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Welcome to Reception September 2021

If you child is starting in Reception this September below is a virtual tour that they can watch with you to start to familiarise themselves with our setting.

Looking forward to Year 1

 

Our 'Learning Challenge' this term is supporting our Reception children with the transition to Year 1 in September.

Read through our transition booklet with your child and talk about Year 1.

We will be reading this book in class and visiting Year 1 with each of our Reception classes.

Virtual Reception Workshop - Writing 

Below is a virtual workshop that provides ideas on how you can support your child at home. Building on the skills they have developed this year and providing tips on how to keep your child engaged and interested in their learning.

 

Writing Workshop

Remote Learning - Weekly timetable

Your child is expected to follow the weekly learning that is happening in school and complete a daily Phonics lesson and Literacy and Maths task each week.  It is important that your day reflects the nature of our Early Years and work is balanced with lots of opportunities to play and hear stories being read. 

 

Below is a timetable you can follow if your child is self-isolating then your can use this as guidance for home learning whilst your child is not in school. 

 

9.30-10.00 

10.00 – 11.30 

 

11.30 – 12.00  

 

1.00-1.30 

1.30 – 3.00 

3.00-3.30 

Mon 

Live Phonics/key words

Play 

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Maths activity  

Lunch time – 12.00 – 1.00 

Live story/Poetry time  

Play 

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Reading 

Tue 

Live Phonics/key words 

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Writing/mark making activity   

Live story/Poetry time  

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Reading  

Wed 

Live Phonics/key words 

Play 

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Maths activity  

Live story/Poetry time  

Play 

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Reading  

Thur 

Live Phonics/key words 

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

 

Writing/mark making activity   

Live story time/ Poetry time 

French PE  Music 

Fri 

Live Phonics/key words 

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Maths Activity  

Live story/Poetry time 

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Reading  

 

 

  • Phonic activities - You will receive invitations to live phonics lessons on Microsoft Teams. If you can not access them at the time, see links at bottom of notice board and instagram for Lists of sounds to practise (class teachers will communicate what RWI set sounds to focus on.)
  • Play activities – pupils are encouraged to direct their own play following their interests. 
  • See below for Maths & Writing/Mark making activities.
  • Story time – links to live story time will be added to your child's Microsoft Teams, if you can't access these there are links below to much loved stories read by our staff .
  • Reading – follow routines with books sent home in book bag.

 

Reception Instagram account     

A bank of resources to support your child's learning at home, including phonic activities and key word lists. Check out our Instagram story each week where we link the learning that is happening in school. Click on the link below 

 

Reception Instagram Page - EYFS World

 

 

Mathematics

 

English - Writing

 

English - Phonics/Reading 

Phonics is the way we teach children to recognise the sounds in words. It helps your child to learn to read and is an essential part of your child’s education.

In school we teach children to read through linking letters and sounds using a published programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI).  There are a range of online resources you can use to support the teaching of phonics at home. 

 

Additional Phonic Resources 

All our Phonics sounds are in the video below: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB6SvZscxgg

Skywriter                    

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/skyWriter/index.html

Help a hedgehog         https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/helpAHedgehog/index.html

Phonics Bloom           

 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/fishy-phonics?phase=2

Phonics play               

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

Forest Phonics            https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/forestPhonics/index.html

 

Story Time

While children are learning to it is also important for them to hear lots of stories being read to them.  We encourage you to read aloud to your child and listen to your child read daily.  To provide your child with the further opportunities to hear stories being read check out the story time videos below:

Story Time with your teachers: 

 

Please see our curriculum overview to find out what your child is learning now and how that fits in to their wider learning:

PE, Music & French Lessons 

If your child is accessing learning from home then check out the timetable in your child's class notebook on Teams.  If you click on the subject links on Thursday afternoon it will take you to the lessons that our specialist teachers have filmed for the Reception children. 

 

 

Virtual Support for Families 

 

In previous years we have invited parents into school to attend our drop in sessions. During these sessions we work with parents and demonstrate strategies and activities that they can replicate at home to support their child.  With the current climate we are unable to invite families into school so have put together a number of videos that can be used as a support resource.  During this term we will focus on Phonics - please see the videos below, your child's class teacher may direct you to the videos that will support your child. 

