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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. 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, 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 love to sing them.
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, infants, children, teenagers and adults. We will learn a little about our bodies and our senses. We will also think a little about our recent family.
Throughout the year the children will have 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 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 to all parents for your wonderful support already as lots of parents have attended to Stay and Play sessions and the Teddy Bears' Picninc 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.
Home visits will also take place from Wednesday 5th of September. Please let myself 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.