Welcome to Reception Class 2021-2022
Our Autumn 1 term topic in Reception is...
Bears, Bears, Everywhere!
To view our theme web for Autumn 1 'Bears, Bears, Everywhere!' please click here
Our Autumn 2 term topic in Reception is...
Lights, Camera, Action!
To view our theme web for Autumn 2 'Lights, Camera, Action!' please click here
Our Curriculum map
To view and download our curriculum map please see our whole school website Curriculum page.
At Garrett Hall children do not have a specific "snack time" but instead have access to a self service snack area as part of our continuous provision. Children decide when they would like their snack, whether it be during the morning session of afternoon session.
Children are encouraged to wash their hands before helping themselves to the correct amount of snack (using prompts provided) and select any cutlery and plates if needed.
Children will be encouraged to chat to their peers as they eat their snack and will be taught to discard of left over items into the bin followed by washing their own plates and cutlery in the sink.
Children with allergies are provided with individual snack plans and have separate snack boxes with their photograph on so that they are able to see which snack is theirs.
Reading is a Specific Area in the Early Learning Goals. Reading is taught daily through Letters and Sounds, individual reading sessions and small group activities. We also have lots of reading activities set up in our continuous provision in our indoor and outdoor classroom. Reading has a high priority throughout the Reception Unit with books to support all areas of learning.
Reading at home:
Children will bring two books home per week to share and practice their reading skills. Children will usually have a set reading day each week (although this can change week to week depending on our timetable.) Please record each time your child reads in their reading record.
We encourage regular support from home and would like children to read every night where possible and at least 4 times per week.
Bug Club - Info coming soon.
PE in the EYFS
Physical development is a Prime Area in the Early Learning Goals. This means it is an extremely important area of your child's development and without it other things such as writing and mathematics, become difficult.
The children always have access to areas and resources to develop their fine and gross motor skills everyday. This includes the wide open space of the outdoor area, two play times per day plus lunch time. We also do one taught PE session per week (1 hour) whereby children learn skills in games, dance, gymnastics, football etc.
Notice: We ask that children come to school in their PE kit on their PE day. They will remain in their kit all day. Children should wear plain black joggers, trainers or PE pumps, their red Garrett Hall PE polo shirt and either their Garrett Hall jumper/cardigan or their black PE hoodie over the top to keep them warm. Jumpers and hoodies will be removed before taking part in PE so please ensure these are named.
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about the natural world, people, places and the past and present.
Expressive Arts and Design
Outdoor learning at Garrett Hall
What is outdoor learning?
Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
Learning in our outdoor area gives our children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
By using our outside classroom, we regularly sees the enjoyment, and sense of wonder and excitement that is generated when children actively engage with their environment.
When will my child learn outdoors?
Children in our EYFS setting have free choice of whether to learn indoors or outdoors during continuous provision time. We do limit the number of children who can go outside at any given time due to safety reasons and children to staff ratio. We do this by having a bucket of red caps for the children to put on when they want to play outside. Once the children want to come back in they can place their red hat back into the bucket for someone else to use. If the weather is bad we may put children into groups (so they can play appropriately using wet suits etc) and use a timetable. We use the outdoors in sunshine, rain, sleet and snow! :)
The Reception Team
Miss K. Gildart
Miss H. Biglin
Mrs S. Chambers
Mrs G. Davidson
Mrs K. Barry
Miss A. Richardson
Mr D. Sharkey (support staff)
Letters and Sounds
In Reception we currently use the Letters and Sounds programme to support our teaching of reading and writing. We have a 20 minute session of Letters and Sounds each day and each session follows a set format in which children practice their previous phonic knowledge, learn new phonemes, digraphs, trigraphs and high frequency words. They play games to develop reading and writing skills. Phonics activities are also set up in our indoor and outdoor classrooms through continuous provision.
