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Welcome to Reception!

Important information:

Physical Education

PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays and children will need to wear their PE kits on those days.


Reading Books
Please ensure that your child brings their reading book every Friday.

Books will be collected on Fridays and new books will be given out on Mondays. Please ensure your child has their reading diary signed to say they have read to an adult. Please try to listen to your child reading for at least 5-10 minutes each day.
Sharing a book at bedtime or reading a story to your child will help them develop a love for reading!


 

If you have any questions about Reception and the things we do, please come and talk to either Miss Garbutt, Mrs Richards (on Fridays), Mrs Cham or Miss Siddik.

The Gingerbread Man by Mara Alperin - Story Map (WB 02.05.2022)

This half term, our topic is Traditional Tales. Our model text is based on the book, The Gingerbread Man. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next.

The Gingerbread Man - The hook (WB 02.05.2022)

We had a mysterious visitor sneak into our classroom this week, they left us clues to read and footprints to follow! Together we read the clues and followed the footprints around the classroom and we found The Gingerbread Man! He was hiding in the oven in our role play area. After this, we listened to the story of The Gingerbread Man and decided that he must have escaped from the baker and tried to hide in our classroom.

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell - Story Map (WB 18.04.2022)


This half term, our topic is Traditional Tales. Our model text is based on the book, Farmer Duck. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next.

Summer 1 Homework Topic Menu
Butterflies are released!

By the end of term only 2 of our butterflies had emerged from their chrysalis’ and so Mrs Richards took them home so her two girls could look after them. On Saturday and Sunday both other butterflies appeared but the weather was too cold to release them. We kept them in the house until Tuesday when although it was a little windy it was warmer than it had been. See the videos too.

Butterfly videos
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Reception Curriculum Letter - Spring 2 2022

Here is a copy of our class curriculum letter that was sent home on Friday the 4th March 2022. The letter shares what we will be learning this half term and key dates.

3rd March 2022 - Our class caterpillars arrived!

This half term our topic is Things That Grow, we will be looking at different life cycles such as butterflies and plants. We have started looking at the life cycle of a butterfly and are very lucky to have our own class caterpillars to look after! Over the next few weeks, we will be observing how the caterpillars change and watch them turn into beautiful butterflies.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - Story Map (WB 28.02.2022)


This half term, our topic is Things That Grow. Our model text is based on the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next.


Spring 2 Homework Topic Menu
8th February 2022 - Visit from Buddy the Hedgehog

This half term, Reception have been learning all about seasons. We have learned about hedgehogs and how they can hibernate in the winter. We were very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Clayton's hedgehog, Buddy!

WB 10.01.2022 Cake Decorating

This week in Maths, we have been learning about mass and capacity. We practiced our skills by decorating some cakes. We worked in small groups to carefully measure out the ingredients. Our cakes looked great and tasted great too!

We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury - Story Map (WB 03.01.2022)

This half term, our topic is winter/seasons. Our model text is based on the book, We're Going On A Bear Hunt. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next. 






 
Reception Curriculum Letter - Spring 1 2022

Here is a copy of our class curriculum letter that was sent home on Friday the 7th of January. The letter shares what we will be learning this half term and key dates.

Christmas 2021 in Reception

We had a fun Christmas season in Reception this year. We were kept busy with decorating the tree, writing cards, writing Christmas lists and wrapping presents. We especially enjoyed looking after Santa's Christmas Post Office and practicing our Nativity play. We ended the half term with a Christmas Party. We had fun with our friends dancing and playing party games.

Tiny Tales and Tunes Workshop - Wednesday 17th November 2021

Reception had a visit from Catherine from Tiny Tales & Tunes. Tiny Tales & Tunes is a fun, multi-sensory and interactive story time. Reception read the book, 'Toddle Waddle' by Julia Donaldson and Catherine helped them bring the story to life. She used music, dance and drama help make reading fun for all. Early reading is based upon rhyme, rhythm, sounds, song, noises and lots and lots of talk. We had a wonderful time!  
 




 
The Train Ride by June Crebbin - Story Map (WB 15.11.21)

This half term, our topic is transport. Our model text is based on the book, The Train Ride by June Crebbin. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next. Here is a video to help the children practice at home.

