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 1 learning
Welcome to Reception! This is a very special year for your child as it is their very first year at school! We are really looking forward to getting to know both yourselves and your child over 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 value the importance of PSED in your child’s development. These themes link to an overarching ‘big question!’
The theme for Term 1 is ‘Being Me in My World!’
We will be focusing on…
- Exploring our big question: ‘What are my 5 senses?’
- Getting to know one another
- Making new friends
- Learning the routines and rules at school
- Exploring our feelings and emotions
Learning about our special ‘In the spotlight’ recognition board!
During Term 1 and 2 we will be developing 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 cursive handwriting style.
- Give meaning to marks
- 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 pre-cursive handwriting
Our stories will be linked to our theme of 'being me in my world' as well as class interests Some of our stories for T1 include We're going on a Bear Hunt, The Hungry Caterpillar and Peace at Last.
Reading and Phonics
We will be looking at books linked to our PSED overarching ‘big questions’. During the Autumn term we will be enjoying books which will help us with our early phonic skills of listening to sounds. Some of these books include Peace at least, Dear Zoo and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Through whole class book talk sessions we focus on listening to stories, asking and answering questions, and orally rehearsing to develop our vocabulary.
- Daily Phonic sessions to help your child begin to read words
- Your child will be able to borrow 1 school Library book per week
- Your child will receive a ‘Letter and Sounds’ booklet
- Your child will receive phonic books as and when they’re ready
- We will start our whole school ‘Catch the Reading Bug’ challenge
to support reading at home. 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
Your child will receive a ‘Math Planet’ booklet which will have guidance on ways to support further at home
Term 1 Wider Curriculum
At Wheatfield Primary School we are very fortunate to have such fantastic outdoor spaces including our amazing onsite forest ‘The Wild Wood’. 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.
During Term 1 and 2 we will be exploring our school and the school grounds. The children will have opportunities to familiarise themselves with key areas of our school including their classrooms, dining hall, cloakrooms, library and toilets. We will talk about our homes and where they are within our local community. We will explore different homes from about the world too.
During Term 1 and 2 the children will learn many rhymes from Poetry Basket. We use Charanga to learn songs including popular nursery rhymes such as ‘I’m a little teapot’. We will explore making sounds using body percussion and by exploring instruments.
How can I help my child at home?
- 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
- 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 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
(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