Hello and welcome to Class RP’s section on the website! My name is Miss Wild and I am the class teacher in RP. I hope you find this information helpful as it will give you an overview of what the children will be learning this term. We aim for all of our lessons and areas of the classroom to be fun, engaging and to create a sense of curiosity and wonder in our children. We have extremely high expectations in Reception and pride ourselves on using impeccable manners and being kind to all.
Please remember that ‘every school day counts’ and we encourage your children to be in school, on time, every day. Please make sure your child arrives at school at 8:30am.
Class RP and Class RB are called ‘Reception’ and we work as one whole unit. This means that the children can flow freely from one classroom to the next, including our private outdoor area which is known as our outdoor classroom.
In our unit, we have four teaching assistants: Mrs Haworth, Mrs McDonald, Mr McKenna and Miss Dent. We also have four teaching assistants who will be supporting individual children who require more support: Miss Desai, Miss Mulla, Mrs Jesthi and Miss Assi. The teacher in RB is Miss Hume and your child will spend lots of time with all of the adults in the Reception unit.
Aims for the term
Our aim for this term is to develop the children’s confidence and perseverance as they are encouraged to participate in a wide range of engaging activities and learning experiences. We want each and every child in the EYFS Department to ‘be the best for God that they can be’ and succeed in all that they set out to achieve. We aim to provide opportunities for your children to grow and progress in all areas of the curriculum, develop strong friendships and make excellent choices in all that they do. This term, we will be exploring the values of thankfulness and compassion as we prepare to celebrate the Harvest festival, and consider ways that we can help people who are less fortunate than ourselves. We will also begin to develop their understanding of hope, forgiveness and trust, as they start their learning journey at our school and form strong relationships with the other children and staff in their class.
In Reception, learning starts with a curriculum based around quality texts. Oracy, language development and reading are at the heart of our curriculum and specific vocabulary is taught so that pupils develop a wider range of spoken language and improve their understanding and comprehension. We follow a 5-a-day approach and read the same story for a week, 5 times a day. We believe this method to be incredibly effective in developing children’s vocabulary, word reading, writing and comprehension. This term in our English lessons, we will be introducing a range of stories and reciting well known poems and rhymes. Through doing this, the children will continue to develop their listening, communication and language skills. Our theme for this term is ‘All About Me!’ and the books are selected according to children’s interests and link to the topics where appropriate.
Children will be taught daily whole class phonics sessions using the phonics scheme ‘Read Write Inc’. This term, the children will be taught set one sounds (m/a/s/d/t/i/n/p/g/o/c/k/u/b/f/e/l/h/sh/r/j/v/y/w/th/z/ch/qu/x/ng/nk). We will be focusing on the initial sounds in words, oral blending and reading CVC words using Fred Talk (pronouncing each sound in the word one at a time). Children will learn that some words with ‘tricky letters’ can’t be read using Fred Talk, these are known as red words. Children will also be taught how to form and write each grapheme correctly.
Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. We aim for children to develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. At the beginning of the school year, we allow time for early mathematical experiences, where the staff focus on getting to know the children and help them to settle into school. We then progress onto our themes ‘Just Like Me!’ and ‘It’s Me 123’, following the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. This term, the children will learn about sorting, matching and comparing sets and sizes. They will also be taught to count and subitise confidently and look at the numbers 1-3 in depth.
At our school, we believe that learning about other religions and exploring different beliefs helps our pupils to develop a greater understanding of the variety of cultures and religions that make up our wider community. We believe that RE is essential in ensuring that all of our children develop respect for one another and celebrate the diversity of others. This term we will be exploring what makes us all special and identify amazing things about who we are: for example, how each person has a unique fingerprint. We will encourage the children to consider what makes them unique and different to others. We will also begin to learn about how Christians believe that we are special because God made us and loves us. Towards the end of term, we will introduce the children to the Harvest Festival and discuss why Christians believe that it is so important to help people who are in need. They will be given opportunities to talk about the ways they have helped others and how this makes them feel. We will also encourage the children to consider all of the things that they can be thankful for and how lucky we are.
Understanding the World
Our afternoon lessons concentrate on the area of learning: ‘Understanding the World’. Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. These lessons often link to the overarching theme of the term and this term it is ‘All About Me!’. The topics covered are split into National Curriculum subjects to prepare children for their transition to Year One.
The children will be taught about themselves and their bodies. There will be many opportunities for the children to explore the world using their senses. They will develop their understanding of important processes and changes in the natural world, including the seasons and changing states of matter.
In History, the children will be focusing on their own life-story and family’s history. They will begin to understand how they have changed and learn about changes that have happened within their family’s lifetime.
In Geography, the children will be encouraged to identify features of their immediate environment and develop their understanding of where the school is located. They will also explore aerial maps and begin to comment on simple features.
Art / DT
In Art and DT, the children will be taught how to use a variety of drawing tools and techniques. They will learn how to draw with increasing complexity and detail such as representing a face with a circle and including details. In the Autumn term, the children will learn about primary and secondary colours with a focus on colour mixing.
We follow the Charanga scheme of learning in Music and, in Autumn, the focus is ‘All about Me!’. The children are encouraged to listen and respond to different styles of music and learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs. As the children make progress, they will be taught to improvise and lead playing classroom instruments and perform the learning that has taken place.
We follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of learning. The children have the task of helping fit together the six pieces of learning about ‘Being Me in My World’ to create the learning character. The unit covers topics such as; similarities and differences, recognising and caring about others feelings, working with others and being responsible.
Your child will receive a Phonics Homework book within the first few weeks of the term. This will be sent out every Monday and will need to be returned every Monday. It is vital that you make sure the phonics homework books are returned on Monday for the relevant practice sheets to be stuck in at school. We ask that you work through one sheet a day, focusing on the sound taught that day.
You will also receive a homework book. This will include a grid for the term explaining which tasks need to be completed each week. The activities will be linked to a range of subjects. Please return the homework books every Monday.
The children have a P.E lesson every Monday for an hour. Please make sure your child comes to school in their P.E kit every Monday. They will remain in their P.E kit for the entire day. We follow the Get Set for PE scheme of learning and this term, the children will be taught Unit One: ‘An introduction to P.E.’ We also provide daily gross motor opportunities for the children through our outdoor provision.
Cohort specific information
As your child begins their primary school journey, our focus is for your child to be settled and happy at school. This term, we aim for your child to explore the new environment and make positive relationships with other children and adults. We will also be carrying out the RBA (Reception Baseline Assessment) in the first few weeks of the term. The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point for a new measure that will help parents understand how well schools support their pupils to progress between reception and year 6. The RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematical skills. Your child will be using materials most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. We will receive a set of statements which provide a narrative description of how your child performed in the assessment. These are not sent to you directly, but can be provided to you on your request.
New to School Parent Meeting - Friday 17th September 2021