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"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold" Joseph Chilton Pearce
Information for Parents/Carers
The start of the school day
The Reception gates will open at 8.45am once the bell has rung to indicate the start of the school day and will close at 8.50am. Please encourage your child to come into school by themselves as it encourages independence and allows for a calmer start to the day. If there are no adults on the gate please take your child to the main entrance.
The end of the school day
At the end of the school day, the children will leave from the same gate as they entered. We ask you kindly that you stand well back from the gate as it can be daunting for the children to see a sea of legs as they make their way to their parents/carers. For safety reasons, we will want to make eye contact with whoever is picking your child up before we let them make their way to you.
Home School Books
Each child has their own Home School Book which allows them to record their weekend news to share with their classmates. These books are sent home on a Friday and should be returned by Monday. On a Friday, we will insert a sheet with a snippet of information as to what we have been learning about in school that week. Sometimes there may be a related question for you to work on with your child.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on a Thursday (navy blue shorts, a white t-shirt and pumps). Your child’s earrings must be removed for PE due to health and safety regulations and we are not allowed to remove earrings. Please ensure your child can take out their own earrings or that they do not wear them on a Thursday so they can take part in the lesson. Please could you ensure your child’s PE kit and uniform is clearly marked with their name so no items are misplaced.
Please ensure your child has their book and reading record in school every day so we can listen to them read and change their books. Please note we will only change their reading book if it has been signed by an adult.
High frequency words
At the end of the year, your child is expected to be able to read and spell a selection of high frequency words. These are attached below so that you can practise at home to ensure we are working together to help your child achieve.
Betsy the Bear
Each Friday a child is chosen for Star of the Week. When your child is chosen, they will take home ‘Betsy the Bear’ who spends the weekend with them. We love to know what mischief she has been up to and would like you to complete the card that comes home with her. On a Thursday, the child who is star of the week will share their adventures with Betsy with the class. Please ensure Betsy is returned by Thursday at the latest for this to happen. Thank you!
In your child’s home school book you will find ‘Wow Moment’ cards. These can be found in the back of the Home School Books. These are to be used for sharing their wonderful achievements from home for example riding a bike for the first time, any extracurricular achievements or personal targets such as writing their name independently. We love hearing about the wonderful things your child does at home!
Please can you ensure your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school every day as we like to learn outside, come rain or shine! We also participate in Forest School lessons every Thursday and therefore these are essential. Additional clothing can be kept in school also.
At Fairfield Road we really value communication with parents/carers. Staff are available at the start or end of the school day to speak with you. Please communicate any concerns or questions you may have and together we will find a solution.
Our Learning Environment
Take a look at our reception classroom.
Look at our outdoor learning environment. We take every opportunity to learn outside to enable us to have:
Autumn 1 - Traditional Tales
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The children really enjoyed learning all about Goldilocks for 3 weeks. Golidlocks had been into our classroom and made such a mess. She left clues behind such as a shiny red ribbon, scattered porridge oats and a golden curl. It was then a crime scene! We all immediately knew it would be Golidlocks as she has a track record for messing up furniture.
We learnt the story by using actions to help us to remember and retelling our story orally using picture map helps us to use story language. We made our very own porridge and wrote the recipe to give to Goldilocks. She then used our recipe to say sorry to the bears for breaking into their home.
We sang the song 'When Golidlocks went to the house of the Bears' and sequenced the story. We felt different materials and sorted them between hard and soft just Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear's bed. We learnt about the 8 different species of bear and painted pictures of them, created bear masks and pretended to make bear shaped biscuits with the playdough. We have been very busy learners! Take a look at our photographs.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff
We are learning about The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We received warning notes around the school about our outside bridge. We wanted to see what the warnings were and when we went outside we discovered different animals telling us a message. The message was 'Beware of the Troll'.
We were super excited and made our own warning signs to give the heads up to the rest of the school. This gave our writing a real purpose!
PTFA EYFS Disco
Thank you to our wonderful PTFA for a wonderful time! We all danced our socks off and really enjoyed ourselves.
Fine motor skills
We provide our children with a wide range of stimulating activities and fun ways to develop their fine motor control. We know strong fingers make strong writers!
Take a look at our photographs and see our fantastic learning. We are beginning to show a preference for a dominant hand which will help us to hold a pencil properly and with good control developing our strength of hand arches and our fine motor strength.
Animals Take Over
RSB thoroughly enjoyed Science Week this half term. Take a look at our photographs below to see our hands on experiences with the animals.
Take a look at our singing to help us remember the names of the alphabet.
Mr Ellis takes the reception children each week to our forest school area. Our sessions offer the chance to take learning outside of the classroom into the great outdoors! Our children love learning in this way and enjoy learning in a new environment.
Our sessions allow children to take risks and attempt new challenges they would not face in a classroom. These are opportunities that may be a little more risky such as tree climbing and building fires. This adds a sense of excitement and adventure to the children's learning. The weather has no impact on our weekly sessions, whether it be rain or shine, snow or winds, the children will be outside making the most of their learning experience.
Take a look at our forest school pictures.
This half term the children have been learning all about space. We can name the planets in order by using a little rhyme to help us. My Very Excited Mother Just Served Up Noodles!
The children really enjoyed this topic learning about the different planets and reading lots of non fiction books to find out information. We made our very own space rockets to fly to the different planets, we experimented with paint to create new colours and paint an alien and learnt lots of new songs related to space and the solar system.
Take a look at our learning below.
We are now learning about dinosaurs. Over the half term we will be reading 'How to grow a dinosaur' and linking our learning all around this. The children will be learning all about dinosaurs, their names, their diet and what they looked like. The children have all contributed to a list of questions they wish to find out over the course of the half term.
This topic is very popular and we have had a bit of a dinosaur invasion in our classroom. Take a look at the photographs below to see what we learn in each of our areas.
RSB's innovated story of how to grow a dinosaur.
The children innovated our text of the week and created a wonderful story. Listen below to our fabulous storytelling using a story map to remind us what comes next. We worked really hard to adapt it and make it our own! Alterations have been made to the setting, the characters and the key events.
Below you will find a range of resources which you may find useful to support your child's learning at home. We have included our long term plan, our medium term plan, our timetable and a copy of the Reception high frequency words which the children should be able to read off by heart.