Reception 2018 - 2019

Mrs Jaworski

Mrs Williams

Mrs Millington

Welcome to Reception! 

On this page we will let you know what your child is learning about in school and give you ideas for ways to help at home. We continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and if you want to know more about how and what your child will be learning click on this link: Parents guide to the EYFS

This week some of the things we are doing are:

learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We teach our children about how everyone is different but all of us are special so over the year we will be looking at different celebrations and who celebrates them. A large part of Diwali is the story of Rama and Sita and the children have loved acting out this story especially being Ravannah who has 10 heads and makes bad choices! Why not share the story together at home here.

copying Diwali dances on the interactive whiteboard.

simple calculations! Yes already! Part of learning about numbers is exploring and playing with amounts and this week we will be 'partitioning' 5 and seeing how many ways we can break it up eg 5+2, 4+1 etc. Our maths focus is taught during a dedicated maths carpet time after lunch which lasts 10-15min. There is also a simple addition challenge where children pick a card and add together the 2 numbers on it (using cubes /objects to help them count and find the answer).

building words using letter crates. During outdoor play the children will be using the crates to build giant 3 letter words to earn a challenge stick. As part of the EYFS approach we teach concepts in as many different ways as possible and within different contexts in order to make sure they fully understand concepts. For example some of our children are amazing at building words using magnetic letters or writing them down but then using the crates or reading simple stories ensures they use these skills and knowledge in a new setting so we are sure of their competence and skill.

practising our throwing and catching skills and getting our hands ready to catch.

writing silly sentences using dice labelled with characters and places. They will be throwing the dice and using the images to generate sentences to write.

Some parents expressed an interest in learning more about how we teach phonics and we look forward to seeing you on thursday afternoon for a stay and play session from 2pm where we will show you a short carpet time with the children demonstrating our approach to teaching this. Please find the pronunciation of the lettersounds in these Jolly Phonics songs  Happy singing!

We've also found a great phonics game to try out at home which helps children to practise blending lettersounds to read words. Try it out here Buried treasure phonics game. Make sure you choose phase 2. We are teaching phase 3 lettersounds this half term so they might not be able to read these words yet.

Home learning opportunity - Please could all the children practise using their knife and fork at meal times and using their knife to saw and cut pieces of food. We have practised already during funky fingers so many children will know what to do but need a little help developing finger strength holding and pushing down with their knife and fork.

Dont forget reading books are changed on Monday and Thursday but only if your child has had a few practises at home. Bedtime story books can be changed anytime during the school day - just remind your child to do this.

Have a great week from the Reception team smiley




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Chester Blue Coat CE Primary School

Walpole Street

Head teacher: Mr V O'Brien
SENCO: Mrs C Siddall

Main Contact: Please speak to Miss Myers, Mrs Dowling or Mrs Schumacher in the School Office with any queries.

Tel: 01244 981098


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