Welcome to Reception!
Class Teachers - Miss Whyte & Miss Barnes
Teaching Assistants- Mrs Ledson, Miss Croughan
& Ms McCall (Wed AM)
Spring Term 2017
Welcome to back to Reception class! We hope you all had a lovely half term holiday!
We are delighted with the way our children have settled back into school life and the way in which they are all eager to learn new things. They are enjoying learning these new things and they are all taking this in their stride. We couldn't be more proud. We would like to thank you for your support in your child's education.
In Mathematics we are concentrating on numbers 1-20 - counting objects, recognising them, and putting them in order. We will be looking at the numbers that are one more and one less and will begin to solve number problems! We are also looking at 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and exploring shapes in our environment.
In Phonics we are following the Read Write Inc. scheme and are focusing on blending and segmenting the sounds in simple words. We will focus on a sound daily and will learn to form letters properly, read and write words containing that sound. We will also be looking at tricky words such as 'the' and 'said' these are words that can't be sounded out. Children will continue with their reading books and your support with listening to your child read is very important.
In Religious Education we will be learning all about lent waiting for Easter and will be visiting church to listen to Father talk about his role in the church and community.
We are encouraging children to become independent in Reception and so we ask that children begin to come into class on their own to hang up their coat, change their library book, put away their book bag and belongings and settle on the carpet. However, we have an open door policy at St. William of York and if you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to speak to one of the members of staff, either before school begins or after all the children have been collected.
Our Reception Uniform is the same as nursery. Our Foundation Stage uniform has been carefully chosen to ensure practicality, safety and to instil independence in our youngest children.
Our Summer uniform:
White polo shirt
Purple school sweatshirt
Purple school jogging bottoms
BLACK velco trainers, plimsole pumps or shoes
PE will be taking place on a Monday this term; our children will begin to get changed for PE this half term so will need to have a school PE kit in school please. You could begin to support your child in becoming independent by encouraging them to get dressed into their uniform every morning, including shoes!
We ask that children bring their book bag, reading book and reading record (yellow book) into School daily. Children will read to a teacher at least once a week, but there will often be opportunities to read again throughout the week! Please sign the yellow reading record every time you read with your child as this helps us to understand how your child is reading at home. Please try to read with your children every night.
As always we welcome parents, family members or carers into our Reception class to share with us any information about your child or milestones that they have achieved at home and we have 'Ask me about' slips that you can fill out and hand to a member of staff. Photographs of significant events or home learning can also be emailed to Miss Whyte or Miss Barnes to be shared on the big screen in class. Our email addresses are: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Snack Money is £1.50 per week or £7.50 for half-term, or £15 up to Easter. This money goes towards providing your child with a healthy snack daily and for buying resources such as baking materials, craft materials and additional items linked to our topic. We ask that this is given in a named envelope preferably on a Monday. Envelopes will be available at school if necessary.
Thank you for your anticipated support and we look forward to an enjoyable and exciting term in Reception!
Miss Whyte, Miss Barnes, Miss Croughan and Mrs Ledson
When I grow up I want to be...
Today in reception we talked about how special we are and how we are all unique and have different qualities and skills. We spoke about things that make us proud. For example, Jacob said he was proud of himself because he tried to swim without his arm bands and Nathan said he was proud of himself for trying really hard in phonics. This then led to talking about what we would like to do when we grow up. We have high expectations and aspirations for our children and believe they will achieve whatever they set out to do. ✨
"Children increasingly show high levels of confidence in social situations. They develop a positive sense of themselves and their place in the world." Ofsted
Rolo the Horse
Rolo came to visit the children in Reception and Nursery. The children loved meeting Rolo and gave him a stroke. Some children even fed him a carrot!
"The highly stimulating environment and wide range of activities ensure that children are highly motivated and very eager to join in. They consistently show the characteristics of effective learning. They show high levels of curiosity, imagination and concentration" Ofsted
Ice cream party 🍦
In Reception as part of our reward system, Duffy the teddy chooses a secret student each day but he doesn't tell us who it is until the end of the day. Duffy will watch all day to make sure the secret student has followed all of our class rules. If they have, the secret student will pass and will get their own little prize and a high five hand goes onto the chart. When ten secret students pass, the whole class earns a treat.
Reception children have settled into school so well and are so well behaved! Ten secret students have passed and so the class chose to have an ice cream party as their reward.
They had a well deserved treat and had a lovely time! We wonder what they will choose as their next treat!
Well done done boys and girls! 🎉
"Practitioners adhere consistently to agreed strategies to promote good behaviour and regular attendance. They provide clear guidance for children about what is and is not acceptable behaviour." Ofsted
Numbers, numbers, numbers!
Week beginning 02.10.17...
This week in reception we have been learning all about numbers! We have been putting the numbers in order and matching quantities to the numerals. The children have worked so hard! Links to the EYFS- M, N, 40-60.
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