Reception Class Page
We have two Reception classes at Wheatfield Primary
RJ and RC
Miss Blackford (RJ Teacher) and Miss Clarke (RC Teacher)
Mrs Goldstone (RJ), Mrs Binding (RC)
Mrs Oujeil and Mrs O'Leary (RJ/RC Teaching Assistant)
PPA will be on Monday afternoons this is when Miss Blackford and Miss Clarke spend time preparing and planning for the weeks ahead.
(During this time, our class teaching assistants will lead music and library sessions with the children.)
Welcome to Reception
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In Reception our teachers are Miss Blackford (Class RJ) and Miss Clarke (Class RC). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Goldstone and Mrs Binding. Mrs Oujeil and Mrs O’Leary support across both classes.
What should my child bring to school?
Please label every item that belongs to your child including their school uniform and belongings i.e. water bottle. You could use a permanent pen or buy personalised name labels which you can stick onto their belongings. Your child will have a peg in the cloakroom where they can store their coat and welly boots. Your child will have a drawer in the classroom for their book bag and snack.
Term 3 Learning
At Wheatfield Primary we follow a scheme called Jigsaw. We use the focus for each unit as an overarching ‘theme’ for each term, linking this to our other learning, as we really value the importance of PSED in your child’s development.
The theme for Term 3 is ‘Dreams and goals!'
We will be focusing on within this theme…
- Never giving up
- Setting a goal
- Obstacles and support
- Thinking of our future
Continuing to focus on our special ‘reaching the pot of gold' recognition board, how we can achieve this, and our school values.
Each day, when children demonstrate going 'above and beyond' by representing our school values, they can work towards reaching the pot of gold on our class display. If they reach this, they will be given a special 'pot of gold' certificate.
During Term 3 we will continue to develop our fine and gross motor skills to strengthen our hand and body muscles, supporting our writing. We are helping to support each child so they can effectively form the Phase 2 phonemes already taught, and the Phase 3 phonemes that we are continuing to look at this term.
Our writing focus:
- Develop and strengthen our fine and gross motor skills in preparation for writing / helping form letters correctly
- Develop our pencil control and grip
- Matching the phoneme and grapheme
- Writing our names
- Writing initial sounds and CVC words (including Phase 2 and Phase 3)
- Writing dictated captions
- Starting to encourage independent caption writing
Reading and Phonics
We will be looking at books linked to our interests and overarching theme - this term which is transport. During term 3 we will be enjoying 'Naughty bus, Mr Gumpy's Motor Car, The train ride'. Through whole class book talk sessions we focus on listening to stories, asking and answering questions, and orally rehearsing to develop our vocabulary.
We also use a whole school approach called The Write Stuff to help us with developing our vocabulary. We are introducing this into the classroom during Term 3. The first book we will focus on using this approach is 'We're going on a bear hunt'.
We will continue to revise our Phase 2 phonics, as well as continuing learning Phase 3 phonemes. We have daily phonic sessions as a whole class. Please continue to write in your child's Reading Record book and ensure it is in your child's book bag each day, so we can see the reading you and your child have done at home.
You have also received a Phase 3 writing booklet to practise recognising and writing our new sounds. We will continue to send home the sounds taught each week on a Friday for you to practise. Don't forget to send in your child's Wheatfield Phonic Booklet and word list, once you feel they are confident at reading their current word list or common exception word list!
Supporting reading at home...
- Your child will be able to borrow 1 school Library book which will be changed on Monday's
- Your child will receive a ‘Wheatfield Phonics’ booklet
- Your child will receive 1 phonic book each week (on a Friday)
We will continue to work towards achieving 'reads' on our whole school ‘Catch the Reading Bug’ challenge. For every 50 reads your child will get to choose a brand new book to keep from Mr Winterburn!
In Term 3 we will be covering the objectives of:
- Consolidating 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 taught in Term 2
- Introducing 0,6,7,8,9 and 10.
- Thinking about number bonds to 5
- Mass - height and weight
- More and Less
- Combination of groups to make a number
We teach maths through class inputs, adult led groups and reinforcing of the objective and learning in our provision.
