A very warm welcome to the Reception class page.
Our Reception teachers are.........
Miss Turner is Foundation Stage Leader and one of the Assistant Headteachers. Although Miss Turner is in school everyday, she teaches in Reception on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Miss Felgate is in class every day.
Mrs Hambira is in class on a Thursday and Friday whilst Miss Turner is out of class.
Mrs Clark is in class on a Thursday afternoon covering PPA.
Here are the other adults who help us in Reception;
It's the summer term already and we have all enjoyed being back together in school again. Early years is as busy as ever! We have lots happening over the next term, from looking at growth and change through to preparing for our transition to year one.
We have already begun looking at and caring for some tadpoles and watching how they have changed over the past few weeks. This has been very exciting to watch and we have had to research and investigate their life cycle.
On the theme of growing........ we have started to plant our own seeds! Some of these will be for us to take home once we have watched how they grow and some we will be planting in our very own Early Years garden. The garden is very popular at the moment with children displaying high levels of engagement in a range of activities such as bug hunting, climbing and role play.
We have assessed the children since they returned to school and re-grouped them according to what they need to learn next to support their understanding and use of phonics. The children continue to have discreet phonics sessions each day as well as accessing linked provision activities. These focus on a range of skills including blending, segmenting, recognising phonemes and handwriting.
Children bring home their library books on a Monday and these need to be returned on a Friday to quarantine over the weekend. Please share stories every day at home, if you would like to change their book more frequently just ask.
In addition to library books, children have their own individual reading books matched to their phonics phase. They also have word cards to practise. Please read with them for a few minutes each day to support their confidence with this. Book bags need to be in school every day.
During the second half of the Autumn we had lots to celebrate at school with Fireworks night, Remembrance day, Children in Need and Diwali and Christmas. Sadly, due to the restrictions we were unable to invite parents into school to share these celebrations as we normally would, but this did not stop us having a fantastic time learning about and exploring these times.
Lots of the children shared their experiences of taking part in these celebrations and gave us time to reflect on our own beliefs and those of others, comparing what happens and looking at similarities and differences in festivals we celebrate.
Remembrance day and Children In Need
On Wednesday 11th of November we joined in with 2 min silence in recognition of remembrance day. The children were absolutely amazing at doing this. After we watched the Cbeebies animation of the Hare on the battle field. We spoke with the children about what was happening, paying attention to the changes of music and colours in the short film. They shared their feelings and spoke of their observations. As a school we raised well over £350 for the Royal British Legion charity which is just fantastic!
On Friday 13th November we came to school wearing either spotty or bright clothes to join in the the celebrations of BBC Children in Need. We joined in with Joe Wicks and his 24hour exercise challenges. We also looked at some of the ways our money will help support children across the country. We had lots of spotty and bright activities for the children to take part in. As a school we raised £216.96 for the charity. Great job!
We love getting creative (and messy!) whilst we are school! Rainy days and experimenting in the mud kitchen are some of favourite times outside!
At the start of the autumn term we focused on phase one of our phonic learning. This provided the children with a range of activities to support their listening and attention skills and introduced them to concepts such as rhyme, alliteration and oral blending and segmenting. This will help prepare them for the next phase of phonics. We had so much fun exploring and experimenting with stories, songs, words and sounds!
This Summer term we have continued our woodland learning every Thursday afternoon with the children , all the children have thoroughly enjoyed being back in the woods learning.
The children have continued to explore the area, looking for bugs, climbing, swinging, hiding and learning about the woodland area. They also used the peelers to whittle sticks and string to join their sticks together to make bows and wands.
The children enjoyed the story of Scorch the dragon and loved searching for him the woods. They made magic wands to make their spells and mixed magic potions with the coloured water.
These sessions are designed for the children to become familiar with the surroundings through exploring, hiding, climbing, swinging and relaxing. The children are gaining more and more confidence using the area and being brave to try new things.
We love sharing stories together at school. We thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves to you and share a story before we meet you all in September.
Mrs Hambira sharing Whatever Next!
