Welcome to Reception
The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB Mrs Carby RC
Mrs Bate Mrs Phillips Mrs Wilding Mrs Lavelle
Water Bottles, Wellies, Book Bags and PE kits
Please could you ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school every day.
We also ask that you bring in a pair of wellies, which will be kept in school, from your child's first week so they can access our outdoor learning environment.
To help your child carry important letters and in the future shared/guided reading books, they need to bring a St Peter's school book bag to school each day and not a backpack. We have limited space in our cloakrooms but each child has a designated tray for their book bag.
We are yet to start PE lessons but when we do, you will given a letter which will tell you which 'team' your child is in and therefore which colour polo shirt to buy.
Please note dates may change so keep a check on this webpage.
Tuesday 7th December - Library Trip
Friday 10th December - Christmas Jumper Day - £1 donation
Thursday 16th December - Christmas Party
Friday 17th December - Break up for Christmas
Tuesday 4th January - Teacher Training Day
Wednesday 5th January - Return to school
Friday 18th February - Break up for half term
In Reception at St Peter's we follow the Jack in the Box scheme which has been developed by Early Specialists. Our worship sessions follow a familiar, repeated pattern with fun songs set to well-known tunes and a variety of learning strategies guaranteed to engage our children in the Bible stories.
Children travel with Jack to meet the Big Bible Heroes of the Old Testament and then on to learn all about Jesus and his love for the world, and the adventures of his friends and followers.
This term we will be learning about Moses crossing the Red Sea and God sends Manna.
We also follow the Understanding Christianity scheme where each unit takes a core concept and gives a key question through which to explore the concept. The unit identifies the knowledge ‘building blocks’ and focused outcomes that are expected of pupils by the end of teaching. Our key question is 'Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas?'
We have now started Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds. In this phase letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds to make the word tap from a small selection of magnetic letters.
At St Peter's we use lots of the resources that can be found on the Letters and Sounds website. They are free to download and can be very useful to use at home. Please do not hesitate to ask us about any of your phonics needs!
In Literacy we will be learning about our community. We will start by going on a walk to see what things we can spot in our local area. This will give us the opportunity to use the sounds we know to write labels for the photographs we have taken.
We will then share our spine book 'On the way home' by Jill Murphy. The children will make maps of their own journey home and pick an animal or creature that they see one the way home.
All of the children will have daily opportunities to write inside and outside the classroom. We will be building on all of the strategies they have learnt in phonics lessons to help the children spell and read words confidently.
At St Peter's we use White Rose Hub to plan and deliver structured lessons which cover the statutory requirements of Development Matters in order to meet the Early Learning Goals.
Last term we focused on Number and Place Value by teaching the children the key principles of counting.
The one-to-one principle - This involves children assigning one number name to each object that is being counted.
The stable-order principle - Children understand when counting, the numbers have to be said in a certain order.
The cardinal principle - Children understand that the number name assigned to the final object is the total number of objects in that group is the total number of objects in that group.
The abstract principle - This involves children understanding that anything can be counted including things that cannot be touched for example sounds and movements.
The order-irrelevance principle - This involves children understanding that the order we count a group of objects is irrelevant. There will still be the same number.
This term we will consolidate our learning of the key principles of counting and then we will go on to sorting and matching. The children will learn that collections of objects can be sorted into sets based on their attributes such as colour, shape or size. Sorting enable the children to consider what is the same about all objects in one set and how they are different to other sets. They being to understand that the same collection of objects can be sorted in different ways and they will be encouraged to come up with their own criteria for sorting objects into sets.
Understanding the World
In our topic we will be teaching the children about similarities and differences. On our community walk we will look at different types of houses and buildings. We will be encouraging the children to think about the purpose of these buildings and what they need for them to function correctly. The children will also have the chance to talk about their own opinions likes and dislikes.
The children will also have weekly opportunities to use the computers in the ICT suite to complete simple programs that support current learning, draw their portraits on 2simple and create bonfire pictures.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children will be involved within a weekly small group circle time. This term the focus is on rules which is linked to the 'British Values' scheme. This begins with the children thinking about what rules are, why we need them, coming up with rules for the classroom and thinking about rules they follow at home and in different places (in the car). The children will have the opportunities to express their ideas and thoughts and any feeling or worries they may have.
In PE will be developing the children's knowledge of hazards, safety in the hall and listening skills in a different environment. We will begin P.E this term by undertaking a range of games that involve the children using their listening skills. Once those skills have been developed we will then introduce equipment and focus on moving in a range of ways and balancing skills. The key focus for this term will be to encourage ALL the children to dress and undress independently, this usually takes a number of weeks. There will be lost shorts, t-shirts and pumps, so please ensure all P.E kit is named.
Expressive Arts and Design
This term the children will be introduced to 'form'. We will look at the work of Lisa Stevens who was a sculptor for Aardman Animations who created characters for Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit films. The children will have a chance to use lots of malleable materials including Play-Doh, clay and salt dough to create their own characters and work in the style of Lisa Stevens. They will be taught to use a variety of tools as well as using manmade, recycled and natural materials to impress items to apply simple decoration.
Also, every week the children will take part in a music lesson. They start by learning different songs and thinking about their breathing techniques. Within this the children are taught about pitch, tempo, pulse and rhythm. They also have the opportunity to play the glockenspiel.
Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!