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 Smith ( Maternity Cover Thurs- Fri)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs E Lindley (all day)
Class Teacher: Mrs S Appleby (EYFS Leader - Wed - Thur) and Miss C Smith (Maternity Cover Mon- Tues)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs V Tomlin (all day)
Other adults that may work in Reception are Mrs Hart and Mrs McLeish on a Wednesday.
If you would like some information on how to help your child at home please see the links below.
Forest School Styled Learning starts Wednesday 25th September
Parent Consultations Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th October
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.
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.
The start of the new year has arrived and we would like to say a huge welcome to our new Reception children! They have all begun to settle into school life and have enjoyed exploring the classrooms and making new friends. 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. We will also begin to look at our numbers up to 10 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 wet weather 2-piece and welly boots!