Hello, my name is Miss Ridley and I am the Reception class teacher. Our class name is Bernadette. In Reception we work as a team, this team is made up of myself, Danuta, Amy and Wahida. We are looking forward to getting to know your child and working with them during our very exciting and productive year ahead!
In Bernadette class we learn lots of exciting things and our day to day activities are planned around the 7 areas of Learning and Development.
We provide activities that will support your child to learn and develop through following the 3 prime areas. These are deemed most essential for healthy development and future learning:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
As children grow, these 3 prime areas will help them to develop skills in the following 4 specific areas:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts & design
In Reception, children have the opportunity to experience and investigate a range of materials and equipment both indoors and outside. Each child is encouraged to be independent and self-motivated in a safe and caring environment, which encourages each pupil to explore and be able to have confidence in their own judgements and ideas. We aim to promote learning as an enjoyable and challenging experience which children will continue to pursue for the rest of their lives.
In Literacy we concentrate on learning our phonics, reading and writing. In phonics we will learn set 1 and 2 of our Read Write Inc programme.
In Numeracy, by the end of the year, we would like the children to be able to count, do simple addition and subtraction and know the most common 2D and 3D shapes.
Homework is given out every Friday and needs to be returned every Wednesday.
Friday mornings are when we have PE so please make sure you have the appropriate PE kit please.
On top of all this we do lots of creative investigations and topic work for the other curriculum areas!
Our learning - Autumn 1
Our topic this term is ‘Do you want to be friends?’
During this topic, we will be learning that friends are the family that you choose! We will be learning all about friendship through our wonderful class story, The Rainbow Fish. Through this story we will be exploring ways in which we can be kind, helpful and a good friend to everyone. We’ll learn to create beautiful collages of the rainbow fish, bake delicious healthy biscuits and sequence and write different parts of the story. We will also use this story to explore our individualities and learn how we are all special in our own unique ways. The children will be invited to bring something special to them into school to share with the children and we will talk about people that are special in our lives too. Towards the end of the half term, we will be learning all about people who help us. We will be learning about people who help us at home, in our school and in our local communities. Working together, we’ll create a ‘class jobs board’, allocating responsibilities amongst ourselves.
Help your child prepare for their project
Friends are fabulous! Why not create a ‘friends and family tree’ together out of photos? Use different coloured lines to draw links that represent family, friends or acquaintances. You could also create a ‘treasure chest’ out of the things that make you ‘you’.
Our learning - Autumn 2
This half term our topic is: 'Why do squirrels hide their nuts?'
Into the woods we go! Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? It’s time to explore the seasonal changes in the natural world during Autumn and Winter.This half term, we’ll go for a walk to observe and experience the enchanting autumnal environment, collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we’ll sort our treasures into different categories, create autumnal artwork and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our Literacy lessons, we’ll snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories and continue to learn our sounds to help us with our writing. In Mathematics, we’ll be making it fun by counting conkers, dried fruit and collecting and ordering sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, Autumn-scented playdough, and a delicious harvest soup to warm up our tummies.
Help your child prepare for their project
Woodlands are wonderful! Why not explore a local woodland together to build a fairy house using twigs, leaves, nuts and berries? You could also cook some fabulous autumnal recipes such as pumpkin soup or toffee apple cakes. Alternatively, set up a mud kitchen in your garden. What ingredients from the garden can you mix together to create an autumn potion?
Our Learning - Spring 1
This half term our topic is: 'Are Carrots Orange?'
During this topic, we will explore a variety of foods sold at a supermarket and talk about the people that work in shops and the important jobs that they do! Whilst investigating a rainbow of healthy foods, we will be using our senses to explore and maybe even taste some of the foods that we’ve never tried before! Using our research skills, we’ll read all about fruits and vegetables in non-fiction books and we will learn about planting seeds and looking after them to help them grow. We will carefully compare and sort different fruits and vegetables into categories and follow instructions to help us create healthy snacks. We’ll also find out what happens to our bodies when we exercise whilst learning about the different benefits that exercise has on our bodies and minds - how exciting!
