Welcome to Reception Class

Our Learning This Term

What a strange start to the year! It was lovely to see the class last Monday, even if it was just for one day!  We have had a great first term and the children have settled in really well into school, we hope to be back together as a class soon.

In literacy, the children have been learning their sounds and we have all noticed a great difference in both their reading and writing. During this term, we will be continuing to learn the phase three sounds and the tricky words. In our home learning sessions, the children are being introduced to digraphs (when two letters make one sound, such as ‘sh’ in ‘shed’). This element of home learning would be very beneficial for your child to participate in, as it means that they will be able to continue to progress in their reading and writing. The phonics sessions, where a new sound is introduced are on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Now the children are using their knowledge to read words (blending sounds) and sentences. They are also beginning to break up words into sounds (segmenting), so they can write words and sentences. Encourage your child to write for a purpose, such as lists, labels, letters and cards for their friends. They have a sound mat in their home learning pack to help with this and please upload any photos of their writing to Tapestry.

Please continue to listen to your child read and write in their reading record, so we have a record of the books they have read whilst at home. There are books available in the entrance hall at school and a list of the order that they can be read, so you have an idea of the next book to take. Make sure that you return your last book(s) to the quarantine box and only take a maximum of two books at a time. Remember that we want reading to be an enjoyable and fun thing to do. Choose the time carefully and if it is just a page or two, that is okay. When you read a book to your child, can they read any of the words to you? Can they spot any tricky words? When you are out and about, can they read any words on signs? Or spot digraphs? It really can be done anywhere. There are some books available online at https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/, your child should also have their Reading Eggs login, please ask if you don’t have it. Phonics Play (https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/)  is also a good website, to consolidate your child’s learning. It is currently free. They also do some online comics (https://phonicsplaycomics.co.uk/comics.html)

We have also been learning the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’. The children are becoming

very familiar with the story and are learning actions to help them retell it independently. We will be learning the vocabulary of ‘character’, ‘setting’, ‘problem’ and ‘solution’ in relation to stories.

In maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of numbers to five, including all the composition of these numbers (e.g. five can be made up of 4+1, 3+2, 5+0 etc.) We have also just spent a week learning about capacity. Over this term we will be learning about the numbers six, seven and eight, combining numbers, length, height and time. The maths meeting for parents has been postponed, we will let you know when it will be rescheduled. Your child should have received a mathletics login with their home learning pack, if you don’t have it please ask.

Thank you for all your support with home learning and your communication through Tapestry. It has been great to see the videos and photos of your children completing their home learning tasks. This will help them make a smoother transition back into ‘at school learning’ when we are able to so. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be phoning just to check in with everyone. This will be from the school number or a withheld number if we are working from home.

To keep updated with what we get up to in reception class, look at our twitter account. The address is: Reception Twitter

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Parents Meeting

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Outdoor learning 


In Reception we have free flow access outdoors during our child-initiated learning.

We also do some of our whole class learning outdoors too!


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Shire Oak CE Primary School

Wood Lane, Headingley, LS6 2DT

Shire Oak is a safe and inclusive school and we expect all adults who work with, visit or meet our children to uphold the highest standards of safeguarding and regard for the welfare of children.