Reception (Pixie) 2021 - 2022
Reception Class Teacher
Welcome to Pixie Class!
We are excited to get to know you and your family and help you begin your journey at Pippins!
We are going to have so much fun together!
Key information for Parents:
Change is coming!
We are incredibly excited to start our new adventure of transforning our outdoor learning enviroment! We will keep you updated with a blog with photos and updates, so you can follow the journey of changes along with your children and us.
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.
The children will bring home a book from our reading scheme which will be changed twice a week on a Monday and Thursday. 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 at home.
Shared Home Learning- Discovery Book
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. The children will also be required to complete phonics learning at home to support what they have learnt in school.
We use 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 your child’s ‘wow’ moments 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.
We also use Tapestry as our main communication tool for any upcoming events and news in Pixie Class, so make sure you logging in on a regular basis to catch up on recent observations and memos. 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. Throughout the school year the children will be monitored against termly checkpoints in all areas of learning.
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.
Healthy smiles are incredibly important for our young children! If you have not yet registered your child with a dentist and had their first check-up now is the time to do so! We are very proud to hold the gold standard accreditation with ‘Slough Healthy Smiles’ and all children will be required to participate in daily tooth brushing sessions at school to promote their own understanding of a balance diet and good dental hygeine.
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.
Please ensure that your child brings their school book bag, contents pouch and water bottle to school every day.
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 vocabulary and 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.
PE is on Wednesdays, the children should come to school dressed in their PE kit on this day.
Through our continuous provision the children will have access to a wide range of equipment and tools to strenthen their fine motor skills in order to prepare for mark making and writing.
Specific Areas of Learning
The specific areas provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills.
We are very excited to be introducing our children to our new phonics program called ‘Read, Write Inc’; 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.
We love to share stories at Pippins! We read stories every day in Pixie class and plan our learning environment so it is vocabulary rich which enhances the children’s learning experiences and embeds a love for stories. This term our focus will be for the children to learn repeated refrains, character descriptions, role-play from stories and explore alternative endings.
We will be matching, ordering, sorting 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.
It is important that our smallest children become 'global citizens' and grow being aware of how vulnerable our planet is! This Year in Pixie Class, the children will become ‘Global Game Changers’ by participating in UNICEF’s World Largest Lesson. The children will learn about issues such as: how to recycle, water wastage, our beautiful oceans, and gender equality.
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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