Welcome to Butterflies class page. I am Mrs. Chapman the class teacher. The amazing Learning Support Assistant is Mrs Davis and we also have the fantastic Miss Scott on a Thursday and Friday. Currently we have 21 pupils in Butterflies class. We have lots of fun areas in our classroom where we can learn through play. We also have a great big outdoor area that we share with Ladybirds class. We work quite closely with Ladybirds so we have lots of friends in Year R!
How we learn...
Children learn through play in Reception, both inside and outside the classroom. We aim to encourage children to explore, experiment, question, take risks, make and learn from mistakes, and grow in confidence. 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 potential. This sense of achievement is very important in a child’s learning: we believe it inspires them to want to learn more!
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.
The Reception curriculum encompasses seven areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
The three Prime Areas which underpin all learning and skills are:
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
The four Specific Areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied are:
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
Our Christian Faith is important to us at Harrietsham, and we help the children learn in a way that is meaningful to them. We have weekly RE lessons in which we reflect on our Four Christian Values: Love; Faith; Forgiveness and Fellowship.
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 twice a week.
Every Friday we will send home the sounds we have been learning in Phonics 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 “I Spy” to encourage your child to apply their skills.
Eric the Butterfly:
We have a class mascot 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.
At Harrietsham we believe that it is important to praise and reward children for their achievements. We all try so hard at school!
Every child in Reception is entitled to a free school dinner!
We enjoy eating our school dinners in the lunch hall with our friends!
Tapestry Online Learning Journal
This is where we record the children’s learning and progress throughout the year. Parents can access and comment on our observations and upload their own photos and videos too!
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:
Mathematics and Understanding the World
Our Goodbye Song