Reception Class 2021-22
Welcome to Reception Class - a place of fun, laughter and learning!
Meet the Team
Ways to contact us:
Send a message via The Gateway (this will be forwarded to Miss B)
Leave a note in our 'Just to Say' box which will be placed by the classroom door each morning
For Home Learning queries only, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Reception class, our children enjoy a varied, exciting and constantly evolving curriculum which stems from their own interests and ideas and aims to support them to become happy and confident young learners. They learn through planned and purposeful play, both indoors and outdoors and through a mixture of adult led and child-initiated activities in order to develop and nurture speaking and listening, personal and social skills, concentration, resilience and academic progress. The development of early Speech and Language skills is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum and we aim to truly immerse children in language, stories, story-telling and rich opportunities to talk and to listen.
Children in Reception class engage in daily Phonics, Literacy and Maths teaching each morning, which is appropriate to their age and stage of development alongside periods of ‘Choosing Time;’ with all areas of learning being woven into our topic-based, cross-curricular approach across the week, including PE, RE, Forest School, Art, Music and Science. Children are supported to develop Characteristics of Effective Learning throughout their time in Reception and are assessed and supported across the Seven Areas of Learning which make up the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile through observations, conversation, adult-led activities and group work.
We are Super Learners!
In Reception, we start every day with our Super Learners song, reminding us of the key characteristics of 'Super Learners.' We have three sets of characters to help us in our learning: the Explorers, the Triers and the Thinkers. We use this language all the time in class and support children to understand, demonstrate and values these types of learning behaviour. Below you can meet our characters, learn their special song and explore some of the vocabulary we explore with children through use of these characters. They are a key part of our curriculum and of developing children as agents in their own learning. In Reception we really are absolutely SUPER LEARNERS!
Have a look at some of the Super Learning that went on in Reception class last year!
Check in on our weekly Home Learning pages for photographs from this year.
Important Things to Know About
We have PE on Wednesday afternoons in Reception. Children should bring in a full indoor and outdoor PE kit with them on this day to change in school (because learning to get changed is an important part of our curriculum). Children will go home in their PE kits on a Wednesday, with their uniforms in their bags.
Reception Class attend Forest School on Tuesday afternoons. On Tuesdays, children can come in their comfy outdoor clothes (full sleeves and legs covered). They then need to bring a large Bag for Life bag with their wellies and waterproofs in. Children will put these on in the afternoon, ready for Forest School. They do not need to bring their book bags on a Tuesday.
Drink Bottles and Snack
Children need a labelled drink bottle in school every day. It is sent home every evening to be washed and returned. Children should have water only in their bottles wherever possible. They can refill their bottles as many times as they would like to during the day. We offer milk and fruit at snack time, free of charge. Children can bring their own fruit for snack if they wish but no other snacks are permitted.
Children can bring a packed lunch to school or order lunches through the our school portal. NO NUT PRODUCTS CAN BE INCLUDED IN PACKED LUNCHES. Lunch boxes will be kept in a box outside of the classroom door to reduce any risks in relation to COVID-19.
Reading Books and Home Learning
Your child will receive a Phonics reading book each Monday, matched to their phonetic stage. This should be returned on Friday. They will then be able to choose a story book from the class library to take home on a Friday to share together at home over the weekend. Their library book should then be returned on a Monday. We will provide a Home Learning folder for your child to keep their book in. We would ask that your child has a book bag to keep their folder in to prevent it getting damaged. Their book bag should be in school every day EXCEPT for Tuesday and should be placed in the box outside the classroom door. Please note: new books will not be issued until the books you have on loan are returned.
A Phonics Home Learning sheet will be placed in your child's Home Learning folder each week and a range of other Home Learning options will be placed on the Home Learning page of the website. You can then choose the types of activities that best suit you and your child. Please let us know how your child got on with their Home Learning tasks via our class email address email@example.com.
Children should have a spare set of clothes in a draw string bag which can remain on their peg at all times in case of accidents or getting wet/messy.
We use Jolly Phonics to help us learn to read in Reception. Below is a video of the rhymes we use to help us learn our letter sounds.
Below is a poster showing the way that we form our letters when writing in Reception. It is really important that children are encouraged to form their letters the same way at home as they do in school to help them embed these skills. Starting and ending in the correct place is crucial in preparing children to join their letters when they move into Year One. Before we write our letters, we spend a long time working on pencil grip, mark-making skills and on strengthening to muscles in our arms and hands, ready to write.
When learning to write in Reception, we will be using aspects of the The Write Stuff approach to writing. This includes us learning about and using a range of symbols to help us structure and improve our writing. In Reception, we make use of the FANTASTICS symbols, shown below. These focus on using our senses to help us express ourselves, alongside our thoughts, feelings, speech and action words. Your child will become familiar with the symbols below as they embark on their writing journey at Cookley.
Below you will find the Number Formation rhymes we use in class to help us write our numbers.