Class Reception - Willow
Autumn Term 2018 Newsletter
Reception / Early Years Foundation Stage
First of all, we would like to welcome everyone to our school. We are looking forward to working with you and developing strong links with you all as your children begin their learning journey at Brigstock School.
We would like to remind everyone that we do three weeks of part-time schooling. We start the day at 9 o’clock. You can bring your child to the gate by our outdoor area for the first week. From the second week, we line up on the main playground. Our morning finishes at 12 o’clock for the first two weeks. After that, we have one week of staying for lunch with a pick-up time of 1.20pm. The children are always collected from the gate by our outdoor area.
We plan an exciting, creative curriculum for the children. Our Early Years Curriculum has three areas that underpin all our learning- Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We encourage all the children to become active, independent learners, and aim for them to be engaged, motivated and creative in all the activities that we provide.
This term we are looking forward to lots of exciting and creative learning in our classroom. Our first theme is ‘Our Favourite Things’ and our work and displays will be linked to favourite colours, seasons, toys and friends. We will be reading lots of books, with a particular focus on the ‘Blue Kangaroo’ stories, ‘Elmer’ stories and stories by Lauren Child. We will also use ‘Room on the Broom’ to link with work on friendship. Throughout our first unit, we will keep you up-to-date on the activities in our classroom. We will all be enjoying ‘Elmer Day’ during our week on favourite colours, and ‘Toy Day’ during our week on favourite toys.
After half-term, our unit of work will be ‘Toys’. We will learn about our own Favourite toys and toys from the past and present. We will be creating some of our own toys in D&T and we will share details why we treasure our toys so much. Our play spaces will be transformed into a Caterpillar Café and a toy shop.
Our work in Science will focus on seasons of the year and all about our bodies. We will all enjoy using the bug garden and our wonderful grounds.
Of course there will be plenty of artwork! As well as our creative activities linked to each unit we will also be learning about the styles and work of the artist Lauren Child. We look forward to creating some masterpieces of our own, and these will be on display in our classroom.
We will also be doing lots of lovely artwork linked to Toys. We will be making puppets and learning about the style of the watercolour artist E.H. Shepard, who brought the character of Winnie the Pooh to life.
In Reception, we ask that you read with your child as much as possible, and record in the Home-School book. We send home books as soon as your child is settled, and we hear them read at least twice a week at school. We also aim to increase your child’s sight vocabulary with ‘word pots’. Each Monday we send home three words for your child to learn, with the aim being that they recognise the words quickly ‘on sight’. If the words have been learnt, we add three more. Please ensure that your child’s word pot is in their bag everyday as we will aim to check these words as often as is possible.
We do a phonics session every morning, and we send home a worksheet that links to each new sound that is learnt. We ask that you complete this with your child, and encourage correct letter formation from the outset.
We do a range of Maths activities every week, and we ask that you practise counting and writing numbers as much as possible. We do lots of practical problem-solving, and it always helps if the children can use extra opportunities at home to add, subtract, count on and back in practical, relevant ways. We sometimes send home specific Maths tasks for the children to do at home, and we send home Maths games for you to play with your child at the beginning of the second term.
We will always keep you informed of any extra ways that you can help your child at home throughout our units of work. Please write comments about anything that you have done at home in the home-school book, and don’t forget to record their home-achievements on the leaves!
Every Friday, we send home our class ‘creature’ with a book in which you can record your weekend adventures together. This can take the form of photographs, pictures and writing. We ask that the book is back in school by Tuesday of the following week, and we will share every entry with the class
SOME PRACTICAL ITEMS…
- Mrs Keeley will be in the classroom on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Mrs Ettridge and Mrs Boyers will be in the classroom on Thursdays and Mrs Qunicey will be in the classroom on Fridays. Mrs Clark works with the children all week.
- PE will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please can you ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school all week, and includes plimsolls, a white t-shirt, shorts and, if possible, joggers and a sweatshirt as the weather gets colder. PLEASE MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS NAMED
- We have lots of OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES planned this term for the children in Reception. This academic year, our outdoor learning will be on a THURSDAY. Please ensure that your child comes to school in appropriate outdoor clothing and suitable footwear (preferably trainers) every Thursday. We also ask that your child keeps a pair of wellies in school.
We look forward to sharing all aspects of our learning journey with you this term. Please do come and talk to us if you have any questions to ask or any achievements, special celebrations, worries or concerns that you may have. It is very important to us that you feel as much a part of our school family as your child is.