Coppice Primary

Planting the seeds of
Knowledge,
growth and
success

 

 

 

 

Hello and welcome to our special page for Reception! We are really lucky to have a big and bright room with lots of different areas to explore! We have a beautiful cosy book corner, a special writing place (though we love to write wherever we can!) and a brilliantly resourced maths area as well as lots of other inviting areas for us to learn in!  Reception also have a lovely outside area which we share with Nursery so we can learn outside as well as inside! The children  have lots of fun learning through play!

In Reception, Mrs Gent is the class teacher. Miss Owen, Miss Panayiota and Miss Renshaw are our Early Years Practitioners at different times during the week. Miss Harrison teaches the class on a Wednesday morning when Mrs Gent has her PPA time. We really love working in Reception and want your child to be happy. If you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!     

                  

 Mrs Gent

Reception class teacher

 Miss Harrison

PPA teacher/

EYFS co-ordinator

 

       

Miss Owen

Early Years

Practitioner

Miss Panayiota

Early Years

Practitioner

 Miss Renshaw

Apprentice

Early Years Practitioner

   

  Busy busy Reception children

We are so lucky to work in the best class in the school (ok we are bias!) We get to work with a class of children who are so curious and enthusiastic learners!! They always have lots of fantastic ideas which we include in our daily activities and they explain what they are doing and why!

Look at the gallery below to see what we did in Reception last year! We cannot believe how much fun we had and the year whizzed by!

 

 

 

Welcome back Squirrels!

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday, spending time with your families and friends.

We can’t believe that this is the final term, it has flown by!

 

We have another wonderful Topic lined up for you all

this term “Splish, Splash, Splosh”.

We will have lots of water based, messy learning enhancements this term, so we apologise in advance!

 

                                                                                                       

Summer 2 Week 1

Billy’s Bucket

What do we want to find out?

 

What is sand? What is it made from? Where does it come from? Why does the beach have water and sand? Why does the sand never wash away when the tide comes in? What lives in the Ocean? Why? Where does the water go when the tide goes out? Is the sea safe to swim in? How do you know? What is a scuba diver? Why does he wear a mask and special suit in the water? Why is the sea blue?

 

We like to start our Topics off with an interesting Hook, so a revisit to one of our classes favourite books “Billy’s Bucket” is how we will kick it off!

 

In literacy, we will be writing descriptive sentences, using speech bubbles and captions.

In maths, we will be using estimation to see how many shells each bucket can hold, as well as comparing weights of heavy and light.

This Term we will use a great book called “Flat Stanley” to help us with our knowledge and understanding of the world. Each week Flat Stanley will visit a different country on his travels. We will use this to help us learn all about different countries and where in the world they are. We will also discuss similarities and difference of the countries and identify which we would like to visit and why.

In expressive arts and design, we will become Artists and Illustrators, from around the world. Depending on where in the world Flat Stanley takes us.

 

As always, we will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake.

 

Summer 2 week 2

Commotion in the Ocean

What do we want to find out?

What does commotion mean? What does rhyming mean? Where do Turtles live? What is an Angel fish? Are Jelly fish really made of Jelly? What are they made of and why do they sting? Are sharks really scary? Do they really like to eat Humans? Does a sword fish really have a sword on her nose? Why does an Octopus have 8 arms? What are they for? Why does a sting rays tail sting? Is a lobster a weird looking crab? What makes them different? How many different kinds of whale are there in the sea?

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Commotion in the Ocean”

So many questions!

In Literacy, we will use factual information texts, Google and leaflets to help us to find the answers to our questions. We will work together to make a big class fact book.

In maths, we will be looking at shapes in the Ocean, both 2d and 3d. We will be identifying them by their name and their properties. We will also extend our learning by using our knowledge to make 3d shape constructions.

In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will take a visit to “Turtle bay in the Caribbean” and learn all about sea Turtles.

In expressive arts and design, we will look at the work of a Californian Artist called Jennifer Frost, who makes Art from recycled Ocean waste and we will use her designs to help us to create our very own 3D junk modelling jellyfish.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

Summer 2 week 3

Sharing a shell

What do we want to find out?

Why do some creatures live in shells? Why do shells have different patterns and colours on them? Why are some smooth and others rough? What are shells made from? Why did the creatures share their shell? Why is it important to share and help each other? How do humans share? Why? How can we share equally? What does equally mean? Why is it important not to throw trash out on to the beach? How can we help keep the beach safe for the creatures and animals? How can we share the sea and keep it clean?

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Sharing a shell”

In literacy, we will be identifying rhyming chains, as well having discussions about sharing and being kind. The children will write their own rules about being friends, sharing and helping each other. In maths, we will look at repeating patterns and sequencing, such as counting on and back in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will also revisit sharing amounts and how to share equally between three.

In Knowledge and understanding of the world, we will travel to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, in North America, with Flat Stanley. We will look at the similarities and differences between sea mammals and sea creatures and why some sea creatures have shells.

In expressive arts, we will look at the art work of a Nottingham Architect called Thomas Chamberlin Hind. One of his most famous pieces of work is the Spiral staircase in the Lace market. We will use his skills and techniques to make spirals, patterns and prints in our clay shells. We will also add different textures and materials too.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

Summer 2 week 4

The Night Pirates

What do we want to find out?

What is a Pirate? Can anyone be a pirate? What skills do you need to be a pirate? How do you build a boat? How does it float and not sink? Why do pirate ships have a skull and cross bone flag? What is the difference between day and night? Why did the pirates go out at night? What is a shadow? What does stealthy mean? How does a telescope let you see far away? What is a compass? What is it used for? Why? 

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “The Night Pirates”

In literacy, we will be writing predictions about what sort of adventure we think Tom is about to embark upon. We will also use thought bubbles to write what we think Pirates dream about.

In maths, we will use our daily timetable and an analogue clock to begin to use the language of time, such as am and pm, and O’clock.

In Knowledge and understanding of the world, we will use Flat Stanley and Google maps to look at Famous Sea’s around the world. We will then have a go at making a route across our role play sea, using directional language and a compass; Introducing the language of North, South, East and West.

In our story Tom imagined that Trolls and Ogres were stealing the front of his house, so in Expressive Arts, we will look at the work of an illustrator called Maurice Sendak and we will use his illustrations to inspire our own designs.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

Summer 2 week 5

Pirates love underpants

What do we want to find out?

When were underpants first invented? Who invented them? Do Pirates really collect underpants? Why? What does Pair mean? What other things come in pairs? Why do Pirates burry their treasure? How do they know where they buried it? What is a desert island? Where in the world are they? How many coins does a Pirate have? How much are they worth? What can you buy with them? Why do Pirates have beards? 

