OUR LEARNING THIS TERM
Dear Parents/Carers, September 2019
Welcome to Beckford Reception. We hope you had a good summer and that your child’s first term in Reception will be an enjoyable and exciting time. This letter will tell you about the learning we do at school and some of our routines.
The priority in this first term is that the children feel safe, happy and secure in their new environment and that they build relationships with the other children in their class and the adults who are working with them. We want the classrooms to be busy and fun places where the children can develop the skills to become independent and enthusiastic learners.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Our topics this term are:
· My Little World
· In the Night Sky
· Festivals (ongoing throughout the year)
Through these topics, we will be covering the seven areas of learning and development of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Three Prime Areas - Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
Four Specific Areas - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
A Day in Reception
After stay and play, there is a short carpet session where we introduce the book we are learning and model the activities that will be set up for the children to access independently. The children are then able to learn independently in both the indoor and outdoor areas, during which time adults engage with the children during their play and work with individuals and groups on focused activities. There is a whole class phonics session before lunch and a maths session in the afternoon.
Your child can choose a story book from the reading corner to share with you, every day if they like! If your child wants to keep a book for a few days because they are enjoying it, that is absolutely fine—repetition is very important at this stage and it will give the children more confidence when reading aloud. It is through enjoyment and the sharing of books that children will learn to read and develop a love of books. If you would like to come and share stories or songs in your home language please let us know—the children really enjoy the experience!
When the children are settled, we will send home independent reading books for them to read to you. These will be changed once a week. It is vital to read with your child for five to ten minutes every day to give them time to practise and develop their confidence. At this stage, it is fine to read the book together first and then let your child have a go by themselves—maybe just one or two pages at a time. When children start learning to read, there are many reading behaviours which can support them.
· Discuss what is happening in the pictures.
· Point to each word as you read it.
· As children’s phonic knowledge emerges, you can encourage your child to sound out words (but not sight words such as ‘the,’ ‘I’ - these will be learned by sight!)
Please write in your child’s reading record every week and feel free to have a chat with a team member to let us know how your child is getting on. It is important that you send your child’s book bag in every day and check in the evening to see if any letters have been sent home.
Beginning and end of the day
Please bring your child to the classroom door from 8.50am for a prompt 9.00am start. The EYFS classrooms are open to parents until 9.15 every morning with a ‘Stay and Play’ session. You are invited to help your child settle into the day by joining them in some of the activities provided.
Attendance and punctuality are very important and are monitored by the school. When a child is late they miss out on their learning time and can become anxious. It is important that your child attends school every day and develops good habits early on!
At the end of the day children are collected from their classrooms (doors leading to playground). Please let us know if there is going to be a change to the usual collection arrangement, as we are not permitted to release children to anyone but you without written or verbal permission. If you are late collecting your child this can cause them unnecessary anxiety. If an emergency arises, please contact the school as soon as possible.
We try to keep the end of day dismissal as smooth and quick as possible, however the children’s safety is our first priority. This means we need to release the children in an orderly, calm fashion which may take a few minutes. You can help by standing back from the classroom door in the playground. This prevents the doorway from becoming congested and chaotic, which can make it difficult for the children to exit and for staff to see if they have reached their adults.
At the end of the day, there are no school staff available to ensure children’s safety on the outdoor play equipment. Please ensure you keep your child with you at this busy time.
During the week, Mr. Purcell the P.E teacher visits the Reception classes to work with the children and develop their physical skills. Your child does not need a P.E kit at this stage, but please ensure your child has appropriate foot wear e.g. trainers or plimsolls. P.E will be on a Friday this term.
· Please name all your child’s clothing (including jumpers, cardigans and coats). Our school uniform means that the children have identical clothing which can easily be mistaken for someone else’s.
· Jewellery is not allowed in school for safety reasons.
· Bear in mind that buttons, buckles, belts etc. are difficult for little fingers to deal with - especially when you are busy and in a hurry to return to your activity.
· The children have access to the outdoor learning area throughout the day and in all weathers. Please ensure your child wears suitable clothing for different weather conditions, for example, a water-proof coat.
· Comfortable, closed shoes are important so children can fully access the outdoor learning.
· Fruit is available for the children throughout the day.
· Please make sure water bottles are labelled with children’s names and filled with fresh water everyday.
· All children in reception are eligible for a healthy free school meal.
· If your child is having a packed lunch, please ensure it is healthy (no crisps, chocolate, sweets or fizzy drinks).
· As we are a healthy school it is now our policy not to accept birthday cakes or treats. Birthdays are celebrated in the classroom with special stickers and songs.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to come and see us and we will help in anyway we can. We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this year.
Pandora Donegan & Berni Quirke ( Avon Class) Jenny Armson & Maxine Lee (Lily Class)