Reception Class

Welcome to our Reception Class page, where we love to learn through playWe enjoy making friends and having fun inside and outside of the classroom. We have a lovely outdoor area which extends our learning and play on a bigger, louder and more active scale.

In Class R we gain a broad range of knowledge and skills – we are always curious to find out more and enthusiastic to have a go at new things. We are encouraged to try our best and understand that it is ok to make mistakes.

During the school day we are involved in activities and experiences which are based on the EYFS areas of learning and development: Personal, social and emotional development; Communication and language development; Physical development; Literacy (reading and writing); Mathematics (number, shapes, spaces and measure); Understanding the world; Expressive arts and design.

Our topics for this year are: (see Year R Overview)

This half term our topic is Ourselves; (see our topic planning Ourselves)

Some of the things we get up to in Reception Class:

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We enjoy inviting in members of the local community to come and talk to the children about a variety of different topics. The children are always keen to listen and ask questions. 

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The children in Reception have their own outside learning space. But once a week they get to visit the Forest School area where they can take part in a range of activities. Today they have been den building! In the winter months they enjoy a hot chocolate afterwards. 

Things to do at Home:

 Things that you can do at home to help your child are to reinforce the sounds covered each day in class - practise the sound of the letter and the correct formation of the letter (see Letter formation sheet).

  • Practice name writing. Please make sure your child uses lower case letters except for their initial letter.

  • Share reading books, discussing plots, characters and their feelings, as well as simply decoding the text.

  • Look over key words (bookmarks sent home) with your child and encourage the recognition of these words in any order.

  • Draw your child’s attention to numbers in their environment e.g. telephones, door numbers, car number plates etc. Count things around the home. How many windows do we have etc?

  • Encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence.

Recommended websites:

http://www.mrthorne.com/ - very useful for pronunciation of sounds

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk - lots of free phonic based games 

http://ictgames.com/literacy.html- more phonics games

Recommended APPs:

Pocket Phonics: a super resource for teaching letters and sounds including reading, writing and spelling.

Doodle Buddy: a paint app which helps develop hand eye coordination. 

Bee Bot: an app which helps improve directional language (forwards, backwards, left right etc.)