Welcome to Reception!
Our teacher is Mrs Mansell and our teaching assistant is Mrs Loris.
In Reception we all aspire to be the best learners that we can be and learning in Reception is exciting, magical and fun. All children contribute to our planning by ensuring their interests are fully promoted, children listen to one another, challenge themselves and think creatively.
Children are never scared to have a go because if they don’t succeed, they have fun working out how to do it better- learning through problem solving and trial and error. Miss Gould and Mrs Loris are always there to help and share a caring smile of encouragement.
We have lots of rewards in Reception that promote positive behaviour choices. Each week, Mrs Mansell and Mrs Loris choose a child that has demonstrated some of Brockhampton values such as independence, empathy, determination, team work and passion to be Reception's Star of the Week. This means they get a special certificate in Celebration Assembly and get to take home Brockhampton Bear for a Sleepover. We also have a zone board that rewards good choices of behaviour and kindness to others. We also earn Rainbow points for our attitude to learning and also showing the Characteristics of Learning and after 10 stickers on our chart we get a rainbow badge.
In Reception, we value all of the children’s interests and delve into these to incorporate them into our planning. The best part about Reception is that we learn through explorative, meaningful play.
As well as inside in the classroom, we really value the outdoors and learning through exploring our environment. We are very lucky where we are situated and have idyllic rural surroundings which means that every opportunity to explore the outdoors is utilised. Whether it is in the woods, Forest School, outdoor classroom, walk on the Bromyard Downs or in our own Early Years outdoor area where children can enjoy a range of activities including sand and water play, ride ons and mud kitchen. We really do make the most of this; we believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.
This term our topic is 'Magnificent Me'
What phonics looks like in Reception: Phonics plays an integral part in our reading and writing in Reception. We learn new sounds on a weekly basis and we provide lots of opportunities for children to practice through multisensory experiences to really embed the sounds. After learning some sounds, we start blending the words together with help from our friend FRED the Frog and to help us to read the words.
The children are also introduced to Red Tricky Words in Reception which are words the children use that cannot be sounded out. We have Cosy book areas both inside and outdoors that children share books with each other and teddies.
We will be learning to retell stories using the story map technique and also with the help of role play masks. This enables children to develop the vocabulary and fluency when retelling the story. It is very empowering for children as they can read pictures and do not need to be able to read the words. Children like to create their own stories with puppets and masks in the classroom. We encourage reading and writing in all areas inside and out. A few examples are Chalkboard tables, writing dens, outside mud writing, writing with paintbrushes in coloured water, glitter, sand and rice. Clipboards and paper, whiteboards, interactive board, party invitations, detectives' notepads - the writing opportunities are endless.
Every week, the children complete pieces of writing in their busy book. This is a purposeful piece that means something to them; it could be, for example, writing invitations, a card or describing their favourite character. We pride ourselves on a stimulating learning environment to motivate the children and ensure all displays are made by the children and are of a celebration of their characteristics of effective learning.
In Reception they are taught the fundamental maths tools linked to number and shape, space and measure. We link these to their ‘maths tool box’ which is linked into skills they will use throughout their education. These maths tools are;- measuring, ordering 1st 2nd 3rd, counting and comparing, groups of, making and exploring patterns, bigger or smaller, where is it, share so it's fair, more or less and how many more or less? Throughout, we use a tactile multi-sensory resource called Numicon that the children become familiar with and as a result they develop key mathematical skills. Where possible, maths is taught in a cross curricular approach and always through purposeful play opportunities, for example; making 3D shape animals, pretending to be a shop keeping buying some food for the tea party and becoming familiar with money and its quantities. We set challenges where children have to think and solve problems. We deepen their understanding by getting them to reason and explain their thinking to their peers and the teachers. We carefully plan for maths to incorporate cross curricular subjects and to represent real life so the children are engaged and inspired. We plan for maths opportunities in the indoor and outdoor environment but we also ensure we bring the learning to the child. We believe that children should not be called to an activity but we provide input maths opportunities that inspire children and then use resources the children are using to engage and foster a love of learning and developing skills in their maths tool box.
Please read with your child at least 5 times per week. It is better to read little and often then children can adapt storytelling and come up with different exciting stories. Children start off with books with no words to encourage them to read the story with pictures and start to get the structure of a story. Adults should model exciting vocabulary that they could use to develop their sentences. We want children to love books and this needs to be a special and enjoyable activity that your child looks forward to. After your child is confident at blending the sounds together, they will move onto books with some words that are phonetically sounded. Every three weeks, the children are set home learning tasks that they can enjoy at home with the family. The children love their tasks and they can be anything such as making a 3D model of the beast, design a piece of jewellery, practising their names in different things like glitter, sand etc. and going on walks to find autumnal things.
The children learn their tricky words through word walls and should learn these words by sight. Parents can play games at home such as lotto or bingo to enable the children to learn these. They can be placed on the fridge with magnetic letters or written with chalks outside.
Every Monday afternoon, we go to Forest School. We begin the year learning the forest school rules, using our senses to discover things and collecting wood for the fire.