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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery


Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception, your first year of full-time school! Mrs O'Brien is your class teacher and Mrs Bailey is your teaching assistant and midday supervisor.


Starting full time school in Reception can be a big change, but we try hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. In the autumn term we work with the support and guidance of an adult and we focus on developing the core areas of communication and language, physical development and personal and social education. This will be through topics children are familiar with, for example ‘family’ and ‘people who help us’.


As children get older and are more used to the routines of the day, we introduce more whole class and small group literacy and maths activities alongside topic activities. However, it is still very important that the children have time each morning and afternoon for self-initiated activities in which to play and practice their skills and to follow their own interests.


Throughout the year we maintain electronic Learning Journals for each child in which we record their achievements and interests in the form of photos, observational notes and examples of work. These Learning Journals then help us to make assessments against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year. Parents have access to these via an online app and can add their own comments and observations.


Topics vary during the year, according to the children’s interests, however we tend to cover seasonal changes and celebrations every year such as autumn, Fireworks night, Diwali, Christmas, winter, spring, Easter etc.


There’s lots to learn during Reception, but we have fun doing it!

Articulation of Phonemes.

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (units of sound).

15.10.21 - LI: To create repeating patterns. This week our focus in maths has been to recognise and create repeating patterns. Using concrete objects, children made a variety of patterns. We also looked at patterns within the environment, patterns with sounds and patterns with movements.

7.10.21 - LI: To talk positively about ourselves. This week we wore yellow to school on Friday for 'Hello Yellow' to raise awareness for young people's mental health. During circle time, we spent some time reflecting on being positive about ourselves. We said one positive comment about ourselves and one about someone else in the room.

1.10.21 - LI: To recognise initial sounds in words. In Reception we have now learned s, a, t, p, i and n from our phase 2 sounds. We had fun going around the room looking for words that began with the letter sound we were given.

24/9/21 LI - To talk about our family. This week our topic was 'My Family'. Children brought in photos from home and came to the front of the class to talk about their families.

17/9/21 LI: To use describing words. Today we tasted different fruits and vegetables (from snack time) and talked about how we thought they tasted. The orange was 'nice' and 'yummy' and the carrot was 'lumpy'. The lime was 'very sour and fizzy'.

06.09.21 - LI: To paint a self portrait. This week we painted our self portraits. We used a mirror to look at our features and colouring. We looked at the similarities and differences between us.