Reception Class Page
We have two Reception classes at Wheatfield Primary
RC and RE
Mrs Jones (Teacher) and Miss Clarke (Teacher)
Mrs Binding, Mrs Goldstone and Mrs O (Teaching Assistant)
Welcome to Reception
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Term 6 Learning
Welcome back to Term 6
We have a jam-packed adventure full of fun ahead for our lovely children during Term 6!
Our summer newsletter is also available to download on the right hand side of this page.
You should've also received a copy of the new Maths Planet booklet (Gold Rings 2) which includes the objectives and ways to help at home for this term. At the end of this term we will be awarding children who have engaged in Gold 1 and Gold 2 with a fantastic Golden badge!
We will also be sharing our learning during our class assembly on Friday 24th June at 9:10am
At Wheatfield Primary we follow a scheme called Jigsaw. We use the focus for each unit as an overarching ‘theme’ for each term as we really value the importance and benefits of PSED in your child’s development.
The theme for Term 6 is "Changing Me"
We will be focusing on…
- Naming parts of the body (head, shoulders, knees, toes. etc.)
- Healthy foods
- Change from babies to adults
- Transition into Year 1 - worries, fears and things to look forward too
- Memories of our time in Reception
We will be continuing to strengthen our handwriting and letter formation this term by writing for a purpose through our class stories. We form letters at Wheatfield Primary using a print handwriting style. We will also be continuing to use the "The Write Stuff" whole school English scheme. The write stuff helps us to develop our language, communication and vocabulary.
- Link sounds to letters (GPC) and form them correctly in print handwriting style
- Write CVC words, captions and sentences containing common exception words
- Continue to explore writing for a purpose i.e. cards, stories, letters
Reading and Phonics
We read stories daily in class and we choose high quality texts for our Literacy book talk sessions. Through whole class book talk sessions we focus on listening to stories, asking and answering questions, and orally rehearsing to develop our vocabulary. Developing language and vocabulary is at the heart of our book talk sessions as this is a crucial aspect for your child's communication and language development.
We will be exploring lots of texts links to the children's interests as well as a text for our Write Stuff learning: "I wanna Iguana". We will also be exploring high quality texts linked to our overarching theme of minibeasts including:
In Phonics this term we will be consolidating our Phase 2 and 3 sounds as well as recapping Phase 4. We will be applying Phase 3 sounds by applying them to Phase 4 words which contain more sounds. We will also be continuing to practise our spelling of our common exception words and will be applying this when writing sentences.
- Daily Phonic sessions to help your child begin to read words
- Helicopter stories to develop oral language and story telling skills
- Your child will be able to borrow 1 school Library book per week
- Your child will continue to work through their Phonic booklet
- Your child will receive 1 phonic book linked to their phonic ability each week
- Don't forget - for every 50 reads your child will get
to choose a brand new book to keep from Mr Winterburn!
In our maths learning we will be covering the objectives of:
- Consolidating our key skills of counting, comparing, ordering and sorting numbers 1 to 10
- Making amounts with a 1p coin and adding two amounts together to apply our addition skills
- 2D and 3D shape including rotation
- Consolidating number bonds to 10
- Comparing groups of objects to 10
- Doubling to 10
Your child will receive the ‘Math Planet Gold Rings 2’ booklet which will have guidance on ways to support further at home.
We were amazed with how many children achieved their Gold Rings 1 certificate for the Summer 1 term and we know how keen the children are to achieve their badges for Gold Rings 2 this term1! It is wonderful to see them wearing their smart badges to school!
Thank you for sharing home learning on Tapestry. We love to see all of the fantastic learning at home!
Term 6 Wider Curriculum
Throughout our entire curriculum for EYFS, we always centre the needs of the children as well as their interests. We have identified that many children have a strong interest in minibeasts and animals. We have therefore planned for lots of opportunities to explore this learning with the children through whole class carpet sessions, enhanced provision as well high quality texts. We have therefore focused this learning by using our overarching areas such as understanding of the world to explore this in more detail by experimenting and finding out more to ignite the children's interests.
We think about and explore the four seasons throughout the entire year by engaging in Wild Wood sessions each week. We use our school grounds in all weathers so it is essential your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school every day. During the summer term we will hopefully see some sunshine so please send your child in wearing sun cream and a sun hat each day
We will be exploring the season of Summer and the changes that come with this time, looking for wild flowers and using them to create nature paintbrushes and paint. We will also be going on a nature treasure hunt.
As we are learning about Minibeasts this term we will kick start our topic off with a worm hunt and will be creating a wormery to observe worms making tunnels. We will also be hatching butterflies and learning about the lifecycle of a caterpillar. We will go on a habitat hunt first and then we will go on a minibeast hunt once we know where to look for them!
During Term 6 we will be exploring the art of Henry Matisse who's art is inspired by collage. We will look at his work and explore making our own creations using collaged materials. We will even recreate our very own version of Matisse's famous snail.
We will be comparing habitats and where different minibeasts can be found within our local environment. We will also be talking about animals and their habitats too including those that live in the jungle and comparing this to our prior learning of animals who live in Africa and the Antarctica. We will compare and discuss the similarities and differences between these two contrasting environments.
How can I help my child at home?
- 1 x School Library book each week (changed on Wednesday'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 keywords). They will receive common exception word 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 outside of the cloakroom.
"Catch the Reading Bug" incentive - write in your child's yellow reading record book each time you read with them.
We will acknowledge the reading at home by giving 1 star per day.
Your child will receive a sticker for every 10 reads at home (i.e. 10, 20, 30.. etc.) once they reach 50 they will get to choose a brand new book from Mr Winterburn to keep!
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.
(click above to download)
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.
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)