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Aims of EYFS
- To create a caring and inviting environment in which the child’s own efforts and independence is supported and celebrated, enabling children to develop a sense of belonging.
- To offer a variety of learning opportunities, that are both fun and intellectually stimulating and in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters Framework.
- To develop a partnership with parents and families that will help staff understand the individual needs of the child.
- To promote an inclusive environment where individual needs are recognised and respected and the diversity of children’s experiences is valued and integral to their development.
Welcome to Reception! We hope you have had an exciting and enjoyable holiday.
In Reception we are active learners and over the autumn term we will be supporting your children to settle into their new environment and routine and introducing them to their learning. The children will be given many opportunities to develop their critical thinking, explore their own skills and actively learn. This will continue throughout their time in Reception. Within Literacy, the children will develop their sound knowledge to support their word and sentence construction and develop their letter formation. During Mathematics, we begin by developing number recognition, counting with accuracy and solving practical number problems alongside forming numbers correctly. Our Topic this term will focus on learning about all about ourselves and we will developing communication, understanding, exploration and design skills through a range of activities such as role-play, creative tasks, outdoor learning and circle time. Throughout your child’s time in Reception, they will be taught through a mixture of teacher led, teacher guided and child initiated learning, both indoors and outdoors.
As a large part of the school day is spent outdoors, we would appreciate it if your child brings a suitable coat every day to wear for outdoor activities (wellingtons for wet weather). Your child will be required to wear a PE kit for the PE lesson every Wednesday. PE kits will remain in school during the week and they will be sent home at the end of each term.
As a large part of our learning occurs outdoors, please ensure your child brings a suitable coat, (for all weathers!) to school each day so they are suitably clothed for outdoor activities (wellingtons if wet weather). Your child’s P.E lesson will take place every Tuesday so they will require their PE kit which will be kept in school. We send home PE kits at the end of each term.
We operate an open door policy, so please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Reception team if you have any questions or messages. Staff will be available at classroom doors at 8:45am and the end of school at 3:20pm.
We are looking forward to a fun filled year of learning!
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Mrs F Jones Miss E Karakas Mrs S McLuskie
Learning Support Staff
Miss S Caine Mrs G Jones Miss E Holt
Video for Home Learning WB 8.3.21
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Welcome back after the Christmas holiday and Happy New Year!
The children had a very busy term settling into their school learning, building new friendships and developing their skills. Each day they have done their best and we certain this will continue into the new term and year. Thank you for the support you have given your children, we are extremely pleased with their attitude to learning and the pride they show in their achievements.
Over the Christmas break, staff gave children their school reading books to share with families and they will be issued with new books, along with a new task in their Purple book by the end of the week.
Please return P.E kits for the spring term and ensure both PE kits and uniform items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
We are looking forward to a fun filled year of learning.
Class 1 Class 2 Class 3
Mrs Bennet/Mrs Dell Miss Karakas (Year Leader) Mrs McLuskie
Reception Autumn Term 2020
CLICK HERE for a selection of photographs from the Autumn Term.
This term, we have welcomed children into their new learning environment, become familiar with the routines and expectations of Reception and made lots of new friends. In between all this, lots of learning has taken place which has resulted in excellent progress! The children have developed their independence, critical thinking and consolidated the skills they have been introduced to and shared their experiences and understanding with their peers and adults.
We have explored the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, shared our knowledge of personal celebrations and traditions and discovered new cultural festivals.
For the last few weeks, we have gone full Christmas within our learning. As the beginning of December, we welcomed class Elves who brought mischief and exciting learning challenges in Maths and Science. We got into the Christmas spirit by decorating our classrooms with Christmas trees and festive class room doors and raised money for Save the Children by wearing Christmas jumpers. We have fully embraced the glitter and have explored heaps of crafty activities such as Christmas decorations, calendars, cards, and wreaths.
Children learnt about the story of the Christmas Nativity, which they retold in a virtual performance of ‘Lockdown in Bethlehem’. Children thoroughly enjoyed singing Christmas songs and wearing costumes to share the festive story.
