Summer Term 2022
Welcome to the Reception area. We would like to share what your child will be doing with us during the year. We encourage daily routines and display a visual time table, so that children feel secure in knowing what will happen next during the day. We have a balance of adult led and child initiated activities and plan from children’s interests and next steps. We love to hear what your child has enjoyed so that we can continue to meet their needs.
Please take a look at the parent booklet below for more information.
You may also wish to take a look at the Reception Curriculum Map below, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please talk to us if you would like more information.
Queen Edith’s Foundation Stage
‘It is not what we do to the child or for the child that educates him, but what we enable him to do for himself, to see and learn and feel and understand for himself. The child grows by his own efforts and his own real experience.’ Susan Isaacs
During their time with us we aim to be:
- Supporting each child to make the most of every opportunity
- Working together with each child’s family
- Enjoying learning for life
Our Foundation Stage has one Nursery class and two Reception classes. Each year group has an indoor and outdoor area which children can access for the majority of the session.
We operate a ‘keyworker system’ so that each child can build positive relationships with a particular adult and have the opportunity to be in smaller groups. All staff will also be working with all children within each class. For more information please read our ‘Keyworker Policy’
We use Tapestry online learning journals for each child as a record of their play and learning. These help us to understand what each child needs to know next and plan appropriate activities.
We believe in positive behaviour management and encourage children to develop social skills and work as part of a group.
We take safeguarding seriously and ask all visitors not to use mobile phones in school. Paediatric first aiders are always on site if needed.
The way children learn:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
We help children develop positive characteristics in their learning which will enable them to ‘learn for life’.
We encourage children to work together, keep on trying, concentrate and ‘have a go’! We use animal characters such as Go for it Gorilla and Concentrating Crocodile to help children understand how to learn effectively.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Making relationships Children are supported and encouraged to form positive relationships. Children are helped to understand feelings by talking about emotions through stories and puppets etc. Collaborative activities are planned to encourage children to play as part of a group
- Self-confidence and self-awareness Children are encouraged to become increasingly independent, through carefully organised areas. Through praise and opportunities to carry out small tasks, children gain the confidence to learn and grow. Children are encouraged to ask adults for help. We provide opportunities for children to talk and share their interests.
- Managing feelings and behaviour Children are taught how to manage their feelings. Many activities provide opportunities for sharing and turn taking. Clear consistent boundaries are set and routines help children to know what is expected of them.
Communication and Language
- Listening and attention Children develop good listening skills. They regularly listen to stories and join in with rhymes and songs. Children are encouraged to concentrate and sit together.
- Understanding Children learn to follow simple instructions. The wide range of experiences helps them to understand the use of objects and prepositions. Staff will talk and ask children questions during the sessions to help them develop their own learning.
- Speaking Children are given opportunities to speak in a variety of contexts. They learn to talk to peers and adults both individually and in larger groups. They learn to ask questions and to give explanations and retell stories. Children are constantly learning new words and expressions which enable them to become increasingly confident at communicating effectively. Children with English as an additional language are supported through a range of resources and small group activities. We celebrate the wide range of languages represented at Queen Edith.
- Storytelling We use storytelling to develop activities to enhance children’s learning in all areas, introducing a story each term in the Foundation Stage.
- Moving and handling Children have access to both our classrooms and our gardens during each session. They learn how to move in a range of ways, climb, balance and kick and throw balls. Using a variety of resources they learn to pour, hammer, turn pages and make marks. In Nursery they use the hall for movement sessions. In Reception children take part in PE sessions weekly and learn how to form letters.
- Health and self-care healthy eating Children also learn to take care of themselves and gain increasing independence. Both year groups take part in cookery activities relating to their topic. In the Nursery daily fruit group sessions give children the opportunity to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables and pour their own drinks. They eat lunch in the Nursery and may choose a school meal or bring their own lunch. Reception children have the chance to eat lunch in the school hall and both classes are given a range of healthy options to eat.
- Reading Children share in the enjoyment of books through daily story and rhyme sessions. By using a range of story props all children can enjoy this time. Children learn how to handle books appropriately and can independently use the book area. They begin to learn how stories are structured and we talk about what might happen next. Children begin to learn that print has meaning. Children are able to borrow a variety of books from Nursery and also Story Sacks. We regularly have book sessions in our library where children may borrow a non-fiction book. Parents are invited in to share a book with their child on a regular basis. In Reception, children learn to read in guided reading groups or individually. They read daily as part of our activities in different contexts. Parents are invited in to Share a Book once a month.