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Pirates love underpants” 

In Literacy, we will be learning how to write an alternate ending. How will we get the golden underpants back? We will also learn how to make a simple adjective dictionary, using our senses to help us to describe. In maths, we will be using the Pirates pants to identify pairs and double. We will also introduce money and its value 2p, 5p and 10p. Linking our counting on in 2’s and 5’s knowledge to support our learning too!

In Knowledge and understanding of the world, we will travel with Flat Stanley to our science test centre in Vancouver. We will look at the similarities and differences of materials. We want to know why some heavy materials float, such as the wood of a ship and why some sink, such as the wood of a treasure chest. We are confused, as they are both made out of the same material!

In Expressive arts and design, we will be learning old Pirate songs, which we will perform in our final ambassador assembly. We will also use different materials, textures, form and function to create our own pants. I am not looking forward to wearing the ones made from seaweed!

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

Summer 2 week 6

Ten Little Mermaids

What do we want to find out?

Are Mermaids real? How could we find out? Have you ever seen a mermaid? Why do we believe in them? Mythological history link to old, Pirate and sailor tales.  What do you think their tails are made from? How do they look after their hair? Do mermaids need sun cream? What do they eat? How far can they swim? How many ways can we make 10?

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Ten little Mermaids”

In literacy, we will read old Pirate transcripts (written by Mrs Gent). We will learn about the mystical powers of the Mermaids and Mermen. We will then use this to help us create our own mystical sea adventures, using lots of adjectives to help us to describe.

In maths, we will learn how to make number bonds to ten and how to count in multiples of ten.

We wondered about what Mermaids tails were made from and why their tails are so shiny and sparkly. So in knowledge and understanding of the world, we will look at the similarities and differences between reflective, translucent and opaque materials. We will also travel up into space with Flat Stanley, to explore the Ozone layer, where we will learn all about Rainbows and the reflection of the sun.

In expressive arts and design, we will look at the work of Picasso and his self-portraits. We will use the mini mirrors to look at our reflections and identify what we see. We will use the rainbow pallets to experiment and mix colours which best represent us and our reflections.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

Summer 2 week 7

Barry the fish with fingers 

What do we want to find out?

Does a fish have fingers? Why not? Why can a fish breath under water and humans can’t? Can all sea creature’s breath under water? Whay don’t we have sharks and Dolphins at Skegness beach? Can a puffer fish really play a piano? Can you play a Piano? What other special talents do you have? What makes you unique?

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Barry the fish with fingers”

In literacy, we will be identifying our special talents, just like Barry and Puffy. We will also think about what we want to get better at and write ourselves targets ready for year one…What talents do we want to learn next?

In maths, we will finish off our term with free choice maths activities. We have so many beautiful and inviting activities, we want to observe which methods and techniques the children will chose to help complete their independent cheeky challenges.

In expressive arts and design, we will use different media and collage to create our own work. Just like Barry had fingers, we want to see what other animals will look like with human features…a Zebra with human legs or a chicken with human toes!

In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will travel with flat Stanley to India, where we will learn all about the Puffer fish and other strange looking fish that we have never heard of before!

 

Dates for the diary 

Monday 4th June - Inset day 

Monday 18th June - Early years trip to Wheel gates 

Wednesday 20th June - Sports day 

Tuesday 10th July - Reception stay and play 2-3pm 

Tuesday 17th July = Ambassador assembly 9.15 KS1 

Tuesday 17th July- Summer fair 

Friday 20th July – Last day of term!

 

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

Welcome back Squirrels!

We hope you have had a wonderful Easter holiday, spending time with your families and friends. We can’t believe how fast the year is flying by…Summer Term One already!

Soon my Squirrels will be leaving the nest to become ladybirds!

 

On a positive, we have a wonderful term lined up for you all. We will continue our “Once upon a time” topic for the next two weeks, due to storm Emma and last term being very short. We like to focus on the children’s interests and we don’t think we would be forgiven if we left out The Three Little Pigs and Red Riding Hood. Our new summer term topic will follow, “People who help us”. If you or anyone you know works as a Police officer, Doctor/Nurse or Dentist/Dental nurse or Postman/woman. Please let us know if they could pop in to talk about what they do.

 

Summer 1 Week 1

The three little pigs

What do we want to find out?

Can a wolf really blow a house down? Why not? How do houses stay up? What materials are used? Why? Do Wolves really eat pigs? Can pigs really build houses? Where do pigs and wolves live? How would you build a house? What construction materials would you use? Can you make a design and built it? What does three mean?  

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Three Little Pigs”

In literacy, we will be using Speech bubbles to retell the story and using house blue prints to draw and label our own house designs “What material would you use? Why?”

In maths, we will be learning how to subtract from big numbers to make 3, we will also investigate how many different ways we can make 3, using a variety of different inside and outside resources. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will carry out a materials experiment. Investigating which material makes a safe house and why. In expressive arts and design, we will be creating and painting with mud paint. We will investigate which method creates the right consistency and why. We will also use the egg boxes to create our very own pig snouts and ears. In Personal, Social, and Emotional Development, we will talk about the importance of asking for help and telling an adult if you feel scared. We will also look at friendships and how to spot a bully.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

Summer 1 week 2

Little Red riding hood

What do we want to find out?

Is this story Fact or fiction? Can wolves really talk? What do you think was in Red riding hoods picnic basket? Was it healthy or unhealthy? Why was the Wolf out of breath when he ran? What is a wood cutter? Why did Red riding hood have a basket and not a bag? Have you ever been to the woods? Where is it? How could we stay safe in the woods? Why does she always wear Red? What other things are red?

 

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Little Red riding Hood” 

In Literacy, we will be using our talk for writing strategies to map and sequence the events of the story, we will be writing character descriptions for our “Beware” posters and making cookie recipes for Granny. We will also use our hot seating strategies to interview the wolf. In maths, we will be using the vocabulary of halving and sharing (obviously using the cookies to help). In physical development, we will be learning all about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Our finger gym challenge this week is how to weave a picnic basket. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will look at our local area (Shipley Park) using Google Maps and learn how to stay safe when plying in the woods (stranger danger). In expressive arts and design, we will make observational paintings/drawings of “All things red”.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

Summer 1 week 3

Dr Ranj and the team

At the get well soon hospital

What do we want to find out?

What is a doctor? How do they help us? Can anyone be a doctor? How do you become a doctor? What is the difference between a doctor and a nurse? Who helps a doctor when they are poorly? Why do some people have to go to hospital? What is the difference between a surgery and a hospital? Do all doctors and nurses do the same thing? Why?

