Reception 2018 - 2019

Mr Ellis

Welcome to Reception.

At Reedley Primary School we aim to ensure that all children receive high quality provision which is multi-sensory and engaging, provides first-hand experiences and develops confident, independent learners. The education all children receive at Reedley is broad and inclusive, it builds on the experiences they bring with them and relates new learning directly to their lives. At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage we aim to have developed children who are confident to make positive relationships with their peers; are able to communicate their own interests, wants and needs clearly to others; are enthusiastic, independent and inquisitive learners who ask questions and want to find out more about the world around them. We celebrate children’s learning and behaviour daily and love to hear about learning at home so please bring in pieces of this so we can showcase their learning.


Parent Reminders

On Friday morning we have P.E. Please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school. Please ensure children bring their reading book bags into school everyday. Homework will be set on a Thursday, and it is important that you support your child with this as it will be collected on a Tuesday.


Reception Routines

When the children arrive we encourage them to hang their coats up and put their book bags and water bottles in the correct place. Then they come and find a space on the carpet ready for our ‘Wake up, Shake up’ starter. We welcome all the children and do the register. We look through our visual timetable so that we all know what's coming up and in what order.

We begin with our phonics groups which have four interactive parts so children revisit, learn, practise and apply their skills.

We build on our phonics through learning about high quality books each week during our Literacy inputs. The children work in small groups to retell the story through drama and games such as 'Magic Mirror', and then children will develop their writing through creating story maps to eventually help them to retell a part of the story or even create their own ending. When they are not working with an adult they can use the continuous provision where teachers and teaching assistants will be on hand to progress their learning further.

Playtime -The children come back into their classroom and hand out their milk whilst children showcase their amazing learning and then enjoy time outside on our large playground.

In Mathematics, we begin with a short carpet input with number songs and counting games. We then introduce or consolidate the area of maths we are focusing on either counting, addition, subtraction, shape, space or measure. We then work with the children in small groups and when working independently, the children select from a range of learning tasks inside or outside.

Lunch. The children go into the hall for their lunch.

Afternoon - We register the children again and may start off the afternoon with our talk for writing and guided reading session.

We then explain the different activities on offer in our classrooms and outside. There is always an adult supporting or leading play in the outdoor area with children from both reception classes. We are encouraging the children to take responsibility for their learning so we talk about what equipment we need out, what they intend to do and have a short review at the end of the session. We will have adult led activities taking place throughout the afternoon relating to understanding the word where children will explore, investigate, test ideas and learn about the world around them. We also use this time to listen to your children, play with them and observe how they interact with their peers.

Playtime - Another short play in the playground and all children are offered school fruit.

Tidy up time and then home time.

Friday is slightly different as we have P.E and reading in the mornings. We also have assembly twice a week.

Thank you,

Miss Mackenzie (Phase Leader) and the Early Reedley team.

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