Welcome to our Reception Class page.
This Week's Newsletter - Monday 8th October 2018
Our second week of full days of fun learning. The children will be continuing to choose their lunch choices each morning on entry to school, so please discuss their choice with them just before they come into class. Choices are - School Dinner, Jacket Potato or Packed Lunch.
School Dinner Menu W/C - 08/10
Chicken and Ham Pizza
Chicken Korma + Rice
Lasagna and Garlic Bread
Fish and Chips
This week we will be continuing to encourage the children to choose a book from the book area to bring home to share at home. Please write in the home contact book if your child has not changed their book and we will encourage them to do so.
Phonics Work – Phoneme /a/
This week we will learn the letter ‘a’ making the phoneme (sound) /a/. We will explore listening to the initial phoneme in words and recognise the letter ‘a’. We will also begin to practice writing the letter ‘a’ in the correct cursive formation. All our learning will be reinforced through play and games. Please reinforce our learning at home using the booklet sent home today, if your child is interested, or by highlighting the phoneme /a/ in everyday situations.
Phonics Work - Sound Pots
Thank you for your help in reinforcing our learning in phonics by creating with your child their own sound pot. We will be sharing our Sound Pots full of ‘a’ items on Friday 12th October.
In class with the children we have developed new rules for our Mud Kitchen to prevent the children getting so muddy and to save our Mud! Hopefully some of you may have less uniform to wash.
Please ensure that all items of clothing, including shoes, are clearly named as then we can try to ensure that all uniform is returned to its owner. This does not have to be labels, simply written in pen will do.
Thank you for your continued support.
The teaching and learning in our Reception Class is based on the Statutory Framework and revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum introduced by the Government in September 2012. There are seven areas of ‘Learning and Development’, and, as in the past, children work towards meeting the ‘Early Learning Goals’ specified in the Framework. There are 17 Early Learning Goals.
The EYFS Framework clearly emphasises the importance of play and active learning to enable children to explore, investigate, use their imagination, build relationships and become critical thinkers. It recommends that schools provide an appropriate balance of child-led activities with teacher and adult support to underpin learning across all areas, in order to support children and ensure that they remain effective and motivated learners.
The 7 Areas of Learning and Development
The Prime Areas:
This involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and encouraging speaking and listening in a wide range of situations.
Children will be provided with opportunities to be active and to develop their co-ordination and control. They will be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to begin to make healthy choices.
. This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, to work co-operatively with others, to manage their emotions and to respect the feelings of others.
The Specific Areas:
Within the class, the whole school and at home, children should have access to a wide and varied range of reading materials (books, poems, posters, magazines, etc.) to ignite and sustain their interest. They will be encouraged to develop their phonological awareness and begin to hear sounds within words and to then link sounds to letters in order to begin to read and write.
Through child-led activities and teacher directed tasks they will be given opportunities in play to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating and exploring shapes and measurements.
This involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Within a creative environment children will be encouraged to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They will have opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Ms Alfredson is the fulltime Teaching Assistant (TA) in Reception. Together with Mrs Mills she will take the class on Monday afternoon whilst I am absent undertaking planning and preparation tasks (PPA) with the rest of the teaching staff.
A brief newsletter setting out the week’s learning will be sent home at the start of each week. Please note, the letter will also be posted on the Stocks Green website.
Please bring in a named water bottle containing fresh water every day. This will be available to your child throughout the day and refilled as necessary.
Please return this book in your child’s book bag every day with any relevant comments. It will be checked by the TA every morning. Please let us know if your child will be collected by someone other than a parent or is attending an afterschool club.
Unfortunately we are not allowed to apply sun cream. If you would like sun cream re-applied during the day please send it into school in a named bottle so that your child can apply it themselves.
To avoid loss of school uniform and belongings, please ensure that everything is clearly named.
: It is useful if your child has a pair of Wellies in school throughout the year, so that we can play outdoors and visit the woodland area - even when it’s wet and muddy!
Together with Years 1 and 2, we have a Birthday Assembly every Children who have had a birthday in the preceding week are invited to bring in a present they have received to show the other children and/or to talk about their birthday.
Held on (from the beginning of term 3), this is an opportunity for children to share their successes with the rest of the school. Please send in any certificates, medals or trophies your child may have earned taking part in out-of-school activities.
The weekly newsletter will contain suggestions for ‘Show and Tell’ to be held in class. Children will be invited to bring in items that support their learning.
: Each morning children will put their name next to their daily lunch preference. They can choose between school dinner, jacket potato or packed lunch. School dinners are free to all EYFS and KS1 pupils.
It is school policy that there should be no nut products in packed lunches, for example ‘Nutella’ or some cereal bars.
Free fruit is supplied by Kent County Council to all children in EYFS and KS1 and will be offered to children at snack-time (10:15am). Parents can provide fruit or vegetable alternatives if they wish.
: All children below the age of 5 years are entitled to a carton of free milk each day. From the age of 5 upwards, a small charge is levied. You can register your child on-line on or by post (please ask for details).
We will hold three sessions of ‘Parents as Partners’ this year. This is when parents are invited to attend a ‘plan, do, review’ session to share in their child’s learning. Our first session will be held on Tuesday 13th November 2pm to allow children time to settle into school.
Your child will be encouraged to take home a book of their choice every day. This is for you to share with your child. When you are ready, please return the book so that your child can choose another book to take home.
We will begin to introduce the Jolly Phonics scheme next week. We will inform you of the weeks sounds in the weekly newsletter. Please help your child to learn the sound (and associated action) that each letter or combination of letters makes and to practise forming the letters if they wish. Each week we will send home sheets to support your child’s learning of these letter sounds (there is no need to return them).
: When children are ready, they will begin to bring home a reading book. Further information about supporting reading and arrangements for returning books will accompany your child’s first reading book home.
Our Possible Topics
Term 1: ‘All About Me’
Term 2: Percy The Park Keeper / Christmas
Term 3: Traditional Tales
Term 4: Celebrations / Easter
Term 5: Plants
Term 6: Animal Stories
All topics are subject to change as we will look to develop the curriculum based upon the interests of the children.
We are very excited to welcome your children into the school and begin their learning journey in formal education. If you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to ask. We are available to chat most evenings after school or please telephone the school office to make an appointment.
Mrs Claire Hodgson and Ms Kirsty Alfredson