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Welcome to Reception

Miss Gormley is the Reception class teacher. Mrs Barnes provides LSA support.


“When we give every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need today. We also set them up with every chance of success tomorrow.” -
Development Matters in the Early Years, July 2021

 

The following four guiding principles underpin our practice within Reception, in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): 

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;

  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;

  • Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. 

 

A Typical Day in Reception


8:40

Gates open and children enter class; they self-register and make their lunch choices. Gates close at 8:50. The children start the day with a session of ‘linked provision’ – activities linked to developing a particular skill (e.g. fine motor skills or number recognition). 

9:00

The register is taken and the class comes together for a whole class teacher-led session. This session will be a discrete Phonics lesson from the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme. 

Once settled, the children will join the whole school for a celebration assembly each Friday. Parents of children receiving certificates are invited to attend this exciting celebration (your class teacher will let you know if this applies to you). On these days, Phonics is moved to 9:30, after assembly. 

9:30

Children will then have an extended period of self-initiated learning, accessing either the indoor and outdoor learning environment. Adults will work with children in small focus groups or 1:1 during this time, as well as supporting child-led play. 

11:30

Before lunch time, the children will come together for a second whole class teacher-led session. This session will have a Maths focus, and will follow the ‘White Rose Maths’ scheme used in the school. 

11:45

Lunch time

1:00

After lunch, children will have a third whole class teacher-led session. The focus will vary each day, but will be linked to an aspect of the EYFS curriculum and usually begins with a physical activity (e.g. Dough Disco).

1:20

Children will then have another period of self-initiated learning, much like the morning session. The adults in the setting will continue to support children in their learning. Towards the end of the session, children will come together for a fourth adult-led session, to share a story/song, reflect on their learning and say goodbye.

3:15

School finishes at 3:15.

Snack Time: During the school day (once children are settled into school), the class does not stop for a timetabled break. Instead, children are free to access the Snack Bar in the classroom, when their learning comes to a natural break. 

Throughout the week children also have discrete PE, PSHE and Forest School sessions.

 

Overview of Term 2

This term our theme is ‘Celebrations’ and we will be learning all about different festivals and special days. We will start the term learning about Bonfire Night and Diwali, then we will explore Remembrance Day and our own birthdays and special occasions. We will end the term by looking at Christmas; what it is, why it is celebrated, and how it was celebrated in the past. 

 

Literacy (including Phonics and Reading)

We will be focusing on another 6 super books this term to develop our communication, language and literacy skills. These are really rich texts that we love and will know inside out by the end of each week! This term our books are mostly traditional tales. We will answer questions about these books (linked to our reading VIPERS), learn new vocabulary, and write CVC words and short captions about what we have read. We will learn to identify and discuss characters in stories, sequence stories using story maps, and answer questions about what has happened.. Take a look at our Super 6 books here:

 

 

We will continue to develop our communication and language skills through 1:1 reading with an adult, weekly small-group guided reading and daily Phonics sessions. First, we will recap all Phase 2 sounds learned in Term 1 (ensuring children are confident to blend and segment simple words using these sounds), and then we will move onto learning Phase 3 sounds. This term we will look at: 

 

Week 1 (3 days) - Phase 2 recap and phonics assessments

Week 2 - Phase 2 recap, Sets 1-2 (s a t p i n m d)

Week 3  - Phase 2 recap, Sets 3-4 (g o c k ck e u r)

Week 4 - Phase 2 recap, Set 5 (h b/bb f/ff l/ll ss)

Week 5 - Phase 3, Set 6 (j v w x)

Week 6 - Phase 3, Set 7 (y z qu)

Week 7 - Phase 3, Set 8 (sh ch th ng)

 

Please read with your child every day, and write a quick note in their green reading record at least 3 times a week to say that you have read together. You can read your child’s carefully selected school books, or simply share a favourite bedtime story, encouraging your child to join in with bits they know, talk about the pictures, or copy your words. You can look for print in the environment, such as road signs, shopping lists and shop names - ask your child if they recognise any symbols, letters or words. 


Maths

This term in our Maths sessions we will be focussing on the numbers 1-5, geometry, spatial thinking and time. We will continue to follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work, using the NCETM Numberblocks resources to support our learning. Look on BBC iPlayer (or YouTube) for Numberblocks episodes to support your child’s learning. 

Numberblocks - Number Block Family | Learn to Count - YouTube

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In school we use the Jigsaw scheme of learning to support our PSHE work. This term our theme is ‘Celebrating Difference’. We will be thinking about what we are good at and how this makes us special. We will explore similarities and differences, and learn how to be a kind friend. We will look at:

 

Week 2 - What Am I Good At?

Week 3 - I’m Special, I’m Me

Week 4 - Families

Week 5 - Houses And Homes

Week 6 - Making Friends

Week 7 - Standing Up For Yourself

Primary and Secondary PSHE lessons fulfilling RSE | Jigsaw PSHE Ltd 

Physical Development

We will continue to develop our fine and gross motor skills through play inside and outside, during our weekly Forest School sessions, and during our daily Dough Disco! We will continue our twice weekly Real PE lessons - focusing on Dynamic Balance to Agility (Jumping and Landing) and Static Balance (Seated). We will also be focusing on health and self-care; learning about healthy and unhealthy food choices, how exercise is good for our bodies, and how to take good care of our teeth.

