Welcome to Reception Class - a place of fun, laughter and learning!
Meet the Team
Teaching Assistants Mrs Leach
Ways to contact us:
Via the Tapestry app
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!
Important Things to Know About
Tapestry Online Journal
At Cookley, we recognise that parents/carers are a child's first educator and play a vital role in their education and development. Parents and carers are therefore encouraged to engage with, respond to and add to our assessments through use of Tapestry; our online Learning Journal. We love to see what your child has been up to outside of school in their learning!
Children should bring in a full indoor and outdoor PE kit on a Monday which will remain on their pegs until Friday when they will be sent home for washing.
Reception Class attend Forest School on Tuesday afternoons. On Tuesdays they need to bring a large bag with comfortable clothes, full body waterproofs and suitable outdoor shoes (wellies or boots).
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
Home Learning activities will be posted on the school website each week. Please let us know how you child gets on with their Home Learning via Tapestry each week.
Your child will receive a Phonics reading book each Monday, matched to their phonetic stage. This should be returned on Thursday so that it can be quarantined for 72 hours before being given to another child in line with COVID-19 regulations. They will then be able to choose a story book from the class library to take home on a Thursday to share together at home. This should be returned on a Monday so that it can then be quarantined before going out to another family on Thursday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to give out reading records this term but home reading can be recorded on Tapestry so that your child's teacher can see how they are getting on.
New books will not be issued until the books you have on loan are returned.
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 and Letters and Sounds to help us learn to read in Reception. Below is a video of the rhymes we use to help us learn our letter sounds.
Here are the songs we use to help us learn to read and spell our first set of Tricky Words (those that do not follow Phonics rules):
Below you will find the Number Formation rhymes we use in class to help us write our numbers.
Here is the Hand-washing song we will be using in school to support children to practise this important skill. Children will engage with regular hand-washing in school and will be encouraged and supported to 'Catch It. Bin It. Kill It' when they cough and sneeze.