 

This week we will be using You Tube and Dr Ranj to help support our learning. In Literacy, we will be using the funny bones stories to help us label parts or our body (inside and out); writing captions to describe what each body part can do. We will also be using role play to help identify illnesses and write prescriptions. In maths, we will be using X-rays to help us learn how to double. We will also learn how to count on in 5’s, using our hands and feet to help. In expressive arts and design, we will be using the chalk and sugar paper to draw around our friends and create full body X-rays. We will also use parts of our body to print (hands, fingers, feet). In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will focus on people and communities. Looking at other people who help us, such as Bin/rubbish collectors, road crossing patrol, Librarians and most importantly…Teachers!

We will use the cameras and role play costumes to identify what we want to be when we grow up.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

Summer 1 week 4

All about the Police

What do we want to find out? 

What are the Police? What do they do? How do they help us? Why? How do you become a police officer? Can anyone be a police officer? What do you have to do to become one? Why do the Police wear hats? How fast can the Police drive? What does a jail look like? What happens to all of the people in jail? Who decides how long they have to stay there?

 

For this week’s Police focus, we will read the story “What the lady bird heard” to support our literacy. We will collect the clues and hot seat the animals from the farm, to create a crime scene report. In maths, we will use subtraction to help us match the keys to the corresponding padlocks, we will also use the number line to subtract and help us get back to the number 9! In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will learn all about the real police and what they do. We may even get a visit from a local Police officer. In expressive arts and design, we will look at the work of a sculpting artist called Saulo Moreno. We too will combine media, sculpting and texture to create 3D Jail houses, handcuffs and Police badges.

In Physical development, we will use PE games to play Cops and Robbers. In our Finger gym area, we will use ink pads to print our finger prints and the tweezers to match the 9 clues to the correct crime scene cards

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

Summer 1 week 5

The Dentist 

What do we want to find out?

What is a dentist? How do they help us? What do they have to do? Why does the dentist surgery always smell funny? What is that pink stuff we wash our mouths out with? How many teeth do we have? Are they all the same? Why not?

Why do we have to brush our teeth in the morning and at night?

This week we will be using both factual and fiction books to help support our learning.

We will be reading the story of “George goes to the dentist” for the first time. In literacy, we will write instructions of how to brush your teeth. We will also use emotion and feelings bubbles to identify how George might be feeling about the dentist and why. Many of us (including me) are scared of the Dentist, so we aim to remove this fear using this lovely child friendly story.

In maths, we will revisit addition and subtraction, using the marshmallow teeth to support!

We will also carry out a class tally…how many teeth have you lost?

In expressive arts and design, we will use papier mache and collage to create 3D teeth sculptures, we will also use a range of media and materials to create 2D tooth brushes.

In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will learn all about the effects that sugar has on the teeth. We will also carry out a little experiment…Watch this space! In physical development, the children will sort the foods into categories “good for your teeth and bad for your teeth. This includes some fruit too, so be aware if your child suddenly comes home telling you that oranges are bad for you.

 

 

Summer 1 week 6

All about fire fighters

What do we want to find out?

Why are fire engines red? When were engines first invented? Who invented them? What gave them the idea?

Can anyone be a fire fighter? What skills do you need to have? Why do we call 999? When should we call 999? Is it ok to ring if there is not a fire? What could happen if you pretended there was a fire?

 

In literacy, we will write a recount of our trip to the local Fire station. We will also write about the key features of a Fire engine. In maths, we will use prepositional language to give directions to the fire engine, introducing the language of left and right. We will also use the meter rulers to measure distance and length.

In Knowledge and understanding of the world, we will take a trip back in time and learn all about the history of Fire engines. In physical development, we will use the play dough to create different sized fire hoses. We will also use the pipe cleaners and straws to make mini ladders. In expressive arts, we will learn the song “London’s burning” and create a dance to go with it. In the creative area, we will use collage and black paper to create a dancing fire. We will also use box modelling on a large scale to create our very own fire engine.

 

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

Summer 1 week 7

The Jolly Postman

What do we want to find out?

What does a post man/woman do? Why do they have to get up so early? How far do they have to travel? Who writes letters? Where do they go first? Then what happens? (We will use the Cbeebies “do you know” clip to support). What is a Pen pal? Can we have pen pals? Where in the world are they? international links-Dubai and Singapore  

This week we will use the stories of the Jolly Postman to support our learning. Starting with “The Jolly Postman’s party”.

In literacy, we will be writing party invitations, birthday cards and cake orders. We will then use the envelopes and stamps to post them…keep an eye out in your daily post!

In maths, we will learn all about money and its value, using 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to buy stamps. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will learn all about other mailing systems, such as air mail and email. We will use prerecorded video messages to talk to our international school friends in Dubai, we will write lists of the things we know about Dubai and lists of the things we want to find out!

In expressive arts and design, we will be using foam tiles to design and print our own stamps. We will also use the toilet rolls to make mini letter boxes.

In physical development, we will use the patterned stamps and play dough to create prints and patterns. We will also use the mini gems to decorate the play dough cakes. 

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities. 

 

Summer Term One Dates for the diary

 

Monday 9th April - first day back!

Monday 7th May bank holiday

Monday 21st May Reception stay and play 2-3pm

Thursday 24th May Ambassador assembly 9.15 KS1

Friday 25th May break up for half term

Monday 4th June staff inset day

 

 

 

Welcome back!

We hope you have all had a lovely break!

 

Spring 2 

Our Topic this term is “Once upon a time”.

This topic will focus our learning around Traditional and fairy tale stories. We will learn about how these stories are structured; such as the beginning, middle and end, as well as plot, solution character and setting. We will use role play, drama and talk for writing strategies to retell and create our own traditional/fairy tales. The children will also have a go at writing an alternate ending. 

                                                                                                           

Spring 2 Week 1

Goldilocks

What do we want to find out?

What is a traditional/fairy tale? Where do they come from? What is the difference between fact and fiction? Can animals really talk? What do bears really eat? How do you make the perfect porridge? Why are things different sizes? Is it safe to go into the woods or a stranger’s house? Why did the things break so easily?

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “

“Goldilocks and the three bears”, with a twist! 

In Literacy, we will be practicing and applying our phonic knowledge to different writing activities, such as wanted posters, crime reports and gathering forensic clues. In maths, we will be using and applying our size ordering knowledge to different investigation tasks. Such as; Who has the biggest chair? Which bowl holds the most porridge? How do you know? Prove it!

We will also apply our size knowledge skills to real life comparisons: Which is bigger a bear or a tree? Prove it!

In Expressive arts, we will be using different media and materials to create different effects. We will be adding textures and mixing colours too! In Knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be looking at size and strength. exploring which material makes the best bed for a bear?  In Personal, social and emotional development we will be looking at the dangers of wondering off somewhere unfamiliar and taking things that don’t belong to you. In physical development, we will be using the tweezers to fill the honey pots and the scissors to create story maps.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

 

Spring 2 Week 2

Book week – David Walliams

The first Hippo on the moon

What do we want to find out?

