Welcome to reception!
Here is some information for you along with our topic information and how you can help your child at home.
Our teaching assistants this year are Mrs Scope, Mrs. Russell and Mrs Matkin. They will help you answer any questions you may have. On a Friday morning Mrs Jeffry will take the class and Mrs Shenton on a Friday afternoon.
We continuously assess all children against the EYFS development matters. A copy of the Early Learning Goals is in your parent pack for you to reference. We provide lots of opportunities for children to learn through play, that allow us to assess different areas of the curriculum and we work 1:1 and I groups. We ensure a balance of indoor and outdoor learning so, if possible, please provide your child with wellie boots and waterproofs to leave in school. Especially in the Autumn/winter months as we try and go outdoors whatever the weather! If you have any questions or queries, we will try our best to speak to you. We are usually available before and after school so just pop into the classroom but please avoid the school times we will be with the children
We ask the children to stay on the carpet until a member of staff can see their grown up before we let them go, so please wait outside the classroom so you can be seen. If the adult collecting is not named on the paperwork, we cannot let your child leave with them, so please ensure all adults collecting your child know to staff. If someone different is collecting your child, please arrange a password with Mrs Wynne.
In class we have a star of the day and busy be helpers, alongside the school behaviour charts and class star charts. We give out stickers for the enterprise skills too. Our class rules are:
- We are kind to everyone
- We help to tidy up
- We share our toys
- We line up nicely
- We play together
- We sit and listen on the carpet.
A home school agreement will be sent home for you to read with our behaviour system that we follow. We try and promote positive behaviour at all times.
We have PE two days a week and often this is weather permitting. Please send your child into school wearing PE it on a Monday. This will then stay in school and come home on a Friday as we have PE on a Friday afternoon. The children may come home in PE kit on a Friday to maximise the time spent in the PE lesson. Please ensure EVERYTHING is labelled, even socks and footwear.
We send Learning Logs home towards the end of the week and collect them in on a Monday. We understand that weekends can be a busy time; however, the activities are all fun based to consolidate learning and should take no more than 10/15 minutes (unless you wish to spend longer!) Some homework tasks will be set via Tapestry.
Reading diaries will be sent home with phonics words to read. Please ensure these are in school every day. Please also comment and sign when you have read at home.
With phonics, please practise saying the sounds, thinking of words that start with the sound and writing the sounds. Again, these activities should be fun and centred on your child and their preferred way of learning.
Bug club www.bugclub.co.uk will also help with the phonics programmes taught in school and eBooks issued. A username and password will be sent out with the children in the first term and you will be able to access eBooks to read at home or on the phone/ipad.
When the children are writing, we encourage to use lower case letters to begin, and capital letters for the start of sentences, so we encourage pure initial sounds to begin.
Please share your child’s achievements with us. We will be updating Tapestry frequently throughout the year. It is great that we get to share our daily experiences with you and we ask that you contribute to your child’s learning journey as much as you can. We love to see learning at home!
Our topics vary with the children’s interests in Reception. We try and teach through stories to enrich children’s learning through books. Our first topic this year will be dinosaurs as this class are dinosaur crazy!! Other topics will follow. We will most definitely using our bookstart book “Bumblebear” of which the children will all receive a copy, and we have already decided on The Gingerbread man and Pete the Cat Rocking in my school shoes. The Elves and the Shoemaker and Harry and the Dinosaur will be other books we will use before Christmas. Topic information will be shared on Tapestry, along with anything else you need to know.
Please download the school app, follow us on Twitter and start using Tapestry for the best involvement with school life.
If you need to speak to a member of the Early Years team, please do so before 8.40am or after 3.15, please be patient however, and wait until the children have all been collected for our full attention.
If you have any concerns or question, please chat to us!
We hope your child has a great start to school.
Mrs Wynne and the EYFS team