Welcome to Reception - Wren Class
Our teacher in Wren class is Miss Cadman.
Mrs Sayers, Ms Rochford and Mrs Stockley also support the children with their learning.
All of the adults in Wren class are very friendly and helpful to make sure the children have the best start at the Round House Primary Academy.
Promoting British Values in Reception
Mutual Respect and Tolerance:
Rule of Law:
Home-learning tips and advice
When listening to your child read, encourage them to point to each word as they say them, to help them develop one to one correspondence. Encourage your child to use the pictures to help them if they are stuck on a word, and help them to sound the word out using the phonemes they have been learning in phonics. Remember to use 'pure' sounds for each phoneme, avoiding adding on 'uh' after each sound. 'S', for example, is pronounced 'ssss' rather than 'suh', 'm' is pronounced 'mmm' rather than 'muh', and so on. If your child takes a while to read a sentence, reread it back to them before moving on to the next page (pointing to each word) so that the meaning of what they have read is not lost or forgotten. After reading, ask your child to retell the events of the story and answer some comprehension questions. There is a pdf bookmark of questions to ask is available below.
If your child is not enjoying the reading or is struggling, leave the activity and come back to it later. We want to develop a love of reading in our children, not for it to become a forced practice. Encourage your child to spot words on signs, around your house, in magazines/recipe books/newspapers. When you are reading a bedtime story, have your child spot and count all of the tricky words they can find, or have them search for a particular word on the page.
When your child is completing a written task (for example, 'write a sentence'), encourage them to first decide what they are going to write in full. Have them say this sentence out loud in their normal voice, a silly voice, a quiet voice etc. This repetition will help the order of the words stick in their mind when they come to writing it down. Remind your child that a sentence must begin with a capital letter and that they should use finger spaces, a full stop at the end of the sentence, and to try and keep their writing close to the lines of the whiteboard. Finally, after writing the sentence, have your child read the sentence back to themselves and to you, to check in makes sense. When your child is writing, allow them independence in sounding out words before writing them, and encourage them to use the phonemes and graphemes they have been learning in phonics. Even if their spelling of a word is not technically correct, if it is phonetically plausible, allow this. For example, 'yoonikorn' would be an excellent attempt at 'unicorn' and one that we would celebrate in Reception for the use of the phonemes. Finally, encourage your child to use the pre-cursive font (found on LetterJoin.co.uk) at all times but without joining the letters. Using this font will help your child in the long run as the foundations of the cursive font expected of them in later years will be in place already.
In Early Years Maths, the emphasis is on developing a solid understanding of number and pattern and less on writing down numerals and mathematical sentences. The principle of 'concrete, pictorial, abstract' representations of number is key to developing this understanding, with children first creating a concrete representation of a number through building a tower or model using the specific number of bricks/counters. Next, the children would then be encouraged to draw the number, creating a pictorial representation of four rabbits/four flowers/four cars etc. Finally, and only once the first two steps were completed, would the children be asked to write the abstract representation, in this case the numeral.
Maths Mastery methods are an excellent way of helping your child to develop a strong understanding of number and pattern, focusing on talking about number and pattern and explaining how something is known, how the child came to the answer they did. In all maths based activities, ask your child 'how do you know?' after they tell you an answer. Posted below in the weekly updates are Maths Mastery activities for you to complete at home.
At The Round House Primary School we have an ‘Open Door Policy’. We welcome you into the classroom to discuss your child, their progress or any concern. We might not be able to talk to you straight away but we will endeavour to speak to you as soon as possible. You can also leave a message with the school office or send an e-mail to the school office who will pass it onto to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Home School Partnership
Our mums, dads, families and carers are all part of our learning journey. The grown-ups at school would like it very much if you could note down any ‘Star Moments’ which make you think WOW! The adults at school have lots of forms in case you need them.
Look on the classroom doors for the latest events and news.
P.E kits should be bought into school every Monday and we will remind the children to bring them home every Friday.
Every Friday we get a special treat as long as we have been behaved very well. At the end of each term we get to take part in a whole day of treats ..... Reward Day. Last year, Mrs Bryden organised a magician to come and show us some amazing tricks.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning
The characteristics of effective learning are important learning behaviours that we support the children to develop throughout the reception year. They are split into three categories:
Playing and Exploring - Engagement:
Can I do this?
Active Learning - Motivation:
Do I want to do this?
This is a useful website to explore the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and to find out more information about how to help your child to try new things at home and to develop a growth mindset.
Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking:
How do I do this?
We can help children to become effective learners by playing with them, listening and responding to them, acting as a sound board, supporting them to pursue their own interests, inspiring them, modelling discovery learning and both guiding and supporting them (without taking over).
In Reception this week, we have been learning all about caterpillars, doing lots of observations of the five caterpillars we have in class! They have been growing so much over the past week, starting off as just a few millimetres small and now over an inch long! In Group Time, we have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and have talked about the different foods he ate and whether or not they were healthy, and we have also talked about the days of the week and what we do on them. In Maths, we have been creating patterns using counters and cubes, making complex 'ABBC' patterns - in both lines and in circles! In our Choosing Time, we have been writing sentences using rhyming words, using Cuisenaire rods to make number patterns, and making snails out of rolled up paper. Outside, the children have been planting our broad bean and carrot seedlings, as well as the sunflowers we have been growing inside. On Wednesday, the children all went up to see the Year One classes and found out who the Year One teachers are next year - Miss Cadman and Miss Flanagan! They had a lovely time in Year One and are hopefully very excited to find out which class they will be in.
After a lovely break over half term, the children have come back to school full of excitement for their last month and a bit of Reception before moving up to Year 1! This week, we have started a new topic of 'Minibeasts' and the children have been loving the activities based on this topic that have been available to them in their continuous provision time as well as in group lessons. They have been exploring different textures whilst making a caterpillar collage, exploring doubling with the help of some butterflies and glass beads, and making their very own playdough minibeasts! Outside, they have been hunting for minibeasts and investigating their features, as well as reading words written on a spider's web. Both classes were also lucky enough to visit the school pond and see the hundreds and hundreds of tadpoles! We are all looking forward to our trip in a few weeks' time to Paxton Pits, where we will be able to go pond dipping and minibeast hunting again!