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)
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Term 3 learning
Welcome back to Term 3!
We have a jam-packed adventure full of fun ahead for our lovely children during Term 3!
Our spring newsletter is also available to download and view on the right hand side of this page.
We have also added some additional home learning resources to this page (on the right hand side) including our new sound mats ready for the next phase in our phonics learning, as well as a handwriting booklet to develop letter formation. You should've also received a copy of the new Maths Planet booklet (Silver Rings 1) which includes the objectives and ways to help at home for this term.
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 3 is "Dreams and Goals"
We will be focusing on…
- Setting ourselves challenges
- Learning about resilience and not giving up
- Setting ourselves goals
- Thinking about ways to ask for help or support when needed
- Trying our best to overcome difficulties we may face
We will be continuing to develop our handwriting and letter formation this term to help us begin writing words, captions and sentences. We form letters at Wheatfield Primary using a print handwriting style. We will also be exploring "The Write Stuff" whole school English scheme. The write stuff helps us to develop our language, communication and vocabulary. We will begin by exploring our well known text "The Bear Hunt".
- Continue to develop our fine motor skills and continue to hold a pencil correctly in a tripod grip
- Link sounds to letters and form them correctly in print handwriting style
- Write CVC words, captions and simple sentences containing common exception words
- Begin 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.
Our stories will be linked to our theme of 'Dreams and Goals' as well as class interests. Our children really love playing with the farm sets, transport toys and making models outside of rockets, ships and planes. We've therefore decided to select some high quality texts linked to transport.
In Phonics this term we will begin Phase 3. Most of the phonemes (sounds) in Phase 3 are digraphs (two letters making one sound). For example 'ch' in the word 'chip'. Some of them are called trigraphs (three letters making one sound). For example 'ear' in the word 'hear'. We have attached a copy of our Phase 3 sound mat onto the resources to help at home section on this page.
Week 1: ch, sh, th,
Week 2: ng, ai, ee,
Week 3: igh, oa, oo (short),
Week 4: oo (long), ar, or,
Week 5: ur, ow, oi,
Week 6: ear, air, ure,
Week 7: er, onsolidation and assessment
- 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 10 – counting, comparing, ordering, subitise and combining groups
- Number bonds to 5 (ways to make 5 through addition)
- Mass - height and weight
- Finding 1 more and 1 less practically and mentally
- Simple addition - finding ways to make numbers 1-10.
Your child will receive the ‘Math Planet Silver Rings 1’ booklet which will have guidance on ways to support further at home.
We were amazed with how many children achieved their Bronze Rings 1 and 2 certificate for the Autumn term and we were even more delighted with how many children achieved their badges too! 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 3 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 transport - aeroplanes, rockets, police cars and fire engines. 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 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 making bear caves (linked to our write stuff learning), making and hanging our bird feeders, looking for birds and completing the RSPB Big Bird Watch.
We will also be talking about speed, friction, force and testing ramps through our interests in transport this term. We will have lots of opportunities within our continuous provision time to explore and experiment with these concepts. We'll also be exploring space later on in Term 3 by going on a journey into space. We'll learn about the famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong too!
During Term 3 we will be exploring the artist Piet Mondrian and looking at the work of painting. Much of his work is inspired by rectangles and squares, which will help us with consolidation of our math skills from the Autumn term. We will explore mixing primary colours and we will experiment with making our own art inspired by Mondrian.
We will talk about the people who may help us in our local community, what their occupations are and what method of transport they may use to help them with their role. For example firefighters and fire engines. Watch this space... we have some very exciting visitors coming in to see us this term! (We will confirm dates via Tapestry) Shh! Keep this a top secret surprise for the children!
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)