Welcome to Early Years
In Reception Miss Huntrod and Miss High are the class teachers. Mrs McElrue, and Mrs Reed are our wonderful teaching assistants. We really love working in Reception and want your child to be happy. Here’s just a little bit about us:
Early Years Curriculum
We are the youngest and newest members of the school. Our curriculum is very special as we learn through PLAY! We love to be challenged and enjoy playing inside and outside. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is organised into seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:
- PSED – Personal, social, emotional development (developing self confidence and self awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).
- CL – Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)
- PD – Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self care)
- LIT – Literacy (reading and writing)
- MATHS – Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)
- UW – Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)
- EAD – Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)
Click on the links below to see the topics in more detail.
Helping at home!
In Reception we don’t have formal homework as such but after half term we will set some weekly challenges for the children to complete. These will be given out on Friday, to be completed through the week and handed in the following Thursday. Remember we are just getting used to school so we won’t get reading books until after half term.
There are lots of things you can do to help your child.
Below are some ideas of what you can do which are quick and easy and will help your child consolidate skills we have taught in school.
Don’t forget to look at the topic web to see what we are learning each term.
If you would like any help or support please ask any member of EYFS staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!
Your child has a reading folder which includes letter flashcards and a reading book. Please practise these for 5 – 10 minutes every night if possible. We will hear your child read every week in school and will practise letter sounds and high frequency words in our phonics activities.
We will give children new reading books ever Friday.
Encourage your child to write their names on invitations and cards reminding them to have a capital letter at the beginning! As they learn their letter sounds help them practise writing them using the correct letter formation.
Play board games such as ‘snakes and ladders’ to encourage your child to count spaces to move their counters forwards or backward. When you are walking as the children to count how many foot steps from one place to another and ask the children to identify different numbers they see on doors or buses. Practise counting in order to at least twenty and backwards to zero.
Encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat, to put on their own shoes and to get dressed and undress by themselves. Remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating a meal. When eating encourage your child to use a knife and fork correctly.
Your child has a learning journal in school. This is a working document that documents everything we are learning and doing in Reception. If you would like to come in and have a look at your child’s learning journey you are more than welcome, speak to one of us on the gate or call reception to arrange it.
If you and your child do something wonderful or exciting at home please feel free to take a picture and fill in a home observation sheet (see below). This can also be put into the learning journals to show all the wonderful learning you have been doing at home too!
- Home Observation Sheet
- Reception Key Words
- Number Formation
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