Where is the moon? How do we get there? How does a rocket fly? Can a Hippo really go to the moon? Can we fly to the moon? What dreams do you have? What makes a good friend? Where do Hippos live? What’s a jungle? Who else lives there? Are yu a good friend? How would you feel? What do we like/dislike about this book?

This week is book week. The whole school will be reading books written by one of our favourite authors “David Walliams”

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Hippo on the moon”

In literacy, we will be using our phonic knowledge to help us writing lists of items to pack in Sheila’s bag, we will be using thought bubbles to write sentences based on emotions and writing postcards from the moon.

In maths, we will be learning how to count in 2’s, how to count on and back from 0-20 and using the properties of 2d and 3d shapes to design and build a rocket.

In expressive arts and design, we will be using the box modelling resources to create our own space rockets, we will also try to create our own moons using paper Mache and textured paint. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be learning all about jungle animals, as well as conducting a rocket experiment… Watch this space J

In personal, social and emotional development, we will learn all about the importance of respecting each other’s ideas, opinions and dreams. We will talk about aspirations using Dr Seuss inspiration”Oh the places you will go”.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

Spring 2 Week 3

 The three little pigs

What do we want to find out?

Can a wolf realy blow a house down? Why not? How do houses stay up? What materials are used? Why? Do Wolves really eat pigs? Can pigs really build houses? Where do pigs and wolves live? How would you build a house? What construction materials would you use? Can you make a design and built it? What does three mean?  

This week we will be focusing our learning around the story of “Three Little Pigs”

In literacy, we will be pretending to be news paper reporters; Using our talk for writing strategies to help us retell the story through     drama. We will also be writing sorry letters and captions, using our phonic knowledge to help us. In maths, we will be learning how to subtract from big numbers to make 3, we will also investigate how many different ways we can make 3, using a variety of different inside and outside resources. In knowledge and understanding or the world, we will carry out a materials experiment. Investigating which material makes a safe house and why. In expressive arts and design, we will be creating and painting with mud paint. We will investigate which method creates the right consistency and why. We will also use the egg boxes to create our very own pig snouts and ears. In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we will talk about the importance of asking for help and telling an adult if you feel scared. We will also look at friendships and how to spot a bully.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical development skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

 

                                                                                                        

Spring 1 Week 4

Easter – Rabbits don’t lay eggs

What do we want to find out?

What is Easter? Why do we eat chocolate eggs? Why do we use rabbits and eggs to celebrate Easter? What animals lay eggs? Why? What does this mean? What is chocolate made from? Where do coco beans come from? Why does it taste so nice? Is it a healthy food? Why not? How do you know?  

This week we will focus our learning around the story of “Rabbits don’t lay eggs!”

In literacy, we will be using our own ideas to make predictions and find answers. If Rabbits don’t lay eggs, then where do they come from? In maths, we will be learning which has more, less or equal. We will also learn how to make patterns, using different 2d and 3d shapes. In expressive arts and design, we will use different resources, materials and designs to make own eggs; Using hard boiled eggs and play dough. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will learn all about animals who lay eggs and where they come from. In personal, social and emotional development, we will learn all about the story of Easter, and what it means.

We will continue to have a variety of resources and activities in our “finger gym area”. In order to promote our physical skills. As well as daily, squiggle, dough disco and wake and shake activities.

 

Diary Dates

Here are the dates we have so far for this half term. We will continue to add to them as the half term progresses. Also remember to check your weekly newsletter!

Monday 26th February - INSET day - School closed to the children.

Tuesday 27th February - First day of the new term!

Tuesday 6th and Thursday the 8th March Parents evenings. Times and dates will be confirmed and sent home on Thursday the 1st

From Monday 5th March until Friday 9th March - Book week! Lots of activities planned!

From Tuesday 6th March until Friday 9th March - Scholastic book fair open from 3.30pm each night.

Tuesday the 6th March - Squirrels Library visit 10.15am. Please Let Mrs Gent know if you can help out.

Friday 9th March - Parents/carers invited to come into Reception to read with their children 3pm.

Thursday 13th March -  Physical development workshop for Nursery and Reception parents at 9.00am. Come and find out how we begin to teach the children skills needed for good physical skills needed for learning. You will get the chance to see the children using a range of resources and then ask staff any questions afterwards!

Tuesday 20th March -  Polar Explorer Community event for Parents/careers (this is a night time event and we will give you more information when we have it!)

Thursday 22nd March 3.00pm - Reception Stay and Play. Come and join us in our play and learning in the classroom and in the outside area! 

Friday 23rd March - Last day of term. 

Monday 9th April - First day of the new term!  

        

Welcome back and happy new year!

Our Topic this term is

“Winter wonderland”.

This Topic will focus our learning around our wonderful world. such as, the weather, seasons, categorisation of animals, Polar regions, woodland animals, keeping warm and staying safe, showing care and concern for our environments and the things that live within them. As a foundation unit, we follow the principles of 'planning in the moment' which means that the children guide our learning, following their interests and fascinations, so every day is full of surprises and wonder!


 

Spring 1 Week 1

One snowy night  

What do we want to find out?

What is winter? Why do we have it? What happens at winter to the: weather, animals, clothes, homes, food, plants and trees? How do the animals survive outside? Where does the sun go?

This week we will be focussing our learning around the story of “One snowy night” By Nick Butterworth 

In maths, we will be using the vocabulary of more and fewer to solve addition and subtraction stories. In Literacy, we will be designing and labelling winter habitats for the animals in our story. We will link this activity to communication and language; using describing words to make our writing more exciting. Our PSED focus this week will be based around respecting our local environment and taking care of people and animals who need our help. In our physical, Art and design sessions, we will be using our box modelling skills to make woodland animals and habitats. Using our Knowledge and understanding skills to discuss and identify which materials are a best choice (waterproof, strong, warm). We will also learn about the struggles of animals finding food in the winter. We will use pipe cleaners and cheerios’ to make the birds a nice snack.

 

 

Spring 1 Week 2

Lost and found

  What do we want to find out?

Why do some animals like Living in the snow and cold? How do Penguins stay warm and what do they eat? Why don’t Penguins move somewhere warm? Do Penguins and Polar bears live with Santa? Why do all Penguins look the same? How do you know if they are a boy or girl? Why do Penguins lay eggs and how do they keep it warm.

 This week we will be focussing our learning around the story of “lost and found” by Oliver Jeffers (Mrs Gent’s favourite author).

 This is an absolutely beautiful book, about helping each other in times of need and blossoming friendship.

