Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) 2020 - 2021
James Class Teacher
Henry Class Teacher
Welcome to Reception
If your child is in Henry Class, their Class Teacher is Mrs Jeffs. If your child is in James Class, their Class Teacher is Mrs King. Miss MacDonald teaches on a Thursday and Friday. Reception Classes are supported by Mrs Johnson, Mrs Allen and Mrs Cooper, our Teaching Assistants.
Key Information for Spring Term
School reopened for all pupils on Monday 8th March 2021. Whilst we will do our utmost to provide as safe an environment for pupils as we can, we remain in an unprecedented situation. We aim to be very clear and honest about what provision will look like to support families.
Children should wear full uniform and black school shoes each day unless they have PE or Forest School, in which case, they should arrive wearing their kit. They will remain in their kit all day.
Children should not need to bring pencil cases, PE kits or other personal items to school.
Children should bring a water bottle with their name marked on it.
Children will be in their class groups and will stay in their class groups for the day, including break and lunch times.
Reception children will be provided with their own stationery for use in school.
Children will eat lunch in the hall and enjoy a play session outside. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be provided with a free meal at lunchtime.
School meals for children in Year 3 – 6 can be paid for via School Gateway as normal unless eligible for free school meals.
There will be a choice of hot food and sandwiches each day.
Staff will encourage hand hygiene and positive hygiene practices throughout the day.
In Reception, we learn a lot through our play. We learn to become independent learners and think for ourselves.
Our mornings include a rolling snack which means we can eat our fruit and have some milk or water when we feel hungry and then continue with learning through play based activities.
We follow Letters and Sounds and have daily phonics sessions. This is where we learn new letters / sounds and then we use them in our reading and writing. We also have Literacy sessions so we can use our new skills and knowledge as well as in our fabulous writing and reading areas. We have maths sessions where we learn about numbers, shapes, measure and can always find maths everywhere in our indoor and outdoor environment. We also focus on learning about our world, technology and expressive arts and design throughout each day.
We base our planning and topics around different books although this can change due based on the children’s interests. The activities set up in our classroom are carefully tailored to these and their next steps. Our planning considers all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum including: Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language & Physical Development.
When your child is settled into school, they will be sent home with a reading book and a reading diary. It is important to listen to your child read every night and record this in their diary. Their reading book will be changed twice a week. We will occasionally send home other activities for your child to complete at home.
If you would like any help on how to support your child’s learning at home, please come and speak to a member of the team who will provide you with lots of ideas on how to do this.
Useful Websites for Additional Learning
Children will have PE once a week. Your child will need a full PE kit from the beginning of the academic year. The PE kit is normally kept in school on the children’s peg and sent home at the end of every half-term to be washed, however during the Spring Term, children are asked to wear their kit to school due to the measures we are taking to minimise the risk of coronavirus on the premises. Please see the timetable below to check when your child should wear their appropriate sport wear to school.
Reception and Year 1 children will have PE in the School Hall, and therefore will need to wear their indoor PE kit to school. They will wear their PE kit all day and not need to bring their uniform with them.
In warm weather, children can wear black/navy shorts and a plain white t-shirt. In cooler weather, children can wear grey/navy/black leggings/jogging or tracksuit bottoms, a warm top plus a waterproof coat (no football shirts or multi-coloured kits).
Children will have a series of Forest School sessions during the term. Your child will need suitable outdoor clothing such as a named waterproof coat, hat, gloves and wellington boots from the beginning of the academic year. Children are to wear appropriate outdoor clothes to school (not their uniform) for the whole day, bringing an additional pair of shoes to wear indoors. Please see timetable above.
Please download the curriculum overviews below to see what your child will be learning this term. For more information about the National Curriculum, simply speak with your child's Teacher or visit the https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum.
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Henry and James Classes come to Forest School!, by Mrs Jones