Welcome to Reception
The Reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. At Woodham Ley Primary School, children are offered the very best start to their education by being provided with rich opportunities and experiences. Our curriculum is based on the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and we deliver this through a play-based approach. The curriculum is organised in a way which meets each child's individual needs, interests and fascinations, resulting in us planning 'in the moment' rather than through a 'one size fits all' topic.
Throughout the year, the children will have fun, make friends, learn and develop at a pace matched to each child's stage of development. We work hard to foster positive relationships with parents and value just how important these partnerships are. Right from the start, we endeavour to ensure that caring, nurturing and warm relationships are developed between all members of staff and the children in our care. We promote calm, positive interactions with all children in order to enable them to quickly grow in confidence and independence.
We encourage children to take risks, be curious and explore. We want them to become resilient individuals who are able to problem solve and persevere with tasks even when they find them a challenge. By doing this, we can rest assured that each child will be equipped with the skills to be a life-long, independent and effective learner.
Planning in the Moment
For further information on our rationale behind 'planning in the moment', please read the document below:
For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage:
Usually, we provide a daily snack for the children which they are able to access each morning. but due to recent circumstances, we are asking for parents to provide their own healthy snacks each day. The children will still have the opportunity to receive free fruit and vegetables through the Government's Free Fruit and Vegetables Scheme (SFVS) which aims to help children achieve their 5 A Day, and there may be occasions when we can provide and encourage children to try fruits they may not have come across before. In addition to this, children under 5 are entitled to free milk under the Nursery Milk Scheme. We also provide fresh drinking water.
One of the opportunities the children have, when they are a focus child, is to participate in a cooking activity. We try to vary the experiences they have each time and encourage them to try both sweet and savoury items. This opportunity is a very important life skill and also provides an avenue for lots of additional learning linked to: Maths, Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Usually the children would share what they had made at our weekly Reading Cafe, but as we are not able to go ahead with that at the moment, the children will be given what they make to take home instead.
In order for us to continue this provision, we are asking for contributions towards these cooking experiences. £5 a term, per child, would cover the cost of the ingredients and food bags for sending the items home. If we are in a position to provide a range of snacks again, we will inform you of this change and give you plenty of notice for any additional contributions.
The children have used mirrors to really study their own reflections in order to capture their own facial images. This has formed part of our discussions about why and how we are special. We have listened to our friends who have helped to fill our buckets by giving examples of how special we all are and have listened to our parents who have expressed why they think we are special via video messages to the class.
Can you spot who we are from our wonderful self portraits?
Our Celebration Gallery
This week in Reception...
The children have had another busy week learning about firefighters and we were lucky enough to have been sent our own personalised video of the equipment they use and see a fire engine working from a London Fire Brigade team where one of the parents in our school works. This was amazing to see and we were able to also look at some actual firefighting clothing.
The week finished off with our sports day and the children were amazing! They sat well and joined in brilliantly with all of their events for the school and were supportive of their team mates. Please see our wonderful gallery below of the exciting event!
Last week in Reception...
The children have completed their Random Acts of Wildness this week with some wildlife landscape drawings and maps of the outside area. They have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we thank all the parents for their support with the activities over the weekend at home too!
We have also been focusing on the police and their important roles in the community, dressing up as policeman and creating investigations to solve clues in the outside area. We were very lucky to try on a real police hat which was on loan from one of our parents, and even had a video call from DC Clements who showed us some of the police equipment they use and answered all of our questions.
In PE, we have been rehearsing lots of different skills in preparation for the upcoming Sports Day next week; this has involved; running, skipping, balancing and moving around different resources. They had lots of fun and we are all very excited about the big day.
In Maths, we have been working on odd and even numbers in a variety of different ways. We have used cubes and ourselves to investigate how to create odd and even numbers and have made these links to our numicon shapes in class.
Sports Day 2021
Red and Blue team
Yellow and Green team
The children in Reception have looked after five caterpillars in class leading up to the Easter holiday break. As we finished the spring term, the caterpillars had just formed their own chrysalis' so Mrs Fairs kindly offered to take them home to continue to look after them. On 6th April, we welcomed our first two butterflies (Spring and Sprinkles) to the world. Three more butterflies to go!
A few days later, Lily, Amber and Florence also hatched and we were very excited to release them on our first day back at school (12th April).
Home learning - Nocturnal animals
During this term, we are learning about, 'What we see when we stop and look' so we are focusing on what we can see at night for this half of the term. We have learnt about the word 'nocturnal' and that it means animals that are awake at night. We have worked really hard in our remote learning to make some of these animals in many creative ways. See how many different animals you can spot. Can you think of any others?
Home learning - Space.
In Reception, we are still focusing on the topic of what we can see when we stop and look, and in particular what we can see at night. We are now working on space and have discussed the things we can see in the sky at night time. The children have started to make their own rockets after learning about how rockets are made and how they get to space. We think they have done an amazing job of making these rockets. What do you think?
'Focus child' meetings will start from the week of the 28th September. I will be in contact with you when it is your child's week. If there are any worries or concerns, please feel free to come and speak to me. Please take pictures of things you have done with your child over the weekend after you receive your letter, and send them in to us (via the Evidence Me app) to share with the rest of the class. I look forward to hearing all your news!
Focus children are provided with home bags on the Friday before they are a focus child. The bag is linked to communication and language with activities to do at home. At the end of the week that they are a focus child, they are sent home with a story pack for them to learn and re-tell. Both of these activities are there to support the child's development in speech and language and to encourage a love of books and stories. Please ensure that these packs are returned by the following Monday each week so that they can be prepared and are ready to be shared with another child.
Once all the children are settled and into a routine, every child will receive a few books to bring home. They will be given a phase book as well as their coloured book (these will be changed every Friday morning). Once we start work on Phase 2 (after October half term), the children will also have a set of sounds to learn and rehearse at home. As the children progress at their own rate, the level of book and phonics sets the children are given to learn at home may change, so please monitor this at home.
Please read with them regularly at home and discuss the book's characters and themes. Ask them questions about what has been read, give summaries of the book and see if they can make predictions about what could happen next as you read.
We would like you to dig deep into your recycling bags for yogurt pots, tubs, fruit containers, egg boxes, kitchen tubes, bottles etc as we use them in the creative area. All containers, pots and bottles will need to be washed out before being brought into school. Given the current pandemic, they will be quarantined in storage for a week before the children will be given them to use. Thank you in advance!
We usually start our Reading Cafe every week once the children are full-time but unfortunately, due to guidelines from the government, this will not be possible at the moment. We will keep you informed if this changes.
The Invisible String
I hope you're all having a lovely summer!
I have prepared a video for you to listen to. It is about a wonderful story called 'The Invisible String'. Please watch it and discuss any questions you may have with someone who can help you at home. There is a task to do at the end which may help you to feel more at ease on your first day with us.
Enjoy the rest of your time at home, and we will see you very soon.
Stories to be shared
These stories are all about trying new things. They are lovely stories that could be shared with your child before September in order to prepare them for their first day.
'The Koala that could'
'Be brave little Penguin'
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
The children have learnt the story using the 'Talk for Writing' technique. They now know the story off by heart so we used this to go on our very own bear hunt! They were so thrilled that they wanted to do it all over again straight after! Lovely work children!
Nursery Rhyme Week