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Reception

Reception is taught by Hannah Savage, Dinusha Parry and Rachel Veale, and the Support Staff Team are Mia Langley, Shannel Leach, Michelle Whyman and Alison Castleman. The Reception Team can be contacted via yearr@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk

 

 Summer 2024 Update

Can you believe that we are already at the start of the summer term? It is great to be back in the classroom.

“You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting! So... get on your way!”  - Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

As a team, we find this quote to be most relevant in the summer term when the children are preparing for the end of their time in Early Years and getting ready to move to Key Stage 1, ready to take on all the exciting opportunities that it will bring. It is also such a lovely time for the adults to reflect on the children’s journey and we are just blown away by how far the children have come since the start of the year. What a privilege it is to be a part of their journey!

Summer Focus:

Welcome back to school. Prepare your magnifying glasses and superhero capes as Reception gets ready to take a walk with nature and learn how to be the best version of themselves! 

We are so excited about the ‘pet’ caterpillars that have just arrived and are looking forward to carrying on with the topic that we started towards the end of the Spring term; ‘What might you find at the bottom of the garden?’ The children have already really embraced this theme and have shown huge engagement and curiosity to find out about as many different minibeasts as they can. We cannot wait to see the progress of the sunflowers the children planted before the spring break and are looking forward to adding flowers and vegetables to our Reception Garden in the coming weeks!

As we move towards the end of the half term, we will be asking the children the following question, ‘Is there a hero in everyone?’ As well as having lots of fun studying the Supertato book series, looking at the character traits of heroes and villains, we will also take a look at the many jobs and careers that people do to  help others.  As the children engage in each activity, they will look at what it means to be a superhero and how they always help others in times of need. Through discussion we will find out who our everyday heroes are and answer the following questions: What superheroes do you already know? What makes a good superhero? What qualities do they have? What jobs do they do?  What do superheroes wear? What superpowers do you have? What qualities do fictional and real life heroes have in common?  What can you do to keep healthy and be strong?

We are incredibly fortunate to continue to have lessons taught by our specialist teachers in music and PE. We will continue to be taught music by Mr Glenn in the Music Studio on Friday.  AM Sports will lead our PE lesson every Monday.

We look forward to all these exciting learning opportunities.

How can you help us:

We are hopeful that in the coming weeks we will be enjoying some good weather and will be enjoying more learning outside.

As the weather becomes warmer, please send your child in to school with a sun hat and please apply sunscreen before school on hot days.

On Mondays we ask that all Reception pupils come into school dressed in their PE kit. We also ask that you make sure your child has the appropriate PE and school day clothing for all types of weather. As always, please ensure all your child’s clothes and belongings are labelled (including water bottles) and that they have their book bag every day with their Pupil Handbook inside.

Teachers will check their emails before school starts (no later than 8:20am) and after school finishes at 3.20pm. If you have an urgent request/ late change to collection arrangements, please telephone the school office directly as we cannot guarantee picking up messages throughout the school day.

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning journey. 

 

 

 Spring 2024 Update

 Happy New Year!

‘Life is more fun if you play games’. Roald Dahl

The Reception Staff Team believe that stories play a hugely important role in how young children begin to make sense of the world. Through stories children can begin to understand the wider world and things beyond their own experiences. Stories provide opportunities for children to use their imagination and act out situations as many times as they need or want to, in order to better understand something and extend their knowledge. Every topic is delivered using a selection of specifically chosen texts.

If you have any additional text suggestions or would like to come in and share a favourite story with reception, we would love to hear from you. 

It is great to be back and we are looking forward to introducing the children to their new and exciting topics for this term. Get ready to act out some famous tales and get digging in the garden!

This half term our focus will be on traditional and fairy tales, thinking about the key question, ‘What are the ingredients of a good tale?’ As the children engage in the range of stories we will use questioning to deepen their understanding of language, character, plot, sequence and setting, as well as studying the role of the author and the illustrator. We will be looking at The Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man in particular. The children will be drawing story maps; re-telling the stories through actions and key phrases; and composing their own stories to record in writing.

After the half term break, we will be learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly. We will look at what makes a good home for a variety of minibeasts and observe them in their natural habitats. Children will have the opportunity to search our outdoor space for bugs and other creatures, as well as taking part in planting activities. As part of our investigations, we will be sorting and classifying minibeasts into groups and looking at their differences and similarities. This topic provides plenty of opportunities for the children to be creative and carry on their learning at home. Get your magnifying glasses ready, the minibeasts are coming!

We look forward to more exciting learning opportunities ahead.

How can you help us?

Now that we are in the Spring Term, we will continue to promote your child’s independence as they become more familiar with key skills and school routines. Please support us by ensuring all your child’s clothes are labelled (including small items such as gloves) and that they have their book bag every day with their Pupil Handbook inside.

Reception PE continues to be on Mondays and we ask that they all come into school dressed for PE on this day. We also ask that you make sure your child has the appropriate PE and school day clothing for all weathers.

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning journey.  

“Play is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein

 

Days to remember

 Reading records and banded reading books should be inside your child’s book bag every day.

Monday

Reading Handbooks in bookbag daily 

Phonics/Reading Books handed in

Book Sharing texts handed in and new ones sent home 

Reception PE

Tuesday

Homework due in via Seesaw

Wednesday
Thursday

Homework sent out via Seesaw

Friday

 

Everyday

Phonics & Reading  - Speed Sounds / Sight Words/ Reading aloud independently/ Reading for pleasure; including hearing others read and listening to fiction and non fiction texts (audio books) / Oxford Owl e.Book library. 

Maths - Doodle Maths / Busy Things / Maths during everyday tasks e.g. cooking, telling the time, laying the table… / Playing Board and card games.

 

Supporting your child's learning at home

There are many ways in which you can support your child’s learning at home:  

  • Reading and sharing books with your child
  • Encouraging writing in a variety of forms
  • Looking and talking about the world around you
  • Counting objects, e.g. pasta shells, buttons, cuddly toys, Lego
  • Recognising numerals
  • Spotting 2D/3D shapes in the environment
  • Involving your child in cooking activities (including weighing/ measuring)


    Book Sharing texts
    from our class library will be sent home every week.  So please make sure they are returned to school every Monday.

Autumn Term

 YR AUT 1 Our School

YR AUT 2 Celebrations

 Spring Term 

YR SPR1 What are the ingredients of a good tale?

Our focus will be on traditional and fairy tales, thinking about the key question, ‘What are the ingredients of a good tale?’. As the children engage in the range of stories we will use questioning to deepen their understanding of language, character, plot, sequence and setting, as well as studying the role of the author and the illustrator. We will be looking at The Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man in particular. The children will be drawing story maps; re-telling the stories through actions and key phrases; and composing their own stories to record in writing.

YR SPR2 What can you find at the bottom of the garden?

We will be learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly. We will look at what makes a good home for a variety of minibeasts and observe them in their natural habitats. Children will have the opportunity to search our outdoor space for bugs and other creatures, as well as taking part in planting activities. As part of our investigations, we will be sorting and classifying minibeasts into groups and looking at their differences and similarities. This topic provides plenty of opportunities for the children to be creative and carry on their learning at home. Get your magnifying glasses ready, the minibeasts are coming!

Summer learning 

 Please find below the links to the Reception Curriculum Overview and Knowledge Organisers for the Summer Term. 

 Reception curriculum overview

 Reception curriculum KO cont.

 Summer Reception curriculum KO