WELCOME TO CLASS RA
Welcome to our Reception Class page. Thank you for choosing Holy Trinity as the school for your children - we are certainly very happy to welcome them all into our school family and hope that they settle quickly and happily. There will be lots of different opportunities for you, as parents, to get involved in the life of the school as it is really important that we all work together as a team to ensure your children have the best year ever! Please look at our class blog which will keep you informed of what is going on and what you can do to get involved.
Staff in the Reception Class:
Mrs Abram – EYFS Lead
Mrs Johnson - Reception Class Teacher
Miss Shepherd – Teaching Assistant (TA3)
The Early Years Curriculum – please see our curriculum and information about how Early Years education is structured and developed in the Curriculum section of our website.
Reading at Home
The children are involved in a lot of different reading activities in school ranging from the more formal Read, Write, Inc phonics sessions to the more informal story time sessions. They can enjoy books through continuous provision including the class reading corner, guided reading sessions and one-to-one reading sessions. Every child will bring home a library book and a home/school reading book which will be changed regularly. We won’t have set days for hearing specific children read so it is important that every child brings their reading book back to school each day please. Every time they get a new book, it is really important that they are given the opportunity to talk about the story as well as hear or try to read the text as they learn these skills. Please make a comment in their reading record book every time you hear them read (at least three times a week please).
lessons are on Friday afternoons. Please can the children come to school dressed in their P.E. kits on that day. They can wear their usual school shoes and change into their P.E. pumps in time for the lesson. P.E. pumps need to be brought to school at the start of the term and left on the children’s pegs in the pump bag. Please ensure that their pumps have their name in.
Forest School helps children develop many skills that are hard to teach in the classroom. Children learn to assess, appreciate and take risks, making sensible, informed decisions about how to tackle the activities and experiences they encounter. It is also a terrific way to develop team work. The benefits of Forest School are numerous:
It helps the children to:
- Develop self-regulation skills.
- Cope with and learn from failure.
- Build resilience (in terms of coping with risk and failure).
- Gain a sense of achievement.
- Increase motivation and concentration.
- Improve problem solving.
- Develop a love and respect for the outdoor environment.
Our class will go into our Forest School every Tuesday afternoon so will need to bring suitable clothing into school on that day. These will include wellies, sweat pants/leggings/tracksuit pants and a warm, preferably waterproof coat. Hats, gloves and scarves will be needed in winter as the children go into our Forest School in all weathers.
On the first Tuesday of every month, parents, grandparents and younger siblings are invited to join us in Family Forest Fun sessions.
Every alternate Monday morning at 10.30am, the children will be going to Darwen Public Library to change our class library books. We spend time listening to and sharing stories and enjoying being in the library environment. All parents are very welcome to accompany us.
This half term...
This half term’s topic is 'Winter' investigating the seasonal weather of Snow, Ice and Frost and having a focus on dark nights. This will allow stories such as ' The Bear's Winter house' and ' The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark' to be linked. The topic will be explored throughout the indoor classroom, both outdoor areas and Forest School. The children will also learn about the festival, Chinese New Year having opportunities to try foods and learn about other cultures. The children will learn through discussions, activities and books such as 'Holidays and Festivals: Chinese New Year' to gain more information about the festival. This will create links to another focus, Food & Cooking. This will include conversations between the children and adults around mealtimes and the similarities and differences of mealtimes at home and school. The stories linked will be 'Ketchup On Your Cornflakes?' and 'The Giant Jam Sandwich'. The half term will finish with the focus of dragons including the stories 'Tell Me A Dragon' and 'The Dragon Machine.'
The children will continue to learn to read and write through the phonics programme Read, Write Inc with daily sessions and additional reading throughout the week.
They will have maths focused tasks throughout the week and learn maths objectives through continuous provision and child-initiated learning. At Holy Trinity School, we believe it is important that the learning objectives are taken into the children's play as much as possible, so that they are fully engaged in their learning.
Continuous provision themes are loosely linked to current topics in both our indoor and outdoor classrooms. They also very much reflect the interests of the children as we feel that this is the best way to keep the children engaged and enjoying the learning that is ongoing throughout each day.
The children will have weekly RE, PHSE, music, IT and outdoor PE lessons and a weekly session in our forest school.