Children are put into streamed groups for phonics according to the stage of phonics they are currently working within. Teachers complete baseline assessments during September then group the children accordingly. For the first two weeks (part-time) children will work in groups of 15 doing whole class phonics. They will then move into their phonics groups during week 3 and 4 of September.
To view the 'Letters and Sounds' document that we currently use to support our teaching please click here
Our Learning Environment
We aim to provide a calm, neutral style in the classroom and use lots of natural and wooden resources in creative ways. We do of course still love bright colours and plastic resources- but we do try to limit their use. Providing high quality planned experiences for children’s play is an important way for adults to support children’s learning that is both enjoyable and challenging. When children play, they are learning at the highest level. Play can extend certain areas of their learning – for example, developing language skills by promoting talk between children or introducing new vocabulary that they use and act out in their play.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Please click the links below for more information:
- Where's my Teddy?
- We're Going on a Bear Hunt
- The Everywhere Bear
- Bears Don't Eat Sandwiches
The writing we will be doing is:
- Where is my teddy? (Jez Allborough) focus on ‘missing teddy’ and labelling a bear.
- Creating a poster for a bear competition (biggest growl, sharpest claws etc)
- Writing a fact sentence for a bear
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (sequencing, inovating own stories)
- Writing a list of items for a teddy bears picnic (continous provision)
- Writing an invitiation for a teddy bears picnic (continous provision)
- We’re Going on A Bear Hunt- Talk for writing, learning and re-chanting the story, acting out the story with puppets and small world items, drama, creating story maps.
Key Words -Homework
In Reception we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' programme which teaches children how to recognise and break down the sounds in words to read and spell them.
Example: d-o-g in 'dog', s-u-n in 'sun', ch-i-p in 'chip' and b-oa-t in 'boat'.
'Letters and Sounds' also teaches children how to recognise tricky words (words in our language that we cannot sound out such as the, you, they etc.) and also teaches them to spot a range of high frequency words (words which we see all the time a, at, it, and etc.) quickly and without the need to sound out.
We will send home a list of high frequency and tricky words for your child to learn. The words your child needs to learn that week will be dotted with a pen on their HFW/tricky word list. Please encourage your child to learn to recognise the words by sight and once they can read them you can also extend this homework by asking them to spell them independently.
Once we can see your child has a good understanding of the HFW/tricky words, we will tick those off and put dots next to the next three words for your child to learn.
Please click here to see our list of words- the words are also shown below in a document.
Pick N Mix Homework
Our homework is in the style of a 'Pick 'n' mix' and we set this half termly to match our topic. The children are given one sheet at the beginning of the half term term that contains lots of different activities that can be completed independently or with an adult. Homework is only returned at the end of the term when we have a celebration day. On this day the children will get to show all the tasks they have completed to the rest of the year group. There are lots of activities to choose from, we just ask that at least 10 are completed over the term. We try to make homework as fun as possible to engage all children!
Below are some handy websites and apps to help your child with their phonics/reading. We use alot of these during school for our phonics lessons and for the children to access during continuous provision on the I-pads. We hope you find these helpful.
Seesaw Our Learning Journey
What is Seesaw?
In Early Years practitioners are required to observe children within their play and evidence their learning. Seesaw is an app that enables us record in photograph and video the play based learning for each individual child. Each day the practitioners in the unit will observe the children learning and playing and note down what they have observed. This will then be linked with the EYFS curriculum. Each time an observation is made you will get a notification on Seesaw and you will be able to view your child's observation and comment.
Don't forget to use your QR code to sign up to Seesaw. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you need help in setting it up and we will be more than happy to help.
How else do we keep children's independent learning?
Each child will also have a booklet style learning journey in which their independent writing and creative learning will be kept. You will have the opportunity to look through these at parents evening and throughout other times of the year.
Can I send things to Seesaw?
Yes! Please use the class QR code to sign up to be able to send parental observations from home. If you are sending any observations, please make sure they are relevant to your child's learning and development.
EYFS-Prime Areas of Learning
Communication and language
Personal, Social and Emotional development