Pixie Class (Reception)
A Message from the Pixie Class Teacher, Miss Hales
I would like to welcome all new parents and children to the Early Year’s Team at Lynsted at Norton Primary School. Both I Miss Hales and the teaching assistant Miss Brown are very excited to work with you in the year ahead.
Please see some pictures below Pixie class room.
Writing Area Computer / Listening Area
Construction Area Role Play Area
Maths Area Reading Area
In the upcoming term we will be working with the children to create and develop our outside area.
Attached is our exciting Early Year’s curriculum. Throughout the year the children will have the opportunity to engage and explore a variety of activities that encourage development in each of the seven areas of learning. These areas will be identified and referred to in the (this will go home at the start of each term).
This term our topic is “All about me”, please see the topic plan attached for objectives we will be focusing on and some activities we will be doing across the term.
All children are to wear;
- White or Green polo top / white shirt
- Black Trousers / Black Skirt / Black Shorts
- Summer Dress
- Black Shoes
- School Jumper / School Cardigan / School Fleece
Please make sure all these items are labelled with the child’s name clearly visible.
We provide a water bottle for each child. These are filled up and cleaned out daily. These water bottles are not to be taken home and will remain in school. Children do not need an additional water bottle bought in from home unless they are packed lunch.
Fruit and Milk
All children will be provided with a snack at 10.15 daily. Children will be provided with a piece of fruit and carton of milk. Free milk is available for all children under the age of five in school, funded by the UK government. Once your child turns five you will be asked to pay a subsidised rate for your child to continue to receive milk. If you would like to register your child with milk once your child turns five please contact the office.
All children will be supervised in the dinner hall by a member of the reception team. They are there to help the children carry their trays, support them to use a knife and fork, encourage them to try a variety of different foods offered and most importantly to help them become independent. All children in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal. The menu is on a two week router and this can be given to you upon request.
If children prefer they can also bring in a packed lunch. We are proud to say that we are a ‘healthy school’ and therefore no chocolate bars are to be bought into school.
Home Contact Book
Each child will be provided with a home contact book in their first week of school. Please feel free to write in here as a way of passing on any relevant information. We understand that it can be very busy in the mornings and therefore if you have a brief message please write it in here. Books will be checked daily by a member of the reception team who will initial the comment to mark it as read. If you have anything other than brief questions please make an appointment with the office or class teacher to meet them and they will be more than happy to oblige.
Please read with your children each evening for 10 minutes. Children who are read with daily will accelerate in both their reading and their writing, it has proven to be both very successful and very important. Please record reading with your child in the purple reading record, if we can see the book has been read it will be changed. We will change the reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Children will have the opportunity to read with an adult in school at least twice per week.
For further information on how to support your child please click here: ‘50 way to say well done’.
We do daily phonics session using the scheme ‘letters and sounds’ supported by ‘Jolly Phonics’ actions. Each child will begin phonics in phase 2.
In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:
Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap from a small selection of magnetic letters.
For further support on how to aid your child with phonics please refer to ‘Phonics Matters’.
A ‘phonics workshop’ will be available for all parents to attend in order to aid you support your child with learning their sounds and reading at home. More details and information will follow.
Once settled this term children will begin to focus on:
- Recognising their name and ordering the letters.
- Writing their name with pre cursive formation.
- Forming letters with pre cursive formation.
- Matching letters to their initial sounds and forming with pre cursive formation.
Once settled this term children will begin to focus on:
- People or other ‘all about me’ themed objects, to be used for a variety of sorting and counting games and activities.
- Children to complete challenges within a given time limit e.g. Who can do five star jumps before the timer runs out? Or How many times can you touch your toes before the timer runs out?
- Children to play ordering games, missing number games, matching and counting games etc.
- Make group or class pictograms to explore eye colours and hair colours.
- During movement activities, encourage children to explore making different shapes with their bodies e.g. who can make a circle shape using their arms? Who can make a triangle shape using their legs?
For further support on how to aid your child with maths please click here; ‘Maths Matters’
In reception we value the impact of play and how this supports a child’s development. We have child initiated time in the afternoon for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world, technological skills, communication and language, speaking and listening, building and developing relationships, expressive arts and imagination. This time consolidates a child’s understanding and allows them to put their skills in to practise and develop them independently.
As you are aware reception class is the last year of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) which is the 0-5 year’s curriculum. At the end of reception we are legally required to make an assessment judgement for each child against this profile. To enable us to do this we track your child’s learning during the year largely through observing them in purposeful play. We are trained to develop children in this way and we make a record of this learning for each child. Therefore each child has a ‘learning journey’ during their time with us.
We have decided to develop our individual ‘Learning Journeys’ for your child through a piece of educational software called ‘Tapestry’ .This was mentioned to you during the new parent meeting in the summer.
By logging on with a secure username and password you will be able to view some of your child’s observations, photographs and possibly even videos from their time in Reception class. You will even receive an email telling you when a new observation or piece of work is available for you to view.
It is really important to us as Early Years practitioners that we work closely with parents and carers and are always looking for ways to improve our practise. Your knowledge of your child is hugely valuable to us and we are hopeful that this new means of tracking children’s learning helps us work in partnership with you. The Tapestry programme enables you to follow your child’s progress closely and you can reflect upon achievements with your child. You can add comments so that we as a staff find out about which activities your child really enjoys and about the learning they do at home.
To find out more about this program and how to access ‘Tapestry’ please attend our training session where you will be given your username and password. More details and information will follow.
Homework will start in Term 2, however, for activities to do at home please refer to the ‘topic plan’.
Our PE Day is Tuesday. Please make sure your children have their kit in school on this day so they can fully participate in all our PE activities. This is also the day that items of our school uniform go missing as the children get changed for PE independently. To avoid this please make sure all items of clothing are labelled.
For children to participate in PE they are not allowed to wear earrings. Please remove these before children come to school.
Our PE topic this term explores different ways of moving and balancing using different parts of their body. E.g. riding bikes and scooters, climbing over climbing equipment, walking on bucket stilts etc.
If you have any additional questions, worries or concerns please feel free to drop in and speak to us at the end of the school day. Alternatively you can ring the school office and I will ring you back at a convenient time.
Let’s have a fantastic first term!