Reception Class Page
We have two Reception classes at Wheatfield Primary
RC and RD
Miss Cook (Teacher) and Mrs Webb (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Dolby (Teacher) and Mrs Binding (Teaching Assistant)
Welcome to Reception
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Term 2 Learning
The theme for Term 2 is ‘Celebrating Difference’ linked to our Jigsaw (PSED) learning
In PSED We will be focusing on…
Recognising our similarities and differences, exploring things that make us special and unique, talking about who is in our family and talking about our house(s) and where we live
We will be practising recognising and writing our own names, practising our handwriting and attempting to write simple words.
We will be enjoying lots of stories linked to our theme of celebrating difference including...
Reading and Phonics
This term we will be learning the following sounds:
Week 1: Revisiting Term 1's sounds (s a t p i n m d g o c k)
Week 2: Sounds: ck e u r (Keywords: the, to, I, and)
Week 3: Sounds: h b f ff (Keywords: no, go, to)
Week 4: Sounds: l ll ss
Week 5: Sounds: j v w x
Week 6: Sounds: y z zz qu (Keywords: he, she)
Week 7: Consolidating all of our sounds so far
This term, we will be continuing with the numbers we learnt from last term (1 2 3 4 5) and using them to count, compare, order and partition. We will be exploring sorting amounts into groups and finding more and less.
We will learn our 2D shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle) and use language of pattern, position and time related vocabulary.
Term 2 Wider Curriculum
This term we will be learning about seasonal changes and the weather. We will also be planting some bulbs in our outdoor area. We will be learning about day and night and how we can look after our bodies through the cold season i.e. wearing warm clothes.
We will be exploring celebrations and festivals including bonfire night, Diwali, Remembrance Sunday, Hanukkah and Christmas.
We will explore people who help us in our communities and the different roles they do including vets, doctors, nurse, police, postal service and more!
We will be learning the songs 'Grand Old Duke of York' and 'Not too difficult' using our Charanga scheme.
We will be doing lots of fine and gross motor skill activites to strengthen our hands and bodies. We will be practising more with scissors and using media and materials such as glue, scissors and junk modelling.
School expectation is that children spend about 10-15 minutes per day doing
home learning activities.
We recommend reading to and hearing your child every day. Your child will be receive...
- 1 x School Library book each week
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
A Phonic book will be given as and when your child is ready to receive one. 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 letter and sounds booklet and will be given strips of words to read (called word boxes).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 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 certificate 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 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. Please click here to find out more about our Maths Planet school approach
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
(This does not need to be school uniform - a top, bottoms, underwear and socks)
Resources for learning at home:
Writing and Phonic resources
Phase 3 - Sound mat - to support writing