Welcome to Reception. Our topic for this term is Superheroes. This topic involves work across many subject areas as we adopt a topic based approach in which we link all areas of learning together.
The Early Years
The Early Years is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year. Within the theme of Learning and Development there are seven areas. All areas of learning are important and inter-connected. The first three areas are particularly crucial to their learning and these are known as the Prime areas. The following four areas are known as the specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
Each of the 7 areas of learning has its own set of Early Learning Goals’ which determine what most children are expected to achieve by the end of Reception Class. The E.Y.F.S. Profile is a summative assessment of each child’s progress towards the early learning goals. The profile is updated regularly throughout the year. It shows your child’s development and areas for further support. It is sent home at the end of each term with three targets that your child will need to work on throughout the next term, one for, reading/writing, numbers, shape, space and measures and a PSED target.
Junction Farm follows the Letters and Sounds Programme. It is a fun and interactive way to support children in learning how to read and write. In addition to the Letters and Sounds programme we also use Jolly Phonics actions which represents each sound with an action helping children to remember both more easily.
Once children begin learning sounds, they are used quickly to read and spell words. Children can then see the purpose of learning sounds. For this reason, the first six letters that are taught are ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’, ‘p’, ‘i’, ‘n’. These can immediately be used to make a number of words such as ‘sat’, ‘pin’, ‘pat’, ‘tap’, ‘nap’.
Tricky words are words that cannot be ‘sounded-out’ but need to be learned by heart. They don’t fit into the usual spelling patterns. In order to read simple sentences, it is necessary for children to know some words that have unusual or untaught spellings. It should be noted that, when teaching these words, it is important to always start with sounds already known in the word, then focus on the ‘tricky’ part. The first 6 tricky words we learn in class are: I, go, to no, into and the.
For more information and free resources visit: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/
Reading with your child is very important. Encouraging your child to share books and making this a positive experience will help on their journey to becoming competent readers. In the Early Years your child will be given a book when he or she is ready. This means when their class teacher or you feel they are ready to start the schools reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) we will start to send one home on a Tuesday with their homework. A record will also be sent and an informative note would be appreciated on how the child has read. A good example of a useful and specific comment would be:
‘Enjoyed story, struggled with the words, ‘the’ and struggled pronouncing ‘th’.’
We will use this information to inform our guided reading and phonics planning with the children.
In problem solving, reasoning and numeracy the children will be given a wide range of experiences both indoor and outdoor to develop their skills and knowledge in counting, number recognition, shape, space, measures and pattern. They will be using fingers to add and take away and sing number rhymes such as five current buns and ten little men in a flying saucer. We will provide the children with opportunities to create their own patterns and continue a repeat pattern. At home please practise number formation, simple addition, subtraction, counting, time, money etc. and relate these to everyday life.
Your child will receive homework each week on a Tuesday, this will include something that is either linked to phonics/maths from the week or topic work. Please return homework on a Monday morning for marking, along with their reading books. Your support in this will be a great help
Names in PE kits
Can we please ask all PE kits are labelled. At home whenever you have time can you please practise with your child getting ready independently and encourage this.