Reception 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Reception
The most wonderful thing about Reception is following the children's interests. Therefore, our topics can change quickly or can stay for a sustained period of time. The one thing we can guarantee is we will have lots of fun and our brains will grow every day.
In Reception, we love the growth mindset and we are so impressed with how quickly your children are embasing this philosophy! If you are unsure what the growth mindset is then click on the picture below and Mojo will explain it a little more.
We hope you have been finding this webpage useful and we will continue to use it to offer information about PE sessions and current topics and it will be updated half termly. Be sure to follow us on twitter @LittleLeighSch and Facebook, so you can see regular photographic updates of what the children have been getting up to!
Always remember when you're in Reception 'I've done nothing in school' can mean some wonderful things!
If you have any concerns, questions or worries please feel free to come in and see me.
Miss Lloyd :-)
We will continue to have daily phonics sessions. We are working hard with segmenting and blending and love playing games to practise making different words. We have learnt all the graphemes below and will be recapping and revisiting to gain fluency.
If you would like help understanding a little more about our phonics lessons then click the picture below.
In Maths, we will be recognising and counting between 0 - 10. We will also be recognising and describing simple shapes.
Numbers are everywhere, from house numbers to baking. Click on the picture below to hear some number sounds which you can use at home.
Children are encouraged to read at least 3 times a week, for around 10 minutes with an adult at home. Where possible, we would appreciate a comment in their reading diaries to let us know how your child is getting on.
Your child will also participate in a weekly individual reading session, these will be noted in their reading diaries. During these sessions your children will have the opportunity to change their books that they read with you at home. We recommend that you read through them a few times so that they have a good understanding of the words and the comprehension aspects of the book This also allows them to gain confidence as their reading will become quicker. Confidence is KEY.
To help with comprehension, you may want to start with a discussion about what your child thinks the book will be about. You could also talk about the characters and explore the blurb. When you have finished, ask questions about the book. This will help you assess whether your child has fully understood what they have read.
If you feel that you require any further support with getting the most out of reading with your child, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.
Things to do at Home
Things that you can do at home to help your child are:
- Please encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence. Focusing carefully on zips and buttons.
- Continue to promote social sight word reading such as Tesco or Lego.
- Read 3 x weekly and update your child's reading record with a comment. Books will be changed once a week. Please return you reading pack on a Monday.
- Question your children on the pictures in the books you are reading
- Practise key word packs each time you read.
- Reinforce the sounds learnt in phonics sessions.
- Encourage basic addition and subtraction at home when eating grapes or playing with Lego pieces. Ask children: how many are there altogether, in two groups, how many are left when some are eaten.
- Hunt for a range of shapes in the environment- are they 2D or 3D? What are their properties? What patterns can you find?
- Encorage children to ask questions
What are we exploring?
The EYFS encourages teachers and practitioners to follow the interests of the children when deciding on topics and themes to follow. This ensures full engagement and maximises potential for learning. Gathering ideas for future topics and identifying what they already know, so we can further build on these skills. We love to see and hear about what you have been doing at home to ensure we are enhancing our environment to build on your child's interests so please do keep us updated with observations on Tapestry.
http://www.mrthorne.com/ - very useful for pronunciation of sounds
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk - lots of free phonic based games
http://ictgames.com/literacy.html- more phonics games
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - great selection of games to support all areas of learning
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy - free maths games, activities and clips
Pocket Phonics: a super resource for teaching letters and sounds including reading, writing and spelling.
Twinkl Phonics: great for letters and sounds, alphabet work, high frequency words and letter formation.
Doodle Buddy: a paint app which helps develop hand eye coordination.
Bee Bot: an app which helps improve directional language (forwards, backwards, left right etc.)
Quick Math Jr: a maths app which helps with number work and shapes.
Toca Doctor: an app which helps the children learn about their body and helps with problems solving skills.
Collins Big Cat also has a range of stories which you can download onto your tablets.
Please can you make sure that all of your child's belongings are clearly labelled with their names, including items such as snack pots and drinks bottles. This helps us massively and if things get lost, they can easily be taken back to their rightful owner!
Forest learning will take place every Wednesday afternoon. We ask that children come into school in the forest school attire. We will change their shoes in school as we ask wellies to remin in school.
Your child participates in 2 weekly PE sessions; these take place on a Tuesday and Thursday. PE kits should be clearly labelled with their names - this is especially important in Reception! Long hair should be tied back for PE and no jewellery (including earrings) is to be worn.
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