Reception (Pixie) 2020 - 2021
Reception Class Teacher
Welcome to Pixie Class, we are incredibly excited to get to know you and your family and help you settle into Pixie class.
We are going to have so much fun together!
Key information for Parents:
Home/School Communication Books
Your child will have a home/school communication book for you to ask any questions or share any concerns with us. We check these diaries on a daily basis and we encourage you to share any information with us that may affect your child’s day at school.
You child will have their own individual phonics pack to support their learning at home, these will be updated with new sounds each week. Please ensure that your child keeps this pack in their school bag as new sounds will be given out every Friday. More detailed information will be inside your child’s pack.
The children will bring home a book from our reading scheme which will be changed twice a week on a Monday and Friday.
Please listen to your child read at home every day, then sign and record any comments in the Reading Record Book. We will only change reading books where we have seen the child has read the book at home a minimum of two times.
Shared Home Learning Task
Your child will be encouraged to complete a shared learning task at home each week, based on the work we have covered throughout the week in class. Learning at this level will be through simple games, sharing a book, computing activities, speaking and listening opportunities and mark making and writing tasks. This will be sent home every Friday, to be sent in completed by the following Wednesday.
We are really excited to be introducing Tapestry as an online observation and assessment tool of your child’s learning and development. Tapestry will give us and opportunity to work together to share experiences of what your child is learning at school and at home. We will be sharing observations of your child at school and we would love for you to also upload your own observations of your child’s learning and experiences at home.
Please make sure you are logging onto Tapestry on a regular basis and if you do have any technical issues do not hesitate to write a note in your child’s communication book or contact Mrs. Bailey.
How will my child learn and develop in Reception?
In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework working with the children to achieve their Early Learning Goals in all seven areas of learning. The child is the centre of every experience and their prior knowledge is scaffolded to extend their learning and development.
Prime Areas of Learning
The prime areas are important because they lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning and of life.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Initially, as the children begin the Autumn term we will be supporting them to come into school and get themselves ready for the day ahead. We will be encouraging the children to explore the environment independently in order for them to feel a sense of security and well -being. For the first half term our topic is going to be ‘Marvelous Me’ where the children will have opportunities to share information about themselves, their favourite things, who they live with and their family home, this will also promote the children’s confidence in getting to know their teachers and their peers.
We have high expectations of children's behaviour and when necessary support the children to make positive choices. The children will be encouraged to take turns and share in order to play alongside one another in a harmonious environment.
Communication and Language
The children will be given opportunities to develop and build upon their speaking and listening skills through independent and adult led activities throughout each day. These activities will develop the children’s understanding, for example following instructions and asking and answering ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions relating to our discussions, the books we read and our topics.
Physical activities are always available in the indoor or outdoor environment which promote gross and fine motor development. The children will participate in weekly PE lessons, where they will learn about spatial awareness, balance and begin to push their physical abilities through fun activities, dance and games.
Through our continuous provision the children will have access to a wide range of equipment and tools to promote writing and mark making through their play.
The children will be learning that they are responsible for their own belongings on their pegs and in their named trays. They will be supported to learn our daily routines of emptying our school bags in the morning and then packing them ready for home time, tidying the classroom and outdoor environments and being classroom monitors to support the smooth running of Pixie class.
Specific Areas of Learning
The specific areas provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills.
We follow the Letters and Sounds Scheme; your child will be participating in daily class phonics sessions as well as small group and individual sessions.
Further information will be provided throughout the term by your child’s teacher regarding the learning, targets for your child and ways for you to support your child at home. Supporting information such as videos and tutorials will be available via Tapestry.
This term the children will enjoy exploring the topic of ‘traditional fairytales’ where they will learn repeated refrains, character descriptions, role-play the stories and explore alternative endings.
We will be matching, ordering and selecting the correct numbers in a range of activities to help the children to understand and use numbers in everyday situations.
We will begin to explore and record the concepts of addition and subtraction and number doubles. Shape, space and measure will be investigated and explored in our environment through this the children will experience learning concepts such as shape, size, weight, capacity, position, distance and time.
Understanding the World
This area of development involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. This will be promoted through the topic of ‘Marvelous Me’ and exploring the outside environment as the seasons change.
This term we will be looking at several festivals that are celebrated, including Harvest, Diwali and Christmas.
Expressive Arts and Design
The children will have the opportunity to explore their ideas and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, roleplay and stories.
We look forward to supporting your child on the next part of their early years journey,
Mrs Bailey (Class Teacher), Mrs Day and Mrs Davies.
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