Welcome to the Foundation Stage!
Teachers: Mrs Helen Durham
LSA: Mrs Jo Straw
Autumn 2 Term in Reception
This half-term our theme ‘Colour My World’ has given us lots of opportunities to cover all areas of the Early Years curriculum. In phonics progress is rapid and we are now working at various stages of Phase 3. The daily phonics sessions are quite intense but lots of fun too. A lot of effort has been put in by everyone to improve letter formation, practise new sounds and to learn the sight words. We have enjoyed sharing a wide selection of books. Not only have these inspired our literacy sessions but also provoked discussion for other subjects. An example being the Elmer stories helping us to understand what it means be unique. In maths we have covered a range of areas including, number recognition, place value, shape and pattern, measures and time. Much of the learning has been completed through practical, ‘hands on’ activities. It is great to see the children continuing to develop their learning independently both within the school setting and at home. In topic work we have learnt about a variety of Autumn festivals and celebrations. We have also compared similarities and differences in how they are acknowledged. Activities included making Diva lamps, Rangoli and Mehndi patterns, firework pictures, celebration cards, poppy murals and of course Big Ted's birthday party. The class is quite an outdoorsy crew and we are enjoying our ‘Wellie Wednesday’ outdoor time. Sorry about the mud everyone. We are hoping for a snowy Wednesday next term with all the excitement that would bring. The Autumn term has been fun packed and we hope you have got a flavour of the wide range of experiences we engage in through visiting our posts on Weduc. The Spring term will be even better!
Autumn Term in Reception
Our first half-term topic ’All About Me’ has given us the opportunity to explore ourselves, families, homes, food and much more. In Maths, we have covered a range of areas, including accurate counting, number recognition, size, shape and pattern. These sessions are practical and fun.
Our daily phonics sessions are lots of fun too. Progress is rapid and we have already come to the end of Phase 2 Letters and Sounds. The children are learning letter names and sounds within the phase and beginning to read and spell sight words independently.
I must say with regards to this group of children, if the activity is messy and dirty, they love it and are always eager to participate! We have really enjoyed our time together and look forward to the next half-term.
All About Me
The Reception children have made a great start to the Autumn term. They have coped really well with new routines, added responsibilities and staying in school for a whole day. New friendships are forming and everyone is eager to participate in class activities. We are beginning to learn all about ourselves and how we are all unique. The children have enjoyed painting their own portraits to display in the classroom.
A BIG hello to all of next year's Reception children
Below are some pictures of your classroom and the rest of the school.