Topaz Class (Reception)
Class Teacher: Mr C. Auton
Teaching Assistant; Miss E Gore
Welcome to Reception and Autumn 2. Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Through the Autumn terms we will be exploring the changes we can witness as the seasons change. At times we might deliberately link our work to the seasonal change and at others we will follow the other changes that happen to us, such as starting school pr having birthdays.
Autumn 2 will more closely follow the changes that animals and plants experience though. Looking at fact files and trying to recreate them for new animals as well as using Stick Man as a starting point for our own stories. Our maths will continue to follow a largely mastery approach and maintain a focus on the numbers from one to five as well as some dipping into shape work.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Your child will be learning through a programme of teaching and learning set down by the Government Department of Education called the ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ [EYFS].
The stage covers 7 areas of learning and development.
Personal, Social and Emotional development. Physical development Communication and Language Literacy Mathematics Understanding of the World Expressive Arts and Design
It is expected that children will learn by: Playing and Exploring – engagement
Active Learning – motivation
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
These are the Characteristics of Learning
You can find out more about the EYFS by visiting the following website
Our aim is to create and provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment for our children and hope to create the feeling that we are an extension of the family. Our primary concern is the children's well-being and through a structured and loving environment. We help them to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and also encourage them to mix socially. The Early Years classrooms are stimulating and inviting for the children and they have access to all the areas and equipment independently. Children have free flow access to the resources and the outdoor area which encourages good social integration and opportunities to develop independence. This includes their own art and craft area, role play corner, writing area, maths area, library area and sand and water play as well as an investigation area. We communicate with parents daily and encourage parents to get involved with their child’s learning, progress and assessments. We also use an application called 2Simple which frequently updates parents on what their child is doing throughout the day. Parent consultations are held termly to discuss your child's development and any concerns you may have.
An average day in Reception looks like this...
8.55am - The day begins.
9.00am - Dough Disco.
9.05am - Phonics.
9.30am - Free flow where the children choose their activities or Tai Chi.
10-10.30am - Morning input into Literacy, Mathematics or reading followed by related activities.
10.30am - Snacktime where we have a snack and share social conversations.
11.15am - Tidy Time. Getting the classroom back in shape.
11.30 - Break for lunch (the children play before eating lunch at 12.00 noon)
12.30pm - Register then recap our class reader, read, explore and expand upon the story.
1.00pm - afternoon activities including introducing the days maths content.
3.05pm - Children released to parents.
Throughout the day, children will be worked with individually, small groups and as a whole class to explore their needs and interests, as well as support and extend their learning.
School dinners – All of the children in Reception class are currently eligible for free school meals.
Registration – They self-register every day by finding his/her name cards or stones.
Tai Chi - All of the Reception children will take part in a Tai Chi session on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Snacks and drinks - During each day your child will be given a drink or milk (as long as they are not yet 5 years old) or water and a piece of fruit. Sometimes, they will have other foods that may have some relevance to the week’s learning. The children will be expected to collect and put away their snacks and beakers independently. We do encourage children to bring in their own water bottles, however, we do have cups available at all times if not.
Learning at home - Each week, your child will be sent home with some work that compliments what we are learning in class. We encourage each child to complete these tasks with you in order to consolidate their knowledge. Furthermore, each child will have their own reading book. We recommend that you read with your child as often as possible and make a comment in their reading record each time. We do offer a prizes to children who read on a frequent basis at home!
Lunch - All of the children in the Reception class are eligible for a school meal, free of charge.
Clothing – Most of the activities in the Early Years involve painting, gluing and water as well as playing with materials such as clay, plasticene and play dough etc. While we provide aprons it would help if your child could wear clothing that can be easily washed. The school has a simple school uniform which includes a polo shirt and a school sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo. These can be purchased from the school office. As we also spend part of our day outside, please ensure that your child has a suitable coat and footwear every day. Your child also needs to wear clothing that can be easily removed when going to the toilet this will help your child to avoid distressing accidents.
During the winter months we will still be accessing the outdoor environment. It is frequently cold and often wet. Hats, gloves and coats that can withstand some rain will make it easy for your child to come out. We do have waterproof clothing and some spare wellington boots so no child need miss out.
Key Person - In the reception class, each child is assigned to a Key Person, this will be Mr Auton or Miss Gore. This will be decided within the first two weeks of the school year but either Mr Auton or Miss Gore can be approached about any issues. To find out what a Key Person does, please see this document.