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Autumn 2 2021 - Transport activities

We are having a great time learning all about transport. We are especially enjoying creative activities like making a train and a hot air balloon!

Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham - Writing Activities (WB 08.11.21)

Reception have worked very hard in phonics to learn lots of new sounds. They have now been able to apply this to their writing lessons. Reception were able to write some words and captions to go with the illustrations from our model text, Mr Gumpy's outing. Well done, Reception! :) 
     



 
Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham - Story Map (WB 01.11.21)

This half term, our topic is transport. Our model text is based on the book, 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' by John Burningham. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next. Here is a video to help the children practice at home.

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Reception Curriculum Letter - Autumn 2 2021

Here is a copy of our class curriculum letter that was sent home on Friday the 5th of November. The letter shares what we will be learning this half term and key dates.

The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas - Story Map (WB 04.10.21)

In our Literacy lessons, we use Talk4Writing and focus on different text types to help us develop our skills. This week, we have read the picture book, 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next. Here is a video to help the children practice at home.

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The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas - The Hook (WB 04.10.21)

This week, we helped the Colour Monster to sort his feelings. The children worked in a team to sort the wool into different jars to represent different feelings. Yellow is happiness, blue is sadness, red is anger, black is fear, green is calm and pink is love!

Innovating our Hug Story Map (WB 27.9.21)

The next stage of Talk 4 Writing is innovating (changing) our model text. Reception changed the pictures on the story map to create their own stories. For example, a hen seeing all the animals hug on the farm or a ladybird seeing the different minibeasts hug in the garden. This was our first time creating our own stories and Reception's work was fantastic. We are so proud!
 
   
    


 
Hug by Jez Alborough - Story Map (WB 20.09.21)

In our Literacy lessons, we use Talk4Writing and focus on different text types to help us develop our skills. This week, we have read the picture book, 'Hug' by Jez Alborough. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next. Here is a video to help the children practice at home.

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Hug by Jez Alborough - The Hook (WB 20.09.21)

When we start a new focus book, we do a hook activity to spark the children's interest. This week, we visited the nature garden to collect materials to make a jungle home for our small world animals. Reception enjoyed building a home for the animals and exploring nature.

First week of school September 2021

Reception class have enjoyed their first week of school. They have enjoyed exploring the different areas of the classroom both indoors and out. We can't wait to see them develop and grow during their time at Quarry Mount.

Welcome to Reception Class 2021-22

It has been fantastic welcoming our new Reception class to Quarry Mount over the last week. The children have settled in well, have enjoyed exploring their new environment and making new friends. Well done everyone!

Information for Parents and Carers

Helping with Reading

Preschool Reading

Children can learn a lot about reading even before they come to school and are formally taught. Young children learn about reading when

  • they see people reading books, magazines, newspapers etc.
  • they notice print in the environment
  • they have their own books
  • they are read to regularly and can talk about the story and predict what might happen
  • they are encouraged to look at books and try to read for themselves
  • they say rhymes and poems off by heart and sing songs

Starting School

We would like children coming into school to

  • have had stories read to them
  • have enjoyed sharing books with others
  • have handled books on their own
  • have an awareness of print around them
  • have some idea of what reading and writing is
  • have had the opportunity to draw and write with various materials
  • have confidence and look forward to learning to read


Strategies used in teaching a child to read

Children use many strategies when reading. Phonics or ‘sounding’ a word out is the most important stage and we teach a scheme of work for synthetic phonics in our Reception class as recommended by the ‘Rose Report.’ Children also learn to use visual memory, that is looking at a word and remembering it. Children also learn when reading a good story. If the story makes sense and holds his/her interest the child can gather clues from the text and the pictures, making logical guesses about unknown vocabulary.

Helping your child progress with reading

Once children have started to read they will make better progress if you can help them by reading with them daily.

Helping Your Child with Maths

Activities to do at home

  • counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and  10’s
  • number activities in everyday situations e.g. How many buttons are on your coat ?; Pass me 5 apples; What number is on that house?
  • traditional games like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Dominoes are an invaluable and fun way to learn
  • looking for relationships and patterns in numbers
  • using ‘mathematical’ words e.g. long, longer, longest, tall, short, narrow, more than, less than etc
  • recognising and naming shapes
  • using the language of position e.g. under, over, above, between, next to, below, behind, in front of etc..