- Writing Through lots of different opportunities, children are encouraged to mark make in a range of ways. Children are encouraged to give meaning to their marks by telling us about their pictures. Adults support children at their own level. In Reception, daily phonics teaching using Letters and Sounds supports children with both reading and writing. They are encouraged to ‘have a go’ at writing for meaning during their play and write with their teacher regularly. We follow Talk for Writing, using our class stories to help children learn how to develop their own stories.
- Numbers Through a wide variety of activities and resources children begin to use number names accurately in their play. They learn to recite number names in order and understand that numbers represent how many objects are in a set. Children begin to recognise numerals and match them to the correct number of objects. Adults show how to use mathematical language by asking questions such as ‘How many more do we need?’ Children have access to maths areas where there are a variety of exciting mathematical resources. Mathematical activities can also include games stories and songs. In Reception, children also work in small groups with numbers to 20 and beyond. They take part in daily mathematical sessions where they are encouraged to focus on a number of the week with ‘say it build it, draw it, write it’.
- Shape space and measure Children’s interest in shape and space is stimulated by varied resources and activities. They are encouraged to hear and use the language for shape, position, size, time, pattern, money in all areas of the environment as part of their play. We use real life experiences such as going shopping, cooking, building, creating and comparing to enhance learning.
Understanding the World
- People and communities Children are encouraged to talk about significant events in their own life. Parents and carers are invited in to share special celebrations with us. We learn about different occupations and ways of life and celebrate our similarities and differences.
- The World Children are encouraged to explore our natural world. They learn to talk about what they have seen. We use our exciting outdoor environment to talk about what we see, from digging in the garden for worms, planting bulbs, vegetables and observing seasonal changes.
- Technology Children learn how to operate simple equipment such as an interactive whiteboard, technological toys and have opportunities to access iPads or computers to use appropriate programs which support other areas of the curriculum.
Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials- Children use a variety of materials to explore colour and texture. They have opportunity to construct and build using a range of tools both independently and with adult support. They enjoy exploring a range of music and instruments and learn about sounds and rhythms.
- Being imaginative- Children sing familiar songs and learn new songs, rhymes and poems. Nursery children regularly take part in dancing and ring games in the garden or our school hall. All children learn about a variety of experiences through role play. They enjoy using their imaginations by taking on a range of roles in their play.
For more information please look at the Early Years Policy.
How you can help at home:
Research shows that children learn most effectively when parents/carers and school work in partnership.
You can help your child by:
- Sharing books together
- Playing games together
- TALKING and enjoying activities together
EYFS Phase Leader
EYFS Phase Leader
R2 Teacher (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
World Book Day 2022!
Everyone in Queen Edith celebrated World Book Day with a whole week of events! Each year group read ‘We’re All Wonders’ written by R J Palacio.
We’re All Wonders is a text for younger readers based on Wonder and shows what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world – a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. We discussed themes of belonging, being seen, empathy, difference and kindness. Each year group had a project that they carried out linked to this text.
Nursery painted beautiful self-portraits with the title We’re All Wonders.
Reception children wrote individual letters to Mrs Jarman telling her how they are all special.
In Years 1 & 2, children used the text to inspire them and wrote their own recipes for kindness, to create a kind person
In Year 3, they wrote a letter from Auggie to his friends on Pluto, exploring his experiences and feelings. They started when people were mean to him, then looked at visiting Pluto, to making his first friend who saw him as a wonder.
Year 4 created a diary entry, empathising with the main character of August, revealing his emotions both before and after his first day of school. They also wrote a letter to the Plutonians to show how Auggie was feeling after making new friends.
In Later Years, pupils used both We’re All Wonders and the original story of Wonder to look at inferences within reading, family dynamics, anti-bullying targets, emotive language and diary entries. We chose one of the children from Auggie’s school tour and wrote as one of them, framing our writing from a different perspective, not that of the protagonist. Some chose Julian, the school bully; Charlotte, the friendly but self-obsessed drama fanatic, or Jack Will, the friendly boy who sees with kindness and becomes Auggie’s best friend.
