Welcome to Reception. In Reception, Miss Wall teaches the class and Miss Habermacher is the Reception classroom Teaching Assistant.
The Reception school day begins at 8:40 am and ends at 2.40 pm Monday -Friday.
Reception Staff will be out in the playground each morning at 8:35 am ready to greet parents and children.
If parents/carers wish to discuss any matters then they can email Miss Wall directly using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Reception day
Every morning in Reception, we have a ‘Good Morning’ carpet session that focuses
specifically on developing the children’s Communication and Language knowledge and skills. We also have daily Phonics sessions that support the development of early Reading knowledge and skills. The morning session in Reception focuses primarily on Literacy and Mathematics areas of learning. Throughout the week, we focus on all aspects of the Early Years Curriculum through Adult Directed/Supported learning activities, to ensure the children receive a full range of experiences.
Our afternoon sessions, are generally more creative and encourage the children to explore a range of media, materials, imaginative play and engage with the world around them. Our environments are also set up specifically, to enable the children to demonstrate what they know and can do; whilst also encouraging challenge through learning.
The Prime Areas of learning, which include: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language run seamlessly throughout our setting in all aspects of teaching and learning, they are at the heart of all that we do.
Our curriculum map and weekly timetable can be downloaded by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.
Every morning in Reception we offer the children a piece of fruit and a carton of milk, this happens at 11 am. This snack time is a very important part of the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development and teaches the children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle from a young age. The children also have their own, named water bottle so that they can access water independently throughout the morning. A bagel is also offered each morning on arrival, the children look forward to this as part of their Good Morning routine.
Important weekly events in Reception
The children will explore Forest school in all kinds of appropriate weathers, so could you please ensure that they have their Forest School kit with them when it is their turn to participate.
Forest School Kit:
- Warm waterproof coat.
- Wellington boots.
- Older clothes to wear that are appropriate for the time of year to keep the children warm.
- Spare socks.
- Long sleeve top
- In Autumn, Winter – hats, gloves.
PE takes place every Friday for Reception. Therefore, following our COVID safety regulations, please send your child in to school every Friday in their PE kit.
Daily Outdoor physical development
We have daily Physical Development sessions in the outdoor area. The children really look forward to riding on the bikes, using the balls and moving in a range of ways. Developing the children’s physical skills is such an important part of their learning at this stage; building large gross motor movements also supports their ability to form recognisable letters with increasingly accurate formation.
Every child reads in class with a member of the Reception team. The children must bring their book bags to school every day. (Currently we are not sending physical books home due to COVID safety regulations.) We do send home a reading diary at the beginning of the year and encourage parents to fill these in each time they read with their child. Staff also complete these diaries, informing parents of how their child reads and what next steps to use to support reading progress. Children will also receive a set of key learning words. All children will begin on yellow words and progress through the colours during the academic year. These words are based on tricky words, high frequency words and words to support their application of phonics. We ask parents/carers to learn these words with their child and to find them in the texts that are sent home.
We are currently using Active Learning and Google classroom in order to keep a record of the children’s reading at home. We ask that parents share a book with their child each night and then make a comment via the Active Learning site or through Google Classroom.
Reception Weekly Homework
In addition to daily Reading and Word Cards, Reception children are set English and Maths homework every Monday and they are to bring it back into school on Thursdays. Due to COVID safety regulations, we are currently sharing homework with parents through Google Classroom.
Learning Bear Targets
The children are set three specific and individual targets for each term that they are in Reception. These targets focus on developing their knowledge and skills in the Prime aspects of their learning. They have one Personal, Social and Emotional target; a Physical Development target and a Communication and Language Target. Parents and Carers set these targets together, in doing so we are able to truly support the needs of the whole child.
We are currently unable to hold workshops in school, due to COVID regulations, however we will still be sharing information and inviting you to share in the children’s learning via Google Classroom.
Each half term in Nursery and Reception, we will invite you to join us for a Parent Workshop. Every workshop will begin with a short presentation explaining ‘what’ and ‘how’ your child learns linked to each aspect of learning during their Early Years Education at MBA. We hope to be inviting parents in to school soon to take part in workshops, as soon as it is safe to do so.
Half term Parent Workshop Focus:
- Autumn 1: PSED, healthy eating/Communication and Language
- Autumn 2: Phonics and Reading
- Spring 1: Mark Making/Writing
- Spring 2: Mathematics
- Summer 1: Understanding the World
- Summer 2: Expressive Art and Design
We will inform you at least two weeks before of the date and time for workshops.
Useful EYFS parent websites to support early learning and development
Reception knowledge maps
To support teaching and learning in Reception, we have created ‘Knowledge Maps’ to help the children to remember key knowledge and subject specific skills, across all aspects of their early learning. Please click on the links below to view the individual maps and use them to support the children to recall key knowledge that they have been learning.
What we are up to…
Our children and staff, are extremely proud of the learning that takes place in our Reception classroom everyday. The children are working so hard to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of their learning; they are very active and independent learners. Please take a look at us in action…