Welcome to Reception!
We have two classes, Butterflies and Bumblebees.  We both have lovely areas to play in right outside our classroom so we spend lots of the day going in and out wherever our play leads us.  We are also lucky enough go to our school woodland at least once a week.  As you can see, there is still lots of time for play in Reception as this is how we learn best.  We also have more focused sessions during the day for phonics, maths and literacy. 
Below you will find a link to the PowerPoint presentation that contains all the information you need for September.  
Meet The Team
 Play Based Learning
Children learn best when they are fully engaged and motivated and the best way for that to happen is during self chosen play.  Our classrooms and outdoor areas are well resourced with open ended toys, this means the children can use the same item to be any number of things - whatever their imagination needs at the time.  Reception is the time to learn to play together, negotiate with friends and work together on amazing creations.
Term 1
In our daily phonics lessons we will be learning to read the sounds m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, f and b.  We will also be learning to blend the sounds into words.  We follow the Read, Write Inc phonics programme. 
In maths we are learning about the numbers 1 to 5.  We don't just want to recognise the digit, but we want to really understand what that number means and how it is made up of other numbers.  
Much of our learning is done in the environment as we play and interact with the world around us.  However, we will focus on other subjects throughout the term such as
Art - learning about colour
Understanding the World through Geography- looking at Nepal on a map and learning about the festival Dashain.
Understanding the world through Science - looking at the lifecycle of a pumpkin. 
 Woodland Area
 “There are lots of exciting ways to work on your handwriting. We have been developing our arm strength outdoors.”
All children in Reception enjoy developing their arm strength by using our woodwork table. They are learning how to safely use tools along with joining materials together.