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Reception Class

Year R - Mrs. Folkard and Mrs. Reid

Overview term 1 and 2

First of all I’d like to say welcome to all of the new families joining us this year and welcome back to the familiar faces!  This year in reception the class will be led by Mrs Folkard with Mrs Reid as TA.  We are very excited to be working as a team and getting to know this new group of children.  .

The reception year of school is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and will, primarily, be taught through play.  We will be taking a ‘planning in the moment’ approach to learning.  This involves the adults observing children, identifying what they are demonstrating in their play, interacting with the children (either asking questions, engaging them in conversation, offering a resource or demonstrating a skill) and finally observing again to see how the child reacts to the adults input.  Every week we will select a few children to be focus children.  These particular children will benefit for some extra attention, and observations of their progress during this week will be recorded and shared with parents.  We fully expect parents to engage with us during their child’s focus week either through face to face chats or via email.  Every other term the children’s observations will be sent to you by email and you may add your own observations to it by following the instructions given to you in the induction pack.  ITMP on the observation stands for ‘in the moment planning’ and will detail what the adult did to support the child’s learning.

This term will also be taking part in ‘Helicopter stories’.  This is a combination of verbal storytelling and story acting.  The aim is to develop children’s speech and language, give them a good understanding of narrative and eventually encourage them to write for themselves.

Every day the children will have a few short carpet sessions, building up in length as the year progresses.  In these sessions we will be learning phonics, basic maths skill and RE.

Every Wednesday the children will be involved in a P.E session and therefore need to have their P.E kit in school in anticipation of this. 

Monday afternoons the class will join Key Stage 1 for a singing session with Mrs Brookes.  They will learn songs for assemblies, Mass and just for fun!

Please try to hear your child read as regularly as possible and record it in their reading record book.  We will attempt to hear the children at least once a week and their books will be changed Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so please ensure that they are in the book bag every day.  Homework will be given out of Fridays inside their home learning journal, it will also be on the schools website.  Occasionally homework may be posted on the website without the journal going home so please ensure you check the web page weekly so as not to encounter any nasty surprises!!  Homework needs to be handed in for marking by the following Thursday.  Any homework not handed in by Thursday may not be marked before new homework is issued.

We will be beginning our forest school sessions in the school grounds very soon so please ensure that all children have waterproof clothing and welly boots as soon as possible.  They also need spare socks/tights and underwear in their draw string bags for emergencies. 

Please remember we are always here to help so don’t hesitate to ask or phone the school office.

Mrs Emma Folkard and Mrs Amanda Reid.

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