Welcome to Reception’s Page. Our class names are R1 and R2. Miss Lovett is the class teacher for R1 and the EYFS leader. Mrs Connolly is the class teacher for R2. Mrs Chaves and Mrs Wright are also teachers who work in Reception. Mrs Achilleos and Mrs Neserajah are Reception’s Teaching Assistants.
We will be supporting your child to work towards achieving all of the Early Learning Goals for each of these Areas of Learning and Development by the end of Reception, through play based activities and adult planned activities.
What are Reception learning?
In Science: Reception enjoyed planting petunias and geraniums in their gardening area. All the children will take care of their plants by making sure they are watered. We are all excited for our garden to bloom in the coming weeks.
In Maths: The children loved using the shells in the garden. They counted the shells and matched them to the numbers.
In Art: The blossom on our apple tree inspired the children to create beautiful paintings.
In Construction/Science: The large polydrons were the material of choice for the children to create a "huge play house".
In English: After reading the story What the Ladybird Heard, speech bubbles were written for all of the characters. The children used their phonics to write what the characters said or how they felt.
In R.E: Our Religion topic is Easter to Pentecost and is all about sharing the good news that Jesus has risen. The children explained to the teachers why it is important to share good news. Read what they said.
- At St Edmund’s we use ‘Letters & Sounds’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’ (actions) to teach phonics, high frequency words and to support early reading development.
- The ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme is split into 6 phases:
- Phase 1 is introduced in the Nursery .
- Phases 2 and 3 are introduced in Reception
- Phases 4 and 5 are introduced in Year 1
- Phase 6 is introduced in Year 2.
- In Reception your child will be taught phonics every day.
Alongside the teaching of phonics, every child will be provided with daily opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge and skills in reading and spelling.
Book Bags – Book bags need to come in on Mondays. If they do not come in on Monday they will not be changed. Book Bags go home on Thursday.
Home Reading Book – This book is for your child to read. At first your child will have non- worded books and then they will progress onto worded books. The books will include de-codeable words and tricky words that they will receive weekly.
Library Book– Your child will select a library book of their choice each week. This is for you to read to your child and your child is not expected to read this book.
Reading Record– Your child will have an orange reading record book. You need to sign and make a comment in this book about how your child is reading. If the book is not signed we will not change your child’s books.
Useful Phonics Websites to Support Reading
Learn the Actions- https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/resource-bank-old/jolly-phonics-actions/
Sounding and Blending- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dsGcOf2y7k
Includes further Information on each phase as well as printable resources and links to online games- www.letters-and-sounds.com
A wide range of games for sounds, words and rhyming- www.ictgames.com/literacy
Search engine designed for schools where you can find a wide range of resources and activities with a phonics focus- www.topmarks.co.uk
A parent and carers’ guide to tricky words- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQmtOXbf3-0-
A Parent and carers’ guide to pronouncing phonemes- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTe5_Em0BHQ
Homework is put onto ‘Google Classrooms’ on Friday and is to be completed by Thursday. There will be an English and Maths Homework set weekly.
There will also be weekly phonics and words to learn. Your child is only expected to read the weekly words not write them. When your child is completing their reading, we will also ask your child to read the words and know their phonics.
Once a half term your child will also be set a R.E. homework and a reading comprehension homework.
From time to time we will send home name writing sheets so that your child can practise writing their name. We use pre cursive letter formation in Reception which may mean that your child will need to practise more often if they have learnt to write their name in a different style.
Please do not send any sheets back to us. Feel free to take pictures and upload to Google Classrooms if you wish to share your child’s work.
Use the homework book provided if your child is asked to write for their homework but do not send it into school.
Children will have individual logins for the Active Learn website and Numbots website. Active learn has phonics games and online books to support your child with their reading. Each week a new book will be added to their account. There are pointer and support for parents inside the front and back cover to help you in supporting your child with their reading. Numbots is an interactive online website to support children to develop understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating.
Reception’s PE day is Tuesday. Please send your child into school wearing their PE Kits not their school uniforms on Tuesdays.
Earrings- Your child is not allowed to wear earrings on Tuesdays. These should be removed before your child comes to school. We are not allowed to remove earrings.
PE kits – Your child should wear a plain white polo or round neck t-shirt, a plain navy sweatshirt and plain navy jogging bottoms. In the summer your child can wear plain navy shorts. Only plain black trainers or plimsolls are allowed.
Parent & School Link
We know that school is not the only place that your child will be making progress and learning new things. We would love to hear about these ‘WOW ‘ moments . Feel free to write down these new achievements on a ‘wow card’ and send them in with your child . E.G “Thomas wrote his name independently”, “Thomas ate all of his vegetables”, “Thomas recognised the bus number 78”. We will share your child’s achievements with their class and display on our wall.
All About Me Book
Please share your child’s experiences outside of school by writing a short entry into this book. You may visit the cinema, a party, a museum or go for a nature walk. You could stick in cinema receipt, a map from the museum, a party invitation or leaves/flowers collected from your walk. The children love this opportunity to talk about their experiences and it is a great opportunity for them to develop their confidence and speaking and listening skills in front of a group. Children really love to share photographs of the experiences too!