Welcome back to Term 3 in Reception!
We are looking forward to a new term of learning ahead now that the children are confident in Reception routines and the environment. Children now know and understand the importance of hand hygiene and are becoming very independent.
The weather continues to be cold and we will still make the most of our wonderful outdoor learning environment. It is essential that all children have a named coat in school every day and a named pair of wellies to keep at school would be very useful also. Please make sure your child is wearing the correct school uniform and that it is clearly labelled to avoid confusion. Uniform guidelines are outlined on the school website – please contact the school office if you have any questions.
Water Bottles, Snacks and Lunches
All children should bring a labelled water bottle to school every day. It is essential that bottles contain only water, not squash or juice as this supports the development of good oral hygiene. We also promote healthy eating in order to establish lifelong healthy food choices. Reception children are provided with free fruit and milk for snack time. Healthy ideas for packed lunches can be found on the school website.
Please can we remind you that we are a Nut Free School, so please do not pack products in the lunchboxes that may contain nuts; this includes chocolate spread.
Our topic this term in PE is object control using bean bags.
Nightingale Class’ PE day will continue to be Monday. Can your child bring their PE kit to school on Mondays and we will return them on Fridays. It is handy to have them in school as a spare set of clothes.
For indoor PE: Children will need black shorts and a plain t-shirt in their house colour.
For Outdoor PE: black shorts and t-shirt, and a tracksuit or spare jumper for colder days. Children will also need trainers.
Jewellery: A reminder that only stud earrings and wristwatches may be worn to school. Earrings must be removed by the child or covered for PE. Please can children not wear bracelets to school.
This term our STEAM focus is Engineering, and we will be answering the question ‘Can I design and construct a product using my knowledge and understanding of the engineering process? The children will work together to build a boat that is waterproof and floats, exploring a selection of materials and fixing methods to test which works best and why.
The areas of learning and development
There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the Prime areas:
- Communication and language: the number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children's language effectively. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive.
- Physical development: Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness.
- Personal, social and emotional development: PSED is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Expressive arts and design
Understanding the World
Reading and Phonics
It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together.
At Cherry Fields Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme to teach your children the knowledge they need to become confident readers and, eventually, confident writers. Your child will receive daily phonics sessions. In addition, we enjoy phonics games daily that teach children the listening and sound discrimination skills they need in order to read. We communicate with you the sounds that your child is learning and send home phonics reading books weekly. It is essential that you hear your child read daily using either the hard copy books or the links posted via Class Dojo. Please also write an entry in their Reading Diary each time.
During our ‘Talk through stories’ sessions, (which provide the opportunity for children to really explore key texts, understand the principle of the story, learn new vocabulary and explore new characters), we will focus on one key text at a time which the children will become very familiar with. Our literacy key texts for this will be:
- My Mummy is an Engineer
- Lost and Found
- Billy’s Bucket
- An Evening at Alfie's
- Chinese New Year stories
- Who Sank the Boat
- Non-fiction texts about engineering, plumbing, natural water sources, waterproof materials and many more.
How you can support us further
At Cherry Fields Primary School, we are committed to working in partnership with our families and our community. We welcome parent/carer involvement in our curriculum and would be particularly interested this term in working with anyone who works as a plumber or an engineer. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like to come and visit us.
This term we have lots of sensory experiences planned as we explore floating, sinking, and waterproofing. We would like to ask for a voluntary contribution of £2 per child (payable via Parent Pay) to support this.
We make good use of unwanted items so if you have any kitchen roll tubes, pieces of soft untreated wood, corks, small boxes, washed yoghurt pots, old books or toys please bring your donations to class at drop-off.
Please look out for key dates on Class Dojo and the weekly school newsletter, including the date of our end of term STEAM Showcase!
If you have any concerns, please do come and speak to us bearing in mind that we tend to have more time at the end of the day as our priority in the morning is to settle the children and begin our learning. Thank you for your continued support – we are looking forward to another exciting term ahead and partnering with you in your child’s learning and development.
Reception Class Teacher