Welcome to reception. The year ahead is going to be exciting for our new starters and parents. It will be a year filled with new learning experiences and opportunities. We also welcome back some of the Year 1 children who will be joining us and building upon their first year here at The Meadows. This half term in Class 1, we will be promoting positive learning behaviour using our Do Jo reward system. The children love to get DO Jos for our 9 Secrets of Success. You can encourage this with your child, by asking them what they have had a Do Jo for. As time goes on, we encourage the children to become increasingly independent in their learning challenges and making their own recording in their learning diaries.
We will begin daily phonics sessions as soon as we begin school in September. This will be at a level appropriate for your child. It could be learning rhythm and rhyme for children just beginning or for children who are ready and our Year 1 children it will be letter sounds, blending and segmenting. During the reception year the children learn their alphabet, letter names and letter sounds. (phonemes). They also learn to write the letter shapes (graphemes) and are encouraged to form cursive letters correctly. This is something that you can practise at home with your child. The children love to use these skills on Bug Club and also using Phonic play - www.phonicsplay.co.uk at home as well as at school.
Every day we have a FUN maths session. This is time to practise our fluency and understanding of number through fun songs, rhymes and games. You can help your child to develop these skills through lots of counting forwards and backwards. We practise number formation daily using catchy songs. We also keep fit whilst counting to 100 daily! The children will learn these rhymes off by heart and will love to sing them. You will also know them off by heart very soon!
This first half term is all about getting to know each other and how to get along together. Our topic will be "All About Me". This will cover learning about ourselves and our families and a little about different families and their lives in Britain and around the world as we teach children about diversity. We will have a scientific focus in which we look at how we develop from babies to infants, children, teenagers and adults. We will learn a little about our bodies and our senses. Our Year 1 children will build upon their prior knowlege and learning by advancing into our NC science. We will also think a little about our recent family history and discuss where parents went to school and where granparents lived when they were younger etc.
Throughout the year the children will have many opportunities to be creative. Our role play areas will be our little house outside and our travel agents to begin with to allow children to discuss their recent Summer holiday experiences. Within the first half term this will change to the hospital and baby clinic to fit in with our new topic. The children will also use their artistic skills and will be painting self portraits and drawing their families for our display boards.
We will of course be spending lots of time chatting with the children to get to know them and will be informally observing them to enable us to make assessments of abilities and what the children would like to learn about and skills to develop as their next steps.
We would like to say a big thank you for your wonderful support shown already as lots of parents have attended Stay and Play sessions and the Teddy Bears' Picnic which was a huge success! We love to see parents on Friday mornings between 8.45 and 9.05 and the children love sharing their learning with you and each other. The drop in session will begin formally in week 3.During the first weeks children can come in by themselves if they wish to, but don't worry if they need a little time and support to come into the classroom and seperate from their parents and carers. All children have different needs and we will work together to ensure your child is happy and settles in.
Home visits will also take place from Wednesday 5th of September. Please let me or Mrs. Fowler know whether you would like a home visit. Often children love to see us in their own home where they feel comfortable and it is an opportunity for parents to ask questions or express any concerns. We look forward to our new Class 1. Lets see what this new academic year brings for all of us!