Our Early Years Philosophy
‘Play is the highest form of research’– Albert Einstein
In reception we learn through play. We have many different areas both indoors and outdoors such as the creative area, reading corner and construction space where we investigate, explore and learn many new things.
We learn to read and write letters, simple words and sentences, use numbers and create lots of models and paintings which we love to send home to show to our grown ups.
In the classroom we also have a Funky Fingers area where we do finger gym to make our fingers super strong which will help us have great handwriting and challenge areas where we practice our numbers and Letters and Sounds.
Getting Ready for Reading Books
Before your child is given a reading book to bring home they need to know what sound the letters make and then be able to sound out the word and blend back together. The sounds we have learned this term are s a t p i n m d.
- Some children will be given games to help them recognise the letter sounds we have learned so far.
- Some children will be given games to help them hear the first sound in a word and match the correct letter.
- Some children will be given a game where they have to move around the track and sound out the word they land on.
- Some children will be given a matching game where they sound out the word and match to the correct picture and then use the letters to make their own words.
- Some children will be given a reading book and then get games that include tricky words.
PLEASE remember that each child is different so not all children will be on the same game or book at the same time.
What is Funky Fingers?
Funky Fingers a series of fun activities for children to build up their upper body strength (gross motor skills) and finger/hand strength and control (fine motor skills). There are a wealth of activities that you can do with your child to improve these skills and get them ready to write. There are lots of websites you can visit to give you some ideas of how to develop different skills. Click the link on the right for more information.
What is Development Matters?
Development Matters is guidance material to support the teaching and implementation of the statutory requirements of the EYFS for Nursery and Reception age children
Storybarn at Calderstones Park
Just before we finished for the Christmas break, Reception class went to the Storybarn at Calderstones Park. During our visit we had to find the sugarplums & fairy doors as well as read a story with the elves. We completed a Christmas craft activity and met Santa. Everybody really enjoyed themselves.
On Monday 13th January some children from Reception class took part in a multi skills festival at Liverpool Football Academy. The children were really excited to be going to play football and learn new skills as well as travelling on the minibus!
Websites, songs and games to help your child during their year in Reception
Help your child learn the alphabet and the connection between upper and lower case letters
Help your child learn their numbers to 20, count in 5s to 50, count to 100 in 10s
Literacy games and match games
Look for Alphablocks or Numberblock episodes on Youtube
– go to free phonics play, then children and start with Phase 1 games, moving up through Phase 2 as we go through the year
- Simply chose a game and enjoy
- Chose a game and enjoy
- Simply chose phase 1 games or phase 2 games or phase 3 games from the left hand side of the page