For Home Learning Information - See EYFS Phase Section (link below)
NSPCC Number Day 7th February 2020
On Friday reception loved dressing up as robots or rock stars as part of the NSPCC Number Day. The children had fun sharing their outfits with everyone in the unit and also enjoyed taking part in mathematics activities throughout the day. Thank you for your donations and support!
This week the children enjoyed a trip to our local library in Stirchley. They listened carefully when the librarian explained how a library is used and why the children should join one. We had great fun exploring different books and the children enjoyed a story or two! A big thank you to all of the parents/family members that were able to support with walking to and from the library. We really hope our visit to the library will help promote a love of reading in your child.
Week Beginning 13th January 2020
Happy New Year to you all! We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break. The children have had a very busy first two weeks but have settled back wonderfully. They have enjoyed sharing their news about Christmas with their friends.
In phonics, the children have been recapping the sounds that they learnt last term and have moved onto their next phase of learning. They have so far been introduced to the following digraphs - sh, th, ch, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo and ar. A digraph is two letters that make one sound. It can be made up of vowels and consonants. We have been working hard to consolidate our previous learning whilst also applying our new sounds to our reading and writing.
In mathematics, we were revisiting the number 5 and looking at different ways to make 5. We have also been learning one more and one less than a number to 5. Next the children will be applying what they have learnt about 5 to 6, 7, 8, and 9. The children will learn to use a part whole model to help demonstrate this.
We have also been finding out more about the world and have been learning about the polar regions.The children have enjoyed listening to stories about polar animals and have been finding facts in non fiction books. They have also worked together to create polar animals in the creative area and have been exploring making ice in the water area.
Phase Three Word List
Aladdin Pantomime - Tuesday 10th December 2019
The children loved having a visit from the Animal Man today. They listened carefully to his facts about nocturnal animals and asked some interesting questions. The children were very careful to hold the animals gently and to not make any sudden noises or movements. Well done children for being so considerate to the animals!
This half term the children have been learning about minibeasts and have enjoyed learning new facts about them. They have been investigating which minibeasts can be found on our school grounds and have enjoyed going on a minibeast hunt. On Thursday we had a visit from Mr Duffy who kindly helped the children create bug hotel using recycled materials. We look forward to creating even more bug hotels and finding lots more creatures on the playground.
World Nursery Rhyme Week 2019
Nursery Rhyme Week - Monday 18th to Friday 22nd November
Next week reception will be taking part in World Nursery Rhyme Week 2019. Since its launch in 2013, over 3 million children under the age of 7 have taken part from 70+ countries. We are looking forward to learning new nursery rhymes, practising familiar ones and taking part in activities linked to them.
The children will also be taking part in a 'Rhyme a Day' challenge. Each day we will focus on a new nursery rhyme and will complete activities related to them. Our ‘Rhyme a Day’ challenge will focus on each rhyme in the following order:
- Monday 18th November: ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’.
- Tuesday 19th November: ‘Down in the Jungle’.
- Wednesday 20th November: ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.
- Thursday 21st November: ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’.
- Friday 22nd November: ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’.
Further information and videos can be found through the following link -
The children have been listening to the story of Owl Babies in class. They have learnt actions to use as the they retold the story and joined in with repeated refrains. We talked about the characters, setting and the story plot. We also discussed the feelings of each of the owls at the start and end of the book.
The children wrote speech bubbles for each of the baby owls using initial sounds and some of the other sounds that they could hear in words. They were also challenged to create their own story maps and label them.
During understanding the world lessons the children learnt about owls. The children shared what they already knew about owls and also asked questions using ‘who, what, where, when and how’ starters. This led to an inquiry about different types of owls and how they sleep, eat and fly. We enjoyed researching facts about owls using the internet, videos and books. During outdoor day the children enjoyed exploring the forest and creating their own nests. We have enjoyed learning about owls and are hoping the animal man will bring an owl in to visit us soon.
Week Beginning 14th October 2019
This week the children have had a special visit from our community support officer Sarah Savage and also PC Robert Clark. They talked to the children about their role in the community and also explained what to do if there ever was an emergency. The children asked lots of questions and had fun dressing up in a police uniform. A big thank you to Sarah and PC Rob for taking the time out of their busy day to talk to the children.