Our Book Fair was a huge success with us receiving ‘rewards’ per class for books to choose for our book shelves and also ‘rewards’ for us to spend on widening our representation of texts. Thank you to all who bought books and, in turn, supported the school!
Reception, Whats been happening
The Gingerbread Man – Spring 2022
This term we have been learning the story of The Gingerbread Man. We found a ‘crime scene’ outside with crumbs and footprints leading out onto the field. After looking at different footprints we decided that they belonged to a fox. Children have been learning the story using actions, creating story maps, decorating their own gingerbread people and writing their words in speech bubbles. We have been looking at the Autumnal changes around us and finding out about animals which hibernate and which are nocturnal. We have been thinking about what happens when we go to bed and encouraging children to brush their teeth! The story has linked with Christmas celebrations as we created a film of the story to share with parents. Finally, they baked their own gingerbread men to eat at their Christmas party.
Reception, Whats been happening
Learning to Read and Write – Autumn 2021
Children are encouraged to build on their skills in reading and writing during their own play and with adult-led sessions. In the Autumn Term, we are teaching all the Phase 2 sounds during our daily Phonic sessions. We use the ‘Teach Your Monster to Read’ monsters to introduce each new sound following the Letters and Sounds program.
We play lots of games to encourage them to blend the sounds to form simple words. Children are given opportunities to ‘have a go’ at writing in different areas of the environment following their interests. We also model writing with children, inviting their contributions- which sound can you hear next?
Our class stories support children’s literacy skills, encouraging them to create their own story maps and encouraging them to create their own stories. They have time to enjoy ‘reading’ to themselves and to listen to a wide range of exciting stories.
Reception, Whats been happening
The Enormous Turnip – Autumn 2021
In the Autumn term Reception found enormous beetroots growing in our garden, this led on to our new story of The Enormous Turnip! Children enjoyed learning inspired by this theme. They learnt actions to the story and drew story maps to enable them to re-tell the story by themselves. They learnt about Harvest and where our food comes from, explored vegetables and used them to print, enjoyed seasonal changes on Autumn welly walks, learnt new songs, wrote shopping lists for soup and ended the half term by talking about healthy foods and making our very own turnip soup!
Reception, Whats been happening
Investigating the World around Us – Autumn 2021 – Reception
Here are some photos from Reception of children exploring the world around them. We have been finding out about which where our food grows and whether it grows above the ground or under the ground. This links in with our story, ‘The Enormous Turnip’
The Three Billy Goats
This term, children have been learning the story, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ at home and at school. It was wonderful to see everyone back together again and share our learning. Children have creating and writing about trolls, building bridges and creating their own stories based on the original. They particularly enjoyed playing the ‘hot seating’ game, taking on the roles of the different characters. They have also been looking for signs of spring and new life with egg hunts and celebrating Easter.
The Snow Queen
This term, children have been learning our own story about The Snow Queen at home and in school. They have been exploring winter and experimenting with ice and exploring snow. They received messages from the Snow Queen asking for their help to find out about polar animals. They have been weather detectives and looked at palaces and castles around the world. Children created their own castles and thought of their own ‘magpie’ words to describe them.
The Enormous Turnip
This term children have been settling into school and learning our routines. They have started to learn letter sounds in phonics. We find a monster in the monster sound trap each day then use Teach Your Monster to Read to help us learn the sound and use actions to help us remember it. The monsters are then displayed on a jungle vine in the classroom. Children are beginning to use the sounds that they have learnt in the environment and are beginning to make their own words. Children have been learning the story of The Enormous Turnip and activities have been based around harvest and seasonal changes. They have learnt to retell the story with actions.
Phonics At Home
As part of your home learning your child will be taking part in phonic activities set by their teacher. Many of you may have used Oxford Owl as it gives levelled reading books. The link below will also give you a video to show you how to make the sounds in a way that will help your child with reading and writing. The sounds are taught in a particular order in phases which develop during Reception and KS1. If you are unsure which phase your child is working on at the moment then please contact your child’s class teacher.
You don’t need to print out lots of flash cards or letters, just make your own or ask older brothers and sisters to help you.
There are lots of fun activities that you can do indoors and in the garden, hiding sounds so that your child can go on a treasure hunt, having competitions to see how many words you can make with a sound your child finds tricky or being sound detectives on your daily walk. Have fun together!