Welcome to Reception!

Our class page will give you information about all the exciting things happening in our class and around school! We will be posting updates about what we are learning and photographs of some of the things we have been doing in class.

 

A few Reminders:

  • The school day starts at 8:55 but doors open at 8:45, so feel free to come in early to settle your child and join in their morning routine.
  • We would really appreciate you informing either the class teacher or the office if anyone other than a parent/carer is picking up your child, even if they are familiar to school.  It is our school policy not to let children go home with anyone without parental permission. This includes family members and childminders.
  • Please ensure all your child’s uniform is clearly labelled.
  • Please make sure your child comes to school with a coat each day, even when it is sunny!  Our temperamental weather in Manchester means it can be glorious sunshine in the morning and raining by the afternoon.  The children have access to the outdoor area throughout the day and in all weather, so please make sure they are prepared for any weather.  We recommend leaving a pair of wellies in school with them to avoid school shoes being ruined.
  • Please make sure your child has a set of spare underwear/clothes on their peg, in case they need to be changed in school.

 

Themes:

Our first theme of the school year is ‘All About Me’. This topic offers an opportunity for us to get to know your child and for them to settle in as easily as possible to their new environment. We will be thinking about our families, our likes and dislikes and recognising the differences and similarities between us.

 

Reading:

On Monday, your child will be bringing home a school library book. This is a book to be shared with your child to promote an enjoyment of reading. It will need to be read with your child as it will not be at their reading level and is primarily to get used to bringing books home to read.

 

Over the next few weeks we will be teaching the children basic reading and writing skills through their phonics lessons. Once your child confidently knows some sounds, they will be sent home a list of key words as well as a library book. Then, once your child can confidently read some of those words, they will be sent home with their school reading book which they will read to you.

 

Both of these books will be changed once a week on a set day, which will be written in your child’s reading record.

 

Just to distinguish between them:

Library book – a book to be shared between you and your child; to be read to them and to include a discussion about the story line/pictures.

School reading book – a book to be read to you by your child that is at their level of reading.

 

It can be confusing to know how to help your child with their reading and it is so much more than just reading the sounds and words, so here are a few tips to help them at home:

  • Try to read as often with your child.  Reading their book a few times is really important to help them become fluent and quicker in their reading and to have a deeper understanding of what they have read.
  • Encourage them to read using their ‘in your head’ voice.   This means saying the sounds so only they can hear and then just saying the word aloud.  This really helps the children to read more fluently.
  • Talk about the title, cover pages and the pictures in the book.  Pictures are really important to help the children have a deeper understanding of what they are reading, especially if there are words that the children are unfamiliar with.
  • Compare events in stories or information books with things you’ve done together, so your child starts to make connections between these things and their own experiences.
  • After the first time reading the story, ask your child lots of questions about their book.  It could be to ask them what happens next, explaining parts of the story, to talk about characters and how they feel or about why things happen and how things work in the story.

 

Stay and Play:

You will be invited to attend our Stay and Play sessions which will run every Monday from 10-11 am beginning on Monday 18th September. This is an opportunity for you to come and meet your child’s friends, see what they’ve been doing at school and play alongside them in their classroom. Please come and join us if you can!

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me!

Miss Webber

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