 

Helping Your Child with Writing

Children usually experiment with their own pretend writing first and this should be encouraged. Children are making marks at this stage but often to them they are writing. Ask your child to read back their writing to you and give them lots of praise, don’t tell them it is wrong or ‘just scribble.’ Young children learn writing when:

 

  • they see people writing
  • people share and discuss writing with them
  • there are opportunities for children to join in writing with adults. Can they help write the shopping list?
  • the child does some writing which is praised by the adult
  • the child’s efforts (even pretend writing) are taken seriously

 

A young child encouraged in this way will soon be ready to form letters correctly and will develop a love of writing which will stay with them throughout their learning.

 

Activities to do at Home

  • colouring books, dot to dots, tracing over patterns
  • Activities which encourage a pincer grip (finger and thumb) like picking up small objects with plastic tweezers
  • large arm movements especially anti clockwise such as waving flags and swirling ribbons
  • painting
  • make a name card for your child to copy
  • as children progress write birthday cards together, shopping lists, invitations, thankyou letters, so that writing is shown to have a purpose.
  • play simple word games
  • Look at word with your child

 

In Reception, when children first learn their letter sounds they are taught to form their letters correctly. We will send out more information about this in the first half term.

 

Websites to help support your childs learning;

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.ictgames.com

http://www.numberjacks.co.uk/kids/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/alphablocks-games
www.oxfordowl.co.uk
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

Recommended Books to help with Maths;

  • Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale – This inventive counting story manages to combine diggers, dinosaurs and counting.
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury – Illustrated beautifully by the illustrator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this story is ideal for young children.
  • One Ted Falls Out of Bed by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey – This magical story by the author of The Gruffalo has a counting theme and rhyming text. It’s all about the fun that toys have while children are fast asleep.
  • One Mole Digging A Hole by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt – Another counting, rhyming story by children’s favourite, Julia Donaldson. From moles digging holes to parrots pulling up carrots, the wacky and wonderful illustrations by Nick Sharratt are sure to make counting fun!
 

Books to enjoy at home include:

  • Julia Donaldson books- The Scarecrow's Wedding, Room on a Broom, The Grufffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze and many more.
  • Nick Butterworth books- " Percy the Park Keeper Stories"
  • Mike Inkpen books- Kipper, The Blue Balloon, "Penguin small","Jasper's Beanstalk"
  • Jill Murphy books - " All in one piece", " Five Minutes peace", and lots more about the elephant family.


A good website for buying books at discounted prices is www.thebookpeople.co.uk/schools

 

 

 


 
Website Links
Here are some direct links to the websites we have suggested for Reception to use.
You will have been given passwords or you will not need to join as during the Corona Virus Lockdown they are being offered for free use.


https://play.numbots.com/?#/account/search-school   Numbots ( Use the times tables rockstars password you have been given)

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ free phonics resources

https://www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com/uk   Oxford Reading Buddy  This is for the online books ( Use your own password)

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub Twinkl- free resources/powerpoints etc... all subjects.

https://firstlook.educationcity.com/content/index/25629?_ga=2.19054527.649931322.1585827862-398584437.1584571931 interactive counting game on Education City.

https://www.educationcity.com/free-resources/ ( Free resources- printer needed for some or could write out)

https://readingeggs.co.uk/  Reading Eggs (Use your own password you have been given)

https://uk.ixl.com/ela/reception  IXL offering some free online examples for you to try- there is reading & maths available for all children aged 4-11

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/quarry-ls6  Purple mash activiies- all subjects ( Use your own password)

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html Children have used these activities in ICT so good to develop mouse control or using a touchpad-free

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies An assortment of practical ideas, work, stories, songs and games- free!

http://www.communication4all.co.uk/HomePage.htm   science/maths/language/reading activities - free

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyK2ewDFOYMMqIdSnd116Pw  Tiny Tales and tunes live story times Mon, Wed and  Fri at 2pm. Catherine has been in to work with us several times and the children love it. She is also doing free bedtime stories.

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waeQE-tK7ZA

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6WV9wEVdssjtIGHy581j_JQHrX8YRvze