Welcome to Oldswinford C.E. Primary School
Believe, achieve and shine brighter together
We will be having lots of settling in activities this term, especially as the children have had so many different experiences during lockdown. We all need to get to know each other and form strong relationships. Settling the children into school so they feel safe, cared for and happy, is the most important goal.
We shall be starting a topic all about People who help us. We thought this would relate to the children very well and they would certainly know all about the NHS!
We can explore hospital staff, dentists, opticians, vets, police officers, fire fighters and those who help us in school such as the cook, the cleaners, the office staff and the site manager.
Phonics/writing, reading and maths
We will begin by finding out what the children already know, then build from there. We will be introducing letter sounds, numbers, counting and sorting. We appreciate that many children did not go back to their pre-schools so we can gradually see where we need to work from and help them learn according to their needs. This is something we would do anyway when they come into Reception.
Foundation Stage 2020
At Oldswinford C.E. Primary school we believe that the children’s time in Foundation Stage, the Reception class, is one of the most important times in their school life. This lays the foundation for their learning and development for the rest of their education. We work hard to nurture and care for the children and seek to make school an enjoyable and exciting place to be.
There are seven main areas of learning which are split into prime areas of :
Then we have ;
Each area of learning is implemented through planned purposeful play. This takes place through a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities. Play is so essential to help children relate to others, build their confidence, explore their surroundings, and think critically.
The progress the children make is assessed by 17 Early learning Goals.
What to expect in Reception
We have daily maths and phonics sessions, and talk for writing and kinetic letters most days. There will be a workshop in the Autumn term to show some of what we do.
The children have two P.E. sessions each week, so please make sure the children have had their earrings removed on those days. We will tell you the days when we get the new timetable. We shall not be beginning P.E. straight away so you have plenty time to sort a P.E. kit!
All children learn at different rates so we differentiate our experiences so all can learn effectively. Parents/Carers will be sent a dojo link so they can see weekly updates and photos of what the children are currently learning and experiencing. Always helpful when a child replies ‘we just played’, to a question about their day!
When children start school, they are given a book with no words, until they learn to blend letters together to make words. They are also given words in their reading record to learn. We have an online reading scheme we will discuss with you at the term progresses.
We will give you a water bottle which will be left in school for us to refill, then sent home on Fridays to wash thoroughly. Please remember to pop it back on Monday mornings.
These are some pictures of the areas in Reception which are in our two rooms which the children access straight away in the morning.
This is the Understanding the World area where children can explore, feel and touch a variety of objects.
This is the Worship area where we add to our class worship book each week and make time to stop and think about the values we have been taught in R.E. or in general class discussion times.
The Role play area is always a favourite, and changes with the change of topics. We have story baskets based on the topics around the classroom and a dressing up stand to fit the topic.
Here we have the indoor and the outdoor Maths area where children can come to find out about numbers, shape and counting.
We have a cosy reading area where children can meet to share a book with a friend or an adult. They can read inside and outside.
Our art area is where budding artists can come and express themselves with work being placed on the walls in frames and hung on the washing lines for all to see.
There is a Snack area which children can access all day. There is water to drink and a variety of fruit and vegetables to try. It is also a great social space to have a chat. This may look different in line with social distancing, but this will all be clear when the children come in.
We have an ICT area where children can explore cameras and remote controlled equipment.
Our outdoor classroom is an extension and enhancement of the learning that takes place inside.
The construction area is a great favourite where children can let their imaginations run wild.
We have a music area to explore songs and sound. Listening to the children sing is quite a treat and we soon learn what parents are listening to at home! The children often use the instruments on the stage and invite us to a show.
The sandpit is a wonderful place to play and enjoy. We also have a water tray, guttering and funnels which is excellent for problem solving. An understanding the world area helps the children explore natural materials and discover for themselves.
The maths and writing areas have a variety of equipment to draw and write, with lots of numbers and letters to find and use.
We have a creative area with malleable materials available like playdough, and lots to cut and stick.
Our prayer cross is where children can place a thought underneath and sit and think.
We have a grass area too for planting, digging and imaginative play.
If you need to ask anything just have a word at the beginning of the day as you come into the classroom, or when all the children have been dismissed at the end of the day.
We are looking forward to another exciting term.
The Reception team- Mrs Roberts, Miss Thomas, Miss Carton and Mrs Hardy.
We hope these websites help you access sites we use at school to support learning in Reception.
Resources to support your children’s learning.
www.phonicshero.com (7 day free trial but you can create a paid account if you wish). Includes all sounds, games and printable resources. This is a resource we use in school therefore the children are familiar with it. You can download printable resources for future use.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk has a free resources section for both parents and children. We use these games in our phonics session to enhance the children’s learning.
Teach your monster to read (app available on app store and play store)- Allows the children to create a character where they can go on a trail to help their monster reach the ship on the way they have to play different phonics games.
Cbeebies alpha blocks can help reinforce children’s phonetic knowledge.
The tricky word song- the children love this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ (any games with the appropriate age are a good start. The children have been playing: Caterpillar ordering; coin sorting; shape patterns; ladybird spots; paint the squares to recognise counting in 10’s/1 more and less.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy -some of the games such as number blocks adding a subtracting are useful.
The days of the week song to the Addams family tune (again the children love this!)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GKmCQOy88Y
Months of the year song- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5enDRrWyXaw&list=PLqv4y60m_3_BsDssdzvrCueiho5Tc-1j8
Reading lots of stories and singing lots of rhymes are essential part of our day. We sometimes use youtube to help us! E.g. five little ducks, ten green bottles, 10 fat sausages, wind the bobbin up, five little speckled frogs.