Reception 2020 - 2021
Miss Pankhurst/Mrs Marke
In Reception we spend the first few weeks of the autumn term getting to know each other and becoming familiar with the school expectations and routines. We find out each other’s names and interests and develop friendships with one another, whilst becoming aware of the seasonal changes around us.
Our days are very busy, packed with play based learning opportunities and we love it when our hard work is rewarded, especially if we are brave and have a go at something new.
We have an enticing learning environment where we can follow our own lines of enquiry, whilst also working on specific Areas of Learning such as maths and literacy activities.
Once we have settled and know each other a little, our interests will guide the learning opportunities provided, adapting the environment as appropriate. During the autumn term there are several festivals and celebrations to enjoy, including Hallowe’en, Bonfire night and Diwali and, of course, Christmas. We will incorporate these into our learning.
We enjoy daily phonics lessons and afternoon reading activities, including our daily Book Club: after sharing a class story, we help the children to develop their reading skills whilst enjoying a shared text in a small group twice per week. As these skills progress, more challenging texts will be offered, having been carefully differentiated for each child and group of children. We ask for your support in helping develop your child’s reading skills with regular reading at home. It is important that s/he receives a breadth of reading materials in order for him/her to fully consolidate and apply the skills s/he needs in his/her later learning. They bring their reading books home every day, with the opportunity of changing it each time their reading record is signed to show they have read at home. Thank you.
You may be aware that the government are proposing to introduce a new Early Years curriculum which will become statutory from September 2021. Schools were invited to become ‘early adopters’ of this new curriculum beginning September 2020 and we have chosen to be amongst them. Even though the curriculum has changed, the quality of our expectations hasn’t!
Caroline Richmond and the Foundation Stage Team
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