Our Talk for Writing book this half term is: 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'
This term we are learning remotely, but this certainly does not mean that the fun has to stop! We begin our day with a live registration and prayer, just as usual and before diving into our live Phonics lesson, we have the opportunity to talk to our friends, even our peers that are attending school! After Phonics, we practise our reading and writing and then enjoy an exciting Live Mathematics lesson, where every child gets the opportunity to take part and share their voice. In the afternoons, we thoroughly enjoy our live Topic lessons, where we are currently learning all about the benefits of staying healthy whilst immersing ourselves in our new 'talk for writing' story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In addition to this, we couldn’t possibly miss out on our much loved ‘show and tell’ session which we now enjoy live each week and of course we thoroughly enjoy taking part in our live physical education lessons with the PE network each Tuesday! We then end each day by snuggling up at home whilst enjoying a live story time... what a busy but wonderful day we continue to have in Reception!
Our Learning - Spring 2
Our topic this half term is called: 'Are we nearly there yet?'
So... Are you ready for an adventure? Where in the world could we go? How could we travel there? It’s time to discover transport, travel and places near and far!
This half term, we’ll think about a fantastic journey that we would like to go on and consider how many different forms of transport we can use, looking at photographs as we go. Thinking about the transport we’ve taken to go on holiday, we’ll use maps to consider where we’d like to visit next. What should we pack? We’ll draw and write about imaginary journeys and make predictions about how many vehicles we will find around school. As part of our music work, we’ll accompany stories and songs about transport with music and movement. How far can inflated balloons travel? We’ll play with them to find out. In our science lessons, we’ll learn about floating and sinking by building miniature boats, and find out about friction by rolling cars down ramps. We’ll also learn about road safety, high-visibility clothing and design an incredible imaginary vehicle using a computer program – how exciting!
Our Talk for Writing book this half term is: 'We're going on a bear hunt'
This term we continue to learn remotely, but this certainly does not mean that the fun has to stop! We begin our day with a live registration and prayer, just as usual and before diving into our live Phonics lesson, we have the opportunity to talk to our friends, even our peers that are attending school! After Phonics, we practise our reading and writing and then enjoy an exciting Live Mathematics lesson, where every child gets the opportunity to take part and share their voice. In the afternoons, we thoroughly enjoy our live Topic lessons, where we are currently learning all about travelling around the world whilst immersing ourselves in our new 'talk for writing' story, We're going on a bear hunt. In addition to this, we couldn’t possibly miss out on our much loved ‘show and tell’ session which we now enjoy live each week and of course we thoroughly enjoy taking part in our live physical education lessons with the PE network each Tuesday! We then end each day by snuggling up at home whilst enjoying a live story time... what a busy but wonderful day we continue to have in Reception!
Our Learning - Summer 1
Our topic this half term is called: 'Will you read me a story?'
Welcome to the magical world of fairy tales! Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Let’s find out more about our favourite stories, and discover some new ones. This half term, we’ll read lots of fairy tales and play imaginatively with a model castle and small world characters. We’ll look at different character types, and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’! Using different materials and shapes, we’ll make our very own crowns and become ‘rulers’ for the day. We’ll read lots of stories and look at the ingredients that go into a fantastic fairy tale, using our imaginations to create our very own. We’ll then create story maps to retell familiar tales in preparation for writing one all by ourselves! At the end of the project, we’ll look back at photographs of our amazing experiences and plan a special fairy tale tea party - how exciting!
Our Talk for Writing book this half term is: 'Goldilocks and the three bears'
Help your child prepare for their project
Reading fairy tales can sweep us away into a fantastical world. Why not visit your local library together to read lots of different versions? You could also watch children’s films on this theme and discuss the different types of characters. Alternatively, you could use toys to retell favourite fairy tales.
Out Learning - Summer 2
Our topic this term is called: 'Who lives in a rock pool?'
There’s an exciting world just below the surface of the rock pool. Which creatures live near the sea? Why do crabs have shells? We’ll find out the answers to these questions and more in this project about the seashore.
This half term, we’ll learn about the coast and the fascinating world of the British seashore. We’ll explore what we can find in rock pools and which ‘treasures’ we can collect. We’ll use our senses to investigate man-made and natural seashore objects and we’ll also write postcards. Using our art skills, we’ll draw seabirds, create beach art and decorate shells. It might get messy when we explore the texture of sand and create a fantastic sand art display! We’ll listen carefully to stories and poems about the seashore. By reading non-fiction books, we’ll find out lots of interesting facts, discovering which animals live in a rock pool and what they eat. Using our mathematical skills, we’ll count jellyfish, solve problems and order shells. We’ll also measure handprints and footprints in the sand. To end our project we will take a lovely trip out to the seaside, how exciting!