Autumn Term 2021
We hope that you have all had a wonderful summer holiday and are looking forward to the year ahead. The children have been amazing, they have been so brave coming into school and settled straight away. They have already started forming friendships, as well as trying hard and being willing to give everything a go! We are so proud of them all.
In Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which has been updated for September 2021. It has strong emphasis on learning through play and should be based on different topics and themes which follow the interests of the class. These can last between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on the overall enthusiasm for the theme. We will begin the year with the topic ‘Marvellous Me’, where we will be focusing on what makes the children special, their family, their feelings and how I’ve changed. During this topic we will be exploring a range of stories including The Colour Monster, Elmer and Once there were giants.
Throughout each theme or topic the children will experience fun, independent learning activities as well as adult led learning. These activities will be aimed to suit the needs of your child at their level and encourage the children’s creativity, exploration skills, physical development and their abilities to interact with others. Adults will assess the children’s progress through observations of their play and the outcome of their adult led learning experiences. Assessments will then, in turn, direct future activities.
Within the first six weeks, we have to complete a statutory Government baseline assessment with each child which is based on short, interactive and practical tasks. For more information please see the link https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1004560/2021_Information_for_parents_reception_baseline_assessment.pdffor more information.
By the end of September your child will be sent home with a blending and segmenting reading book and reading journal in their reading folder. Please aim to read with your child for 5 minutes each day. So that we can communicate with each other please fill out the reading journal every time your child has read. In preparation for this we will send home 5 key words for your child to practice reading. These words are classed as tricky words which cannot be sounded out but the children need to know. As they become confident with these more words will be added.
Once the children have their reading books, we would like to celebrate their efforts by completing a Reading Star Challenge. Every Friday we will count up how many times your child has read and for every 10 times they have read, they will earn a coloured certificate and their picture will move to the corresponding coloured star in the classroom When they have read 100 times they get to choose a special book which they can keep!
Next week we will introduce a ‘star of the week’. The ‘star of the week’ gets to take either Leo the Lion or Tilly the Tiger home with them. It would be great if you could fill in their diary with pictures and explain what adventures you have been up to together. They will need to return to school by the following Wednesday.
The children have access to the outdoor area at all times, therefore please ensure that they bring a suitable coat with them everyday. We also have a mud kitchen that children can use. In order for the children to access this they will need to wear a pair of welly boots. Please could you send a pair into school as soon as possible, with the children’s name inside. Could you also make sure that the children bring into school a small bag with a change of clothes in case of accidents.
To keep up to date with what is happening in the classroom don’t forget to check out the school twitter page. We will start adding posts next week.
· Please ensure that your child comes to school in school PE kit every Thursday for their PE session.
· All children need to bring a water bottle to school every day. Please ensure these are filled only with water.
· Please inform your child if they need to order a school dinner before they come into school.
· Once your child's book bag has been sent home please send your child’s book bag into school every day, with your child’s reading book and diary inside.
· Don’t forget if your child would like snack, please order it through Arbor.
We know that this is a lot of information, so if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to the fun year ahead!
Amanda Robinson and Clare Swindley
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