Welcome to Elder 2 – Reception
The children in Reception are offered a ‘hands on’ play based curriculum, both indoors and outdoors, throughout the day.
In addition to the activities planned by the adults, the children are offered plenty of opportunities to direct their own learning and staff are highly skilled in observing the children and recognising opportunities to support and extend children’s ideas.
Autumn Term Letter
Welcome to Elder 2. We are really enjoying getting to know your children and we are all looking forward to the year ahead. The main staff that will be working with your children are; Mrs Jones and Mrs Thompson (class teachers) and Miss Brewer (Class TA). Mrs White (Nursery TA) may also pop in to help sometimes. We are always grateful of any parents who might be able to come and help listen to readers during the week, whether this is a ‘one off’ or on an occasional basis. Please let us know if you can help.
As you are aware, your children will be taught as 2 separate classes in the Early Years Foundation Stage Unit for this academic year; Elder 1 – Nursery and Elder 2 – Reception. Every morning, Reception will have play based literacy and maths lessons and we also have Supersonic Phonics sessions which are streamed from nursery to year 2. Afternoon activities will include; PE, Welly Wednesday, Travelling Tuesday, art and music; and may include joining with nursery for some sessions.
Our topic for the first half term will be Home Sweet Home. Within this topic we will look at family, nursery rhymes and homes/houses through the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will keep you updated with current learning through our school Facebook page, school website and Class Dojo. Please remember to check your child’s dojo regularly and contribute to it as much as possible. (If you need any extra help or information regarding the dojo app, please speak to a member of staff.) It is a great way for parents to be involved in their child’s learning and keep up to date with what’s happening, (as we know many children say they have done nothing at school!) It would be great to see some pictures of what the children got up to over summer. We will also send home a half-termly topic web which will give you an overview of what your child will be learning each half term (this is also available on the website).
Our PE day is a Friday, however, children must come to school wearing their normal school uniform and will get changed for PE in their classrooms before the session. Therefore, please bring a PE kit (white t-shirt and black shorts) in a named PE bag to be left on pegs. We request that all belongings are named, including water bottles and snacks. We also ask for all children to bring spare clothes in a separate named bag. Children can bring one healthy snack for the afternoon if they want to. We take part in Welly Wednesday (forest school activities) on a Wednesday afternoon so please could wellies be provided every week or left in school and waterproofs, as we aim to get out in all weathers!
Every morning, the infant door will be opened at 8.50am and will be locked by 8.55am. Please arrive at school between these times; not before or after. Children can then enter the building as they arrive with an EYFS member of staff. We hope this will allow a calm start to the day for all children.
Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you or your child have any concerns or questions at any point during the remainder of the school year – we are available most evenings after school. Our welcome booklet should also answer any questions you may have.
Our aim is to make Reception as enjoyable and memorable as possible and we are really looking forward to the school year and working with you and your children.
Mrs Jones, Mrs Thompson and Miss Brewer
We will keep you updated with current learning through our Facebook page, school website and Learning Journeys. Please remember to look at your child’s learning journey regularly and contribute to it as much as possible. It is a great way for parents to be involved in their child’s learning and keep up to date with what’s happening.
(Please see our Facebook page for regular updates and information about our learning.
Sedbergh Primary School -EYFS)