Welcome back, we hope you have all had a lovely half term holiday. Thank you to all of those parents who supported their children in the outdoor learning activity for learning logs.
In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which begins when children first attend a preschool setting, and is completed during their Reception year. At the end of Reception there is a statutory requirement to assess children against their early learning goals. A copy of your child’s assessment will come home with their end of year report. They will begin their first year of the National Curriculum in Year 1.
As Miss Wheels is leaving at the end of this term, our Reception children will have a teacher who is new to the school in September. Mrs Scott will be here to teach the children on transfer day and will also be popping in to meet them informally during the next few weeks.
Our topic this term is ‘Living and Growing’ and there we have planned lots of outdoor learning activities. The trip to College Lake was a great start to this topic as it began to teach the children to really stop and concentrate, using their senses to explore outdoors.
PE in Reception continues to be on a Thursday afternoon. We recommend that PE kits are brought in at the start of the half term and can stay on your child’s peg until the end of term. We will ensure they are all sent home at the end of the year for a good wash! Please can you ensure that all items are clearly named.
In our Physical Development sessions we will be focusing on Athletics, in preparation for our end of year Sports Day. All children will also be taking part in the Reception Multi Sports Festival on Thursday 29th June.
We will continue to visit Smokey Row every Tuesday afternoon so please could you ensure that you bring in wellies that day, or that a pair are kept in school as it can be muddy, even in fine weather.
In Maths, we will be focusing on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and using these skills to solve problems. For example, finding out how many eyes we have in Reception. We will also be revisiting 3D shapes; describing how many faces, edges or corners they have.
In Literacy, we are working within phase 4 and 5 phonics although we continue to reinforce the phase 3 diagraphs and trigraphs. There is now a greater focus on children applying phonics to their writing. The majority of our children are now applying their phonics beautifully in their reading. The children are currently working hard on ensuring that they write in complete sentences. We are encouraging them to always have clear finger spaces between words and ensure sentences start with a capital letter and end with a full stop.
Thank you so much to all parents who continue to support their child’s reading at home. Regular reading has a massive impact on progress. Finding the time for staff to read individually with every child during the school week can be challenging, therefore the expectation that every child will read at home on a daily basis is key.
It is hard to believe that our children are coming to the end of their Reception year, and that soon they will be in the position of welcoming our new Reception children!
We are really pleased to see such an improvement in the children’s independence, as these skills are essential for all children to reach their full potential.
As always should you have any queries please don’t hesitate to come and see us.
Mrs Unsworth and Mrs Cozadinos