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
Dinosaurs in Reception
We have had lots of fun learning about dinosaurs.
We made different dinosaurs out of dough, dinosaur eggs from ice, dinosaur poo from coffee grounds and fossils using salt dough.
We wrote sentences about dinosaurs, labelled their different parts and learned lots of new words.
In our play we made and labelled dinosaur worlds, became dinosaur dentists and hunted for dinosaur fossils and teeth outdoors.
Look at our photos to see just some of the things we have enjoyed doing.