Reception (Miss Edey and Miss Parker)

The Reception team is comprised of a team of teachers, Miss Edey and Miss Parker, and two teaching assistants, Mrs Isherwood and Mrs Hensman. We all work together to make your child’s time in Reception the best that it can be!

This term our topic is 'All Creatures Great and Small'. We will be learning about lots of different topics, from Dinosaurs to Minibeasts. 

Our curriculum is organised over the 6 areas of learning from the Early Years Currciulum. The information below gives an insight as to how this applies to our topic this term.


Personal and Social Development

Our main focus at the start of the year is PSED. The children will be learning about the rules and routines of Reception, as well as the whole school expectations. 

Our first topic will be 'All About Me' which lends itself to the three areas of PSED. The children will be able to develop their self-confidence and awareness through talking about themselves and their families. 

We will also focus on making positive relationships through demonstrating friendly behaviour and learning how to interact with others. 


Communication, Language and Literacy

The children will be taking part in targeted daily phonics sessions. This will lead to the development of both reading and writing skills across the curriculum. They will be focusing on forming letter shapes alongside learning how to recognise letter sounds and blend them together to read a word.

The children will be taking part in supported 1:1 reading sessions with the adults and will be encouraged to change their home reading book often.

The children will also be learning to read and recognise sight words with speed and fluency.


Physical Development

We will be focusing on changing ourselves ready for PE and being able to dress ourselves again as independently as possible. We will be using the apparatus and increasing our spacial awareness.

The children will need to bring their PE kits every week, ready for PE which usually takes place each Friday. Please ensure that all kit is named. During the summer term PE will usually take place outside, and so the children will need appropriate footwear.  

Both classes will have an extra PE lesson a week with the Multi Sports Pro (MSP). They will not need a PE kit for this.

Fine motor skill development will be encouraged through the effective use of writing and drawing tools, as well as threading, sticking and the use of equipment such as peg boards.  


Mathematical Development

Within mathematics we will be developing number recognition, and our understanding of number. We will use the numbers that we know in different problem solving activities, including addition and subtraction. Ordering numbers will also be a focus. 

You can help your child at home by continuing to practise recognising numbers around the environment, and counting how many things you can see, such as in shops or on houses. Saying 1 more or less at speed is an important skill in understanding number value. 

We will also be learning about shape, space and measure. The children will be recognising and naming 2D shapes in the environment as well as using language to describe these.


Understanding the World

Within our topic of 'All Creatures Great and Small' we will be exploring animals such as pets, sea creatures and minibeasts. We will explore many things about animals, such as animal life cycles, and even prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs! We will have lots of fun finding out, exploring and asking and answering questions! You can support your child by researching our current topic to find out more at home.


Expressive Arts and Design

We will be exploring lots of different methods to create art work linked to our topic. We will also be working as teams within our classes to show what we have been learning in creative and fun ways, for example, by making up a dance or a song. Within our music sessions we will explore concepts such as sound discrimination and the names of instruments.