Welcome to Reception Class!
Reception class is where the children begin their journey into school and are welcomed into our school family.
The Reception Class is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
In Reception we follow the curriculum as set out by the government covering three Prime areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED),
Communication and Language (CL),
Physical Development (PD)
Specific areas of learning:
Understanding the World (UW)
Expressive Arts & Design (EAD).
In Reception Class, play is a very important part of our day and most learning will be introduced through a mixture of carefully planned play and some adult-led focused activities. There will also be lots opportunities for your child to learn through their own play, following their own particular interests in the class and outdoor area.
As a staff we aim to ensure their learning is fun, enjoyable and that their experiences build upon what they know to make sure they make progress and have good outcomes by the end of the Reception year.
Through engaging activities, the children learn new skills, knowledge and vocabulary in a stimulating learning environment.
The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced, Through the year the children will develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge across all seven areas of learning and will have sufficient knowledge and skills for their future learning at Norton and beyond.
Phonics and reading
In Reception, your child will learn to read and write through being taught daily phonics. They learn to read by learning the phonemes. They can then start to read words by blending individual sounds together to make words.
Alongside learning to decode the words on the page, your child will also learn comprehension skills. This helps them to make sense of what the words say and what the text means. Together, these skills will help your child on their way to becoming a keen and confident reader.
10 tips to support your child through Reception Class
How can I help my child in Reception?
1. Read to your child
Life is busy, but even ten minutes of reading with your child each day is one of the best ways you can support their education and help them to become a strong reader.
While you are reading, make sure to check they are following along. Explain the meaning of unfamiliar words, as this will help widen your child’s vocabulary and support them to make sense of the story.
That said, try not to make reading time all about developing vocabulary. At this age, it is vital to make reading a fun activity that your child will look forward to. This will encourage them to become enthusiastic readers as they grow up. So pick a book they will enjoy, get tucked up, and lose yourselves in the story!
Intent: The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced, building on what the children know ensuring they make progress and have good outcomes by the end of Reception. The children will develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge across all seven areas of learning and will have sufficient knowledge and skills for their future learning. The children will be happy and resilient learners, and appreciative of others and the world around them.
Implementation: Ensure that the impact of teaching and the learning environment is consistent across the EYFS for all pupils. Staff are knowledgeable about the areas of learning, they create a learning environment that supports the needs of the children and engages the children in the ambitious curriculum.
Impact: Children are ready for the next stage of education and have developed detailed knowledge and skills across the seven areas of learning. Children acquire a wide vocabulary, use it across the EYFS curriculum and communicate effectively. By the end of Reception, children use their phonic knowledge to read accurately and with increasing speed and fluency (age appropriate). The children will be happy, develop resilience, respect others and the world around them.