This term Reception will continue to focus on traditional tales such as ‘the Little Red Hen’. We will be baking bread and creating our own story maps. In the second half term we will be learning about life cycles. We have some exciting projects including a delivery of caterpillar eggs which we will watch grow and change and we will complete our own caterpillar diaries. We will continue to read a range of stories and non-fiction books and will be introducing helicopter stories for the children to develop their own imaginative story ideas. We will be focusing on addition and subtraction and 2D and 3D shape vocabulary and properties in Maths. Our Little Wandle phonics programme and daily Maths Mastery sessions will continue and we will be starting daily reading in small groups with the support of parent volunteers. We will continue visiting the school field each Thursday afternoon. Each week the children are given a different challenge, such as going on a minibeast hunt or learning parachute games, as well as having some time to explore independently. We will also learn about Chinese New Year and Easter, using them as a starting point for some creative activities such as making lanterns, Easter cards and carrying out an Easter egg hunt.
In Reception we focus not only on what the children learn, but how they learn and we will be introducing these characteristics of effective learning to the children through simple stories about forest creatures that illustrate each example, e.g. ‘Penny the Persistent Pine Marten’ and ‘Candace the Can-do Caterpillar’.
Reception learning newsletters 2024
In EYFS, we invite parents to make a £10 donation each term.
In the spring term your money will allow us to provide daily snacks for the children, as well as for ingredients to make playdough and buy art supplies for our creative areas. Thank you so much for this. You can make your donation either through parent pay or by giving £10 cash to your child's teacher in a named envelope.
We also welcome contributions for junk modelling (egg cartons, cardboard boxes, bottles, etc) and natural resources for our mud kitchen such as avocado stones, pebbles, conkers and corks.
We would also welcome donations for the woodwork bench such as: plastic bottle lids, offcuts of soft wood, corks, lolly sticks, screws, nails etc.
We would like to put together an ‘investigation box’ for the children and would welcome donations of old or broken technology such as radios, clocks, keyboards, phones, CD players, cameras etc for the children to take apart!
Reception children will continue whole class phonics sessions every day. At George Tomlinson, we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised phonics scheme.
Your child is now bringing home a levelled reading book and a library book.
Reading books are changed once a week. Please bring your child’s book bag in every Monday, their books will be changed and returned to you on a Wednesday. Children will also take home a book from the library during our weekly visits.
Please try to read with your child every day, and either sign and date their reading record, or write a comment to share with your child’s teacher. Your child will make more progress if you read with them at home.
If you would like tips on reading with your children, please ask your child’s teacher.
Uniform and bookbags
Please ensure that your child wears their full school uniform each day. Please label your children’s clothing with name labels or permanent marker. Please ensure your child brings their books and reading record to school every Monday.
The children will have a PE lesson every Thursday. Your child should come to school dressed in their PE kit on this day (white t-shirt, navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms and plimsolls).
Children sometimes require a change of clothes at school. Please ensure that your child has a spare set of clothes to change into in the event of an accident, including pants and socks. Please ensure these clothes are named.
We go to the field every Thursday morning. Please bring in a pair of wellies clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please keep an eye on the forecast and make sure your child has clothing appropriate for the weather.
In the Moment Planning
The cycle of observation, assessment and planning at George Tomlinson is carried out on a moment-by-moment basis. Each week, approximately 10% of the class will be focus children.
Some interactions and activities that occur are recorded when the cycle is complete. These records are on the learning journeys of the focus children and on “in the moment” planning sheets for activities in which a group become involved.
We work this way because young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest—the “teachable moment” - that the skillful adult makes a difference.
By using this cycle on a moment-to-moment basis, the adult will be always alert to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning (planning for the next moment).
When your child is a focus child you will receive notification the week before. We will give you a sheet to complete and ask you to take some pictures over the weekend. The week after your child has been a focus child, the class teacher will meet with you to discuss your child’s learning. This will replace the traditional parents’ evening.