Mrs A Hibbert
Mrs A Hibbert

The topics we will be covering in Poppies this academic year are:

Autumn 1 – Ourselves.

Autumn 2 – Celebrations.

Spring 1 – Food

Spring 2 – Animals

Summer 1 – Fairy Tales

Summer 2 – Minibeasts

Each area of development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and a mix of adult–led and child-initiated activity. Individual needs, interests and stage of development are considered when planning activities and ideas are grouped and blocked over short time periods, with new concepts and skills introduced to the class and developed with groups. Child initiated sessions allow children to further orchestrate their own learning and to practise or extend their skills and understanding in all areas of learning.

On-going judgments are made as to the balance of adult-led, guided and child led activities according to the emerging needs and interests of each child.

In Reception we follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which is divided into the following 7 areas of learning:

* Communication and Language (CL)

* Literacy. Using the "Letters and Sounds" scheme for Phonics.

* Mathematics (previously PSRN)

* Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED)

* Physical Development (PD)

* Expressive Arts (EA)

* Understanding the World (UTW)

All 7 areas of development are inter-connected. In Reception, we learn through a range of teacher directed and self-initiated activities which take place both inside and outside our classroom. We focus on creating positive relationships where children feel supported and nurtured and can become confident, independent learners.

Three of these areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three prime areas are:

* Communication and Language

* Physical Development and

* Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

How to help at home

You could:

* Share a story together as often as you can.

* Play a game, especially one like 'Snakes and Ladders' which involves counting and taking turns.

* Practice using scissors and cutting out shapes or different lines such as curved or zigzag.

* Use tweezers to pick up and sort objects such as buttons or raisins.

* Use old paintbrushes and water in buckets to 'paint' outside on brick walls/drives/patios.

* Using 'Play-Doh', blue-tack or even a ball of uncooked pastry practice rolling out with a rolling pin, squeezing,

stretching or rolling into a ball.

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At St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School, we take part in daily Letters and Sounds lessons, we teach the children phonics to help them to learn to read and spell. We have a 20 minute session everyday and the children are now grouped into sets depending where they are up to in the program. Letters and Sounds is split into six phases and these are taught to every child from Nursery up until year 2.

Each session at St Wilfrid’s is fast, fun and multisensory and follows a clear sequence as follows:

Introduction - We explain to the children what they will be learning today and get them enthusiastic and motivated for the session.

Revisit and review - The children will play a quickfire game to practise something they have learned before and help build their confidence.

Teach - The children are taught a new sound or a new skill - this will be taught in a fun multisensory way and may well involve: songs, actions, pictures, puppets, writing giant letters in the air.

Practise - The children play fast, fun games to practise the new thing they have just learned.

Apply - The children will have a quick go at reading or writing sentences that involve the new thing they have just learned.

Each of these sections lasts a few minutes at most.

Outside of the phonics session we give lots of opportunities to apply the new skills that they have learned in all the lessons that they do. The more opportunities they are given the sooner they will become confident with these skills.

All children in Reception are offered free milk and fruit each day.

Teaching Support Staff

The expectations for this year group can be found below.

http://www.st-wilfrids.stoke.sch.uk/sites/default/files/Non Negotiable Parent Leaflet - Reception.pdf

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