Welcome to Reception!
I hope you have all had a safe and relaxing summer break and are excited to start your Parochial learning adventure.
Let me introduce you to the staff in Reception... My name is Ms. Frankland, I will be your child's Reception teacher this year. Miss Sweeney, whom you will also see daily working with your child, Is our fabulous Teaching Assistant.
This half term is all about getting to know each other and recognising our own fantastic qualities the topic name is 'All About Me'. We will share our summer activity bags and talk about our feelings, worries and the exciting things to come, as our educational journey moves on.
In Reception we learn through play. We will access all areas of the indoor and outdoor environment to enhance our understanding of the world we live in, this will further develop our understanding of numbers, letters, fine and gross motor skills and our personal creativity and imagination.
We will have Dance on Tuesdays and PE on Fridays. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school for their lesson.
Please let me take this opportunity to assure you that your child's safety and happiness is paramount to the staff at Parochial and we are following government guidance regarding Covid-19.
Please do not hesitate to contact school with any concerns or queries.
Tapestry is used daily to record observations of your child's progress and development. We link it to the Early Years outcomes and once it has been posted you can see your own child's learning journey.
We can activate Tapestry by inputting your email address and then sending you an activation code. Once you have received this and clicked on the link you will then be able to view all the fantastic learning your child is completing daily.
Just like you, Tapestry enables me to observe your child's learning and progress. Please upload any learning or special moments your child carries out at home. I can use any observations uploaded by yourselves to link learning objectives and characteristics of effective learning that your child meets. Observations are how we assess your children daily in class to ensure they are making progress.
Read Write Inc
Our daily Phonics lessons develop our reading and writing skills. We will learn all letter sounds and begin to learn how to correctly form letters.
Fred the Frog will help us with our segmenting and blending through 'Fred Talk' and the many exciting games he likes to play.
To support your child with their phonics it would be fantastic if you ask them what letter sound they have been learning and what the picture word for the letter is.
When completing letter formation, each letter has their own little poem that assists your child in writing the letter. Please ask your child what the poem is and encourage them to say it as they form each letter.
We will be using the Power Maths scheme to develop your child's math skills in both number work and shape, space and measure, this will be done within the learning environment or as guided activities.
We will be using mathematical vocabulary such as: More or Less, Odd and Even, Counting on and forward and backward. We count from 0 - 20 (and occasionally back from 10 - 0).
Please remember learning is fun!
Taking time to play with your child every day is not only a joy but will give the opportunity for your child to learn new and exciting things!
Here are some more suggestions of activities to do together:
- Talking, singing and sharing books with your child from the very beginning of their life will help with communication skills and then literacy.
- Talk about the numbers, colours, words and letters you see around your house and garden.
- Provide a pile of magazines or old photos for your child to cut out and stick.
- Cook or bake together - look at numbers on weighing scales, follow a recipe.
- Plant seeds or bulbs in a pot or garden patch.
- Dice games are great for learning to recognise number and quantity.
- Encourage pencil control and tripod grip for holding a pen/pencil
- Encourage children to be able to dress themselves paying particular attention on shoes, socks and coats.