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Reception

The staff working in Reception are:

RD Mrs C. Mannion (Phase Leader and Class Teacher)
Mrs T. Bullock (Teaching Assistant)
RP

Mrs A. Molloy

(Class Teacher)
Mrs S. Cartwright (Teaching Assistant)
RS Miss H. Gill (Class Teacher)
Mrs C. Eden (Teaching Assistant)

EYFS INDUCTION VIDEOS PLEASE CLICK HERE 

 

Below you will find information of our Autumn Term

#please note this is based on a normal Autumn Term due to Covid 19 this could be subject to change. 

 

AUTUMN TERM 2020 

Our topic this half term is ‘Celebrations’ where we will be exploring how special and unique we are and how we celebrate all kinds of occasions.

In our Communication, Language and Literacy sessions we shall be thinking about the sequence and elements of stories and using language to retell a familiar story. We shall be using a range of non-fiction books to find information.

During our Personal, Social and Emotional Development sessions we will be focusing on working as a team, sharing and considering each other’s feelings. We shall also be looking at how to support our emotions.

 Phonics


Over the term, we will be helping children to develop their reading and writing skills with our daily phonics activities. To teach phonics we use ‘Letters and sounds’. We will begin with phase 2 phonics, where the children will learn the first 21 phonemes (spoken sound) and graphemes (written sound). When they are secure in those, we move on to phase 3, for more information please see the documents below. 

Letters and Sounds Information

Sound packs and ‘High Frequency Words’ (HFW) will be sent home weekly, these will work alongside the sounds being taught. Your child may already be familiar with some of these sounds, but we will be securing this knowledge with using the sounds to blend and create words, form the letter correctly and begin to use and recognise the letter. 

The following documents give you more information about how you can support your child with phonics and writing at home. They also give you an idea of how we teach and develop these key skills in school. Please pop in and see your class teacher if you would like any more information.

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in EYFS at Dorridge Primary School

Helping your Child at Home

Reading 

Following on from our participation in the trial of the new reformed Curriculum in EYFS, due to take effect in all schools from Sept 2021, we have reviewed and adapted the way we teach early reading. 

Reading in EYFS will now consist of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension (both listening
and reading). It is important to develop both aspects. Good language comprehension, necessary for both reading and writing, draws from linguistic knowledge and knowledge of the world. By listening and talking about stories, rhymes and poems, and non-fiction books, children develop knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live. Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. It is also crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading.

For information on how we teach and deliver reading please click HERE

Mathematics 

During Mathematics sessions we shall continue to develop number recognition and counting skills. We shall continue to count objects to 10 and beyond and practice writing our numbers correctly. Using Shapes we will be exploring patterns and positional language.

Handwriting

We are also beginning to introduce the children to forming their letters correctly. It is very important that children are using the correct formation of letters all the time as it can become very difficult for a child to change their formation once they have formed a style.

Please click for more information  

 Other Curriculum Areas

For our Understanding of the World we shall encourage the children to develop inquisitive minds and ask questions about what they see and how things work. We will be using atlases to look at the world and investigate other countries.  We shall also be doing some cooking and observing the changes in ingredients.

The children will be developing their ICT skills by taking part in weekly ICT activities where they get to use an iPad independently to access educational apps. The children all have access to a computer and other ICT resources throughout every school day. The children will be looking at and exploring their local environment.

 

Outdoor Provision

As part of the EYFS curriculum the outdoor area will be available to the children throughout the year and in all weathers, lots of excellent and fun learning can take place during rain and snow. Can you please ensure that your child has a waterproof coat and wellies that can be left at school all year round. (add outside pictures)

 

Messy Play

During the year your child will be exploring, experimenting and investigating the world around them. We will therefore be using a variety of materials such as paint, sand, water, mud etc. So please do not be upset if your child returns home a little messy (we will of course be wearing aprons, but sometimes the fun can get away with us) it just means we have had a busy day learning.

 

                

FootieBugs

‘FootieBugs’ will continue in reception, developing ball skills and Coordination Skills based on stories and adventure. Each class will have 6 weeks at a time on a Rota basis.               

 

 

VIPs

This term we will be encouraging the children to become VIPs (Very Independent People). To help them, please encourage your child dress independently at home ready for school, this will really support them when they need to get ready for PE also to encourage them to come into school by themselves and put their belongings away.

 

 A Plea!

We are making a plea to parents and carers. We would love to receive donations of any outdoor equipment that you no longer want, along with junk modelling e.g.washed out squirty bottles like ketchup bottles, milk bottles, soap liquid bottles or washing up liquid bottles that you have finished with.  

This will really help us to be creative.

Other Bits and Bobs

Weather

As the weather is still cold, please ensure your child has a hat, scarf and gloves. Please make sure all items are clearly named to stop any confusion or lost items.

PE Kits and School Uniform

Please ensure that everything is labelled. The children are becoming more independent now and we do change for PE weekly and have our coats on and off throughout the day. Children’s clothing can sometimes be mixed up.

Messy Play

During the year your child will be exploring, experimenting and investigating the world around them. We will therefore be using a variety of materials such as paint, sand, water, mud etc. So please do not be upset if your child returns home a little messy (we will of course be wearing aprons, but sometimes the fun can get away with us) it just means we have had a busy day learning.


Assemblies

The children attend assembly every day and we all have a Celebration Assembly on Friday mornings. This assembly is very special as we share the children’s achievements with all of Key Stage 1. One child from each class is chosen every week for their achievement.