Welcome to Reception - Dunchurch Infant School and Nursery

Welcome to Reception
Year group meeting
Settling in
 Arrive in school by 8:45am
 Bring coats whatever the weather!
 Encourage your child to become
fastening their coat and dressing etc.
Encourage your child to use the toilet
independently E.g. flushing and washing
Provide an outdoor P.E kit, which includes
a pair of old jogging bottoms and a pair of
old trainers or pumps.
 We use a visual timetable so that the children know what they
will be doing throughout the day.
We have four areas within our Reception unit:
 Mrs Barnes’ classroom, Miss Clarke’s classroom,
the middle room and the outdoor classroom.
 The children have access to all four areas each day.
 We have four supporting adults within our unit.
 Each area has a range of weekly planned adult led
and independent activities.
There are four principles of good practice in the EYFS:
1 Every child is unique
2 Children learn to be strong and independent through positive
3 Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
4 Children develop and learn in different ways and at different
Early Years Foundation Stage
There are 7 areas of learning and development.
3 prime areas
Communication and language:
Listening and attention
Physical development
Moving and handling
Health and self care
Personal, Social and Emotional development
Self confidence and self awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Making relationships
Early Years Foundation Stage
4 specific areas
Shape, space and measures
Understanding the world
People and communities
The World
Expressive arts and design
Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative
Reading and Writing
Individual and guided
Reading in the
Home activities
Early mark making
Fine and gross motor
Emergent writing
Letter formation
Letters and Sounds
Letter /word wallets
Jolly Phonics
Please ensure that the books your child has
read and the phonics wallet are put into
their book bag every day, as they do not
always have the same day for their
individual read.
Shape, Space and Measures
 Whole class teaching and practical group activities
 Rhymes and games
 Computers and Interactive Whiteboard
 Experimenting, investigating and exploring (maths
 Construction and small world play
Role play
Maths Area
 Home activities.
Understanding the World
People and communities
The World
• Exploration (Discovery table)
 Observation
 Problem Solving
 Prediction
 Developing thinking skills
 Decision making
 Discussion
 Investigation
Role Play
Expressive arts and design
Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative
Small and large scale pieces
 Opportunities to evaluate and discuss art and
creative work
 Listen and respond to and create music
 Move imaginatively during dance
Role play
Explore colour, design, texture, form and function
Learning Journal
The learning journal is a record of your child’s learning in
Reception. This year we will be recording this electronically and
we will e-mail a copy of this to you at regular intervals. We
would like you to share this with your child and e-mail us back
with some positive comments about your child’s learning. This
could include what you feel their greatest achievement has been
over the half term (whether it be learning to read or tying their
shoelaces!) It would also be really nice for you to send some
positive comments from your child about their learning. This
could be what they have enjoyed the most.
 Autumn 1 – All about me!
 Autumn 2 – Light and Dark (festivals)
 Spring 1 – Space
 Spring 2 – I am an artist
 Summer 1 – Minibeasts
 Summer 2 – Pirates
Reward Systems
 Praise and stickers
 Gold Book
 Star of the week
 Lunchtime Star
Taking Care
Teaching children how to stay safe
There are 2 themes
1. There is nothing so bad that we can’t talk about it
2. Everyone has the right to feel safe all of the time
Recognising feelings of the body when you feel unsafe
Network of people
Naming parts of the body
How can you help at home?
 Reading, including discussion about books
 Letters and words in wallets
 Speaking and listening opportunities including mathematical
Home Learning
Each half term we will send home some home learning for you to do with your child.
This will reflect the learning that we have been doing in school and will relate to the
topic. You can work through the home learning throughout the half term at a pace
that suits you and your child.