Welcome to the Reception Class at St. Anne’s School.
This is another important year for the children in terms of their emotional, social and physical development.
Having settled into school and having learned to integrate themselves into a new social environment,
they are now ready to enter the second year of the Foundation Stage of their education.
During this coming year in Reception Class, the children will come into contact with new teachers and auxiliary staff (as well as those they already know) and will have many new and exciting experiences that will build on and develop their knowledge gained during the past year in Nursery and stimulate their learning capabilities as much as possible.
What is the Foundation Stage?
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the British National Curriculum. The EYFS is the period of education from birth to five years. During the Nursery and Reception classes, the children work towards the “early learning goals”. Most children are expected to achieve the early learning goals by the end of the Foundation Stage. There is a strong emphasis on learning through play, both child initiated and planned play. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of whole class activities, adult-led focused activities and child-initiated activities.
The Early Years Foundation Stage brings together: Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage (2000), the Birth to Three Matters (2002) framework and the National Standards for Under 8s Daycare and Childminding (2003), building a coherent and flexible approach to care and learning. All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.
The EYFS is based on principles of inclusion which means that early years providers oppose discrimination and prejudice and welcome all families and children. They provide care and education for a wide range of children in environments that enable children to feel safe and supported and which extend their learning and development.
Throughout the EYFS stress is placed upon understanding each child and their family as unique, with different needs and concerns. Children’s development is presented under six overlapping phases. This overlap is intended to emphasize the fact that there can be big differences between the development of children of similar ages. At the same time, age can be a cue, when taken with all other factors, to indicate that development may be atypical and that a child may need extra support.
Every Child Matters. This is the government agenda which focuses on bringing together services to support children and families. It sets out five major outcomes for children: being healthy, staying safe; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution; economic well-being. For further information visit www.everychildmatters.gov.uk
The children will be immersed in the English language from the first day and will soon begin working on covering the seven main areas of learning as detailed in the EYFS Guidelines:
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
• Communication and Language,
• Mathematical Development,
• Knowledge and Understanding of the World,
• Physical Development,
• Creative Development.
All EYFS documents can be found on the Internet http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/
Learning Objectives in the Foundation Stage for Reception children
The EYFS is arranged into 7 key learning areas. Then they are divided into further specific areas for your child to explore and investigate through the topic areas (listed below).
• Personal Social and Emotional Development: Dispositions and attitudes, Social Developmen, Emotional Development
• Communication and language Language for communication and thinking, Listening and speaking, Vocabulary.
• Literacy Linking sounds and letters, Reading, Writing,
• Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy: Numbers as labels and for counting, Calculating, Shape, space and measures.
• Knowledge and Under-standing of the World: Sense of time, Sense of place, Exploration and Investigation, Designing and making, Information technology.
• Physical Development: Confidence, imagination and safety, Control and coordination, Sense of space, Health and body awareness, Using tools and equipment
• Creative development: Media and materials, Music, Imagination, Expressing and communicating experiences.
These areas will be covered through topic work.
• Autumn Term 1: Myself and My Family, Weather and Seasons, Christmas
• Spring Term 2: Fun with Food, Minibeasts
• Summer Term 3: The Farm, Summer and the Seaside.
ENGLISH AND MATHS
In both Maths and English, the class is divided as follows:
• 15-20 minutes whole group time with the teacher,
• 15-20 minutes small group work,
• 15-20 minutes plenary to reinforce their learning.
Speaking in English. In Reception we expect the children to start using more and more vocabulary in English on a daily basis. They will hear the same phrases relating to routines and class tasks repeated various times during the day and it never takes them long to pick them up. English is encouraged but we also understand that every child learns at a different rate and therefore we never over-encourage them to speak English if it means that they feel uncomfortable. We would also encourage English at home whenever possible.
Listening in English. Children at this age have an amazing ability to pick up new vocabulary and are encouraged to ask when they don’t know what something means. As the year progresses, their listening and concentration skills will improve greatly. Where possible, it is beneficial for the children to be exposed to some English whilst at home either on DVD, television, radio or by reading them a book in English. Older brothers and sisters can always help too.
Writing skills. During the Autumn term, we will be focusing on developing the children’s pre-writing skills. This includes, making sure they can hold a pencil properly, trace over lines, draw shapes in pencil and colours.
Reading skills. In Reception, we will be concentrating on learning to read the most commonly used words in English through flash-cards and well-known stories. As your child recognises more and more words, they will then take their own flash-cards home to practise.
During this year the children will be expected to:
• Learn number rhymes, songs and stories.
• Count objects.
• Develop their 1:1 correspondence (counting accurately).
• Sort and match similar objects.
• Name the colours and basic 2D shapes.
• Compare objects by height and size.
• Recognise and write the numerals to 10.
• Use mathematical language like “how many, to count, more or less, bigger or smaller” etc.
• Count by rote to 20.
Bathroom and hygiene. All the children in Reception are expected to go to the bathroom independently, however, during the first term they are closely supervised to ensure they clean themselves properly and always wash their hands afterwards. It is important that these routines are reflected at home.
Homework. This year every Friday homework will be given out (starting in October). There are various reasons for giving out homework at this age:
• To encourage independence.
• To help them to understand the importance of their school work.
• To build more links between their school and home life.
• To build their self-confidence.
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