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Welcome to Reception Class - Miss Bassett, Mrs Folkard and Mr Griggs.

Dear Parents and Children,

Welcome to the Reception Class homepage. We hope you find the information useful and informative.

During these first few weeks of Reception Class the children have to face huge changes, but they have taken it all in their stride, and have already found their feet.   I have to say that our Year 6 children have been absolute superstars in their buddy role. They have happily given up their lunch and playtimes to help their younger peers and there are some really great friendships developing. I think everyone concerned should feel very proud, not least the parents of our brilliant buddies from the top end of the school. Well done Buddies!

I hope you enjoy the photographs below which we will continue to add to as the year goes on.

Term 3 and 4: Reception Class

We have been having a very exciting time in term 3 so far. We have a main topic for each term that enables us to incorporate Reception class’s interests, so that they are able to learn in a fun and engaging way. All of the experiences in Reception will incorporate many areas of the curriculum so they will experience a wide range of subjects and contexts. We do at least 20 minutes of phonics a day, and also a literacy and mathematics lesson daily.  We have time to ‘learn through play’, where we have a range of activities that the class can choose to participate in that cover all areas of the Reception curriculum and the class’s individual needs.  These include; mathematics, literacy, communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, gross/fine motor, communication, mark making, expressive art and design. We encourage the children to be confident in their abilities, and Reception class are really growing in confidence and belief in their ability, which is wonderful!

Term 3:

Our main topic for this term is pirates! We have been participating in a range of activities such as writing letters, making postcards and leaflets, and sending these to the pirates who have been sending postcards back to us from around the world!

We have designed and made a house for the pirates, and furniture for their holiday home, and their friends’ holiday homes. We have made pirate flags, and some of us have been making our own pirate ships!

The children have been doing a range of pirate themed activities learning about different 3D shapes, patterns, sorting, weighing, and measuring. For example, we have made pirate ships out of different 3D shapes. We have organised pirate patterns on our computers, and have been measuring how many people we need on each side of our ‘pirate ship’ so that we don’t sink!

We are also learning about people in different places, and have even been experiencing different foods.  We have been learning about China as it was recently Chinese New Year, and Reception class had a Chinese banquet on the Friday before Chinese New Year which we all enjoyed!

Term 4:

Our topic for term 4 is ‘People who help us’.

We will be sending letters, making posters and writing descriptions about, and to, people who help us in our community and beyond. We will be learning about their different jobs and different routines in a range of cultures/ communities.

PE is on a Friday morning with yoga at least 3 times a week. So please ensure your child has their PE kits in school at all times.  We have taken part in Forest Schools on a Wednesday afternoon doing a range of activities such as finding bugs, making our own bugs out of clay, having hot chocolate whilst listening to stories around our story tree, and making fairy mud soup amongst many other things!

Children still benefit from reading at home every night and their reading journals should be signed at least 4 times a week. Homework will be given on a Friday and should be handed in the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website.

Terms 5 & 6

We have been having a very exciting time in term 5 so far. We have a main topic for each term that enables us to incorporate reception classes interests, so that they are able to learn in an exciting and engaging way. All experiences in reception still incorporate many areas of the curriculum, so they will experience a wide range of subjects and contexts. We still do at least 20 minutes of phonics a day, and a literacy and mathematics structured lesson every day.  We still also have time to ‘learn through play’, where we have a range of activities that the class can choose to participate in that cover all areas of the reception curriculum and the individual needs of the class.  These include; mathematics, literacy, communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, gross/fine motor, communication, mark making, expressive art and design. We encourage the children to be confident in their abilities, and our reception class continue to really grow in confidence and believe in their ability, which is wonderful!

Term 5:

Our main topic for this term has been dinosaurs! We have been participating in a range of activities, some of which are as follows; We have been writing imaginative letters to dinosaurs and have also made fact files about the many things we have been learning regarding dinosaurs and fossils, and have been putting these in our dinosaur museum!

We have already designed and made our own sculpted clay fossil models, our own dinosaur junk modelling houses, our own dinosaur paintings.

We have also been doing a range of dinosaur themed activities learning about different 3D shapes, patterns, sorting, doubling/halving, weighing, and measuring. For example, we have been weighing dinosaurs and making dinosaur houses out of different 3D shapes. We have also been organising dinosaur patterns on our computers.

We have also been doing some investigative ‘understanding the world’ investigations, learning about the life cycles of dinosaurs and other similar animals. We have also been using maps to locate different fossils and dinosaurs we have deposited around our school!

Term 6:

Our topic for term 6 is ‘under the sea’.

We will be taking a trip to our local beach to help us to get excited about what we can find under the sea! We will use maps to locate where we need to go to get to the beach.

We will be exploring lots of different sea animals and finding out where we would see these animals in their natural habitats/climates.

We are going to write stories, reflecting what we will see ‘under the sea’ from the perspectives of the animals/creatures!

We will also be learning about sharing, halving and doubling, capacities, measurements, shapes, symmetry. reflection, using positional and directional language. We will also be going on a treasure hunt, and find out how magnets can help us with our treasure search!

We will be designing our own beaches by using our observational drawings to help with our designs!

We still do PE on a Friday morning, yoga at least 3 times a week and we have also been participating in Forest School activities on a Wednesday afternoon, where we have been doing a range of activities such as making our own fairy wands, making our own tree faces, decorating fossils, having hot chocolate whilst listening to stories around our story tree, and making dinosaur mud cakes amongst many other exciting forest school activities.

Children still benefit from reading at home every night and their reading journals should be signed at least 4 times a week. Homework will be given on a Friday and should be handed in the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website.

Miss Bassett