Reception (Class 2)
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Welcome to your reception class page!!!
Teachers– Miss Ikin and Mrs Tracey
Teaching Assistants– Mrs Hitchmough and Mrs Sefton
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. After we have settled into our routines, we will send a letter regarding P.E. sessions, when they will take place and what your child will need to wear.
During our Spring Term we are full steam ahead towards reading, writing and our number work. During this half term we will have learnt our sounds and will now be beginning to blend and read words such as; hat, dog, gap. We will also begin to use our ‘fred talk’ and ‘fred fingers’ to help us write labels and simple sentences such as; I went to the shops.
In our number work we are continuing to recognise numbers to 20 and with these numbers we are finding different ways to add and take away and write down our ideas.
‘We can make 10 by using 4 and 6’. Can you draw 4 and 6 and write a calculation?
‘We can say one more or less than 10.’ Can you show me 1 more than 10?
What can I be doing at home?
At home we want you to continue practising your name every day practising each letter carefully remembering the letter rhymes as you do. We want you to write down your news and things you have been doing at home over the weekends.
We are still recognising our numbers so every day we want to be counting as many different things as you can. can you say the number before and after (one more and one less)? Can you find 5 objects then add 3 more? How many do you have in total?
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!
What will we be learning about?
As we return to school from our Christmas break all refreshed and ready to go, we will be exploring the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We will go on our own adventure as we read through the story retelling each page and creating our own actions.
We will continue our journey as we learn more about bears and explore habitats and woodland animals.
We may then join together to have a teddy bear picnic and who knows what adventures that will lead us too?
Can you think of any other popular stories we may come across in our Spring Term?
Topic One-Domestic Church- Family
In this topic we will learn all about; who we are, where we come from and who is precious to us.
We will listen to God’s Scripture:
‘God knows me and he knows my name.’
We will think about the Big Question:
Why am I precious?
Topic Two- Baptism/Confirmation-Belonging
In this topic we will explore belonging and the many different places we belong; at home, in school, with friends and family, clubs and importantly our church community. We will learn about the special sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation and understand how we are welcomed by God.
We will listen to God’s scripture;
‘I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love.’
In this topic we will celebrate the important birth of Jesus Christ and learn about the Christmas story and how people travelled from afar to see the special baby born. We will perform our own nativity play to help us truly understand the importance of this special day.
We will listen to God’s Scripture:
‘For a child has been born to us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named a wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, prince of Peace.’
We will also learn about another faith Judaism and learn about the festival of Hanukkah, the festival of lights, and how this is celebrated. We will listen to the story of Abraham and Moses, the leaders of the Jewish people and understand the some of the stories they told.
Be sure to keep an eye out on our gallery for pictures of our learning and exploring!
If you want to know a little bit more about how we learn in the early Years read below.
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?
Let us know what you are doing at home to help your child reach their Early Learning Goal!