Your child will receive their Silver rings 1 ‘Math Planet’ booklet which will have our termly objectives in. In this booklet, we have written suggested games and activities to support these objectives at home.
Each term your child will receive a new maths planet booklet which includes the objectives we are teaching in class. To earn a certificate, please upload photos/videos to Tapestry of your child engaging with the suggested activities in the booklet. If you have any difficulty with this please come and see us so that we can support you. The booklets can be kept at home and do not need to be returned to school.
Bronze 1 (Term 1 booklet) = Certificate will be awarded at the end of term
(Thank you for supporting your children at home with their learning, we were delighted with the amount of children who achieved their Bronze Rings 1 certificate!)
Bronze 2 (Term 2 booklet) = Bronze Badge will be awarded at the end of the term
(Thank you for the support with this level - it was great to see so many children receiving their badges!!)
Silver 1 (Term 3 booklet) = Certificate will be awarded at the end of term
Term 3 Wider Curriculum
Throughout our entire curriculum for EYFS, we always centre the needs of the children as well as their interests as the focus of our learning for our wider curriculum.
At Wheatfield Primary School we are very fortunate to have such fantastic outdoor spaces including our amazing onsite forest ‘The Wild Wood’. Each week your child will take part in small group Wild Wood sessions. We think about and explore our four seasons and use our school grounds in all weathers, so it is essential your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school every day. This term we will also create:
- Bear caves - linking to our Write Stuff story
- Bird feeders
- Bird watching/ spotting - as part of the RSPB big bird watch (27th-29th Jan)
We will also be exploring through provision…
- Forces: Thinking about how we can make objects move
- Ramps: Trying to make our toy cars go faster (linking to transport and emergency vehicles)
- Thinking about sorting transport (land, sea, air)
- Flying to the future - focus on Neil Armstrong and space
During Term 3 the children will be continuing to develop their confidence in self-selecting by using the classroom resources. This may include junk modelling and using craft materials by using their imaginations to create, design and make creations. The children will be experimenting with mixing primary colours and making their own Piet Mondrian inspired block ambulance paintings
We also learn many rhymes and songs from Poetry Basket Spring Booklet, as well as enjoying the many songs on the BBC Teach website. (Nursery Rhymes and Songs - A to Z - BBC Teach)
How can I help my child at home?
- 1 x School Library book each alternate week (changed on Monday's)
Library books are provided to help children develop a 'love for reading'. The children are not expected to be able to read them themselves.
- 1 x Phonic book each week (changed on Friday's)
- Phonic booklet
Your child will be provided with a phonic booklet and will be given strips of words to read (called word lists and common exception words). Common exception word lists need to be read by sight. When your child can successfully and confidently read their words put your booklet into your child's class communication box located outside of the cloakroom.
- Phase 2 / 3 sound booklets This is to complete at home with your child, once you have received that weeks sounds (given out every Friday). These booklets are to do at home, and don’t need to be given in after completion.
"Catch the Reading Bug" incentive - please write in your child's yellow reading record book each time you read with them.
We will acknowledge your child's reading at home and these reads will count towards earning a '50 reads certificate' and brand new book to keep from Mr Winterburn.
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 receive a maths planet booklet which has guidance on how to support maths at home. Their booklet doesn't need to be returned to school, but we would love to see photos of your child practising their maths at home on Tapestry! We will give out certificates at the end of each term for children who have had a go at maths learning at home!
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.
Teacher email address
An overview of what we will be up to for the Spring term in Reception!
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.
We have a yellow communication box by our cloakroom doors each morning. Please put your child's letter and sound booklet/math planet booklet and any letters/notes.
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.
Whole school notices including key dates and information will be published in the weekly
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 comes into school on a Friday wearing their school P.E kit.
*We will be starting PE once the children are all in full time*
Please provide a spare change of clothes in case they get muddy/have an accident
(Spare clothes: this does not need to be school uniform - a top, bottoms, underwear and socks)