Welcome to Reception
Class Teacher:Mrs Teale
Teaching Assistant:Mrs Harris, Mrs Mason
Hello and welcome to Reception class page.
In Reception our learning environment is organised to enable children to source and access resources for themselves, promoting independence and responsibility.
We have a balance between adult led and child initiated activities, both through indoor and outdoor play.
The children’s interests are paramount when we are planning activities, in order to fully engage them in their learning. These interests are developed further through enhancing the resources provided within the learning areas.
Star of the Week
Chloe Egerton for her hard work and determination in all areas of learning.
Stars of the Term
Ese-Rose Dixon and Isabelle Mullett for being excellent role models - they always use good manners and are polite and helpful. Keep up the great work!
Mathematician of the half term
Lacie Lawley for being able to explain what she is working on and how she got her 'answers'.
Writer of the half term
Reagan Clews - for finding the love of writing - he writes everywhere and really enjoys it!
Handwriter of the half term
Charlie Yates for being the most improved - well done.
What we have been learning
Topic: Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?
We have been enjoying lots of different tasks to help us learn about the seasons. We have explored which clothes are suitable for each and the types of weather that we should expect in each season.
We have also enjoyed learning about Divali - dressing up and learning new dance moves.
In maths we have been exploring 'more and fewer' as well as continuing to secure our knowledge of numbers to 10/20.
In phonics we are now in 3 groups and are continuing to learn new sounds daily and revise those we already know. Some of us are beginning to read words and some are beginning to read simple sentences!
Autumn Walk to Chasewater - Tuesday 5th November
To launch our new topic 'Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?' we went for a walk to Chasewater to look for signs of Autumn. We found lots of these, take a look:-
Space Day - 10.10.19
To celebrate Space week we devoted a whole day to having fun and learning about many aspects of 'Space'. We:- estimated and counted space rocks, designed our own space rockets, worked as a team to build a giant space rocket, created our own constellations using q-tips, sang space songs, listened to Julia Donaldson's new book 'The Smeds and the Smoos' and took part in space yoga! What a lot of fun we had, take a look....
At Brownhills West Primary school, your child takes part in daily phonics sessions to help develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. They are taught using RWI (Read Write Inc). This is a comprehensive literacy program that aims to get children reading and writing really quickly. The program enables children to develop skills in reading, writing, spoken language, vocabulary, grammar and spelling in a fully integrated way. This will raise standards in children's literacy and spark a lifelong love of reading.
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Please find below some online phonics games you may like to play with your children.
Helping your child
We believe that parents play an important role in being involved in their child's education. Within this page you will find lots of important information about how we teach phonics, writing and maths. There are also some very useful links to games and attachments with activities to support your child in their learning of phonics and maths.
There are some lovely ideas on this latest link from the DFE for your 'Hungry Little Minds'
In our Early Years unit we are always observing ways in which children learn. There are 3 characteristics of effective learning which help us focus and understand how children learn.
We have a 'child friendly' theme of dinosaurs to celebrate their achievements, these include:- Stickasaurus, Thinkasaurus and Explorasaurus. When a child shows a characteristic they receive a character (badge) to represent that characteristic and to celebrate their learning, plus their picture is displayed with that characteristic. (see attachment)
Throughout the year, we will be compiling a Learning Journey showing your child's comments, photos and work from both school and home. The wow cards are a way for you to record those moments when your child says or does something that makes you think 'wow'! The wow cards or work can then be shared with the rest of the class before being placed in your child's Learning Journey.
The maths challenges are short activity ideas that can fit into your day and will help your child see math’s as fun as well as further supporting their learning from school. Each activity will relate to the different aspects of the area of learning called ‘mathematics.’
You can repeat each activity as many times as your child wants to. Feel free to change the ideas to suit your child’s interests, what you have in your house and their current level of development. If your child wants to represent their thinking on paper let them do so in their own way. For example they might not want to write numbers, but they might want to draw to communicate their mathematical thinking.
Remember to keep the activities as fun as possible as we want our children to enjoy maths.
Online Maths Games
Below are some online maths games you may like to play with your child to support their mathematical learning and skills. If you find, or know of any more maths sites your child enjoys and you wish to share it with other parents, please let us know and we can add it to the list.