New Reception starters - September
Please have a look at the links below for lots of information to help your child settle in smoothly and answer your questions!
This term in Red Class...
Dear Red Class adults,
Welcome/witam/bem-vindo to Reception at St Peter’s!
I am so excited to be teaching children in Reception again this year and can’t wait to begin our learning journey. We have many exciting and interesting topics, activities and stories to share with you this year and I am sure we will have a brilliant time together creating and learning in our busy classroom. By the time you come to the end of the first year, there will be amazing early writers, readers, artists, scientists, explorers and mathematicians with store of skills and language. In Red Class, you’ll find me, Miss Marjoram our wonderful early years practitioner and Mrs Bliszczak, our class teaching assistant.
Our first term is split into two parts, weeks 1-3 and weeks 4-7. From Week 2 onwards, I will send you a ‘This Week in Red Class’ that will explain the learning taking place in Red Class that week.
Weeks 1-3 cover ‘Settling into School’ and ‘Learning to Learn’. These weeks focus on making sure your child knows their routines, feels comfortable in the classroom and is familiar with the faces and spaces around our wonderful school environment. We get to know our fabulous St Peter’s Learning Characters and learn to use our Just Right Scheme, our school’s colour-coded approach to emotional regulation. We create self-portraits, talk about our families and our homes and begin learn about each other. September in Reception is a very special time and we want to fill it with brilliant learning experiences, which will mean lots of stories,
mark making and writing with different media, art, counting games and lots of imaginative outside play. We celebrate differences in Red Class and want to get to know what is special about each child through creative activities with lots of time for talking and reading.
Part of this process means carry out baseline assessments in writing, reading and maths and the RBA (Reception Baseline Assessment). Myself and Miss Marjoram will assess where they are and what we need to teach them. The Reception Baseline Assessment does much the same, but we do not get the results. It determines information for the Department of Education to measure outcomes and data. Be assured our assessments are purely for information gathering so we can provide the best education for your child. If you have any concerns or questions, contact me for a chat or telephone call. We’re here to help you at any time!
Weeks 4-7 covers our next topic, ‘Bears, Bears, Bears’. Our key texts are ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’. We look at non-fiction texts as part of our learning and will find out where bears live, what they eat and how they like to play! The second half of our term gives further opportunities for mark-making, writing, number work, play, creation and imagination. we discuss things like our interests, families and experiences, taking care to practise listening and responding to information. Reading focusses on enjoying stories that about bears and our special end of day story time, where we
vote for one of our top 25 books in Reception. In this half of the term, we begin Little Wandle phonics, St Peter’s selected phonics scheme which children follow throughout the school. We work on recognising and verbalising GPC’s – graphic phoneme correspondences. This is a clever way of saying that we learn to hear, say and write sounds that we hear in the English language! As Autumn begins properly, we’ll look at the changes around us, seeing what signs of Autumn we can hear, taste, touch, smell and see. We’ll celebrate Harvest Festival as a school.
I hope you enjoy your first term with us. We’re so happy to have you and get started on our first learning journey!
Miss Read and the Red Class adults
RED CLASS DOCUMENTS
Download the "Portslade Partnership of Schools" Getting Ready for School booklet here.