 In literacy, we will be making found posters to help the penguin find his way back home. In maths, we will be using prepositional vocabulary to create maps and give directions. In our Personal, Social and Emotional Development sessions, we will be using “hot seating” role- play to talk about what we would do if we were lost, how we would feel and who could help us. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be learning about life cycles and the importance of keeping safe in cold conditions. We will also conduct an experiment “Things that float and things that sink”. In Physical development, we will be making mosaic and paper plate penguins (with moving parts) and in expressive art’s we will be using pitch and tempo to create our very own Penguin song and dance (with the help of Mumbo from happy feet).

 

                                                

Spring 1 Week 3

Polar Regions

What do we want to find out?

Continuing on from our enquiry last week. The children want to find out facts about animals that live in the cold. Where the cold is and do they live together with Santa. What they eat? Why don’t they move somewhere warm? How do they survive? What do they do to keep their babies warm and safe?

In literacy, we will be reading fact cards and using these to create our own “Polar regions fact books”. In maths, we will be comparing and ordering Polar animals based on their size “Tall, small, long, short, fat or thin” We will also use non-standard measures to measure and compare. In expressive arts and design, we will be using collage materials to create a Penguin and Polar bear class mascot. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be looking at different materials; comparing similarities and differences, such as opaque and transparent, reflective and dull. We will use this knowledge to create our very own winter solar panels. The children will also use their physical development skills to make fishing rods and nets, to help the Polar bears and Penguins catch the fish for tea.

 

Spring 1 Week 4

Polar bear, what do you hear?

What do we want to find out?

Why are Polar bears white? Why do they have fur? Are they safe or dangerous? How many Polar bears are there in the world? What stories are there about Polar bears? What does Rhyming mean?

This week we will be focussing our learning around the story of “Polar bear, what do you hear?” by Bill Martin and Eric Carle.

In literacy, this week we will be finding rhyming pairs, making rhyming chains and making predictions about what polar bear might hear. We will use our communication, language and listening skills to listen to the sounds and identify the animals Polar bear heard. We will use our writing skills to record these in a list.

In maths, we will be sorting the animals in to categories of animals who have 2 legs and animals who have more than 2 legs. We will then use this knowledge to help us to begin to count on in 2’s

In expressive arts, we will be using different tools, media and materials to create 2d and 3d polar bears. In physical development, we will use the tweezers to collect the mini fish biscuits, to feed the Polar bears. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be using Google earth to help us to locate the arctic and compare it to where we live. Looking closely at the similarities and differences we observe.

 

Spring 1 Week 5

The Mitten

What do we want to find out?

Why do we need to wear gloves and mittens in the winter? What would happen if we lost one? Who might find it? Why? What would they use it for? What does pair mean? Why do we need a pair of mittens? Do animals wear hats, scarves and mittens? Why don’t we have white mittens?

 This week we will be focussing our learning around the story of “The Mitten” by Jan Brett

 In literacy, we will be learning how to use sequencing to retell a story. We will also complete the sentence: If I found a mitten I would….

In maths, we will use the animals from the story to create repeating patterns and introduce estimation (how many animals will fit into the mitten?). In expressive arts and physical development, we will be designing a new colourful mitten to replace the lost one! We will measure and cut our chosen material and use sewing skills to put it together, with the help of our wonderful sewing specialist Mrs Hallam. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be looking materials and camouflage and why having a white mitten on a snowy day is not such a good idea!

 

 

Spring 1 Week 6

Chinese New Year

What do we want to find out?

What is Chinese New Year? Who celebrates it? Where is China? Why do they have a dragon and lanterns during this celebration? What food do they eat? What presents do they get? Why? Why is everything red?  

This week we will be focussing our learning around the celebration of Chinese new year. 

In Literacy, we will be choosing a special someone to write our red envelopes to. We will also be using our literacy skills to write about our favourite Chinese new year animal. In maths, we will be looking at money and its value. In Knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be tasting samples of food eaten during Chinese New Year (all allergies and food requirements will be adhered to). We will use our communication, language and literacy skills to discuss and describe how these foods taste and what we like and dislike about them. There will also be a variety of physical development challenges set out this week, including puppet making, moving dragons, paper lanterns and our chop stick challenge!        In expressive arts and design, we will be using our acting skills to retell the story of the Chinese animals. We will also learn how to dance like a dragon to Chinese inspired music.

As you can see, we have another action packed, fun half term ahead of us!

Don't forget to read with your children and comment in the diary, each comment earns a raffle ticket! You can also log into your child's Bug club account and read the books selected for you on there.

 

Important dates for you diary this term. Spring 1:

Monday 8th January all children to return to school as normal

Watch this space... more import dates will be added once we are back at school.

 

 

This term our topic is

'Special times'

Welcome back everyone. How time flies when you're  having fun!
We are excited to be starting our new Autumn Two Topic 'Special times'. The children have contributed their ideas and shared their opinions. This Term we will be looking at: Diwali, Bonfire, Birthdays, weddings, our world, babies, friendships and communities, Hanukkah and Christmas. 

 

                                               

 Autumn 2 Week 1

Diwali

What do we want to find out?

Where do we come from? Why do we look different? Where have we been? Why do we have different religions? Why do we celebrate different things? What do we celebrate in our families and cultures? Why? Why do we have birthdays? Why do we get married? What does a wedding look like? 

This week we will be focussing our learning around the festival of Diwali. Reading the story of “My Granny went to market on a flying carpet”  

In maths, we will be looking at counting, ordering, matching corresponding amounts and grouping. In Literacy, we will be learning about alliteration and rhyme. Continuing a rhyming string and matching rhyming pairs. We will link this activity to communication and language. Talking about our holiday experiences and where in the world we would like to travel. Our personal, social and emotional development focus this week will be based around respecting that we are all different and we are all entitled to our own opinions and ideas. In our physical, Art and design sessions, we will be using clay and play-dough to make our very own Diva lamps, as well as using strips of paper for weaving flying carpets. We will use the “secret door App” to travel magically around the world, stopping at India to watch an interactive Diwali celebration, as well as tasting traditional foods from a Diwali street party.

 

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 2

Bonfire night

What do we want to find out?

The night sky – Why is the sky black at night and blue in the day? Why do we have bonfire night? Why does bonfire night have a fire and fireworks? Who invented it? Does everyone in the world have a bonfire night? How can I stay safe? What are fireworks made from? What happens to fireworks after they go into the sky? 

This week we will be focussing our learning around the celebration of Bonfire night. Reading the story of “How to catch a star”

In Literacy and communication & Language, we will be talking about how we can get up to the sky and catch a star, sharing our own opinions and listening the opinions of others. We will use our “Big talk” to help us write instructions on how to catch a star. In maths, we will be counting back from 10, learning 3d shape names and describing them using their basic properties (solid and flat). In Physical development, we will be using box modelling to design and create our own “Star catcher inventions”. In art, we will be looking at the work of “Van Gough” making observations of his “Starry night” painting and recreating our own. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be learning about night and day, as well as revisiting the story of Guy Fawkes and his plot!

