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Reception (Pixie) 2022 - 2023

Mrs Bailey

Reception Class Teacher

Welcome to Pixie Class!

We are looking forward to getting to know you and your child and welcoming you to our Pippins School family!

Key information for Parents:

Please make sure that your child comes to school with their bookbag, pouch and water bottle every day. All shoes must have velcro fastenings (no shoe laces). PE is on Wednesdays, your child must come to school wearing their PE kit on this day. 

Jewellery

Earrings- Stud earrings may be worn, no looped earrings for health and safety reasons. No earrings are to be worn on PE days.

Timetable

Scroll to the bottom of this page to view the Pixie Class timetable.

Phonics

We follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme, please click here to view our phonics page

Home/School Communication Books

Please use your child’s home/school communication book to ask any questions or share any concerns with us. We check these diaries daily and we encourage you to share any information with us that may affect your child’s day at school.

Reading Books

The children will bring home books from our reading scheme which will be changed every Friday.

Please continue to listen to your child read at home every day, then sign and record any comments in the Reading Record Book. 

Shared Home Learning Task

Your child will be encouraged to complete a shared learning task at home each week, based on the topic 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, mark making and writing tasks.  This will be sent home every Friday, to be sent in completed by the following Wednesday.

The children are also given a phonics task to complete each day at home to consolidate their daily phonics learning from school.

Tapestry

We use Tapestry as an online observation and assessment tool for your child’s learning and development. Tapestry will allow us 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 observations of your child’s learning and experiences at home.

Please make sure you are logging onto Tapestry regularly 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 via email at sbailey@pippins.slough.sch.uk

We are excited to settle the children into their class routines and introduce the following topics from our Cornerstones Curriculum. These topics will weave into our continuous provision and our Pixie Class timetable.

Cornerstones Curriculum Topics

Let’s Explore

In the Let’s Explore project, your child will explore their class environment and school grounds so that they feel settled and happy in their new surroundings. They will learn about the local environment and find out about places they have visited on holiday. They will look at and create maps for journeys.

Supporting your child at home

  • Use Google Earth to explore the locality.
  • Go on a walk around your local community and talk about the things that you see.
  • Encourage your child to talk about the activities they enjoy doing at school.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource, scroll to the bottom of this page to download it.

Build it up

In the Build It Up project, your child will explore structures in the world around them. They will learn about materials and their properties and will have the chance to work independently and in groups to design and make marvellous structures. 

Supporting your child at home

  • Take a walk in the local area. Look at and talk about the buildings and other structures you see.
  • Talk about the materials from which their house is made, such as brick, stone or wood.
  • Take a large cardboard box and see what you can create together.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource, scroll to the bottom of this page to download it.

Marvellous Machines

In the Marvellous Machines project, your child will learn about technology that is part of their daily lives. They will explore various machines, learn about how machines help us and find out about how machines have changed and developed over time. They will learn about products that use electricity to make them work and explore magnetic and non-magnetic materials.

Supporting your child at home

  • Talk about the machines and technology you use in your everyday lives.
  • Look for things in the home that are powered by electricity.
  • Look for items that are powered by batteries.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource, scroll to the bottom of this page to download it.

Puppets and Pop-ups

In the Puppets and Pop-ups project, your child will create puppets and use them to communicate with and tell stories. They will find out how puppets are used all over the world to tell stories. They will learn to join materials in different ways and find out how shadows are formed.

 

Supporting your child at home

  • Watch a puppet show or puppet TV programme together. Talk about the puppets and how they move and talk.
  • Make simple sock puppets and use them to have silly conversations.
  • Share a wide range of fairy tales.
  • Share and discuss the Did you know? resource, scroll to the bottom of this page to download it.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!

Mrs Bailey, Mrs Day & Mrs Davies

 

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