Welcome to Cradley!
Welcome to all of the children in our new Reception class. We can not wait to meet you all and get to know all about the things you can do and the things you enjoy. We know that you will enjoy investigating your new classroom, making new friends and learning class routines.
We have so many exciting things to learn this half term. We love reading and can not wait to share books, stories and rhymes together. We will soon begin to learn the first phonic sounds and will be learning how to blend these together to read simple words. Children will bring home picture books to share at home and will start to read books with words as soon as they are able. Over this half term we will be sharing a range of stories such as The Rainbow Fish, The Little Red Hen and Pumpkin Soup.
During our maths sessions we will focus on numbers to 10 and will introduce the children to lots of different resources to help them with their maths activities.
We will enjoy using our senses to investigate the world around us and to focus on the world around us during Autumn.
Look out for our weekly newsletters. These will give you lots of information about what we will be learning each week in more detail and about any upcoming events. These will be sent out each week via Parent Mail or can be found below.
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 and Mrs Partridge
What to expect in Reception
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.