In personal, social and emotional development we will be focussing our learning around safety and how to stay safe on bonfire night.

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 3

Birthdays

What do we want to find out?

What is a birthday? Why do we celebrate them? Why do some people not celebrate birthdays? When were you born? When is your birthday? How old are you? Who is older? What are months of the year? Why do we have birthday cakes? 

This week we will be focussing our learning around the celebration of Birthdays. Reading the story of “Billy’s Bucket”.

All Billy wants for his a birthday is a bucket! 

In Big talk, this week we will be sharing our experiences of birthdays and what they mean to us, talking about the things, we did and the gifts we received. In literacy, this week we will be using our imagination to help us write a list of things we have found in our class birthday bucket. Why they are in there and where did they come from? In maths, we will be ordering the days of the month and learning about capacity. In expressive arts, we will be learning how to make a cake, measuring out ingredients and following instructions. In physical development, we will be using our fine motor skills to design and create birthday cards, invitations and hats.

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 4

Weddings

What do we want to find out?

What is a wedding? Why do people get married? Does everyone get married? Why? Who started it? Do people have to wear white? Can they wear pink? Why do people get married in a church? What is a church? Have you been to a wedding before?

This week we will be focussing our learning around the celebration of weddings. Reading the story of “Alligators wedding” and using the Interactive White Board to look at Mrs Gent’s electronic wedding photographs.

In literacy, this week we will be writing a recount of our wedding experience at the church.

In maths, we will be using the calendar to look at ordinal numbers, as well combine groups of wedding guests and families to find a total amount.

In expressive arts, we will be using different tools, media and transparent materials to create stain glass windows.

In physical development, we will be using the different patterned hole punches and tissue paper to create our very own confetti.

In knowledge and understanding of the world we will be looking at different religious houses (Church, temple, mosque) and comparing how these are used for different wedding celebrations.

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 5

Lost and found

What do we want to find out?

Do we all celebrate the same things? Why are we different? What is the world? What is it made of? Is it one big land? How can we find out? Why are we not all from the same place? How can we support our friends and community who have different faiths and beliefs? What do we value as Coppice citizens?

This week we will be focussing our learning around the celebration of overseas friendship and being different. Reading the story of “lost and found”. 

This is a beautiful book about celebrating being different, helping each other in times of need and blossoming friendship.

In literacy, we will be making found posters to help the penguin find his way back home. In maths we will be using time vocabulary to talk about the seasons, as well as night and day. In our personal, social and emotional aspects of learning we will be using “hot seating” role- play to talk about what we would do if we were lost. In knowledge and understanding of the world we will be using Google earth to learn about continents, in particular the Arctic and Penguins. In Physical development, we will be making mosaic penguins and in expressive art’s we will be using pitch and tempo to create our very own Penguin song and dance.

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 6

Hanukkah

What do we want to find out?

What is Hanukkah? Who celebrates it? Why don’t we? When is it celebrated? Where in the world is it celebrated? what makes it different to other celebrations? What do families do at Hanukkah?  

This week we will be focussing our learning around the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Reading the story of “Shmelf the Elf”.

In Literacy, we will be using our literacy skills to design and write menorah cards. In Maths, we will use our number knowledge to help us count the dreidels and introduce money.

In Art, we will be decorating Hanukkah sugar cookies

In Physical development, we will be using lolly pop sticks and pipe cleaners to make stars.

In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will be reading factual books about Judaism and using BBC bite

size to watch a traditional Hanukkah celebration. We will also set up the role- play area for the children to act out a Hanukkah celebration, with menorah’s and dreidels for them to use.

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 7

The Bear who had never seen Christmas

What do we want to find out?

What does Christmas mean to you? Do all of your family and friends celebrate Christmas? Why? What do you do at Christmas? Where do you go? Who do you spend time with? Why? What happens to your pets? The animals that live outside? Why? 

This week we will be focussing our learning around, the celebration of Christmas and what it means to us. Reading the story of “The Bear who at never seen Christmas”.

 

In Literacy, we will be writing Christmas wishes (Christmas is special to me because….I wish that…..).

We will be using communication and language to discuss what Christmas means to us and our families and why we don’t all celebrate it. In maths we will revisit pattern and time more in depth, using an analogical clock to tell the time in hours and paper chain repeating patterns. In Knowledge and understanding of the world, we will continue our winter theme, learning about animals and hibernation. We will also use the fact files to help us answer questions about animals who hibernate and animals who do not.

In Physical development, we will be making clocks out of paper plates, card and split pins. In Expressive arts, we will be making paper chains and tree decorations. In our personal, social and emotional aspects of learning we will be talking about special people in our lives and who we would like to spend our Christmas with and why

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 8

The Nativity story

What do we want to find out?

Who invented Christmas? Where did it come from? Why do we celebrate it? Why is Santa involved? How did he become a part of Christmas? Where does Santa come from?

This week we will be focussing our learning around the Christmas Nativity and the birth of Jesus Christ.  

In literacy, we will use word cards to help us label the characters from the Nativity story. We will also be using picture cards to help us sequence and re-tell the story of the Nativity.

In maths, we will revisit number and corresponding amounts. Using the 12 days of Christmas song to support our learning.

In physical development, we will be writing letters to Santa In expressive arts and design we will be designing and creating Christmas cards for people who are special to us. In knowledge and understanding of the world, we will use Google earth to visit Bethlehem and watch a Middle Eastern nativity. We will also use Google to find out more about Santa. His full name, Where he came from and how he became an integral part of Christmas.

Dates for your diary October to December

Monday 30th October - Inset day

Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November - Parents evening

Thursday 9th November - Individual school photographs

        Thursday 16th November - EYFS phonics workshop                          Reception open evening for 2018-2019 cohort

Friday 17th November - Children in need

Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December - Reception/year 1 Nativity performance 2pm

Monday 18th December - Pantomime 

Thursday 21st December is Our “Santa’s workshop” Stay and play 2pm-3pm. Your child is welcome to dress up as an Elf for the day.

Friday 22nd December - Party day

Friday 22nd December - break up for the Christmas holidays! 

 

 

This term our topic is

'I am Special!'

Welcome to our class page and very first topic together. Our Topic this term is “I am Special”. It is every teacher’s favourite theme, as it allows for us all to get to know each other a little better and for us to share our likes, dislikes, interests and fascinations!

Here are some ideas to start with and we will continue to add to them as we go through the term! We also follow principles of 'planning in the moment' which means that the children guide our learning following their interests and every day is full of surprises!! 

         

Autumn 1 - Week 1

Mr This and Miss That

What do we want to find out?

Who are we? What are we like? Why do we have Classroom rules? Who are our class teachers? What do we look like? Why are we all different shapes and sizes?

