It has been wonderful to see all the children return to school this week with huge smiles on their faces. As we move into our Summer term I just wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of the below:
Named Clothing – We have accumulated a mountain of unnamed school uniform during spring term. Please can you make sure that all your child’s uniform is clearly labelled and please check that your child has not come home with anybody else’s clothing at the end of the day.
Spare Clothing – As I’m sure you are aware accidents can happen and children like to get messy. Please pop a spare set of clothes into your child’s bag in case we need to change their clothes throughout the day. We have sent all our school spares home. Unfortunately, some of these have not been returned and we are running out of our spare supply.
Forest School – We will continue to go to Forest school every Wednesday afternoon. Children in Nursery should come to school on a Wednesday morning in forest school clothes and Reception children should bring in their Forest School Kit so that they can practise becoming more independent with getting changed.
Children’s forest school kit should include – wellies, long sleeved top and full length trousers, not school uniform.
Book Bags (Reception) – Children should bring in their book bags everyday but please remember to bring them in on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays as this is when books are changed and homework given.
Homework and Reading (Reception) – Homework will be set every Friday. There will be a maths, phonics and general activity for your child to complete. I will take homework books in the following Thursday. Please do try to complete these activities at home with your children. I cannot emphasise how important it is for the children to be reading to you at home. We suggest that they should read to you at least 4 times a week.
Drinks Bottles, Sun Hats and Sun cream – In Early Years we love being outdoors! It is getting to that time where the sun starts to shine a little bit more. Please send your child to school with a labelled water bottle, sun hat and sun cream. We also ask that you sun cream your child before school
Packed Lunch – If you are sending your child in with a packed lunch they will be kept in a fridge until lunchtime.
The Board – The board is available at the end of the day (3pm) please read it as it lets you know all about what we have been up to during our day. We will keep our board up in the mornings with information from the day before so parents of children who get picked up at 11.30am can see what we have been up to.
As always, if you have any questions or would like to speak to me about anything please do not hesitate to contact me. I am on the door most mornings and afternoons or you can contact me via the school office. Thank you so much for all of your support.
Medcroft Class Teacher.
Learning in Reception
The practice in the Reception classroom is based around “In The Moment Planning.” The indoor and outdoor area are organised in order that the children can select any resources they choose to play with. All resources and learning areas are carefully thought out so that they offer the maximum learning opportunities for the children. The adults in the setting are always observing the children’s play to see which areas are engaging them and offering great learning potential and which need to be reconsidered.
As the children play the adults are constantly observing to find the teachable moments, where they can intervene and extend the learning opportunities for the children; offering comments, suggestions, modelling language, introducing new ideas, demonstrating skills and scribing children’s ideas. The adult may choose not to intervene as the play often develops, engages and supports learning without an adult. In this case the role of the adult is to observe and assess where the children are and how they can continue to move learning on.
Each week two children are chosen to be the focus children for that week. The adults record more of the interactions and learning that happens for that child during the week in order to know exactly where their learning is and how to move learning forwards. A letter is sent home to parents the week before, setting out any particular areas we will be focusing on and asking for the valuable input parents can offer. Once the Learning Journey is completed for the week a parent consultation is offered in order to discuss exactly where the child is in their learning and what we will focus on next to move learning forwards. This continues on a rolling programme throughout the year, ensuring children are a focus four times a year and offering four parents consultations each year. All children benefit from teachable moments every week but more is recorded about the focus children for the week.
Teaching of Phonic and Writing Skills
To support the development of writing we teach a regular phonics session four days a week. On top of this we use story telling as a valuable teaching tool. The children are encouraged to tell stories about something they have created, played with or simply something which is in their head at the time! Initially the adult scribes their ideas and as the year progresses the children are encouraged to begin contributing to the story by writing the initial sounds, sounding out simple words and eventually writing their own stories independently. This approach follows the ideas in the book “Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories” by Trisha Lee.
The timetable in the Reception classroom is designed in order that children have long periods of play to develop their ideas, extend their learning, use imagination, language and creativity. Much research had been done around the effectiveness of learning through play and how essential it is to children’s early development.
We aim to make the children’s experiences in the Early Years as exciting as possible ensuring they leave with the tools to be lifelong learners and with a real enthusiasm for learning alongside the concepts and skills to access the National Curriculum as they move through the school.
Parents feel positively about how their children are learning in our Reception class.
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the observation notes that were made over the course of the week that my child was the focus child. Meeting face to face to discuss with Miss Malone was a nice personal touch. Still being new to the school, I was pleased to hear that my child had settled in so well and that she has already engaged in a variety of learning experiences. Having an insight into my child’s life at school and the goals that Miss Malone is working towards with her has enabled me to encourage conversations that will enrich her learning at home. I look forward to seeing how my child is progressing at the next meeting.”
Parent of a Reception child