Welcome to our Reception Class

Our teaching team in Reception look forward to welcoming our children on their learning journey at Mary Exton Primary School.  Miss Parker is our class teacher and she is supported by two Early Years Practitioners.  Mrs Hay supports the class full time whilst Mrs Duell adds to the support network for our children on Thursdays and Fridays.

In Reception, we all work with our families to get to know your children as individuals and help them settle into school life at Mary Exton. We have a nurturing, caring ethos helping your children to thrive in our setting. We follow the school values of 'inspirational, creative, caring' to grow life long learners.

We use the EYFS framework to plan carefully for our environment and ensure progression in skills. Our curriculum is built around the children’s interests, so do let us know if there is anything in particular that your child enjoys! The children will develop these skills through adult led sessions as well as using the continuous provision inside and outside during 'Busy Time'. The children have an hour of uninterrupted time in the environment every morning and afternoon.

Autumn Term Curriculum Letter
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Spring Term Curriculum Map

If you are unaware, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is split into 7 areas: 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas:• Prime Areas: Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL) and Physical Development (PD)• Specific Areas: Literacy (L), Maths (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

If you are unaware, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is split into 7 areas: 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas:• Prime Areas: Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL) and Physical Development (PD)• Specific Areas: Literacy (L), Maths (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Phonics:We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds scheme at Mary Exton. You can find out more information on their website here: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/Children have daily phonics lessons and guided reading sessions three times a week. The book they are reading then comes home so they can share it with you too!Literacy:We use a Talk for Writing approach, learning favourite stories together as a whole class, building a story map with actions and symbols to help us. Children then explore adding their own ideas to stories by introducing characters and settings. Children are also encouraged to express their ideas and explore a range of non-fiction and poetry. We practice

Maths:As a school, we use Herts for Learning's Essential Maths which ensures small step progression in the learning sequence, working towards the Early Learning Goals. Maths learning is very practical and we use a wide range of resouces and models to help children secure their understanding of the value of a number and subitise to see amounts quickly. We learn to manipulate numbers up to ten and building the language of maths is vital.In Reception, we also have weekly adult led sessions to cover the other areas of the curriculum as well as opportunities to explore these in the environment.  We carry out our learning both inside and outside the classroom and get to explore and investigate the resources that have been introduced into our learning environment.

Supporting your child at home:Your child has a library book that is changed weekly that is for an adult, older sibling etc to share with them and encourage discussions about the book and a love of reading.Your child will take home their phonics book at the end of the week and bring it back on Mondays. Please read this as many times as you can with them and record in their Reading Record.Each week, your child will bring home a sheet showing what they have been learning in phonics. It will include new sounds and how to say them as well as words to read with the new sound in. Tricky words are also included to practise recognising by sight.Counting, singing, cooking, weighing, measuring, etc are all wonderful activities to enjoy with your child and help them hugely with their development. You can also practice their independence with dressing, zips, buttons and shoes to support them.Half termly home learning grids give a range of activities to do with your child at home should you wish. They are linked to learning we will be doing at school and should be fun, practical things for you to enjoy together. Any home learning can be added onto Tapestry.Tapestry:We use the online platform Tapestry to record your child's learning and progress at school. This will include their play as well as teacher led sessions. You are able to see this and shredding it with your child at home as well as make comments. We would love you to include their learning and experiences at home as well, whether it's a milestone they've achieved, a club they attend or a special event.Uniform:Reception uniform has been designed to enable your child to play unrestricted in our environment. As well as the blue polo shirt and school jumper or cardigan, they should wear black joggers and black velcro trainers every day. Trainers are better than open school shoes with exposed socks. We ask them to have wellies for playing in rain or mud, but trainers are best for playing, running, climbing, riding bikes etc. They do not need to get changed for PE lessons as this uniform will also be suitable.Your child needs a spare set if clothes at school and a water bottle every dayPlease can everything be named!

A usual day within Reception would look like this:
8:45am Busy Fingers (fine motor skills)
9:00am Phonics
9:30am Literacy
10:00am Busy Time
(Busy time consists of continuous provision which includes rolling snack and milk)
11:05am Tidy up time
11:15am Maths
11:45am Story and rhymes 
12pm Lunch
1:00pm Guided Reading 
1:50pm Busy Time (continuous provision)
2:50pm Tidy up time
3:00pm Story and rhymes
3:15pm Home
You will find that your child will find starting school very tiring and especially at the end of terms, this will be visible.