Here at Ranelagh we work as an Early Years Unit. Each morning the nursery and reception classes share the same learning spaces. This helps the children become familiar with all staff and helps to make transitions from nursery to reception much smoother for the children.
The children have continuous use of indoor and outdoor environments all year round and in all weathers so please ensure your child has the appropriate clothing for the weather conditions! Please NAME all of your child's uniform including their coats, plimsolls and shoes. We also advise that you provide a spare set of NAMED clothes in a drawstring bag that can remain on your child's peg in case it is needed. Please can we also ask that you provide your child with a pair of NAMED plimsolls to wear inside the classroom.
During the first few weeks as we all settle in, we will introduce story times and will be using lots of positive praise to children during these times to model and reinforce listening and attention skills. We will also be enabling children to explore the indoor and outdoor learning environments, learning how to play with and use resources with each other and the importance of taking care of things. At the end of sessions we begin to teach children new routines incorporating tidying inside and outside and then lining up to transition to the next part of our day. They will be learning how to make new friends and build relationships with adults as around half of our new intake have joined us from other settings.
As the half term goes on, and as the children become more settled, we gradually begin to add more ‘formal’ learning times, including circle time, phonics and maths times. This happens when the children are able to participate in group activities. However, most of our learning throughout the year will continue to be through child led play and experiences.
As our children will have had very varied pre-school experiences and with the long summer holiday, we start teaching phonics with Letters and Sounds Phase 1. This focuses on differentiating environmental and musical instrument sounds, learning rhymes, listening activities, and beginning to orally blend and segment sounds in words. We deliver activities in a fun, play based way.
Please support your child at home by playing listening games such as 'what can you hear?' as you are walking to and from school and have conversations together without the TV as a distraction.
You can share stories together too. The children will bring home a new story book each week for you to read to them. Talk together about the characters; What happens? How might characters be feeling? Relate stories to your child's own experiences. Do share the comments your child makes in the reading diary, and if you wish, you are more than welcome to change the books more frequently.
You can also encourage your child to recognise their name when it is written, and begin to write the letters in their name too. Please remember that we only use a capital letter at the beginning of our names and the rest are in lower case! This will help them to label any pictures that they make at school.
As the term progresses, we will begin having daily teacher input for maths. We will also have additional maths circle time inputs in small groups where the activity is specifically matched to the children's next steps for learning. We deliver maths input through stories, songs, games, and teacher led activities, both inside and outside. We plan lots of activities for children to explore maths opportunities in their play.
Please support your child with learning maths at home. Some ideas to help include, counting how many steps as you go upstairs, looking for numbers on houses and street signs as you walk to school, look at the shapes of street signs as you walk to the shop, count out how many grapes you have on your plate, compare the height of family members... Who is the shortest/ tallest? Who has the biggest/ smallest feet?
We are looking at the children's Learning Journeys and carrying out assessments to plan effectively for each child's next steps.
Please be reminded that we ask for a voluntary contribution of £5.00 snack money per half term. This small amount of money enables us to provide snack such as crackers, bread sticks and yogurts in addition to the fruit that the children are provided with. The money also allows us to buy supplies for fun cooking activities.
We ask that the money is paid promptly at the beginning of each half term to enable us to continue with this successfully. We would also be happy for you to pay in advance for a whole term which is £10, or you can pay for the full three terms.
Once we are settled into class and the children are more familiar with the setting, reception children will start going to the woodland area on the school site. They will learn about the changes that occur through the seasons, to look for insects, to learn how to care for living creatures, and to take part in team building exercises such as den building to name a few activities. We experience the outdoor area in all weathers so please ensure children have appropriate clothing at school.
If they have their own pair of wellington boots, it would be helpful to bring them to school once this is up and running, we will keep you updated!
In reception we have lots of opportunities for independent learning, and some of our play can be messy! The children look very smart in their new uniforms, and while we try our best to make sure they are wearing aprons at certain activities, sometimes the children are very keen and get there before we do. We spend lots of time at the beginning of term teaching the children about wearing aprons at messy activities but inevitably they will get a little messy, and it is okay!