This week in phonics the children have been learning the following letters and sounds - e,u,r,h. They have also been reading and writing tricky word 'is.' Next week we will be learning tricky work 'the' and 'b, l, ll, f, ff.' In mathematics we have been focusing on number 4 and have been practising counting objects by lining them up and saying each number name aloud. The children have also been interested in making patterns and have been using different resources to create a ABAB patterns.
In RE the children have continued to learn about the beautiful world God has created. We went on a walk of our school grounds (to look at God's creations) and also spent some time praying in the school prayer garden.
Blessing Mass Thursday 10th October
Well done to the children for a lovely Blessing Mass on Thursday. They worked very hard to learn the hymns, prayers and also created some beautiful art work. We were all very proud of them! A big thank you to all of the parents and family members who attended. It was wonderful to see such a big turn out of support and the children were delighted to have you there.
Week Beginning 7th October
This week we have been very busy with our preparations for our Blessing Mass which took place on Thursday. In R.E. the children have been listening to the Creation Story in the Bible and have been learning about God's creations. They have also been working hard on learning new hymns and prayers. The prayers your child will be learning this year can be found below.
In phonics the children have been taught the following letters/sounds - s, a, t, p, i, n, d, m, g, o, c and k. Next week we will be learning e, u, r, and h. Please don't worry if your child is unsure of some of the letters/sounds as we will be revisiting them daily. The children have also begun learning how to read tricky word I and next week will learn to read is. These words will need to be read by sight as they cannot be sounded out.
In mathematics we have continued to secure our understanding of 1, 2, 3. We have been practising counting objects and also forwards/backwards from these numbers. The children have been introduced to Numberblocks to help aid their understanding of number and have enjoyed talking about the different characters. For ways to further support mathematics at home please look at the following link - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/numberblocks-help-your-child-with-maths
Reception Class Prayers
Week Beginning 30th September 2019
A big thanks to everyone who attended our phonics workshop on Tuesday. As part of the phonics workshop we outlined what phonics is, how it helps your child with their early reading and writing and provided a range of ideas for activities and resources you can use to support your child at home. If you missed the workshop see the slides below and please ask a member of staff if you have any questions.
Phonics Reception Workshop 2019
The children have begun learning the following letters and sounds in phonics - s, a, t, p, i, n, m. We have been finding objects beginning with these initial sounds and have begun practising reading CVC words (e.g. sat, pat, tap, pin).Next week we will be learning d, g, o and c. We will also learn how to read tricky word I.
In mathematics we have been concentrating on understanding 1, 2 and 3 through counting objects, comparing amounts and recognising the different numerals. We have begun counting objects by lining them up and touching each one as we say the number name. The children have enjoyed using counting games on the following website to practise their skills https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Within the other areas of the unit the children have been exploring colour mixing in the paint area, making treasure maps in the writing area and exploring magnets in the investigation area. The children have become more confident in their play and are forming lots of positive relationships with their peers, which is wonderful to see.
A fantastic first two weeks in Reception!
It has been a wonderful first couple of weeks in Reception. The children have settled in well and have blown us away with how grown up they have been. They have been learning all about each other and have begun to make new friendships. We are really forward to the year ahead!
Welcome to our Reception Web page!
On here you will find lots of information about our weekly routines and details about the exciting learning that will be taking place both indoors and outdoors this term.
The Reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. During this year we will all work together to ensure that your child has a wonderful learning experience and reaches their full potential in all aspects of the curriculum.
At St Edward's we aim to provide a fun, exciting learning environment for the children where they can feel confident to make their own choices, take risks and be independent. Children will have the opportunity to build on their nursery and home experiences and take part in a wide variety of multi-sensory activities in both the classrooms and outdoors. Learning opportunities are planned around different themes as well as the children's interests, with lots of practical experiences. They will be provided with a balance between adult and child led activities. Visits and visitors help enrich the curriculum and parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child's learning.
We are a big team who all work together to ensure all the Reception children are happy, engaged, supported and challenged.
Reception Curriculum Overview 2019 - 2020
Reception Literature Spine 2019 - 2020
Fun and games:
Try the CBeebies site for lots of games, stories, rhymes and activities:
The PBS KIDS site has a range of online stories:
Information for adults about quality books and reading activities:
- Phonics Pronunciation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8
- Phonics Support (Mr Thorne Does Phonics): http://mrthorne.com/
- Jolly Phonics Songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei0iFs5uF6w
- Phoneme pop! - the sounds/letters drift by on bubbles and your child has to pop the matching sound!