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Welcome to Reception!
Our Learning in Reception
In Reception, we plan activities according to the children’s interests. Every day the children have structured phonic sessions as well as a Maths and English input with the class teacher. When they are not working directly with an adult, the children are able to learn through play whilst still meeting all of the requirements of the EYFS curriculum. Here are some examples of our activities:
The children have been learning to order and compare the capacity of different containers. They are starting to understand the term ‘millilitres’ and use the numerals on each container to increase the accuracy of their measurements.
This activity was set up after several children expressed an interest in dinosaurs. They were able to explore their imaginations while playing with the dinosaurs. They were also taught to extend their vocabulary by learning the names of each dinosaur and different facts – such as identifying herbivores and carnivores.
High Frequency Words
During our phonic sessions, the children are taught to recognise a range of high frequency words by sight. In this photo you can see children taking opportunities to practise spelling the words of the week.
The children have access to iPads once a week and are taught to use educational apps to develop their phonic and maths skills. The children also are beginning to use Purple Mash and are enjoying becoming increasingly independent when using technology. We also teach the children the importance of staying safe online and they have a good understanding of this.
We have a mud kitchen available for all of the children to use in our outside area. The children thoroughly enjoy being creative and often make up their own role-play games when playing here.
Playdough is excellent for developing fine motor skills and the children love using it. The children make their own playdough with the support of an adult and enjoy choosing which colours to use and adding extras like glitter.
The children have access to a range of books in the class and read with an adult at least twice a week. We have been teaching the children to identify the difference between fiction and non-fiction and they now have a good understanding of this.
The children have access to open-ended role-play equipment to encourage them to be creative and develop their own narratives. We also have a range of dressing up clothes to support children in their play and help develop their independence skills when putting the outfits on.
There are lots of opportunities to learn about how the world works in Reception and the children love exploring. We have recently been exploring how the height of a tube affects the distance travelled by a toy car. The children are beginning to understand what is meant by a fair test.
The children have access to an interactive whiteboard and often use this to play phonic games. In this photo the children are practising their spelling skills and working together as a team to create each word.
The children are strongly encouraged to work as a team when playing and to solve problems independently. Here is an example of children working together to create a pirate ship in our outside area.
We have had a great start to the year and are really impressed with how well the children have settled into their new classes. They are learning the rules and routines very quickly and have especially enjoyed having PE lessons in the hall. The children have lots of fun in their daily phonic sessions and are even starting to blend words.
Maths in Reception
Are you looking for extra ideas to support your child at home? Please click the link below to find out how we support Maths mastery at Bardfield and see our suggestions for activities at home.
At Bardfield Academy, we use Jolly Phonics to learn our sounds. ⇐ Click the Jolly Phonics link to see videos showing the pronunciation and action for each one: