Welcome to Reception

Spring Term 2022

Class 1 – Reception

Dear Parents,

English:

This term the children have started work on their fiction narrative text ‘A Mouse Called Julian’. In this unit they will build on their ability to write simple sentences by learning how to use conjunctions to create compound sentences. We will innovate the text by changing the main characters before writing our own sequence of sentences to form a short narrative.

The children will also work on the non-fiction book ‘Hidden World- Ocean’. This text aims to teach the children factual information through the use of text, photographs and diagrams. The children will be given the opportunity to create their own non-fiction book page through careful research and written descriptions. Whilst exploring this text, the children will learn how to use a range of non-fiction text features including punctuation and sentence starters. Throughout these lessons, we will continue to teach the children about the basic grammar and punctuation required to construct sentences.

Reading:

Two-three times a week, we read with the children in an adult led practice reading session. These sessions are tailored to develop the following reading skills; decoding, prosody and comprehension.

The children also take part in individual reading time throughout the school day using colour banded books which are placed into all children’s book bags. Please enjoy these books with your child at home and don’t forget to comment in their yellow reading record to indicate that you have read together. We will be looking out for star readers and love to give out lots of stickers and star points!

Maths:

This term we will be focusing on the unit ‘Number’. The children will explore the composition of numbers to 10, learn how to compare numbers and link the numeral symbols with their cardinal number value. They will also work on counting objects, actions and sounds and when confident enough will begin to subitise.

After half term the children will begin the Measurements unit where they will become familiar with length, height, weight, capacity and volume in real life contexts. They will also begin to recognise these measurement in role-play scenarios adopting everyday language for measures.

Topic – Celebrations and Transport

In these two units the children will be able to use their imagination in a variety of ways. We will begin by creating our own Chinese restaurant in the role-play and we will discuss the children’s learning interests for this term. If you have any unwanted items linked to a Chinese theme that you would like to donate then please let me know. Thank you.

 Forest School:

On Wednesday afternoons, Reception have the opportunity to explore Forest School with Mrs Moore. This session runs on the same day throughout the year. Please remember to bring your child to school dressed in the appropriate clothing with their school uniform in a named bag for changing into in the afternoon.

 An important part of Forest School is learning about and respecting boundaries. A lot of time is spent so that the children are confident with their outdoor learning environment and understanding where they can play. The children will experience all the seasons throughout the year and will learn to dress appropriately according to the weather. They will be introduced to the Forest School rules, for example, learning to listen for and respond to the whistle, learning how to approach and leave the fire pit, learning about the different areas of play and resources available. They will find out about our native trees, plants and insects and learn how to recognise some of them. They will have the opportunity to toast marshmallows on the fire and as their confidence grows participate in other cooking activities with adult support.

PSHE:

The children will continue to develop their social skills, learn how to build relationships, have respect for each other and how to take responsibility. This will be achieved through a variety of methods including circle times and class councils. This term we will be focusing on Relationships.

PE:

We always do PE on Friday.  Please make sure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit on that day every week.

Homework:

Reading

In Reception, we ask you to support your child’s learning at home by reading his/her book every night and would also recommend that you enjoy reading and discussing a longer, high-quality text to your child, especially if he/she is still developing reading fluency.

Snack:

Your child is encouraged to have a small snack during morning break. Fruit snacks are provided at school however if your child wishes to bring a healthy snack from home, please label any plastic containers with your child’s name. Thank you.

Have a fantastic term filled with lots of new learning!

Mrs Snell J

An overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and  of the recent changes that have come into effect this September.

What Is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It sets the standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old and ensure that your child will learn and develop well and be kept healthy and safe. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning and is the same curriculum as in pre-reception settings. From September 2021 the EYFS has changed.

What Will My Child Be Learning?
The EYFS framework outlines seven areas of learning and development and educational programmes. There are three prime areas of learning, which are particularly important for your child’s development and future learning:
• Communication and language
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Physical development

There are four specific areas of learning, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

We will consider your child’s needs and interests to plan challenging and enjoyable activities and experiences. You can help us to do this by sharing your observations of your child’s interests at home.

There are also three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:
• Playing and exploring
• Active learning
• Creating and thinking critically
These tell us about how each child learns not what they are learning

Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

Assessment in the reception year – Baseline
The reception baseline assessment, or RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin in school. It will be undertaken with your child’s class teacher and will measure your child’s progress from reception to year 6. The data from the baseline will not be shared with you and will only be accessed by the DFE. The teacher will be able to spend quality 1-1 time with your child, getting to know them and identifying if they need any further support in certain areas. When your child reaches year 6, you will be able to see the progress your child has made throughout their school journey. If you wish to read further on the reception baseline, then you can find a useful parent booklet here;
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-baseline-assessment-information-for-parents

Assessment in the reception year – EYFS Profile
Your child will work towards the final assessment at the end of the Reception year, using the new ELGs (Early learning goals). These goals are short statements that teachers assess your child against at the end of the year.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher. Thank you for your continued support.

This Year’s Curriculum

Loddiswell Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.

This Term’s Topics

Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term.  If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mrs Snell.

Overview Spring Term 2022 Reception Topics