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Reception - Robins & Wrens

Welcome to all our new Robins and Wrens! - please watch the video below for a tour of our classroom and outdoor area!

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EYFS Parent Workshop 09.09.21

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Welcome to Reception

We are a Reception unit, combining two class groups - the Robins, taught by Miss Katie Brown and the Wrens, taught by Ms Carly Pearson. Mrs Helen Laws is our Nursery Nurse and works across the two classes. 

From September 2021, there are some statutory changes to the Early Years framework which include the Reception Baseline Assessment, reformed Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum statements and a revised end of year assessment (Early Years Foundation Stage Profile). We were Early Adopters of these changes, so already have some experience of working with the new curriculum materials. 

Our curriculum involves a balance of child-led learning through play and adult-directed activities. Our indoor classroom is zoned into areas - a role play area, message centre (mark-making), sensory/messy play area, creation station, loose parts play, a construction zone, reading area and small world area. Outdoor learning opportunities are part of our everyday provision and we have dedicated access to a newly developed outdoor area which has a quiet zone with a storytelling chair, den building zone, large construction area, stage, large art zone, water and sand play, mud kitchen with pulley, imaginative play tunnel and moveable physical play blocks. We operate a workshop approach, allowing children to access a range of resources independently to pursue their own fascinations. We then enhance the zoned areas to support and extend learning, linked to children's interests and projects we are following. 

We use high quality, engaging books and poems as the basis for our projects. This year we have covered Journeys, Pets, Sticks, Space, Superheroes, When I Grow Up, Staying Healthy, Our World and we also plan things linked to the children's own interests. 

For further information on our curriculum and how you can support your child at home, please see 'What to Expect, When' produced by Action for Children and the Department for Education. 

Please can all children have a named set of spare clothes and suitable clothing to learn outdoors in school at all times, including a pair of wellington boots. 


Reading and sharing books

In Reception, reading books are closely aligned to the sets of sounds that we teach the children (phonics). We send home individual reading books as soon as the children start school. We encourage you to share this with your child as regularly as you can for 5-15 minutes at a time; daily if possible. Children's confidence to read to you will develop as their phonic skills grow. Listening to stories is just as important to develop children's vocabulary and language skills. Don't limit this to the books they bring home - share a range of books, magazines, stories, information books and poems. 

Once we start phonics lessons, we send home a sheet containing the sounds of the week so that parents know how we have taught it. It includes the sound (phoneme), how it is written (grapheme), words it is used in, a picture cue and a song. Revising these at home will help your child to develop their phoneme-grapheme recognition - an important skill in reading and writing.

Reading books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. Please put your child's reading book inside their reading record and then into the class box in the morning if you would like it to be changed.

All parents are also given access to an online reading library called Active Learn Phonics Bug. These online books are all phonically decodable and follow our scheme of work. Teachers will set your child's 'book band' level to ensure they are matched to their ability and level of confidence in independent reading. 

Click here for more information on reading. 

Physical Development & P.E. 

In the EYFS, we develop children's gross (large) and fine (small) motor skills through a range of physical opportunities provided both indoors and outdoors. We cover spatial awareness, negotiating space, ball skills, ways of travelling, learning to throw and catch with precision, manipulating small resources to achieve a goal and developing an effective pencil grip. All of this can be covered during our usual provision; therefore, we do not start formal P.E. lessons until the Summer Term and children will not need P.E. kit until then. 

Trips and Visits

In Reception, we enrich the children's learning through a range of visits and visitors into school. For example, in the past few years we have explored our local area with a walk to the local post box and to Woodston Library. Wood Green Animal Shelter came in to help us learn how to look after pets and Railworld visited to teach us about the history of our local railways and a certain blue engine called Thomas. We visit Sacrewell Farm around Christmas time and explored the wild outdoors in the summer time at Fineshade Woods, building dens, creating natural art and doing minibeast relays! Our trips can change each year depending on our learning projects. 

Class Assemblies and Performances

Christmas Production:  At Christmas, all children in the phase perform a nativity, full of songs and dances. Please don’t miss it!  

 Class Assemblies :  In the Spring and Summer terms, we will present a class assembly to the parents/carers. Look out for the dates!