Reception Class Page
We have two Reception classes at Wheatfield Primary
Our classes are..
Class RM and Class RC
Mrs Midlane (Teacher) and Mrs Binding (Teaching Assistant)
Miss Cook (Teacher) and Mrs Webb (Teaching Assistant)
The Reception Team
Can you guess who we are pretending to be?
"Goldilocks and The Three Bears"
(From left to right: Miss Cook, Mrs Binding, Mrs Midlane, Mrs Webb)
This week we are...
continuing to think about ourselves and who we are. We will be thinking about what makes us unique and special and will be making an 'all about me' fact file.
learning about people who help us, matching uniforms to the correct job and also people who help us within our immediate community.
Continuing our daily phonics lessons following Letters and Sounds and consolidating our learning throughout the year.
Working on our teamwork and learning about symmetry by chalking life size butterfly wing on the playground using chalks. Also in Maths we will be solving simple additions with a butterfly theme, completing simple challenges too.
Continuing with the butterfly theme, we will be learning more about species of butterflies and then create our own butterfly feeders to put in our gardens at home.
Creating our own photo frames using natural resources we collect around the school. We will read the story 'The Butterfly Dance' and go on a flower hunt in our outdoor area.
What should my child bring to school?
Please label every item that belongs to your child including their school uniform.
You could use a permanent pen or buy personalised name labels from the internet which you can stick onto their belongings.
Our P.E days will usually be on Fridays.
Please make sure that your child's P.E kit is in school every day including their top, shorts (or jogging bottoms).
Within your child's P.E bag please provide a spare change of clothes in case they get muddy/have an accident
(This does not need to be school uniform - a top, bottoms, underwear and socks)
How do we learn in Reception?
Every day children will have carpet time sessions consisting of daily Phonic, Maths and 'Book talk' sessions.
We support children through adult led activities as well as through child led play and have
access to the outdoor environment all day. Every child is provided with a weekly adult led writing and maths group session as well as being given time to read 1-1 with an adult.
We also have weekly outdoor learning sessions inspired by Forest School principles in our very own onsite
Wild Wood! Click here to find out more about Outdoor Learning at Wheatfield.
Our classrooms are designed to create a calm, nurturing and homely environment, which research suggests is the best environment for children to feel safe, learn and thrive in.
We have lots of natural and 'real' resources which encourage curiosity, discovery, awe and wonder through open ended experiences.
Both Reception classrooms mirror one another with the same (or similar) resources purposefully planned to support children's learning and development. We have continuous provision organised within learning stations around the classroom (resources which are always available) as well as enhanced provision (new or additional resources) which are added in each week by targeting specific skills, with a focus always including early reading, writing and maths.
We use our knowledge of children's interests and abilities to engage them in play and to
'continue their learning when an adult is not present' during child led choice time. This develops a wide range of skills such as consolidating their learning, developing their levels of independence and their resilience.
Have a look through our Gallery...
We use an online 'learning journal' known as Tapestry to track the achievements and interests of your child.
EYFS staff regularly update your child's journal and we strongly encourage families to upload their own contributions.
We often upload class notices and other important information regarding just Reception children on our Tapestry page.
Check your notification settings to ensure you receive all updates. If you do not have access to your account, please speak to a member of the Reception team.
In our cloakroom we have two 'communication boxes' one for each class.
If you want to drop a non-confidential letter, note or have your child's Math Planet/Letter and Sounds booklet that you would like to have checked by your child's teacher, then please pop it in there!
There will always be one member of staff from the Reception Team on the cloakroom door each morning to greet your child, so if you have any queries they will be available to help and pass messages on.
We have a friendly open door policy at Wheatfield whereby you can pop in at the end of the day if you need to speak to your child's teacher.
Whole school notices including key dates and information will be published in the weekly
School expectation is that children spend about 10 minutes per day doing home learning activities.
We recommend reading to your child every day. Your child will be receive...
- 1 School Library book each week
Library books are provided to help children develop a 'love for reading' they are designed to be read by you to your child to develop story enjoyment and understanding.
- 2 Phonic books each week
Phonic books will be given as and when your child is ready for them. Encourage your child to sound out the letters and blend them together. There will also be 'camera words' and 'keywords' throughout the stories so watch out for those! Ask your child questions about the pictures as you read through the story to develop their understanding.
- Letter and Sound booklet
Your child will be provided with a phonics booklet and will be given strips of words to read.
The booklet starts with 'Word Boxes' which can be sounded out. They will receive keyword lists which need to be memorised and read by sight. When your child can successfully and confidently read their words put your booklet into your child's class communication box located in the cloakroom.
We recommend practising practical maths skills in a fun and playful way, weaving it into every day life - maths is all around us!
- Maths Planet booklet
Your child will be provided with a Maths Planet booklet matched to their ability. They will receive a target which will be at the back of their booklet. Please help them achieve this through practising in a fun and playful way. There are suggested ideas and guidance on each target.
click here to find out more about our
Maths Planet school approach
Writing and Phonic resources
Phase 3 - Sound mat - to support writing