There are 3 classes in Reception, RB, RP and RM. We work closely as a unit to develop and enhance children's learning.
RB: Mrs Broad and Miss Hanlon
RP: Mrs Procter and Miss McDonald
RM: Mrs Malone and Miss Mason
As part of the curriculum we will explore and develop all our skills across all areas of learning. We will also be supporting children's learning through interventions such as Time to talk (a social skills group), speech and language project, Finger gym (developing physical skills to support writing) and Numbers and Patterns (supporting mathematical development).
We ensure that our children receive a broad and rich curriculum with a balance of child initiated learning and focused teacher inputs. It is important that children learn through play and that they develop a love of learning and an inquisitive mind.
Each child has a key person allocated to them and they will work with them to build relationships and develop confidence along side key skills. Key worker time is a chance for children to express themselves and share their own thoughts, ideas and interests. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS Framework. It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being.
We will have PE on a Monday morning and Soft Play on a Friday.
Autumn term is a time to focus on our personal, social and emotional development; making friends, building relationships and understanding the boundaries that are in place to ensure that we work well as a community.
We have continued our bear theme for the first half term and have gone on to explore the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' as well as researching information about bears and then finishing off with a teddy bear picnic. We used all of our senses to retell the story using the outdoor environment as well as mud, water and snow.
We have started learning Phase 2 phonics and are using these skills to help us read and spell simple words. We had a Phonics Fun Friday as our stay and play session for November and really enjoyed showing off our new skills to parents.
We have had a stay and read session with our families and what a great turn out. We have also started paired reading with our Year 6 friends.
In mathematics we focused on numeral recognition and accurate counting for the first half term, using Numicon to help us understand that numbers represent how many things are in a set of objects. We are now exploring shape and patterns and have enjoyed going on shape hunts and using lolly sticks to help us understand the properties of 2D shapes.
We have had a disco after school, lots of fun and great moves being shown by all!
The children have been excited about Halloween and so we looked at the book, 'Room on the Broom' and have been exploring rhyme.