Nailsworth C of E Primary School
Together, inspired by the challenge…
Our Reception class is taught by Mrs N. Prouse, supported by Mrs C. Curtis and Mrs V. Mizser
A fun, interesting and supportive atmosphere is key to our Foundation / Reception class.
Do come and see either Mrs Prouse, Mrs Curtis or Mrs Gavel if you have any questions about your child’s learning. It is an exciting time when reception children begin to learn the skills of reading and writing. We feel privileged to be part of that early process and to witness those ‘light bulb’ moments when a child realises that the words on a page actually mean something, or that they can communicate through writing. However, it is very important for children to enjoy all aspects of school life and be active and hands on.
The British Association for Early Childhood Education have published Development Matters. This details the Early Learning Goals which the Government feels an average child should be working at by the end of Reception class. The descriptors are displayed on the wall, outside of our classroom. Development Matters can also be downloaded here.
We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ guidance for teaching children their letter sounds, in order to develop the ability to read and write. It is a program of teaching broken down into ‘sets’ or ‘phases’ of letters which we work through each week: Letters and Sounds words
We begin teaching children their phonic sounds with sounds s, a, t, p. We learn an action for each sound and a sentence to recite which aids letter formation. Ask your child to show and tell these to you at home.
Letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. One set of letters is taught each week. These are the sounds taught at the beginning of phase 2:
set 1 – s/ss, a, t, p,
set 2 – i, n, m, d,
set 3 – g, o, c, k,
set 4 – ck, e, u, r,
set 5 – h, b, f/ff, l/ll,
As each set of letters is introduced, we encourage children to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to ‘sound out and say’ words, e.g. s, a, t = sat /a, t = at and we play games using magnetic letters and flashcards, music and play. We then reinforce their learning by writing, using sounds and words learnt.
We promote a ‘mastery curriculum’ for the teaching of maths. This means that we want children to achieve a depth of learning, rather that a breadth. So we concentrate fully on the aspects of number, shape, space and measure specific to the reception curriculum and teach it in a variety of ways, using reasoning and problem-solving to add challenge.
The children will be having P.E. lessons at least once a week, usually on a Friday. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school at all times.
There will be a snack time every morning in our in-class cafe ‘Cafe R’. We either enjoy sitting together to eat our snack at the table where we can chat and share stories and songs or we serve each other, with children taking it in turns to be ‘Chef of the day’.
As always, if you have any queries about the curriculum or your child’s progress and development, please do come in and discuss it with their class teacher. The best time for a quick word or to arrange a chat is at the end of school day when teachers let the children out. If you feel your concerns are not resolved effectively, please feel free to come and chat with Mr. Southcott or Ms Geller.