We at Elston Hall want all our children to be independent learners, not reliant on everything being done for them.
We appreciate that they are young, but that does not stop them from doing and achieving successfully things in their own time.
Please help your child to develop the ability to make-marks and write by taking part in Dough Disco at home every day.
Make the dough, watch the video and copy the exercises. Have fun!
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Click on the icon below for a video showing you the disco moves!
For information about the Early Years Curriculum click on the link below.
Click on the links below for information regarding phonic and spelling teaching in reception:
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Thank you to parents and carers that attended our recent Maths Workshop. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with their adults.
If parents would like more information regarding our Maths provision or some fun online Maths activities please see the presentation and website links below.
CLICK HERE for the information we shared.
Reception children were very lucky to have some of their parents join them during their Phonics Learning. Parents were able to gain an understanding of how we teach Phonics and how to support their children at home. Parents were able to gain an insight into learning in the classroom by seeing their children during a Phonics lesson and join in with some fun Phonics activities! We really appreciate parents and carers for taking time out of their morning to share in our learning.
If parents would like more information regarding Phonics or some fun online Phonics activities please visit these websites:
Over the spring term, the children have been very busy making excellent progress across the curriculum as well as developing and strengthening friendships.
We began our term discovering a dinosaur footprint in school, which excited the children immensely. This became the focus for our learning where we learnt all about dinosaurs.
This term we celebrated World Book Day, and the children learnt all about the author behind stories such as the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson. The children enjoyed painting their favourite characters and retelling many stories.
We also celebrated Pancake Day this term, by learning to write instructions to make a pancake and also designing and making our very own healthy pancakes. They were very tasty!
Towards the end of the term, we began looking at the changes between seasons and identifying signs of spring. We were able to spot lots of signs that spring had definitely sprung in our outdoor environments from buds, blossom and bluebells growing to observing tadpoles in our pond!
During the last week of term, Reception visited Ray’s Farm in Bridgnorth for our Topic ‘The Farm’. The children had an excellent time, seeing lots of different animals, meeting some very friendly goats and taking a walk into the Fairytale Forest.
Over the Autumn term we made excellent progress with our learning and were productive in our learning through many interactive and enjoyable activities.
The children have developed their critical thinking, explored and consolidated the skills they have been introduced to and shared their experiences and understanding with their peers and adults.
We have been making new friends and developing relationships through sharing, understanding and listening.
Reception have enjoyed raising money for different charities this term, from Children in Need where we wore spotty clothes and held a bake sale and wore Christmas jumpers and ate a delicious Christmas lunch!
Reception had fun following instructions to make poppy biscuits to share with families and worked collaboratively to create poppies with collage materials for the school remembrance display where we paid our respects.
Photos from 2017/2018
Over the Autumn term, the children have been very busy making excellent progress across the curriculum as well making lots of friends and always having fun along the way.
Through our Topic, ‘All About Me’, the children explored the body and senses which then led into keeping healthy and importance of hand washing and brushing teeth.
Reception thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Birches Valley on Cannock Chase, where we explored a Christmas Trail and had the chance to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto! As we walked through the trail, we were able to find all 9 of Father Christmas’ reindeer. We were even lucky enough to say ‘hello’ to the Gruffalo along the way! After we completed the Christmas Trail, it was time for lunch! It was one of the quietest times of the day and we all enjoyed our packed lunches. After we had eaten, we made our way to Father Christmas’ Grotto where we discovered some of his reindeer resting in the stable. Inside the grotto, we saw many Christmas trees and had the chance to observe a scene from the Nativity. We all had time to talk to Father Christmas and share what presents we would like to receive. We were lucky enough to receive two gifts from Father Christmas; a Christmas tree sapling and a badge! We finished our day waving goodbye to Father Christmas and the staff at Birches Valley and sang songs from our Nativity play on the coach journey home.
Our visit to Birches Valley was lots of fun; our teachers were very proud of our sensible behaviour and excellent manners. The children’s behaviour and enthusiasm was outstanding throughout the day, children were excited to share their experiences and new knowledge in discussions back at school.