WELCOME TO RECEPTION
Autumn term 2019
- Miss Bruce - Teacher
- Mrs Cooper - Teaching Assistant
- Mrs O'Connell - Teaching Assistant
- PE lessons take place on Wednesdays
- Library sessions are on Tuesdays
- Reading books are changed on Wednesdays and due back to be changed on Mondays
- Outdoor learning on a Monday (please bring in wellies and waterproofs/overalls)
During your child’s time in Reception they are working within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Meeting children’s individual needs lies at the heart of the EYFS and therefore practitioners try to deliver more personalised learning, development and care to help children to get the best possible start in life. We will be focusing on different topics throughout the term that will be based on our observations of the children’s needs and interests and may change slightly more regularly than every half term.
The first topic we will be focusing on this term is ‘All About Me’; this is a useful topic to start our time in Reception, to help us get to know each other. We would like to thank you all for providing a photograph of your family - this will be our starting point, to encourage the children to share about their families and some of their interests with the class.
Over the next few weeks the children will be drawing pictures of themselves and their families. They will be completing tasks linked to their names, comparing the number of letters within it with others in the class and writing their name and age. Using mirrors, the children will observe their features and complete self-portraits, using a range of media. They will be thinking about what makes us healthy and learning about the 5 senses: smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing. We will also focus on where we live, the local environment and how it can differ from other countries they might have visited.
We will also be spending time exploring areas of our classroom and learning the rules and specific skills needed to complete tasks in them (including: learning how to mix powder paints to create a painting; where the tools are kept for mark-making in playdough; how to transport scissors safely and the rules of playing a maths board game with their friends).
Another topic we will be focusing on this term will be ‘Autumn’. This is a good topic to cover as it allows the children the opportunity to carefully observe and identify the changes that begin to occur all around us as the seasons change. The children will be completing activities to explore how leaves change – sorting leaves by colour, printing with leaves to make patterns, colour mixing and going on an autumn walk to notice changes. We will be investigating the different animals which gather their food in autumn time before they hibernate over winter. Many festivals also feature during the autumn term and therefore we will be spending time covering these celebrations: Harvest festival (linked to Healthy Living) Bonfire Night, Diwali and Eid. The Reception day:
8:45 Reception staff open the Early Years gate and children enter the setting
8:55 Registration and ‘Busy Fingers’
9:20 - 9:25 Action time – Wake and Shake
9:25 - 10:05 Adult-led activity / small group time
10:05 - 11:20 Child Initiated Learning / snack time
11:20 - 11:50 Adult-led activity / small group time
11:50 - 12:00 Get ready for lunch / personal hygiene / story
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:05 Registration
1:05 - 1:25 Reading activities
1:25 - 2:05 Adult-led activity / small group time
2:05 - 2:45 Child Initiated Learning
2:45 - 3:05 Storytime
3:05 - 3:10 Hometime / songs and rhymes
At this time a member of the Early Years team will open the gate to let parents into the Early Years area.
‘Maths Challenges’ will be sent home every 2 weeks
- Reading books will be sent home on a Wednesday, please return on a Monday
Long term plan
Belonging; birthdays; Harvest Celebrations: Diwali; Hanukah; bonfire night; Christmas; nativity Natural world; changes in seasons Easter/Lent; happy/sad tiems in lives; planting & growth - caring for living things Special places; people who help us in our lives