Reception Class Page
We have two Reception classes at Wheatfield Primary
RC and RE
Miss Cook (Teacher) and Mrs Webb (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Clarke(Teacher) and Mrs Binding (Teaching Assistant)
Welcome to Reception
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Term 2 learning
Welcome back to Term 2! The children have absolutely amazed us with how quickly they've settled into school life. They have begun making friendships, getting to know one another and their new classrooms.
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 2 is "Celebrating difference"
We will be focusing on…
- Our similarities and differences
- How we're unique and special
- Our families
- Our homes
- Making friends
We will be continuing to develop our fine motor skills to strengthen our hand muscles which supports early writing. We will learn how to hold a pencil effectively and begin to form letters as and when we learn them in our phonic lessons. We form letters at Wheatfield Primary using a print handwriting style.
- Develop our fine motor skills and begin to hold a pencil correctly in a tripod grip
- Learn to recognise and write our own names
- Link sounds to letters and begin to form them in print handwriting style
- Hear, say and write initial sounds
- Begin to write CVC words
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.
Our stories will be linked to our theme of 'celebrating difference' as well as class interests. Our children really loved learning about the animals in our stories from Term 1 so we've selected books with a variety of animals for Term 2.
- 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:
- Recognising and developing a concrete understanding of numbers to 5 – counting, comparing and ordering
- Sorting into groups, partitioning and finding more and less
- Exploring patterns by recognising, continuing and copying
- Exploring 2D shape (circle, triangle, square, rectangle) and using shape related vocabulary i.e. corner, side, curve
Your child will receive the ‘Math Planet Bronze Rings 2’ booklet which will have guidance on ways to support further at home.
We were amazed with how many children achieved their Bronze Rings 1 certificate for Term 1! Thank you for sharing home learning on Tapestry. We love to see all of the fantastic learning at home!
Term 2 Wider Curriculum
We think about and explore our 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. We will be going on a hedgehog trial, making pinecone owls, planting bulbs and making windy day streamers!
We will be talking about the weather during Term 2 and we will be exploring freezing and melting. We will talk about the day and night and we will explore light and dark by making shadows. We will also be talking about the animals which are nocturnal.
During Term 2 we will be talking about the different celebrations and festivals some people celebrate and enjoy with their families for example, Diwali, bonfire night, Hanukkah and Christmas. .
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 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 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.
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
(Click above for school newsletter)
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)
Resources for learning at home:
Writing and Phonic resources