Ducklings Class (Reception)
Hello, my name is Miss Imbush and I am the Class Teacher in Ducklings Class. Miss Brown and Mrs Smith are the Teaching Assistants. Welcome to Lynsted!
The Reception class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the curriculum until they enter the Primary National Curriculum in Year 1. There are seven areas of development which the children will be assessed against throughout the year. Children are expected to achieve a ‘Good Level of Development’ by the end of the year. This is achieved by meeting the Early Learning Goals which can be found on the curriculum link below. We work closely with families and other professionals to ensure that all children are given the best opportunities to achieve their potential.
We will be developing our leaning through play as well as child initiated activities and teacher led tasks.
Term starts Thursday 6th January
Term ends Friday 11th February
Learning throughout the year
Phonics and Early Reading
Here are some pictures of Ducklings Class.
Construction Area Mud Kitchen
Phonics and Reading
We will be teaching phonics and reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. It is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, it has been extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme.
Phase 1 is taught throughout Nursery and school through the use of listening games. This phase is aimed at developing children’s ability to distinguish between different sounds as well as being able to form sounds.
In Phase 2, sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:
Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap from a small selection of magnetic letters.
When teaching phonics we teach children the pure sounds. For example, instead of saying the letter name like ‘em’ for M or ‘muh’ we teach the sound /m/. This then supports the children when reading as they will be able to correctly sound out the word to blend the sounds together to read the word.
If you would like to hear the pronunciation of each sound for the first term please see the video link below:
In Reception we follow White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning. Through this we will build strong mathematical foundations for number as well as shape, measure and spatial thinking. Children will have the opportunity to learn through teacher led activities and also in their child initiated time.
To start we will be focusing on numbers to 5. This will include sorting, matching, comparing and representing this numbers. We will also be using positional language as we explore our new classroom before exploring measurements and shapes with four sides or less.
In Reception, we value the impact of play and how this supports a child’s development. We have child initiated time in the afternoon for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world, technological skills, communication and language, speaking and listening, building and developing relationships, expressive arts and imagination. This time consolidates a child’s understanding and allows them to put their skills in to practice and develop them independently.
In Ducklings Class, we use Tapestry to document children’s learning and development. I am aware that some parents may be familiar with this programme as the Nursery also uses it. We would still like to invite parents/carers to our Tapestry Workshop which will take place in Term 1 as we would like to go over how the school uses the programme to support your child.
Our PE Day is Wednesday. Please make sure your children have their kit in school on this day so they can fully participate in all our PE activities. This is also the day that items of our school uniform go missing as the children get changed for PE independently. To avoid this please make sure all items of clothing are labelled.
For children to participate in PE they are not allowed to wear earrings. Please remove these before children come to school.
As the weather in September can be unpredictable please make sure your child has track suit bottoms and a jumper as well as trainers in their PE bag. Children will continue to do PE outside and it is essential they have the appropriate clothing.
All children are to wear;
White polo top / white shirt.
Black Trousers / Black Skirt / Black Shorts
School Jumper / School Cardigan / School Fleece
Please make sure all these items are labeled with the child’s name clearly visible.
We provide a water bottle for each child. These are filled up and cleaned out daily. These water bottles are not to be taken home and will remain in school. Children do not need an additional water bottle bought in from home unless they are packed lunch.
Fruit and Milk
All children will be provided with a snack at 10.15 daily. Children will be provided with a piece of fruit and carton of milk. Free milk is available for all children under the age of five in school, funded by the UK government. Once your child turns five you will be asked to pay a subsidised rate for your child to continue to receive milk. If you would like to register your child with milk once your child turns five please visit www.coolmilk.com
All children will be supervised in the dinner hall by a member of the reception team. They are there to aid the children to carry their trays, support them to use a knife and fork and encourage them to try a variety of different foods offered. All children up in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal. Here is the Nourish Menu for Term 1
If children prefer, they can also bring in a packed lunch. We are proud to say that we are a ‘healthy school’ and therefore no crisps or chocolate are to be bought into school.
If you have any additional questions, worries or concerns please feel free to speak to a member of the EYFS team or by writing in your in the home contact book. Alternatively, you can ring the school office and we will ring you back at a convenient time.