Reception 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Reception!
As God’s family we love, learn and play.
We love learning outside, exploring our wonderful woodlands and local environment; inventing in the mud kitchen, water and in our huge sandpit; developing our physical skills by climbing on our new trim trail and playing with PE equipment. We love the large construction area, using our imagination to build exciting models so we can create our own stories. Dressing up and performing on the outside stage with instruments is great fun!
Inside, we enjoy our creative and mark making areas, playdoh, construction activities, technology area, small world, fine motor activities in our Funky fingers area, phonics area and number area. We like quiet time in our reading corner and reflection area. We also love listening to stories, singing songs and playing with our friends. We learn to become more and more independent each day and develop our abilities to care for one another whilst completing our weekly challenges.
Our topics in Foundation Stage frequently change and are often guided by the children's own suggestions. Since starting school we have enjoyed getting to know our Year 6 Big Buddies who come to visit to help with our projects as well as helping to organise games for us at breaktimes. We really enjoy spending time with them.
We aim to provide a caring, stimulating and challenging environment for our children that is full of fun and excitement. There are lots of lovely children in our class who enjoy working hard while having lots of fun at our fantastic school.
The Early Years team:
Mrs Evans – EYFS Lead and class teacher
Mrs Owen - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Ms Osborne - Teaching Assistant - Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoon
Miss Shaw - Teacher - Thursday afternoon
Please tell us if you have any worries. We are always available for a chat.
Please ensure that your child brings a named water bottle into school everyday and if you haven't done so already, please could you provide your child with a pair of wellies to keep in school for the year. We use the outside classroom and the forest area often, and it does tend to get very muddy in there! Please name all your child's uniform and shoes.
Physical Education lessons are on a Tuesday morning for Reception. We will help the children to become confident at getting changed into their PE kits and putting it on independently. We will be sending PE kits home every half term holiday for a wash and this is also a good chance to check your child's pumps still fit them.
Tapestry and Assessment
All children attending Frodsham C of E Primary School will have a personal on-line Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time in Reception class.
We use Tapestry, a system, which is hosted in the UK on secure servers. You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journey and, in addition to viewing our contributions; we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us.
Phonics and Reading
At Frodsham CE, we continuously encourage children to read for pleasure to enable them to become confident readers. We follow a structured phonics programme called ‘Read, Write Inc’ which supports and develops reading and writing skills. To begin with we will assess the children during the first few weeks in school (baseline assessment) to see what they already know and from there we will start our daily phonics lessons. Once your child has started learning their sounds, we will assess their ability to blend them together to make words. When we feel your child is ready they will bring home a reading book. For some children they will bring home a book with no words and we ask you to use the prompt sheets to share the book with your children. Other children will bring home books with words. The children will need to be encouraged to sound out and blend the words in order to help them read the text.
As they start to read we will begin to send home word cards to support blending (sounding out) and to start to read independently (green words) and also tricky words, words that cannot be sound out (red words) to learn each week.
The children will then be reading on a 1-1 basis with us in class every week. As well as this your child will practice reading daily during their phonics lessons. We do expect that children read at home daily to ensure that they make consistent progress. We will communicate via the children’s red reading diaries and require 3 or more comments per week from parents to let us know how your child is getting on. Please keep your child's reading book and reading diary in their school bag and bring them into school every day. We will change reading books once ot twice a week a week.
At this stage we encourage the children to mark make as much as possible. This may take the form of drawing shapes, writing letters from their name and then eventually writing their first name and short words independently.
We encourage the fingers to hold a pencil correctly and we put a great deal of emphasis on correct letter formation. (For help on this, please feel free to ask a member of staff.)
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