School Closure Information and Ideas for Reception Children:
Due to the recent school closures we wanted to provide parents with some ideas for tasks children can complete at home if they wish, please see the information and web links below and remember your child next steps following on from their pupil progress meetings this week:
We would like to remind parents that reading, writing, learning letter sounds, learning to read and write red tricky words and learning numbers would be useful for when children return back to school.
Below you will find a document with some ideas on the kind of things you can do, we will be adding more information over the coming weeks and also watch out for our Tapestry Challenges which will be sent as we would love to see how you get on with the challenges by sending us some photos / observations back to us as we will miss all your smiley faces :) we would welcome any Tapestry observations from children showing the Reception Team what you have been busy doing while at home.
We have also added a further document of useful web links you might like to explore too.
As from Monday the Easter holidays officially begin so we would like to wish you all well and hope you have 2 weeks of fun planned with your families. We have uploaded 2 Easter Fun sheets below if you do fancy trying something new which we think you will enjoy.
We will upload more home learning ideas and new Tapestry challenges in 2 weeks time! ps. Remember the Easter Bunny Challenge below too!! We hope the Easter Bunny comes to see you all.............
Life in Reception
The teachers in the Foundation Stage are Mrs Whiskerd the Foundation Stage Leader. Mrs Lehec and Mrs Roache. We are supported by Mrs Finch and Mrs Isham. We also have Mr Bailey and Mrs Hunt working with us each week.
(We are very lucky in Reception as we also get many other adults coming to help us)
During the year we will continue with daily and weekly RWI sessions, Numicon / Maths sessions, Reading, PE sessions and teacher taught sessions as well as all the activities linked to our weekly themes, this term we are going to be using the children's treasure chest ideas to inform our planning so look out for your chosen topic!
Please remember to check all schools comms for other dates you need for the coming term.
We are looking forward to many busy terms in Reception!
Dates will come through on newsletters and weekly emails so please check these emails and letters as they arrive home.
Our topic overviews are sent home at the beginning of each term. A copy will be added below and a paper copy has been sent home with all children. It contains information about what the children will be learning in all of the different areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum in Reception.
Please don't be surprised if there are any changes along the way to our overview as we do like to follow the interests of the children.
Our Termly overviews can be found below....................................
Our Treasure Chest Planning
At Waynflete we use treasure chest planning to include children and parents in our planning process, more information about this will be shared with you once the children start school.
We are looking forward to a year filled with learning, friends and fun! Things you need to know .............
Please see the list below on what your child will need in school:
Please find the new parents powerpoints below which has all the information you need to know about the life in Reception over the coming year, if you have any questions please speak to a member of the Reception team.
Letter Sound Cards
Children will be having 4 Read Write Inc Phonic sessions a week. The children will be learning new letter sounds and as these new sounds are taught sheets and sound cards will be sent home in book bags so please keep checking them daily. Please remember to review all previous sounds too! All children will be bringing home sound cards for them to use at home so please look at the sounds with your child and see if they can name the sound either with or without referring to the picture clue on the back of the card. You can use the cards to make words that you can blend with your child or say a word and ask your child to find the card with the initial, final or even middle sound on it. A couple of minutes each day will really help your child to build on what they have been taught in school.
Ideas for using your sound cards at home:
Can children remember the sounds?
Can children remember the formation rhyme? Can children write the letter correctly? (Please do ensure children use the correct formation at all times even when writing their name)
Can children find the sounds they know in their reading books? Can children begin to blend simple words when reading once they know more sounds?
Can children think of words that start with the sounds?
Can children make simple 2 or 3 letter words using the sound cards?
We teach children pure sounds and the link below might be useful if you want to check how the sounds are pronounced: (When you open the page below scroll down until you see the video links, the link / video you need is called “How to pronounce pure sounds”
As soon as children know a set of our tricky red words we will send the next set home for them to learn in their book bags, so keep a look out for new sets appearing!
Waynflete’s Reading Challenge
At Waynflete we encourage children to read at home 5 times a week which was set out in our home school agreement that parents have signed. We believe that providing children with this opportunity is crucial to their development.
Please see the information below where we have provided you with some ideas on how to support your child’s reading at home.
Each time you read or share a book with your child you need to date and sign this ‘Reading Comment Book’. This does not always need to be your child’s reading book, they can read anything!
On a Monday your child’s class teacher will check the comment book, and a sticker will be stuck in the back of the reading diary for those who have read on 5 separate days. When 5 reading stickers have been given children will be awarded a special sticker in their big book and a small prize by Mrs Lagdon.
If you need any further support or have a question please speak to your child’s teacher.
How can I help my child read?
Research shows that the most important thing you can do to help your child achieve at school is read with them. Little and often is the key! Roughly 10 minutes a day is perfect for a child in Reception. Reading with your child should be enjoyable. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to encourage a love of reading.
Tips to support reading at home
Take turns to read: Often you’ll want to listen to your child read aloud – reading to an adult is the most important thing children in the early stages of learning to read can do to develop their reading. But don’t stop reading aloud to them. It’s a great way of building their understanding, showing them what expressive reading sounds like and letting them enjoy a story.
Encourage them to point to each word and re-read the sentence
Find the sounds they know and encourage them to blend when they are ready.
Talk about the book: Asking your child questions such as ‘What can you see in the picture?’, ‘What might happen next?’ and ‘Did you like this story?’
Next Step Footstep Targets
Each child will be given a "Next Step Footstep Target" for them to work towards. Once your child has a target these will be sent home in book bags so you can also support them at home. This target is something which we feel your child needs to be able to do so please support your child at home with their target. We will be reviewing these targets on a regular basis. We will send home a new target once a "Next Step Footstep Target" has been achieved. This could be a personal or academic target, such as, putting on and zipping up coats or recognising numbers to 20. If you have any questions please speak to Mrs Whiskerd, Mrs Lehec or Mrs Roache.
Tapestry is an online learning journal that creates an individual profile for each child. All members of the Foundation team will use iPads to record observations of the children’s learning, which we then link to the foundation stage curriculum as evidence of the children's progress. When an observation is added to your child’s profile you will receive an email. Parents are able to log onto the learning journal to view and comment on the observations that have been made of their own child.
The website can be accessed using the link below:
Tapestry is now up and running!
We hope you will enjoy looking at the observations we send home, please remember to talk to your child about what they have been doing, like the observation and comment so we know you have seen them, thank you for your support with this.
We hope that over the next year parents will support us with Tapestry by accessing the children’s Tapestry learning journeys. We welcome parents to like and comment on the observations and we look forward to seeing observations that have been uploaded from home. Please can we ask for all parents to upload their own observations so we can share with the children what they have been doing at home. If you need any help on uploading an observation please speak to the Foundation Stage Team.