Class Teacher: Mrs Abualzulof
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Musgrove, Mrs Jones
NVQ: Miss Willows
Firstly welcome to Reception at North Somercotes Primary School. In Reception we operate a broad, balanced and creative curriculum which focuses upon the importance of learning through play. We want the children to have lots of fun as well as learn.
Our curriculum is shaped by the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We are using the Topic approach, each topic lasting for half a term. In the Reception year our planning is flexible as we take children’s significant interests and needs into account.
As the children enter this new social environment they are encouraged to make new friends, to share and to take turns. The children will be encouraged to become independent learners in the classroom and this includes becoming familiar with classroom routines.
Our PE days this term are Wednesdays and Fridays. Children should wear a T-shirt, shorts/tracksuit and plimsolls. Please make sure that everything has your child’s name inside. Their PE kit should be kept in a named bag on their peg all week. We encourage the children to dress and undress independently, so please support this by practising with your child at home. Please ensure your child has suitable outdoor clothing every day as part of our day is spent outside in all weather. Please can you make sure that your children do not wear any jewellery to school for safety reasons.
We aim to develop confident readers and writers who are always eager to have a go for themselves. Our main focus this term is on the teaching of phonics working towards all children learning the letter sounds and beginning to use these to orally blend and segment the sounds in simple words. We will have phonic sessions each day and the children will be involved in various activities focusing on rhyme, alliteration and letter sounds. Look for letters and words in the environment. This will support your child further as we begin our phonics lessons.The children will listen to stories and experience a wide variety of books through their learning activities.
Your child will be choosing library books to share at home. These can be changed at the start of the day and as often as you wish. It is vital that you ensure your child has opportunities to share stories with you at home. Ask them questions about what is happening in the story. Can they guess what might happen next? Ask them to re-tell the story to you. Can they tell you who the characters in the story are?
The Jolly Phonics songs in order. A great way to introduce your child to phonics in a fun way:
Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English:
The children will be engaging in a variety of mathematical learning activities that are carefully planned and matched to their stage of learning. We will be focusing on counting, recognising and using numbers. This will involve lots of practical play and problem solving activities encouraging children to explore and find answers themselves. Through practical activities in our classroom provision the children will be developing their mathematical vocabulary by exploring and talking about shapes and sizes.
It is important that the children can say the numbers in order to 10 and then later to 20. Look for numbers and shapes in the environment. Can they find a number 2 on a door or a number 7 on the bus? Ask children to get you 3 pencils or 4 spoons. Can they count how many chairs are around the table whilst touching each item as they count for example.
The children will be developing their ICT skills by learning how to log on and off our school computers and how to independently load programmes. The children will be developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
The children will be developing their creative skills by expressing their ideas and feelings through music, art, dance and drama.
The children will be building a repertoire of songs and dances and will be given the opportunity to explore musical instruments. The class will have continuous access to a large range of construction and craft materials to aid their learning in this area.
Magical Me happens every Thursday. We encourage the children to bring in to school items of special value to them (toys, photographs, pieces of work, etc). The children love to talk about their special possession and get opportunities to both answer and ask questions.
Here at North Somercotes we are passionate about healthy living. Your child will be provided with a piece of fruit at break time. Children will also have access to their water bottles throughout the day to keep their bodies and minds hydrated and ready to learn.
To put your child’s name on everything they bring to school including packed lunch boxes. It is very difficult to give children the correct jumpers and cardigans if they are not named.
Useful website links
www.phonicsplay.co.uk – free phonic games
http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html – more phonic games
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37 – early maths games
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/ – games and activities to support literacy and mathematics
Request for Resources
Please let us know if you have the following:
- Old blankets
- Unwanted fancy dress outfits
- Old dolls
- Kitchen paper tubes (for hygienic reasons we cannot accept toilet roll tubes)
- Left over wall paper
- Old unused diaries
- Old Keyboards, calculators, clocks
We want your child to have a wonderful, happy year in Reception in preparation for the rest of their school life. If there is anything that we can do, please let us know.
The Reception Team
Reception in action…
Our trip to Rushmoor Country Park
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting our local fire station and learning about fire safety
We frequently visit our cookery classroom to make all sorts of delicious things such as the apple and pear crumble, butter and wonderfully nutritious shape pizzas.
Life in Reception would not be the same without regular visits from all sorts of interesting characters, such as Mr Wolf, The Bear, Shape Wizard and Bruno the Baboon!