Reception 

Welcome from staff

Hello, my name is Mrs Smith and I will be working in EYFS as the Reception teacher. Having taught most of the years groups in primary school, I am excited to be returning to Early Years and developing your child’s learning through play and exploration. We have lots of exciting topics and activity days planned that I’m sure your children will enjoy!

We have a lovely, big outdoor area that is great for exploring and we like to spend as much time out there as possible.  We enjoy following the children's interests as much as possible and incorporate focus days linked to current events.  

 

Newsletters


Advent Term

Lent Term 1

Lent Term 2

Pentecost Term 1

Pentecost Term 2

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Early Years Curriculum 

 Curriculum

Throughout the school year children will cover a broad spectrum of topics which will incorporate all areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. Early Years staff will continually assess your child against the criteria set with the Profile, which consists of 3 prime areas of learning and 4 specific areas of learning-

 

3 prime areas

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 

4 prime areas

Literacy

Maths

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

 

 In Early Years we look at how children develop skills to be good learners. These are the characteristics of effective learning.  

Below is a link to the Early Learning Goals for Reception children:

Early Learning Goals

 

Cornerstones Curriculum 

 Advent 1 -  Do you want to be friends?



 Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? Explore these questions and more in this project about friendship, being kind and working together.

Possible lines of enquiry include:
• friendship
• being kind
• being helpful
• cooperation
• similarities and differences
• people who help us

Advent 2 - Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

 Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? Explore these questions and more in this project about the seasonal changes in the natural world during autumn and winter.

Possible lines of enquiry include:
• seasonal change in the natural world
• hibernation and migration
• autumn foods
• woodland animals

Lent 1 - Starry Night

 This project explores the differences in the world at night compared to during the day. It teaches children about the importance of a good night’s sleep, and helps them to discover what is happening in the world while they are sleeping, including finding out about nocturnal animals.

Lent 2 - Dangerous Dinosaurs

This exciting project teaches children about the different animals that roamed Earth millions of years ago and how they are related to animals that live on Earth today.

 

Pentecost 1 - Tumble

This projects covers Physical Development and ways to keep healthy.  We will be using Superheroes as our main focus for different ways to move and a healthy diet and will complete the unit by looking at the Olympics and making comparisons between the past and present day.

Themed Days

 For special events, celebrations or hook days linked to our topics we work closely with Nursery to create themed days .  Below are a few photos of the events we have celebrated this year.

    

      

 

curriculum

 Maths

Maths in Reception incorporates both Numberblocks and Power Maths sessions.   

 

Below is a link to some helpful websites to support your child in Maths;

     

 

The children  will be introduced to new mathematical vocabulary, some of which can be found on the knowledge organiser below:

 

English

Our daily phonics sessions are delivered through a programme called Read, Write, Inc.  There are rhymes to help children form

their letters an example is shown below.

 

 For further information, please click the link below;

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

 Below are some photographs of Phonics in action and how we provide opportunities within our continuous provision.

Reading

Children will be sent home with a school reading book and reading record.  These will be changed every Monday.  Some books will be sent home that match the reading ability of your child and other times we will send books home for you to share with your child. Once you have read/discussed the book with your child please comment in the reading record. 

 

Below are links to some helpful websites to support your child in Literacy:

phonicsplay.co.uk

booktrust.org.uk

 

RE

 Our  mission statement "We Value all in the Name of Jesus the Christ" is embedded in all of our daily practices and lessons.  The children in Reception participate in daily prayers and celebrate all aspects of Catholic life through focused teaching and continuous provision opportunities.

Advent Term

During Advent term the topics we will cover are Myself, Welcome and Birthdays. Listed below is the learning for each topic.

 

Myself

Prior learning: children will have experience of being part of a family

 

This Topic: learning outcomes

Know and understand:

  • The importance of my name – Explore
  • God knows and loves me and each one by name – Reveal

 

Welcome

Prior learning: children will have experience of belonging to a family and to a nursery/class group

 

This Topic: learning outcomes

Know and understand:

  • What it is to welcome and be welcomed – Explore
  • Baptism: a welcome to God’s family – Reveal

 

Birthday

Prior learning: children will have the experience of celebrating birthdays at home

This Topic: learning outcomes

Know and understand:

  • what a birthday is; waiting for a birthday – Explore
  • Advent: looking forward to Christmas, the birthday of Jesus – Reveal

 

Lent Term

During Lent term, the topics we will cover are Celebrating, Gathering and Growing.  Listed below is the learning for each topic.


Celebrations

Prior learning: children will have experienced celebrations at home

This Topic:  learning outcomes

Know and understand:

what a celebration is - Explore

* how the Parish family celebrate - Reveal

 

Gathering

Prior learning: what a celebration is and what the parish family celebrate in church

This Topic: learning outcomes

Know and understand:

* how and why people celebrate together - Explore

the joy of gathering together to celebrate at Mass - Reveal

 

Growing

Prior learning: experience of activities that are good to do together

This Topic: learning outcomes

Know and understand:

* Spring is a time when things begin to grow - Explore

* Lent - a time to grow in love and be more like Jesus and to look forward to Easter - Reveal

Pentecost 

 During Pentecost term, the children will be learning about Good News, Friends and Our World.  Listed below is the learning for each topic;

Good News

Prior learning:  The ways in which we grow and that Lent is a time to grow more like Jesus and look forward to Easter

This Topic: learning outcomes

Know and understand:

* That everyone has Good News to share - Explore

Pentecost: the celebration of the Good News of Jesus - Reveal

Acquire the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of the above - Respond

 

Friends 

Prior learning: that everyone has good news, and that Pentecost is the celebration of the Good News of Jesus

This Topic: learning outcomes

Know and understand:

* We can make friends - Explore

* Jesus had good friends, what Jesus tells us about his friendships - Reveal

Acquire the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of the above - Respond

PE 

Children are to wear dark track suits, white tee shirts, dark school jumper or hooded top and trainers.

No Lycra or football kit please.

The children have a range of opportunities to develop their gross and fine motor skills.  In our outdoor area we have access to bicycles, tricyles, scooters and sports equipment to develop hand-eye co-ordination. 

We take part in daily Dough Disco sessions as well as finger gym activities to develop fine motor skills.

Therapeutic Programme

 Our classroom has recently been redecorated and new equipment for the outdoor area has been purchased.  As a through unit we share the wet area and outdoors with Nursery and each class has access to all areas during Free-flow.

Throughout the day the children have the opportunity to complete wellbeing activities and instrumental music is played on entry to the classroom and during free flow to help promote a calming atmosphere. 

Meditation and Cosmic Kids Yoga

We complete daily meditation and relaxation exercises as well as taking part in Cosmic Kids Yoga sessions.   

Please see activities below:

 

Remote learning

 The National Oak Academy have weekly lessons linked to the topics we will be covering. All homelearning is now on the Classdojo page.

For any children that are unable to attend school due to illness, please use the link below:

Please click on buttons below for homelearning timetables with specific tasks and links:

Homelearning timetable for EYFS 19.10.2020

Homelearning 02.11.2020

Homelearning 9.11.2020