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Reception - Classes Sun and Moon

Teacher welcome

Hello and welcome to Reception. Reception compromises of classes Sun and Moon.

Adults working in Reception are:

  • Miss McAleavey- Class Teacher Sun
  • Miss Tabassam - Class Teacher Moon
  • Mrs Mulliner – ETA
  • Mrs Gora – ETA
  • Miss Gora – HLTA
  • Mrs Bibi _ HLTA

In Reception we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. An abbreviated version of this can be seen on YR Parents’ noticeboard. The children learn through play.

“Play is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein

Each area of learning is implemented through planned play experiences and through a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities. Children are encouraged to move freely around the YR unit, indoors and outdoors, using different areas of learning where they can select resources independently. Play activities are loosely based around a theme. 

Areas of Learning in the Unit Themes
  • computing
  • construction
  • creative (i.e. painting, craft, play dough)
  • mark making
  • mathematics
  • music
  • reading
  • role play
  • sensory (i.e. light box)
  • sand
  • small world (i.e. dolls house, people, dragons)
  • water
  • maths
  • Do you want to be friends?
  • What happens when I fall asleep?
  • Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
  • Can I switch it on?
  • Why are carrots orange?
  • Do cows drink milk?
  • Why do zebras have stripes?
  • What is a reflection?
  • Why do ladybirds have spots?
  • Are we there yet?
  • Will you read me a story?
  • Who lives in a rock pool?

The children will take part in a daily class input for Phonics, Mathematics and PSED (personal, social and emotional development). From these the children will be called in groups to take part in a small group teacher-led activity. In addition the children will read twice a week and bring home 3 reading books. 2 books will be levelled at the children’s ability and 1 will be for parents to share with their child. The children will take part in music, PE and RE activities once a week.

If you have any concerns or successes you want to share please let one of the staff know as soon as possible, don’t wait for parents evening. Privacy can be arranged if needed. We will also contact you if we have any concerns.

Please arrive by 3:15 to collect your child. Children often become distressed if they are frequently the last to be collected or remain behind for longer periods than their friends. YR children must be collected by a known adult (minimum age 16 years).

Information for Parents

  • PE for Reception is on Fridays please ensure your child has a labelled PE kit in school for this day.  It is important that your child does not come to school wearing jewellery or earrings on this day as they will not be able to participate.
  • Homework is sent home on a Friday and due back to school on Monday.
  • Reading books are changed twice a week, on Mondays 2 banned books are sent home and on Fridays a story book is sent for you to share with your child.

Our class rules and rewards

In EYFS, Mr Potato Head helps us to remember our class rules of: good looking, good listening, using
kind hands and feet and putting our thinking caps on.
We also use a visual representation of the behaviour policy so that the children are able to relate
behavioural expectations to the symbols. The underlying theme of our strategies are based on
positive reinforcement. This supports the children’s development, which in turn helps them to
regulate and manage their own behaviour..

Our class targets

We aim for each child to achieve a good level of development at the end of Reception. Please find a link to What to expect, When? - a guidance booklet to your child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage can be found here.

Upcoming and exciting events

Reception’s spring B topic is ‘Why do zebras have stripes?’. During this topic, children will be given the opportunity to learn about the different habitats of Africa and the animals living in them. To enhance our class work we have organised a trip to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park. This trip will help the children to broaden their knowledge of the world and their observation skills.

How parents can help at home

Parents can help by encouraging their children to be independent learners.

In Early Years the children are taught to be explorers and to find new and different ways to learn and grow.  You can do this at home in a range of ways:

  • Asking your children, why? This will prompt your child to think and react and really begin to think for themselves. Give them time to think and then try, even if they are finding something difficult

Parents can help by reading with and to their children.

  • It is important that children are given the opportunity to use their newly learnt phonics knowledge by sounding out and blending words together, as this is the method of early reading.
  • Comprehension is important as the children will often read words but not understand what they have read, talk to your child about what has just happened.
  • Making predictions about what they think will happen is also helpful as the children are using their inference skills to support their decisions. Reading a story to your child also supports their listening and attention skills.

Parents can help by counting with your child, recognising numbers and using mathematical language.

Maths is all around us and you use it every day, you can help by encouraging your children to be more aware of it. A lot of early maths is just talking and relating it back to the child, making it relevant to them.

  • When you are counting money at the shop, measuring and weighing when cooking and comparing the sizes and lengths of everyday objects.
  • When counting ask your child to help you, do they know which number is next? If you add 1 more how many will there be?