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Reception

Reception is a busy year with lots to do and lots to learn!

Reception is the exciting start of a child's education. During this year the children will learn through play and opportunities to investigate learning. At this age the children start to develop the understanding of key communication skills as well as developing more social relationships with their peers and adults in the environment. 

Our aim in Reception is to teach our children our key school values and skills such as resilience to make them confident and happy learners. Within our daily timetable the children will have Read Write Inc sessions to support their learning of letter sounds which will enable their learning of early reading skills. Our writing will link to shared books and interests of the children throughout the year. 

In mathematics, the children are focusing on one number a week, ensuring that they have an in-depth understanding of the different numbers and how they relate to one another. We start with the numbers 0-10 so that the children have a solid understanding of what each number means, how it can be represented and how it links to other numbers. As well as this, we also investigate shape, space and measures to allow the pupils to experience a wide range of maths. 

What their teacher says:

EYFS is where the magic begins! What a privilege to join the Reception children as they explore and discover along their learning journey and watch them make new connections to develop their future possibilities.
Mrs Butterfield
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What our pupils say:

"I like reading books in our book area and building rockets in the block area" (Grace) "I like learning special friend words in Read Write Inc" (Katie) "I like writing in the writing area" (Jacob) "I like using the numicons in maths" (Lily)

The summer term

We begin the first half of our Summer term ‘Off on Safari’, where we will learn about animals from warmer climates. We explore similarities and differences in living things, developing a sense of responsibility by showing care for the wider world around us.

In the second half of this term, we anticipate the warmer days ahead of us, with our topic being ‘Oh, I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside’. Looking at the coastline and how people like to spend their leisure time, we will compare features with our immediate environment. 

In phonics, children will now be learning two and three letter sounds and apply them in reading and writing. They will say and hold a sentence to write, showing that they understand what they have written and that others need to be able to read it clearly. 

Now the children have a deeper understanding of number and place value to 20, we will develop addition and subtraction application further. We will move onto early multiplication and division, exploring doubling, halving and sharing amounts. We will also begin to explore odd and even numbers.