Reception 2023 - 2024
I have worked at Rode Heath School for many years now, mainly in KS1. I am excited to be working in Reception for the third time this year. I thoroughly enjoy being part of all of the exciting learning opportunities which Rode Heath has to offer. Outside of school I love to go exploring outdoors with my two children Archie and Elsie.
I have been working with young children for over 20 years and am passionate about giving them the best possible start to school life by learning through creative and meaningful contexts. As a Forest School teacher I love taking learning outside the classroom and introducing children to new skills, such as den building, tree climbing, campfire cookery and caring for our woodland environment.
Our topic for the Spring term is 'Into the Woods' and we will begin by exploring two of our favourite Julia Donaldson stories, 'The Gruffalo' and 'Stick Man'. We have planned lots of lovely learning experiences and are excited to begin the next stage of our learning adventure together. Please see our topic web in the 'Files to Download' section for more information about our learning.
Routines, Reminders & Messages
- Phonics Reading Books - your child will bring home 2 x 'Phonics' reading books that match the sounds learned in phonics lessons. It is important for the children to re-read the books (at least 3 times) at home to help them become more fluent, begin to recognise words and to feel successful as a reader. We encourage the children to read once to sound out and blend all of the words, a second time to remember and begin to read a little more confidently and a third time to help their understanding of the book and be able to talk about it. Please ensure all books and the reading diary are kept in your child's book bag and brought in to school every day as we also read them in class. Books will be changed every Monday - we have very limited supplies of books so please ensure they are in school and availiable to be passed on to the next child.
- 'Reading for Pleasure' books - These are lovely books for you to share with your child at home - your child is not expected to be able to read these for themselves but they are wonderful as a bedtime story or snuggling up on the sofa to read together. These books are also changed every Monday.
- Reading Diary - Please record in the diary each time you read with your child. We will make a note of when we have read in school too. You can use the diary to pass notes to us but please remember that they are not checked daily. If your message is urgent or very important then please telephone or email the school office instead.
- Home Learning is sent home every Friday. Please ensure it is completed and returned by the following Wednesday, when we will collect in the home learning books. We do not send any home learning to be completed over the holidays.
- PE is on Thursdays. Children should wear PE kit to school and pumps / trainers (no laces please)
- Tapestry - we use this to share some of your child's learning. If your child attended our Pre-School then your existing login details are still valid. If you are new to Rode Heath then please look out for an email with instructions on how to get started. As always, please let us know if you have any problems.
We continue to focus on making sure that children are happy, safe and secure in school. We follow our Hearts and Minds curriculum to ensure the children's personal, social and emotional development is central to our practice. More information about our Hearts and Minds curriculum and the weekly Hearts and Mind planning can be found using this link: Hearts and Minds.
To find year group expectations for Maths, please click here, scroll down and click on the overview.
For year group expectations for English, please click here, scroll down and click on the overview.
The expectations for Science and the Foundation subjects can be found by selecting the relevant heading from here.
Our Learning Journey: Monday 26th February 2024
We are continuing Phase 3 Phonics this week and will be learning the sounds ai and ee making sure we recognise the graphemes, can say the sounds and use correct formation.
We will continue to work on reading and writing the tricky words I, no, go, to, the and into from Phase 2 and will learn the new Phase 3 tricky word my. We refer to these words as 'tricky' because we can't sound them out - we just have to learn what they look like! We will also be using our phonic knowledge to read and write simple captions and short sentences.
Pure Sounds - We teach the children to use 'pure' sounds (the sounds that letters make in words) Click on the pictures below to hear the 'pure' sounds for Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonic sounds.
This week we are using our phonic knowledge to write simple sentences that start with a capital letter, have a finger space between each word and end with a full stop.
Letter Formation - Click on the pictures below to see the correct formation for each letter of the alphabet.
The comparison of quantities is something that children begin to do as babies. When comparing, children notice attributes and begin to understand the differences and similarities between them. The activities this week will focus on further developing this innate skill as the children are encouraged to focus exclusively on ordinality: considering where numbers to 8 are in relation to each other.
Children will use the language of ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal to’ to describe the relationships between numbers. This week, ‘less than’ is used instead of ‘fewer than’ when the focus is on each number’s position in the counting sequence. .
Personal, Social & Emotional Development:
This week we will be learning why careful listening is important.
Understanding the World
We are learning about the Christian story of Creation from the Bible this week.
We will be focusing on exploring space safely at different speeds.
Expressive Arts & Design:
This week we will explore threading and weaving, as well as moving to music.
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