In Reception the children follow the foundation stage curriculum. This prepares them for the learning journey ahead of them in later years. An enormous part of this learning is in the social and emotional areas of development; in other words helping the children get ready to be effective, independent learners who are happy and confident in the school environment. We also encourage the children to develop happy, supportive and positive relationships with their peers. We provide a rich, play based curriculum in which the adults facilitate the learning of the pupils through positive interaction.
The children learn the fundamental skills of literacy and mathematics that allow them to access the curriculum.
Year Group Information
RS Teacher and Early Years Phase leader; Mrs Standeven
Teaching Assistant; Mrs Rushton
RIW Teachers; Mrs West, Miss Iddon
Teaching Assistant; Mrs Andrew
RC Teacher; Mr Cocks, Mrs Ascroft
Teaching Assistants; Mrs Wilkinson, Miss Godfrey
All About Me
In this theme we get to know the children by finding out about their friends and families, and we help the children get to know each other. We also find out about the seasons by looking for signs of autumn and changes as we move into the winter months. This term we will be looking at Harvest Festival, Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday, Advent and of course, Christmas.
Our Talk 4 Writing has started with some of our Oxford reading Tree stories. This week we have introduced the story "The Haircut". All classes have set up a hairdressing salon to enable the children to really embed the story through role play. After half term we are also going to introduce the Elmer stories and begin to develop story writing skills.
This theme is all about letting the children find out about different festivals and celebrations during the Autumn period. We read lots of the children's favourite stories, such as The Gruffalo and Winnie the Witch etc. as well as reading non-fiction books about celebrations such as Diwali. We encourage the children to celebrate their reading at home, by bringing in favourite books or pictures of themselves reading in exciting places.
As Christmas approaches we learn about the Christmas story and prepare to perform our nativity for the parents. In Talk 4 Writing, we focus on the Christmas story.
Into The Blue
This theme includes the topics, pirates and under the sea. We give ourselves pirate names, make telescopes, learn about sea creatures and investigate the life of a pirate. Our Talk 4 Writing, leads to the children writing factual reports on pirate ships.
In this theme we find out about the Earth and Moon, learn the names of the planets and wonder whether aliens might exist.
The children enjoy using Beegu as the stimulus for Talk for Writing.
This theme is based on safari animals. We will be mask making, learning animal dances and finding out facts about animals and life in Africa. We have an exciting visit from Reef's Reptiles, which provides the children with a hands on experience of some of the exotic animals they learn about.
Talk for Writing in this term, centres around Jez Alborough's, Hug.
On the Beach
This theme dips into our local area. We will look at significant local landmarks and make comparisons to other places and holiday destinations that children may have visitied. This links with our Understanding of the world part of the EYFS and ensures children develop an understanding of how envirnments vary from one to another.
Talk for Writing in this term, centres around a Biff, Chip and Kipper story; On The Beach.
Initially we send library books home with the children so that they can share and enjoy reading at home. One of the best indicators of whether a child will become a confident reader, is whether they see and experience reading at home, so enjoying a story with your child is one of the best experiences you can give them.
During the Autumn term, once the children are ready, we begin sending reading books home with the children. Initially these are books with no words to ensure that the children learn the basic skills of holding the book correctly, treating it with respect and turning the pages one by one. These books also help the children to begin to learn the way stories are structured, and engender a love of story. As the children become ready, we move them onto Pink band books which have words to read.
Later in the Autumn term we give the children Letters and Sounds, word books. These have words written in them each week for the children to learn to read. They are then assessed and new words are written in. The words are in a specific order, so that they use only the sounds that the children have been taught so far. It is really important that parents help their children practise these words often during the week, and send the book into school to be assessed on a Wednesday.
As the year progresses, some children are also given Maths Packs, to support their learning in Mathematics. Children may receive these packs at different times during the year, so we can support their needs at appropriate times.
Later in the year we give children a writing book to take home. In writing we are working towards an Early Learning Goal, that states that children should write 'simple sentences that can be read by themselves and others.' To achieve this the children should be able to write sentences independently with some words spelt correctly and other words that 'sound right.' We give them the book to encourage them to find their own opportunities to write and celebrate what they can do.
Top Marks - A great site for Early Years fun.
ICT Games - Lots of games to support learning in Literacy and Mathematics.
PurpleMash - This is an interactive site for children with an excellent Early Years section.
Focus on Phonics - This site helps you say the sounds each letter makes in the same way we teach it in school.
Nature Detectives - Provided by the Woodland Trust, this site has great ideas and resources to help children have fun in the outdoors and develop their knowledge and understanding of the world.
Phonics Play: letters and sounds games
Crickweb: Early years games for maths and literacy
The Curriculum for Children in the Reception Year.
The children in Reception follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum, which provides a smooth transition from pre-school settings. There are six areas of learning in the Foundation Stage Curriculum. These are generally taught together in theme-related activities, often inspired by the ideas and experiences of the children. Where possible, children have trips to broaden their experiences and encourage interest and enjoyment in learning.
The Reception children also enjoy regular visits to the main school during the year to take part in various activities including special assemblies, to take part in paired reading, music and to watch the older children in various performances.
The six areas of the Foundation Stage are outlined below:
Personal, Social and Emotional development.
Children are encouraged to develop their independence and co-operation with each other. They become active learners, planning their activities and reviewing what they have learnt. Through a variety of activities, they develop interest, excitement and motivation to learn
Communication, language and literacy (linked to the National Literacy Strategy).
Children are encouraged to build on their existing knowledge of the alphabet and develop a love of reading and writing through a range of teacher directed and child initiated activities.
Problem Solving Reasoning and Numeracy (linked to the National Numeracy Strategy).
Children use mathematics in everyday contexts and practical situations. They learn to add and subtract by playing games and using real objects. Themes include opportunities for measuring and looking at patterns and shapes.
The outside and inside areas of the Early Years building encourage a range of physical skills using small and large equipment. Children also have time in the hall and on the field to develop skills such as games, dance and gymnastics.
Knowledge and Understanding of The World.
Through visits and experiences, children are encouraged to look closely at the world around them. They have access to a wide range of construction equipment and spend time with everyday technology such as the computer and the tape recorder. Through practical activities such as art and cooking, they find out about their culture and beliefs and that of others.
Children are very involved in role-play, planning their role-play area and creating stories in it. They are involved in a range of art activities, using a variety of techniques and materials. Children enjoy singing and playing percussion instruments on a regular basis.