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Reception Class

Year R - Mrs. Folkard and Mrs. Hill

Dear Parents,

OVERVIEW - TERMS 3 & 4


Thank you for your support over term 1 and 2.  It has been a pleasure getting to know you and my door is always open, so feel free to come and speak to me anytime about anything.

In terms 3 and 4 we will be supporting children to develop their interests and talents.  We will be beginning to lay the foundations for some more formal learning and will be encouraging children’s independent learning skills.  In the foundation stage we rarely work to set topics and will use the children’s interests and fascinations to produce varied and engaging learning experiences.  These experiences will take place in a range of settings including in the school grounds and offsite.   

There is, of course, a range of more traditional learning activities that your child will be engaged in.  For example;

Daily phonics sessions.
Daily maths sessions.
Daily reading sessions.

We teach a skill at the beginning of the week and then use consolidation activities through the rest of the week to embed the learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is play based and your children will experience many different learning opportunities (although they may not realise it!).  It is our job to encourage and extend their play and thinking in order for them to learn effectively.

All of your child’s learning will be documented online.  I now have everyone’s email addresses and once a term an email will be sent giving you an update as to what your child has been doing.  This email can be replied to, giving you more of a voice.

Lastly, please continue to read with your child 5 times a week (it is imperative that you sign their contact book).  The reading books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, if they have been completed (please keep in mind that if you forget to sign the book we do not know if it has been completed and it will therefore not be changed).  The home learning journal will be given out on Fridays and needs to be returned by the following Thursday to be marked and updated.

So far, teaching your children has been a lovely experience and I am very much looking forward to the rest of the school year.

Emma Folkard.

Overview  - Terms 1 & 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 Hill 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 from some extra attention, and observations of their progress during this week will be recorded and shared with parents.  We encourage all parents to engage with us and their child’s learning either through the home learning journal 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.

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 on the schools website and we would encourage you to share significant events or things that your child is interested in in their home learning journal.  This can be in the form of photos, leaflets, tickets, pictures, drawings or writing.  Please send these back into school regularly so that the children can share their excitement with their friends.

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 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 Bethany Hill.

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