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 (when school is open)
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.
- Children should not need to bring bags, pencil cases, PE kits, lunch boxes 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.
- Children will be provided with their own pens, pencil etc for use in school.
- 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
Your child will have PE lesson once a week. The PE kit should be a white tshirt, navy blue or black shorts and black pumps or trainers. Branded PE bags are available to purchase from the School Office. 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 not to bring their kit to school due to the measures we are taking to minimise the risk of coronavirus in school. Instead, please send your children to school in their sport wear for the whole day on the days indicated below.
The children will have Forest School sessions once a week. The School Office will notify you when these sessions are due to start. Please send children into school in their waterproof clothes and wellies on these days. Parents will be informed of the days in which children are to wear appropriate clothes to school for the whole day.
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 National Curriculum website.
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Henry and James Classes come to Forest School!, by Mrs Jones