Real PE – St. Matthew's Primary School, Luton

 

End of Term 1

Wow! What a fantastic start to the year we have had in Reception. The children have blown us away with how quickly and confidently they have settled into school life. They have made lots of new friends and enjoy coming to school every day. Reception really feels like a team – we all look after each other and show respect and empathy. This term we have been learning all about ourselves and the children have thought about how they have changed since they were babies, what they would like to do when they grow up, and how we can be kind to everyone we meet. Reception have made excellent progress with their phonics this term, and are now beginning to blend and write CVC words with Phase 2 sounds! We have really enjoyed reading this term, especially the books Owl Babies and The Colour Monster; the children have also received their first school reading books and we are delighted to see lots of reading happening at home as well as in school! Forest School has been a huge hit this term - making dens, climbing rope ladders, and even toasting marshmallows! We all loved our blustery Forest School trip to Gore’s Marsh Park to collect autumnal treasures and talk about seasonal changes.
Well done everyone for a fabulous first term at Luckwell – you are all superstars!

Overview for Term 1

Being Me In My World

This term our theme is ‘Being Me In My World’ and we will have a strong focus on welcoming children into their new school routine, caring for others’ feelings and working together. We will be focusing on what makes us unique and celebrating the differences between us. We will use the text ‘I Am Enough’ by Grace Byers to explore this theme along with the rest of the school. We will use the text ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen as one of our key texts to support the link between school and home.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers | Waterstones

 

Literacy (including Phonics and Reading)

We will be focusing on 6 super books this term to develop our communication, language and literacy skills. These are really rich texts that we love and will know inside out by the end of each week! We will answer questions about these books (linked to our reading VIPERS), learn new vocabulary, and make marks inspired by what we have read. We will learn about initial sounds, oral blending of CVC words, reciting known stories, and listening to stories with attention and recall. Take a look at our Super 6 books here:

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 1 (CBH Children / Picture Books) : Rosen,  Michael, Oxenbury, Helen: Amazon.co.uk: BooksOwl Babies: 1: Amazon.co.uk: Waddell, Martin, Benson, Patrick:  8601300416243: BooksThe Same But Different Too : Karl Newson, Kate Hindley, Kate Hindley:  Amazon.co.uk: Books

The Little Red Hen: Ladybird First Favourite Tales by Ronne Randall |  WaterstonesThe Colour Monster: Amazon.co.uk: Llenas, Anna: 9781787412736: BooksThe Great Big Book of Families: Amazon.co.uk: Hoffman, Mary, Asquith, Ros:  9781847805874: Books

We will be developing our speaking and listening skills this term and have already begun our Phonics sessions! First, we will recap Phase 1 and then when the children are in school full time, we will move onto learning Phase 2 sounds. This term we will look at: 

 

Week 1 (part time) - Phase 1, Aspects 1-3

Week 2 (part time) - Phase 1, Aspects 4-7

Week 3 (full time) - Phase 2, Set 1 (s a t p)

Week 4 - Phase 2, Set 2 (i n m d)

Week 5 - Phase 2, Set 3 (g o c k)

Week 6 - Phase 2, Set 4 (ck e u r)

Week 7 - Phase 2, Set 5 (h b/bb f/ff l/ll)

 

Please read with your child every day. You can share a favourite bedtime story and encourage your child to join in with bits they know, talk about the pictures or copy your words. You can look for print in the environment, such as road signs, shopping lists and shop names - ask your child if they recognise any symbols, letters or words. Your child will receive a school reading book and reading record later this term. We will be in touch with more information about this nearer the time.

Maths

This term we will begin our Maths learning with a focus on matching and sorting, exploring patterns and comparing amounts, size, mass and capacity. We will follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work, using the NCETM Numberblocks resources to support our learning. 

Numberblocks - Number Block Family | Learn to Count - YouTube

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In school we use the Jigsaw scheme of learning to support our PSHE work. This term our theme is ‘Being Me in My World’. Each week we will explore a different aspect of this theme. We will look at:

 

Week 3 (full time) - Who...Me?!

Week 4 - How Am I Feeling Today?

Week 5 - Being at School

Week 6 - Gentle Hands

Week 7 - Our Rights and Responsibilities

 Primary and Secondary PSHE lessons fulfilling RSE | Jigsaw PSHE Ltd


Physical Development

We will be developing our fine and gross motor skills through play inside and outside, as well as during our daily Dough Disco! Once the children are in school full time, we will begin our Real PE lessons twice a week - focusing on coordination (footwork) and static balancing (on one leg). We will also be focusing on health and self-care, learning about the importance of washing our hands, how to use the school toilets independently, and using a knife and fork to eat our school lunches. 

Real PE – St. Matthew's Primary School, Luton