand and water to help us with this.
What shapes can you find when you are walking to school? Can you find a collection of twigs whilst out in the woods? Which one is the heaviest/lightest? Can you fill a bucket of water to the top? What happens when you pour half away?
We are a Catholic school and R.E. is apart of our everyday life. Each day children will take part in a collective worship and children will help lead this with the support of an adult. Each half term children will explore new R.E topics with new themes. Have a look below at our topics for this term.
As Easter was very early in our Catholic calender this year, we will continue to explore the key themes and messages of our Lent topic throughout our Summer Term.
In this topic we will learn that:
- Spring/Summer is a time when things begin to grow.
- Lent is a time to grow in love to be more like Jesus and to look forward to and think about the special time of Easter and what it means to us.
We will look for signs of Spring as we go on a nature walk. We will think about ways in which we can grow such as by sharing more, caring more or loving more.
We will create our own prayers to remember Jesus and all that he has done for us.
Our Early Years Philosophy
‘Play is the highest form of research’– Albert Einstein
In reception we learn through play. We have many different areas both indoors and outdoors such as the creative area, reading corner and construction space where we investigate, explore and learn many new things. We also learn to read and write letters and simple words, learn to read and use numbers and create lots of models and paintings which we love to send home to display in our homes!!!
READING and WRITING
In reception we love to mark make and throughout the year we learn to form letters to help us achieve our goal of writing simple sentences. We use our friend ‘fred’ to help us do this. If you want to learn more about how we learn to read and write click on the link below. http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents
We love to write in school but most of all we love to bring our writing in from home!!! Keep looking out for opportunities to write at home including shopping lists, birthday party invites, letters to family members!!!
‘You can make anything by writing’ C.S.Lewis
We are all readers!!!
Reading and enjoying stories at home is very important to us. It helps to develop our imagination and creativity!!! What stories do you enjoy reading at home?
‘Get reading. Keep Reading. Change everything’.
We also like to make a bit of a mess sometimes! We love to paint, decorate, create and have lots of fun in our role play area. We like to re-enact stories we know and love, play dress up and create models using all different kinds of materials. Any work we do at home can be displayed in our own learning space at school so we can celebrate our creativity in all areas.
How can you help your child reach the ELG?
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
Can you create your own story book?
Can you write and label a picture?
Can you create a recipe?
Can you write instructions for a game?
Can you write a set of rules?
Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Can you share your home readers together?
Can you write a simple sentence and read it back using your phonics?
Can you look our for punctuation in your story books?
Can you talk about what you have read to show understanding? Can you answer questions about he story?
Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
Shape space and measure
Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Can you practice daily counting out objects? Counting forwards and backwards as you walk?
Can you order numbers you can see at home?
Can you find one more or less than numbers you see?
Can you make a collection of objects and find out how many you have altogether? Can you take some away and find the total?
Can you begin to write simple number sentences using a number line to help you?