Reception

Miss McGhee
Reception teacher

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Welcome to Reception!

The staff in Reception are Miss McGhee and Miss Wignall.

Times of the day

The EYFS door will be open at 8:45am and will close promptly at 8:55am ready for the school day to start. The children finish school at 3:15pm.

It is important that your child is in school on time and your child is collected on time at the end of the day as children often become distressed if they are collected late. If you are running late, please contact the school office by phoning 01517093672.

 

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is FREE for all children. It starts at 8am each morning. Reception children who attend breakfast club will be taken to their class at 8.45am.

 

Illness

If your child is ill, please inform us by phoning the school office on 0151 7093672. Please ensure that school has your up to date contact details in case your child is ill during school.

 

Snack

Our children enjoy continuous snack each day. We ask for a contribution of £1 per child per week to make sure this can continue. Snack money needs to be paid in cash please on a Monday morning. Please give to a member of Early Years Staff.

 

Clothing

Please ensure all items of clothing are labelled, including coats and shoes. It is very difficult to identify lost items of clothing if they are not labelled.

Our P.E day is a Friday. Children will need to bring black shorts and a plain white t shirt to get changed into in school as well as black pumps.

We spend lots of our day learning outdoors. Children will need to be well dressed for all weathers. Please make sure they have hats and suncream on potentially warm days and waterproof coats on other days. Leaving a pair of old wellies in school for children to change into would also be a great help.

 

Toys

Children are not allowed to bring their own toys to Reception as this can cause upset. However, we love to see things that the children have made at home or have found whilst out and about. These items can be bought into school to share with the rest of the class.

 

Recycling

In the EYFS Unit we love to inspire creativity and our modelling area is always a popular area. If you have any recycling materials at home, please pop them into the large box under the shelter.

If you have any concerns or worries, please speak to one of us when you drop your child off in the morning or collect them in the afternoon.

Below is a little insight in to what we will be covering this half term

ClassDescription
REAfter completing our ‘Gathering’ topic we will be learning about growing. We will be making lent promises to help us to grow to be more like Jesus. We will celebrate shrove Tuesday by making pancakes and eating them for our snack. We will be looking at how we have grown in our lives so far and how the things around us grow.
EnglishOur talk for writing focus this half term will be ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We will be role playing the story in our home corner. We will be using the language of size moving on from small medium and large to other size words. We will be roleplaying the characters in the small world house and labelling objects from the story. We will use our actions and phrases in talk for writing to retell the story with our peers. We will be singing songs and learning rhymes that link in with the story such as ‘I know a teddy bear’ and the ‘Goldilocks rhyme’. We will be writing about the characters from the story and starting to write our own sentences about the story.
MathsWe will be using the language of size to order different objects from the story. We will be using positional language for where Goldilocks could hide in the house. We will move on from one more and play games to become more confident with one less and subtraction. We will use our reasoning skills to make different sized and other objects chairs that fit the characters from the story. We will practice recognising, counting and ordering numbers to 20 as well as using them to combine amounts and add by counting on.
Knowledge and understanding the worldLinking to our growing topic we will be looking at the plants as they grown in our outdoor area, we will observe the changes in the flowers as they are picked, put into water and eventually die. We will use our ICT skills to access programmes including maths and phonics. We will look at how we have grown from babies to children and notice the similarities and differences during these stages. In March we will be taking part in ‘A Big Science Day’. Through dance, drama and role play we will learn about the wider issues across the world involving the environment. We will welcome our parents in to share in a Mouse Club stay and play session focussed on Understanding the World.
PE/Physical In our outdoor play we will be using the equipment to balance and travel around, we will be making dens and other representations using the sticks and large blocks. We will be using our funky fingers to build the muscles in our hands and help us to write with ease. We will continue to learn lots of new skills and games during our PE lessons.
PSHEThis half term we will be learning about why ‘Its good to be me’. Children will be encouraged to find their skills and show them to others. Children will work together in partners and small groups. This will link to our growing theme as children develop targets for themselves and learn to do something new from one of their peers.
Expressive arts We will be observing and then drawing and painting different flowers. We will learn about famous paintings of flowers that have been painted by artists including sunflowers by Van Gogh. We will be role playing the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in many different ways. We will be making lots of Easter crafts towards the end of this half term including our own patterned eggs.
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