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Reception information notes September 2020 and Curriculum plan

Welcome to Reception!

We have 3 Reception classes at The Grove; Chestnut, Lime and Sycamore. The teachers are Miss Holt, Mrs Read, and Mrs Norton.

Welcome to the Reception blog.  Each week we will update our page to share with you some of our learning and remind you of upcoming events. 




This week we were enjoying the story Owl Babies.  It lead to a lot of story telling, we also talked about what we know already about owls and recorded it pictorially in our books. The children are doing really well in phonics and we have been practicing reading and writing simple words and learning tricky words that cannot be sounded out such as 'to' 'the' 'no' and 'go'.  You can continue practicing this by looking at the children's word ladders.  If they are unsure of the letters you could sound them out for them and see if they can hear the word you are sounding out.


In our topic sessions, we read a story called 'Hibernation Station'.  We then went on to discuss hibernation and below is Chestnut children making a hibernation home.




In Maths we have been representing the number 5 in lots of different ways.  We compared it with 4 and noticed that it was one more.  Some children were noticing that 5 is made up of other parts , such as 3 and 2, 4 and 1.


We used brusho paint to create a background to our Owl pictures.  The owl pictures were created with crayon so it was interesting to see the paint brush over the crayon picture and not colour over the crayon.



Lime Class had their rescheduled forest school session on Wednesday.





At our school we have a track around the field.  We usually take part in the daily mile.  Safety restriction have not allowed us to do this, however, we have now decided that  we can go.  Classes will aim to complete the mile up to 3 times a week.  It really improves both the children's fitness and ability to concentrate in the classroom.  Here are a few photos of the children running this week.  We aim to complete three laps.





Please remember that each class like to display family photos in their role play areas so please provide your class teacher with a family photo.  It is nice for the children to see during their play too!


Please make sure that your child brings their reading book back to school on a Friday so we can collect them in and issue out a new one on a Monday.  Word Ladders need to stay in the bookbag as we may check them at any point in the week.


Have a lovely weekend!






Another week has flown by in Reception.  This week in our Literacy we were looking closely at the letters in our names and how we can use some of the letters we have learnt so far, to write some words to label things.  We leave out lots of writing opportunities in their children's choosing time to encourage them to practise these skills.




In Maths we were looking carefully at the number 4.  We noticed that it could be broken up into different groups. We looked around the classroom for patterns of 4, or four objects.  We were 4 detectives!




Another lovely week for forest school, the weather just about held out!  We all enjoyed exploring and listening to a story in the woods.




We all watched an online story called 'Smartie the Penguin'  Smartie helps us learn how to be safe when we are on the computer or any other electric devises.  The song at the end went 'Before you click, click, click, you need to think, think, think and tell someone'. 


Another exciting week of Superhero Training saw us learning how to use our 'Zoom Boots'!  You could ask your child to demonstrate this to you.




Thank you for supporting your child's learning, we can see that they have been practicing with their word ladders and reading.  Remember little and often is the key.  Have fun with the words, write them out, leave them around the house etc. 


Have a lovely weekend!




We've had a lovely sunny week this week.  This week we looked at how to wash our hands thoroughly and talked about germs.  The children created their own representations of germs and cut them out carefully, checking how to hold scissors correctly.  The children put glitter all over their hands to show germs and practiced washing them properly to get rid of all the glitter.




In Literacy we have looked at our new word ladders and practiced how to sound out the words.  These came home on Wednesday, please practice these at home.  If your child is not keen to do this, there are many creative ways we can suggest, for example, write them on a piece of paper and put them on doors in your house, they can be the password to get in rooms.  Get them to teach you how to read them or their brother/sister.  Little and often is the key!


In Maths we have been carefully counting a group of objects and looking at how numbers can be represented in different ways.


Chestnut Class and Sycamore Class had their first forest school session.  Luckily they had lovely weather and were able to explore the woods and learn about the safety procedures we follow there.  Thank you to those that came and helped.  Group 2 will be going next week.  (Lime group 1 has been rescheduled to the 30th September)




Thank you for joining us on our Zoom call this week.  We value parent/teacher relationships and in these strange times we are continuing to work hard on safe ways to keep you all 'in the know' about your children's experiences in school.  Please email or call if you have any concerns or questions. 


Here are a few more photos of the children enjoying their new environments.




Thank you again for all your support.  Just to remind you that we collect reading books in on a Friday and hand out new ones on a Monday.  This is so we can ensure the books we are issuing remain in our bubble.  Each class has their own selection and the time they are left over the weekend after a quick wipe over allows them to be safely issued to another child in our bubble the following Monday.




A warm welcome to The Grove!  We have been so impressed with the way the children have come in to the classrooms, bravely on their own.  You have all clearly done an amazing job in preparing them.  We would also like to thank you for following the very complicated settling in system, in terms of timings and following the one way system around the school.  


We have spent this week exploring all the areas in our new classrooms and learning the rules.  Obviously we have talked a lot about routines, washing hands and safety.  We have really enjoyed getting to know your children and all Teachers have commented on how settled they are already.  What a great start!  In these strange times we are fully aware that life has looked a little different and our first priority is that the children are happy to come to school and feel safe in our care, when we are confident this is the case, the learning begins! 


We have already this week began teaching our phonics.  Covering the sounds s, a, t and p.  Phonics session are taught daily for up to 15/20 minutes.  Super hero Training has been introduced to the children today.  This is a physical development program that we follow to ensure children have good core and upper body strength, needed to become a good writer.


We have talked through our golden rules, these are the rules displayed in all classrooms.  They consist of the following statements:

We are gentle.  We are kind and helpful.   We listen.   We are honest.    We work hard.   We look after property.


This week we have also been getting to know how the lunch time routine works.  The children have been very good at carrying their trays and eating independently.


We have painted a picture of ourselves wearing our uniform, carefully choosing the colours to match our clothes.


Here is a selection of photos from all three classes showing our first week in school:










Next week we will be sending home some reading books.  They will not have any words in at the beginning, they are for the children to make up a story to match the illustrations.  This way they gain confidence to pick up a book and it develops their story language.  Once we cover more sounds and learn how to build words the children will begin to bring books home with words. The books will always come home on a Monday, we will take them back on a Friday.  The children will also bring home a 'Word ladder' on Wednesday. We will practise sounding out the words on the ladder and once they can read those words we will give them a new one.  Please comment in their reading record how they are doing.


'Show and Tell' is on Fridays and the children are on a Rota, this is displayed on the window of your classroom.  Feel free to take a photo.  We will remind the children.


Each class have a WhatsApp group set up.  Please let your teacher know if you are not in it.  They can hand your number to another parent to add you. 


Forest School is next week for half of the classes. The other half go the following week.


Your classes all have a pet hamster, if you want to sign up for weekend to have them please let your teacher know.


That's all!  Thank you again for your support this week.  The children have done you proud.