 

Guidance on reading books that come home: 

 

Inside your child's book bag 

Sound Blending Book

My Phonics Book

 

Phonics: 

Set 1 Sounds - Video 1

Set 1 Sounds - Video 2 

Set 1 Sounds - Video 3 

Set 1 Sounds - Video 4 (digraphs) 

 

Set 2 Sounds - Video 1 

 

Set 3 Sounds - Video 2 

Understanding the new Early Years Framework 

This September our Early Years became early adopters of the new Early Years Framework that will become statutory in school in September 2021.  Below are documents which breakdown each area of learning. 

Capturing 'Wow moments' at home

Early Years compromises of seventeen aspects of learning with skills that pupils need to achieve before the end of their year in Reception.  We value contributions from parents/carers of moments of achievement that have happened outside of school.  Click on the link below to access our wow moments cards.  If you observe your child achieving something new or wonderful then cut out the card, record the moment and pass it onto your child’s class teacher.  The wow moments are stuck in your child’s learning journey and support assessments throughout the year.  Feel free to send in as many as you would like, parents/carers usually complete a page of wow moments each half term. 

 

Reading and Reading Records

Please write a comment in your child’s reading record. Let us know how they are reading and progressing. 

If you have any questions please make a note in the reading record, the class teacher will get back to you with a response. It is really important that you read with your child regularly, support from home makes a huge impact on your child’s learning.

 

If your child is still in the early stages of reading, they will be focusing on learning the sounds of the alphabet. In the reading record you can write the sounds you have been working on and how your child has  responded to the activity.

 

If your children is reading the Sound Blending books (lilac books), the focus is on learning to blend cvc words. CVC means 'consonant, vowel, consonant', words like – cat, dog, mum, dad, pot, man, sit etc. This skill can take a while to acquire, patience and persistence is needed. Often a child will sound out the word but cannot blend, when the adult sounds it out for them they will often hear the word and then say it. 

Remaining positive and encouraging your child to try again at this point helps, so they can try again until they have learnt to blend.

 

If your child is reading the paper book called ‘My Phonics Book’, the teacher will focus on one page at a time, each week. 

This stage of reading helps to prepare the children for reading sentences before they move onto the next level of books.

The guided reading session uses each page to focus on:

  • a set of sounds
  • some key words
  • reading simple sentences
  • a comprehension question
  • ‘holding a sentence’ e.g. to practise saying a sentence, rehearsing it and being able to repeat it back (memorising the sentence)

 

If your child has a reading book e.g. red, green, purple etc. The books contain lots of useful pages with sounds to practice, key words to read and some comprehension questions, as well as the stories. 

 

Book bags 

Every week your child will have a book bag with a picture book and one or two reading books.

Your child has chosen the picture book, they are not expected to read this independently.

This book is purely for enjoyment and an opportunity for you to share a book with your child. 

The reading book your child receives will link to the phonics baseline assessments that the teachers completed with each child.

Your child will have an opportunity to read through their book with their class teacher during their guided reading lessons. Guided reading lessons happen everyday, where the teacher will read with a different group.

Some children that are in the earlier stages and are beginning to learn their sounds will receive a sheet with the sounds to focus on. The sheet also contains ideas of how to support your child at home.

The class teacher will write the title of the books in the reading record.

Your child must bring their book bag  to school everyday with their picture book, reading book and reading record. Each day the teacher will focus on a different group and change their books once a week. We look forward to reading your comments in the reading records.

Home Learning

Every Friday your child will receive some home learning linked to their phonics lessons that week. This will allow you to see what sounds your child has been focusing on in the lesson.

The home learning can be kept in your child's bookbag so you can revisit the activities at home if needed. 

Please support your child with learning the sounds. Thank you in advance.

Forest School

Please note the day change for your child's class.

Please send in wellies for your child. These can be kept at school on the coat trolleys.

The first lesson will introduce the children to Fielding Forest e.g  rules and boundaries for keeping safe and respecting our environment.

RH - Tuesday am

RS - Tuesday pm

RP - Friday am

RF - Friday pm

Occasionally we do change our days depending on the weather and school events.

Reception Recommended Reading List - 40 Books for Reception

Reception Assessment

The Early Years framework compromises of seven areas of learning. 

 

The areas are divided into seventeen aspects of learning. These provide pupils with an Early Learning Goal for each aspect that they work towards during their time in Early Years. In the summer term of their Reception year, assessments will determine whether they have achieved a good level of development. 

 

Click on the links below if you are interested in exploring each area of learning and finding out what skills your child needs to achieve within each area of learning. 

 

 

Phonics Workshop

Calendar

Letters

Specialist subjects

Contact Details and Useful Links

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