We welcome you to Reception! My name is Miss Newton and I am the Class Teacher. My fantastic Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Cheel (Monday-Thursday) and Miss Richardson (Tuesday & Friday). We are extremely proud of all the children in Butterfly Class for their fantastic start to the school year. We have had lots of fun together already!
How we learn...
We believe that every child deserves the best possible start to school and strive to give all our children the individual support that enables them to fulfil their potential. In Reception, there is an awareness of preparing children for expectations of their future school life. We aim to ensure that all of our pupils learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. Reception is a vital time in which our children settle into school and are supported to become happy, confident, independent learners. We promote teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and provide children with the broad range of knowledge and skills that enables them to make good future progress, as citizens of our school and members of our Christian community.
The Reception curriculum encompasses eight areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The four Prime Areas which underpin all learning and skills are:
Religious Education (including our Four Christian Values: Love; Faith; Forgiveness and Fellowship)
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
The four Specific Areas, through which the four prime areas are strengthened and applied are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Children learn through play in Reception. We aim to encourage children to explore, experiment, question, take risks, make and learn from mistakes, and provide them with opportunities for listening, reflecting and praying. We want the children to have fun and enjoy learning!
All children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. By means of developmentally appropriate activities and adult support, each child achieves his/her own potential. This sense of achievement is very important in a child’s learning, we believe it inspires them to want to learn more.
Reading Contact Books
Your child will have a yellow reading contact book, which needs to be in their book bag daily. Primarily this book is to record your child's reading progress, but you may include notes about who your child will be going home with or any concerns you may have. Books are changed on Mondays and Thursdays.
Every Friday we will send home the sounds we have been learning throughout the week. This is a great opportunity for your child to practise recognising, reading and writing the sounds using our cursive handwriting script. You can even play word building games or Eye-Spy to encourage your child to apply their skills.
Our School Library
We are very lucky to have our own library at school! Every Thursday we get to choose a book to take home to share with our family and friends. Children have ownership over this choice and may keep a book for longer than a week if they haven't had time to read it. Sometimes children really enjoy a book and will take it home repeatedly, and this is absolutely fine.
Every Friday we send home your child’s Busy Book with an overview of the learning and activities that have taken place over the week. We will suggest a task that you could do at home with your child to assist their development. It can be used however you wish, but typically includes children’s artwork, writing, photos of days out, birthdays and other celebrations. This is a lovely keepsake at the end of the year!
Eric the Butterfly
We have a class butterfly called Eric who loves to spend time with his new friends at the weekend and during school holidays! He comes with an overnight bag and diary, for you and your child to document photographs, drawings and writing about his weekend adventures! Your child will then get the opportunity to share their news on a Monday afternoon.
Tapestry Online Learning Journal
https://tapestryjournal.com (UPDATED VERSION)
Communication and Language
'Communication is the number one key skill. Without it, children will struggle to make friends, learn and enjoy life'. This quote is taken from the 'Talking Point' website which offers information and guidance on helping you to help your child acquire good speaking and listening skills.
Please click on the link below to visit the site.
Phonics and Early Reading:
Useful Youtube Clips for Mums and Dads!
Mr Thorne’s Phonics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlTw0oiLNys
Jolly Phonics Songs
Our Goodbye Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP9AujV8N1A
Our Countdown Timer for tidy up time and getting changed for P.E! Why not try this at home! http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/timer
Mathematics and Understanding the World