Welcome to Reception!
In Reception we have two classes - Bramley and Pippin Class:
Class Teachers: Mrs V Ingram (EYFS Leader - Mon to Wed) and Miss C Locke (Thurs- Fri)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs E Lindley (all day)
Class Teacher: Mrs S Appleby (EYFS Leader - Wed to Thur) and Mrs G Maher (Mon- Tues)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs V Tomlin (all day)
Miss Rootes will also work in Pippin Class every other Wednesday.
Miss Locke will work across both classes on a Wednesday.
If you would like some information on how to help your child at home please see the links below.
The start of the new year has arrived and we would like to say a huge welcome to our new Reception children! Even though we haven't had the the time to get to know your children before the start of term we are sure they will all settle in very quickly and happily. Thank you to all those parents who were able to make the Parent Meetings with us this week. This would have been an invaluable experience for you, your child and ourselves. If you were unable to make it we would love to meet you so please try to arrange a mutually convenient time with your child's class teacher.
This term our topic is called Marvellous Me! We will explore our families, who lives in our house, get to know each other and look at a variety of people who help us in the world. The first few weeks will be based around getting to know each other, establish routines and find where things belong and can be found, both inside and outdoors. We will begin to look at numbers and letter sounds. This term we will also focus on mark making in a variety of media such as gloop, sand, sequins, paint etc to develop our fine motor skills.
Forest school will start soon so please remember your child's named wet weather 2-piece (in a bag) and named welly boots to keep in school.
Every Wednesday from Wednesday 9th September your child may come in Non-Uniform, something that you don't mind them getting muddy or wet. We will not be able to offer spare clothing so please ensure your child is appropriately dressed on these days for the weather.
Learning through play underpins our approach to teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage. We embrace the fact that young children learn best from activities and experiences that interest and inspire them to learn. In doing so we can provide children with stimulating, active play experiences in which they can explore and develop their learning and to help them make sense of the world. Children have opportunities through their play to think creatively and critically alongside other children as well as on their own. They are able to practise skills, build upon and revisit prior learning and experiences at their own level and pace. Play gives our children the opportunity to pursue their own interests, inspire those around them and consolidate their understanding and skills. The children learn to adapt, negotiate, communicate, discuss, investigate and ask questions. Our adults take an active role in child initiated play through observing, modelling, facilitating, teaching and extending play, skills and language.
We promote the use of both the inside and outside as potential learning environments and encourage free flow between these areas daily. Children are taught (particularly outside) to explore and take risks and how to manage these safely. At Barming Primary School we are extremely fortunate to have our own Forest School styled learning site. This is a unique method of Outdoor Education that allows children to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and awareness and knowledge of the natural environment. It is a child centred and child led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete their chosen tasks. We also have a Mud Kitchen that the children have regular access to.
At Barming Primary School we implement a structured phonics session. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right. When listening and responding to the children we aim to respond with open ended questions rather than a yes or no answer to encourage talk. As well as this, the programme prepares children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills in a detailed and systematic manner. This is taught on a daily basis across both classes using an engaging and interactive approach.
Phonics is taught following the Letters and Sounds order of progression:-
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
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
vowel digraphs: ai (rain), ee (feet), igh (night), oa (goat)
vowel digraphs: oo (as in zoo), oo (as in look), ar (star), or (fork)
vowel digraphs/trigraphs: air (as in hair), ow (as in cow), oi (as in spoil), er (as in letter)
vowel digraphs/trigraphs: ur (as in fur), ear (as in hear), ure (as in sure)
The children are also taught the following technical vocabulary:
digraph - 2 letters making one sound
trigraph - 3 letters making one sound
High frequency words
is, it, in, at, and
These words can not be sounded out blended so the children are taught that they are tricky words.
I, no, go, the, to, he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, they, her, all, are
We enjoy practising the formation of the letters in a variety of ways such as gloop, glitter, sand, shaving foam and paint.
The following clip shows how we pronounce the letter sounds at Barming Primary School
The next clip shows how we teach handwriting at Barming Primary School.
Below is a link to a PDF of handwriting sheets for each letter of the alphabet.
Reading games online activities
Phonics Pop is a fun game where children have to pop the phoneme bubbles. We have covered all the sounds in this game so feel free to click on any set of letters. https://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html
Phonics Play has a free section Parents can access to practise reading real and alien words. It encourages children to sound out and blend words. We have covered Phase 2 sounds and are working through Phase 3. Please see weekly WOW letter to know what sounds we have been learning each week. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm
Phonics Bloom again has a variety of online games that help practise Phase 2 and 3 sounds and support blending of sounds to read words. https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-2
Oxford owl has a selection of ebooks your child can read online. Many come with some comprehension activities to support your child's understanding of the text. There is also section for Parents that shows how to pronounce sounds and provides some reading tips. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
Ruth Miskin has her own website with information but you can find many resources on YouTube to support the teaching of the sounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6OiU2h3sUI
CBeebies has games on their Alphablocks section that support reading and spelling.
Maths is taught on a daily basis. As well as discreet teaching the children are provided with opportunities to experience and learn number through play. We recognise that Maths can take place in any environment and we promote the use of learning maths skills outside at every opportunity. At a very early stage the children are encouraged to work independently and to take responsibility for their learning during the session.
Home Learning Opportunities:
Here are some activities that your child can work on at home.