Welcome to Reception
Ms Riches and Mrs Dewey
Whole School Topic: Under the Sea
The whole school will dive right into the Autumn term learning about what lurks under the Earth's oceans.
Autumn Term 1 Topic: What makes me special?
Areas of Learning
Your child will mostly be taught through games and play.
The areas of learning are:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
Literacy is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to develop a child's ability read and write. We strongly believe in the importance of developing children's vocabulary through language, talk and day-to-day experiences, to enable children to put their feelings into words and share experiences. Children show this in range of ways including understanding simple sentences, familiarity with phonics, demonstrating understanding of what they have read, the ability to write spoken sounds and words and even simple sentences.
Helping a young child write - helpful tips for writing with young children
Phonics and Reading
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have daily phonics sessions of 20 minutes in ability groups. This is supported by phonics based routines, activities and games throughout the Early Year's provision.We follow the government recommended scheme called “Letters and Sounds." It is a 6 phase teaching programme that all children work through during their time in EYFS and KS1 moving onto a programme for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) as they move towards KS2. We teach phonics using a range of games, songs, rhymes, activities and resources. We try to keep it as fun and interactive as possible. Teachers and teaching assistants work with a group of children who are working at a similar level, this means that children from different classes may be taught together for the 20 minutes of phonics.
Children benefit hugely from reading every day. Children will be given a reading book to suit their level of reading. They may struggle on some new words, here they will apply their phonic knowledge to decode the word. Some words cannot always be decoded, we call these "tricky words," they are words we teach the children to recognise by sight. Please can you try to read as often as possible with your children and check and sign their reading diaries.
Helping a young child read - Here is a video with helpful tips for reading with young children.
We believe every child can do maths. At Caythorpe we follow the White Rose scheme of work. The scheme follows a journey to mastery approach. It would take several years to master addition, so what we do is break the journey down into small steps, spending time carefully considering each. Through intelligent practice and building up experience of different contexts, gradually we move towards mastery where pupils are fluent in the unfamiliar and can apply their skills in any new situation.
What to do if your child says "I hate Maths!" A helpful video
PSHCE and Well-Being
Please see below five factsheets for parents and practitioners with the aim of providing information by using trauma awareness about children's and adult's emotional behaviour: You may access the full Rockpool website via the link.
- Factsheet 1: Being Safe
- One way of acknowledging your child’s distress is to be open about the fears and anxieties that are around at the moment. Giving them information about what is happening and helping then feel safe is the most important thing you can do. This link takes you to a version of a free book by the author of the Gruffalo which explains the virus and on the back page are links to lots of other resources.
- This is a link for older children on Flight/Fight and feeling anxious.
- This is a link for younger children.
- This link takes you to a really nice video that the whole family can watch – you can even make the ‘Glitter jars’ if you have the right stuff.
- The following fact sheets have other useful links to helpful videos and activities.
- Factsheet 2: Keeping Connected
- Factsheet 3: Understanding Resilience
- Factsheet 4: A Nurturing Environment
- Factsheet 5: Understanding Emotions and Healthy Relationships
Free parent resources - supporting your child's well being through Corona Virus. From the Clear Sky - a children's charity. Play & Creative Arts Therapy creates a safe environment for children who are having difficulties to explore and express themselves through the language of play.
You can also find more information in the download section at the bottom of the page including the DFE helpline and appendix to our Safeguarding policy regarding COVID19 ( available to download below).
One of the most important ways to keep mentally healthy is to have routine and structure, and to maintain a healthy sleep pattern. The Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) have produced a series of checklists to help parents and children manage their routines. Download the "supporting home learning routines" document to help plan your day. All the EEF materials to support home learning can be found here.
Please can your child keep a named PE kit in school all week (dark shorts and/or jogging bottoms, a white T-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.) If the weather is fine, PE may take place outdoors so please make sure your child has an outdoor kit. Please can you also ensure that all items of school clothing are named to prevent any mix-ups at the end of the day.
Connect with the class with Class Dojo
We have recently began to use Class Dojo to connect with parents and share photos and videos of all of the wonderful things that take place in school. Any parent can connect with their child’s class story and view their child’s reward points. Soon parents will receive an invite to their email address or we can print you a connection code. You can download the Apple App or Android App on your phone or tablet or visit the website.
All Reception children have their own Tapestry account which we use to record their daily learning. Please check the account regularly to find out what your children have been up to in school!
It is of the utmost importance that we make the Internet a safe place for children. We teach our pupils, not only about the wonders of the online world, but also the dangers associated with it and what they can do to be safe when they are online. Here are some top tips, advice and guidance to help keep your child safe online.
Dates for your Diary
Thursday 3rd September - Autumn Term 1 begins
Thursday 22nd October - Autumn Term 1 ends
Friday 23rd October - Staff training day
Monday 2nd November - Autumn Term 2 begins
Thursday 17th December - Autumn Term 2 ends
Useful Links and Online Games to support learning.
Alphablocks - Alphablocks from the BBC is aimed at four-to-six-year-olds who are learning to read. It is a fun way to learn your letters, both sounds and names. Each letter has been made into a little character.
CBeebies Stories - Animated stories and nursery rhymes from the BBC including traditional tales such as The Ugly Duckling.
Numberblocks - Also from the BBC. Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!
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