Welcome to Reception Class 2021-2022
Together, We Learn and Grow in God's Love
Class Teacher: Miss J Wood
Here is a little bit about me!
My favourite colour is pink and mint green.
My favourite book is Beegu by Alexis Deacon.
I love to spend time cuddling and looking after my guinea pigs.
If I could have any superpower it would be to teleporte. It would be amazing to teleporte and explore the world.
Early Years Practitioner: Miss R Dyer
Teaching Assistant and Bus Escort: Mrs Nasreen
We hope you enjoy this short film about our amazing new Reception learning and play area.
Starting school is an exciting time and we are looking forward to getting to know your children more!
We hope your child enjoyed their first visits last week and we can't wait to welcome you all on your first days. Our class page will be used for sharing key dates, useful websites and ideas on how you can support your child at home.
This term our theme is 'Marvellous Me'.
Tuesday - Come to school in PE kit for PE.
Thursday - Music with Mrs Roe
In Reception we play and learn together to reach the Early Learning Goals
(ELG). There are 17 ELG's in total and you can find a document below with
further information of each Early Learning Goal and how you can help at
ELG - Literacy is split into three aspects
Comprehension • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
• Anticipate (where appropriate) key events in stories.
• Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role play
Word Reading • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.
• Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.
• Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.
Writing - • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
• Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
• Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others
See documents below on how to support your child with their reading and writing at home.
Why teach blending and segmenting?
Teaching the skills of segmentation in isolation or in combination with blending instruction helps with successful reading development.
When beginning readers sound out words, they slowly say each sound in a word (c/a/t), and then say the sounds quickly together to "read" the word (cat). In reading, teachers call this blending because sounds are being blended together. Blending (combining sounds) and segmenting (separating sounds) are skills that are necessary for learning to read.
Developing a child's phonological awareness is an important part of developing a reader.
Throught the year we focus on Phase 1 alongside other phases with Letters and Sounds to ensure consolidation in all aspects.
The aspects are:
Aspect 1 - General sound discrimination - environmental
The aim of this aspect is to raise children's awareness of the sounds around them and to develop their listening skills. Suggested activities are going on a listening walk, drumming on different items outside and comparing the sounds, playing a sounds lotto game and making shakers.
Aspect 2 - General sound discrimination - instrumental sounds
This aspect aims to develop children's awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers. Activities include comparing and matching sound makers, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds.
Aspect 3 - General sound discrimination - body percussion
The aim of this aspect is to develop children's awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes, listening to music and developing a sounds vocabulary.
Aspect 4 - Rhythm and rhyme
This aspect aims to develop children's appreciation and experiences of rhythm and rhyme in speech. Activities include rhyming stories, rhyming bingo, clapping out the syllables in words and odd one out.
Aspect 5 - Alliteration
The focus is on initial sounds of words, with activities including I-Spy type games and matching objects which begin with the same sound.
Aspect 6 - Voice sounds
The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot's mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice - /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.
Aspect 7 - Oral blending and segmenting
In this aspect, the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills.
To practise oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, you could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds they can hear in the word sock.
The activities introduced in Phase 1 are intended to continue throughout the following phases, as lots of practice is needed before children will become confident in their phonic knowledge and skills.
A website with many fun phonics games to play. See ClassDojo page for log in details to access PhonicsPlay.
You will receive your log in details very soon. You can upload photos and comments of your child learning at home. Speak to Miss Wood if you have any questions regarding your account.
For all your creative ideas check out this website!
In Reception we learn the Jolly Phonics song to help us remember the sounds we learn. Your child will begin to learn new sounds and actions this year.
A website with many free games for your child to play.