Welcome back Reception!
We hope you have had a fantastic Easter break and we can not wait to hear about all the lovely things you have been doing at home with your family. It is hard to believe that you are starting your final term in Reception!
We had a fantastic end to the Spring term and we were amazed by your fantastic Easter bonnets! Watching the chicks hatch and grow into confident little characters was a fabulous experience and I am sure one that you will remember for a long time. We have received pictures and videos of 'Hope' our poorly chick and she is growing fast - happy and healthy!
We will begin this half term thinking about Spring and will be spending lots of time in the outdoor area looking for signs of Spring, growing plants and playing in our garden centre. For the remainder of the term we will be thinking about 'special stories' including those found in the Holy books. We look forward to hearing about your own favourite stories and book characters.
During our phonics sessions this half term we will be learning the phase 4 consonant clusters and will concentrate on blending and segmenting words containing these sounds. We will continue to practise common words and tricky words each week. During our maths sessions we will be focussing on the teen numbers and will be learning to add and subtract using practical equipment. Weekly objectives will be included in our Reception class newsletters, which will be available on this page each week and sent out to you on Friday via Parent Mail.
If you have any questions, please come in and speak to one of the Reception Team and we will do our very best to help.
Mrs Darby, Mrs Price, Mrs Partridge, Mrs Townsend and Miss Jasper
In our class we have phonics and number sessions every day. We also complete speaking and listening activities and 'talk for writing' activities most days. We follow 'Letters and Sounds' for our phonics and also enhance this with Jolly Phonics.
When children first start school we share books without any words while they learn how to to blend letters to form words. Once they have mastered this they will have a reading book with short sentences and a bag of high frequency words to learn. We have several different reading schemes we use in school to offer a broad and varied experience of books. We have Oxford reading Tree Floppy Phonics, Oxford reading Tree Decode and Develop and Oxford Reading Tree Fireflies and Snapdragons. The three schemes allow phonics skills and key word skills to be developed.
Throughout the day, the children get regular times to explore their own interests through play and many of our teacher directed activities have a play based approach.
We fully understand that children are unique and all develop at their own rates. Activities in the classroom are differentiated to meet the variety of needs.