 

This week we will be reading a variety of Mr Men and Little Miss books. I remember reading these as a child and can’t believe that they are still a popular choice 40 years later!

 

In maths we will be looking at common 2D shape names and their properties, as well as counting on to 10. In Literacy we will be using our flash cards to find our own names and practise writing them. We will link this activity to communication and language. Encouraging the children to choose the Mr Man/Little Miss character that most resembles them and why. Our PSED focus this week will be based around friendships, behaviours and expectations. We will introduce our behaviour chart, using Mr Grumpy, Mr Messy and Little Miss Chatterbox.

 

We look forward to seeing you all in class, so please remember to pop in and say hello. A polite reminder that Reception children are only in school for a half day this week and should be collected at 1pm from the classroom.

 

Autumn 1 - Week 2

Scaredy Squirrel

What do we want to find out?

What is a Squirrel? Why is he scared? What are we scared of? How are we feeling this week? How will we know what to do every day? Who can help us at school? What is a timetable and why did Squirrel need it?

 

We are officially known as “The Squirrel class” this year. So it seemed only fitting to get excited and buy this book!

The children are in school full time as of this week, so please remember to send in named PE kits and bags.

In Literacy this week the children will be using their mark making skills to write a list of supplies for their emergency safety kits (Just like Scaredy Squirrel). We will be linking maths and PSED together this week. Focussing on our feelings and our worries. We will then use a simple pictogram to collect our data. We will revisit our pictogram at the end of the term, to compare how our feelings have changed. Children love technology so we will be using it to look at real life squirrels and their natural habitats. The children will then use the box modelling materials to create their very own squirrel house and later talk about how animal houses are different to ours.

A polite reminder that Wednesday 13th September is Roald Dahl day. The whole school are invited to dress up as Roald Dahl characters for the day…I can’t wait!

 

   

Autumn 1 - Week 3

The best part of me

What do we want to find out?

Who are you? How do you know? Are we all the same or different? In what way? Why? What do you like/dislike? Why? What are you good at? What would you like to get better at?

 

This is an absolutely beautiful book, about children and their perceptions of themselves. We will use it as our “talk tool” in discussions about what we like and dislike; what we are good at and what we want to get better at. We will then use knowledge to set our own targets and create our very own class book.

In maths this week we will be using our fingers and toes to count on and back to 10. We will also use prepositional language to describe where squirrel is. In Understanding the World the children will be learning how to look closely at similarities and differences, ready for our Autumn 2 Topic. So we will be giving them a “Cheeky Challenge” this week. “Who am eye” and “I nose you”. We will have a selection of eyes and nose pictures around the classroom and the children have to work together to figure out who they belong to. Please feel free to come in at the end of the day and have a go too!

 

Autumn 1 - Week 4

Only One You

What do we want to find out?

What makes you different and unique? What do choices and consequences mean? What job would you like to do when you grow up? Who are your friends? How can you be a good friend?

This week the children will be using their PSED skills to focus on what makes them special and unique. Each child will have the opportunity to decorate their very own stone fish. Choosing colours and materials to create effect. In literacy children will be beginning to independently apply their phonic knowledge to their writing. We will complete speech bubbles “I am special and unique because…” In maths we will be looking at patterns and shape; using practical materials to re-create and create our own. In Expressive Arts and Design we will use music and movement to represent the sounds and moves of the ocean. During circle time we will discuss making our own choices and how to feel confident enough to do so.

 

 

Autumn 1 - Week 5

The Helpful Hedgehog

What do we want to find out?

Where do we live? Who/What else lives here? How can we help to look after our environment and community? Why is the weather changing? What happens in the Autumn? What is harvest?

 

This week we will be using our communication and language and understanding the world knowledge to talk about family - where we come from, where we live and who else lives here. As well as learn more about our local environment and how we can look after it. This week’s story will take us on an outside adventure (depending on the weather, wellies may be needed). We will look at the changes we are starting to notice in our environment. We will talk about animals and their families getting ready for Winter and how they have to work together to help each other. We will look at different Autumnal fruits and even have a go at tasting them. The children will be learning about harvest and helping those who need it; just like our Hedgehog. In maths we will be collecting natural resources from outside, sorting them and then counting them to see which has the most/fewest. We will also work together as a team to create an “Andy Goldsworthy” inspired floor collage! In literacy we will be labelling the parts of a Hedgehog. We will also work together in teams to create our very own Hedgehog poem ready for Harvest Festival.

 

A polite reminder that Our Harvest Festival assembly is on the 5th October.

 

 

Autumn 1 - Week 6

The Beautiful Oops

What do we want to find out?

What happens if I make a mistake? How can I get better at something I find challenging? Who can help me? Why is it important tell the truth?

 

This week we aim to focus on making mistakes and learning from them. This book is absolutely fabulous at showing children how to turn an Oops into something beautiful. We will be focusing on PSED and communication and language this week, to help develop mindfulness, self-confidence and self-awareness. In literacy we will be creating our own mindfulness posters. Children will draw a picture of a mistake and using their mark making skills, write about how they could turn it into something beautiful. In maths we will be comparing height, using the children. We will estimate, measure and compare our findings together. Estimating and comparing allows children to see that it is ok if you don’t guess accurately and get it right the first time. As long as we keep trying! Our art area this week will be full of scrap materials and a selection of tools; for the children to create their very own “beautiful something”. 

 

 

 

Autumn 1 - Week 7

Super Kid!

What do we want to find out?

 

What does super mean? Can anyone be super? How? How can be a super hero? Do you know any super heroes? What do they do?

 

It is finally here…Super hero week! This week we will be reading the Story “Super kid” learning all about his super skills at defeating bullies, tidying bedrooms and tackling Aunties dreaded broccoli! In literacy the children will be making plans, designing their own super hero costume and making lists of the materials they will need. They will then use their plans to create their very own super hero capes in the art area. In maths this week we will be measuring the different lengths of spider man’s web, using cubes. We will then order them by longest to shortest and discuss how we know. We will be using tweezers in the physical development area this week, to pick out the spiders from the web, sorting them into biggest and smallest. Parents/carers please be warned, the fake spiders look very real!

A polite reminder that this Friday, the 20th October, is Super hero day. Reception children are invited to come in dressed as a super hero for the day (Pound land and more in Ilkeston have a cape and mask for a pound!). Parents/carers are also invited to come and join us in the afternoon for our first stay and play session to participate in a super hero obstacle course!

 

  

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage

 

In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is organised into seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:

 

PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self confidence and self awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).

 

CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)

 

PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self care)

 

LIT - Literacy (reading and writing)

 

MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)

 

UW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)

 

EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)

 

Expectations

In school we have a set of non-negotiables for Literacy and Mathematics for the children to aspire to by the end of each year group. Click below to see what is expected by the end of Reception.

