Children can learn a lot about reading even before they come to school and are formally taught. Young children learn about reading when
We would like children coming into school to
Strategies used in teaching a child to read
Children use many strategies when reading. Phonics or ‘sounding’ a word out is the most important stage and we teach a scheme of work for synthetic phonics in our Reception class as recommended by the ‘Rose Report.’ Children also learn to use visual memory, that is looking at a word and remembering it. Children also learn when reading a good story. If the story makes sense and holds his/her interest the child can gather clues from the text and the pictures, making logical guesses about unknown vocabulary.
Helping your child progress with reading
Once children have started to read they will make better progress if you can help them by reading with them daily.
Helping Your Child with Maths
Activities to do at home
Helping Your Child with Writing
Children usually experiment with their own pretend writing first and this should be encouraged. Children are making marks at this stage but often to them they are writing. Ask your child to read back their writing to you and give them lots of praise, don’t tell them it is wrong or ‘just scribble.’ Young children learn writing when:
A young child encouraged in this way will soon be ready to form letters correctly and will develop a love of writing which will stay with them throughout their learning.
Activities to do at Home
In Reception, when children first learn their letter sounds they are taught to form their letters correctly. We will send out more information about this in the first half term.
Websites to help support your childs learning;
Recommended Books to help with Maths;
Books to enjoy at home include:
A good website for buying books at discounted prices is www.thebookpeople.co.uk/schools
Find out what we are doing in class each half term. These information sheets will give you information about the topics we are covering each half term as well as the focus for maths, reading, writing, PE and ICT. You will also find a copy of letters specifically for Reception parents here.
Here are some of the strategies we use in our Reception class to involve our parents in their children's learning. Any further suggestions are welcome. Please contact Mrs Robinson.
Our school has a PE kit as part of the school uniform. It consists of : * navy blue, royal blue or white t-shirt * navy or black pair of shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms. *a pair of black pumps or trainers. They do not need to have a school logo on them. They should be named to avoid confusion. It is important that all children should change for PE and that they should have their kits I school every day until the next holidays or it needs washing. It is not appropriate to wear pyjamas or skirts or items with zips and fastenings on them for health and safety reasons. No jewellery including earrings and religious items should be worn during PE. They will need to be removed for the lesson or better still be left at home for safe keeping. Here are some examples of a PE kit, modelled by our Reception class.
On 16.1.19 Catherine from Tiny Tales and Tunes visited us to tell us the story of 'The Gruffalo's Child' by Julia Donaldson. We acted out the story with the puppets. We danced with scarves pretending to be snowflakes and the owl flying and swooping. We had pretend snowballs on the parachute and together as a class we had to shake them off but the adults kept putting them back on! At the end of the story Gruffalo's Child goes back to the cave and snuggles for a sleep with daddy. We laid down on the floor looking at the lights on the ceiling and sang 'Twinkle twinkle little star.' We had a lot of fun today and we now know the story really well.
The Leeds library service sent a storyteller to school. She shared her love for reading with us. We listened to some good stories and talked about the books.
On Wednesday 14th of November Catherine from Tiny Tales and Tunes came to visit us in school. She told us the story of 'The Three Little Pigs.' We had lots of fun. We used puppets to bring the story to life and real straw, bricks and sticks. We danced and sang songs as part of the story. We used the parachute, scarves, pom poms and shakers. Catherine said we were 'Superstars'
Today in school we have been learning about Bonfire Night. We talked about the history of Bonfire Night and why we celebrate on 5th November. We have made some fantastic pictures of fireworks which are displayed in our classroom. Together we scooped out two pumpkins. We passed them around and decided if we thought they were heavy or light, we talked about their shape, colour and smell. We felt the texture of the seeds from inside the pumpkin. In the afternoon we went in the nature garden and snuggled under a blanket and had jacket potatoes to eat and hot chocolate to drink. We put a tea light in our pumpkins but it wasn't quite dark enough to glow!. We really enjoyed our learning today it was great fun!.
We have been learning about the changes that Autumn brings. We went into the nature garden in small groups. We worked with a partner to find the things on our list. We found different coloured leaves, acorns, pine cones, twigs and lots more. This led to lots of talk about Autumn.
We would like to say a big 'Thank you' to all our Reception parents and children for welcoming us into your homes when we undertook home visits. We were made to feel welcome and it was a pleasure to meet the children in their home environment. The children are now settling well into school and we would like to share some photos of some of the activities we have been doing in the first two weeks. We have spent time in our outdoor classroom. We have enjoyed the shop and mud kitchen. Inside the classroom we have been exploring the different areas of provision.
On Wednesday 27th June Reception class went on a trip to a magical adventure land called Sundown. We had so many new experiences. We went into storybook village where we could try the chairs in the seven Dwarf’s house and play the piano in the Three Little Pigs House. We saw the big bad wolf in Grandma’s house and stirred the porridge in the Three Bears House. We enjoyed lots of wonderful rides. We had a tractor ride taking a trip around the English countryside, a Jolly Pirate ride where we were splashed with a little water. We travelled through Sherwood forest aboard the Robin Hood Ride. We went into Lollipoppet castle with all it’s wonderful smells of candy. In the Angry Birds activity park we took a spin on Okie Yolkie ride and bounced along on the Giddy Piggies ride. We explored Fort Apache where we could swing, climb, slide and explore, great for our physical development. We had such a wonderful day with fun, laughter and smiles. Many of us fell fast asleep on the coach coming home, exhausted but happy!
Today (8.5.18) was a beautiful sunny day. This afternoon we had such fun in the sun. take a look at our outdoor activities.
This is the first graduation ceremony to be held at Quarry Mount and what a lovely event it was. The children made their own mortar board hat, sang songs "In our Class we're Superstars" and "Finishing Reception", received certificates and celebrated with juice, cake and biscuits. Thank you to all the parents who turned up to watch. Here is the video presentation of the children in their mortar board and gown. What a beautiful class- how grown up do they look?