Writing non-negotiables for Reception

Mathematics non-negotiables for Reception 

We work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG's) in Reception. Click on the document to see what the Early Years curriculum is all about and what the children should be able to do by the end of Reception.

EYFS curriculum explained for Parents/carers

Talk for Writing

This year we have introduced 'Talk for writing' at our school. Reception will be learning these actions and many more! Ask your child to teach you!

                            

          Once upon a time                       First

 

                   

                  Next                          Finally

 

Ask your child to retell one of our stories using these action!! They will impress you!!

 

Reception Stars of the Week

 

At our school we have a special 'star of the week' from each class! In Reception we have Hugo Husky who goes home with the star of the week for a whole week and he has a special diary for the star of the week to fill in ready to be shared with the class the following week. Hugo can't wait to meet you!

 

Reception newsletters

 

We have a weekly newsletter which will keep everyone informed about what we are doing and what we will be learning about in the future. The newsletter will come home every Friday but we will also put a copy here on our web page.

 

 

 

We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!

 Welcome to Reception

 If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and see any of the Reception staff. There is also lots of information in our Welcome to Reception Booklet 2016. You can download another copy by clicking on the link below.

Welcome to Reception Booklet September 2017

Topic overview

We believe that parents and carers should be fully informed about what their child is learning in school. At the start of each topic we send home a topic overview so you can see what activities the children.

'I am Special' topic overview 2017 

Topic challenge

We have set the children the holiday challenge of creating a 'chatterbox' which they can share with their new classmates in the first week of term. Click on the link below to find out more information!

 Chatterbox holiday challenge - August 2017

Ambassador Awards 2017-2018

This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Reception children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!

Ambassador leaflet - September 2017

Reception - Steps to Success passport for the Ambassador Award.

 

Learning journeys

During the last few years we have developed the way that we collect observations about what your child can do during their time in Reception. From September we are going to use an app called 'Early Excellence' on our ipads. We will take photographs of your child completing different activities and make notes about what they are doing. One of the best features of this is that we can email you all the evidence we collect! Please make sure we have your email address and we will send you all of our observations! Don't forget to reply and let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. Please see Miss Harrison or Mrs Gent for an email request form if you have not completed this in your new starters pack or you can download one by clicking on the link below.

Early Excellence consent form - September 2017

 

Parent workshops

During the year we hold  workshops to support parents and carers in helping their child at home.

 

The EYFS curriculum for parents/carers handout

Our dough disco workshop was very well attended last year  and gave the children to opportunity to show what dough disco is all about!! If you want to know more about dough disco have a look at our dough disco booklet to learn those different dance moves so you too can have super strong fingers ready for writing!

Dough disco information leaflet

We have held a workshop about letters and sounds  to share useful tips about how we teach the children to use phonics to help them learn to read and write. We have made booklets to explain what we cover in each phase group. These have been sent home and you can find copies of them here! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and see me.

Letters and Sounds Phase 1 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 2 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 3 booklet

At the begining of the Spring term we held a parents workshop to share what we do in school to develop communication and language skills and what you can do at home. Here are some of the handouts which were given out. If you would like a pack please come and see me.

Coppice Primary School and Nursery - Early language development booklet for parents

Speech sounds

Small Talk booklet - age related expectations related to communication

Communication friendly environments

Here are some of the handouts about how to support physical development for your EYFS child. If you would like a pack with all this information please come and see me.

Finger Rhymes

Developing core stability 

Developing early writing

 

Stay and Play sessions

Each term we have a stay and play session so parents, carers and other family member can join us in Reception to see what we do. The children love showing everyone their classroom and the type of activities we do every day in Reception. We always end with an activity for both children and adults. This could be a story, a squiggle, a dough disco or a dance! Who knows!! We like to keep it a surprise!!

The children love showing their grown ups the Reception classroom and EYFS outside area. Last year we finished one of the sessions with everyone retelling the story of 'Supertato' using our talk for writing strategies!!  Look at the photographs to see what fun we had!! We cannot wait to welcome you to our stay and play sessions this year!

           

                        

 

Our next stay and play session will be on Friday 20th October at 2pm. We hope you can join us! 

 

Have a question or concern?

We understand that there are times when you might have a question or concern! You have an open door policy in our school and you are always welcome and to come and speak to any member of staff. Alternatively you can ring school on 01773 712840 or email me at C.Gent@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk or our EYFS co-ordinator, Miss Harrison on kharrison4@coppice.derbyshire.sch.uk and we will do all we can to help.

  

Reception Dates

We will put all the important dates for Reception here on our webpage as well as on our weekly newsletter! More dates will be added as soon as we have them!

 

Monday 4th September – INSET day. School closed to the children.

Tuesday 5th September – First day of the school term!

Wednesday 13th September – Roald Dahl dress up day!!

Friday 22nd September – Dress up as a superhero day in support of Childhood Cancer Day!

Thursday 5th October – EYFS Harvest Festival in the school hall at 9.15am. Everyone welcome!!

Thursday 19th October (provisional date) – Years 1 – 6 Harvest Festival in the school hall at 9.15am. Everyone welcome!!

Friday 20th October – Reception dress up as a superhero day to celebrate the end of our first term at school!

 Friday 20th October – Reception stay and play session for family and friends at 2pm

Friday 20th October – Last day of term

Monday 30th October – INSET day. School closed to the children.

Tuesday 31st October – First day of the school term!

 

Helping at home!

 

There are lots of things you can do to help your child. We don't have formal homework in Reception but below are some ideas of what you can do which are quick and easy and will help your child consolidate skills we have taught in school. Look on each topic web for some challenges we have set the children to help them gain extra points for their reward chart in school! If you would like any help or support please ask any member of EYFS staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!

Reading

Your child has a reading folder which includes flashcards, a homework book and reading book. Please practise these for 5 - 10 minutes every night if possible. We will hear your child read every week in school and will practise letter sounds and high frequency words in our Letters and Sounds activities. Also remember you can log on to Bug Club! Follow this link https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/. The school code is 7lwj. The password for all Reception children is hen. Please see Miss Harrison for your child's username!

 Writing

Encourage your child to write their names on invitations and cards reminding them to have a capital letter at the beginning! As they learn their letter sounds help them practise writing them using the correct letter formation.

Letter formation sheet

Mathematics

Play board games such as 'snakes and ladders'  to encourage your child to count spaces to move their counters forwards or backward. When you are walking as the children to count how many foot steps from one place to another and ask the children to identify different numbers they see on doors or buses. Practise counting in order to at least twenty and backwards to zero.

Life skills

Encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat, to put on their own shoes and to get dressed and undress by themselves. Remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating a meal. When eating encourage your child to use a knife and fork correctly.