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Reception

In Reception we have two classes where Mrs Williams (RJW) and Miss Jolley (RLJ) are Class Teachers.

Mrs Edmunds supports class RJW and Mrs Ford & Mrs Smith support RLJ as Teaching Assistants.

We are also supported by a specialist speech and language teaching assistant called Mrs Ollier. Mrs Ollier works across the school to support those children who are seen by a Speech and Language therapist, in Reception she also provides additional intervention to children who may need some extra support with their early language and communication skills.

If you wish to contact the class teachers, please use the following email addresses:

jeni.williams@hungerfordacademy.org;

and laura.jolley@hungerfordacademy.org.

Reception classrooms share a teaching area in the infant building and share a playground with Pre School children, which is accessed through entrance J from the Foundation playground.

 

What We Do

Each day in Reception is a busy one and although we stick to a weekly timetable of activities to create routine and help the children settle in to their first year at school, we aim to provide an exciting range of activities so that no two days are exactly the same!  We want to help the children becoming confident learners who don’t give up when things get tricky. We aim for them to be happy to leave familiar grown-ups and come into school excited about what the day might entail.

Each week we undertake daily Phonics, English and Maths lessons. For our phonics we follow the ‘Letters and sounds’ scheme. This is continued as the children move in to Key Stage 1 in order to build on what has been learned in their reception year. The children are then able to consolidate and continue to apply these key skills. More information about what is covered and how this learning is organised can be found here http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/what-is-letters-and-sounds-.html

We also spend time outdoors and have weekly PE sessions building up strong core muscles that will help children be able to sit and develop shoulder strength for writing. We work hard on developing fine motor skills so that they can hold a pencil with control and are ready to write. Each week as part of our English we have a session to focus on these skills with the children following instructions to complete a guided drawing based on our story that week.

Guided drawings of the boy and his penguin from ‘Lost and found’ by Oliver Jeffers-

 

We plan our learning based on the children’s interests, which form the basis of any topics studied.

Topics

Autumn Term 1:  “All about Me!”

Autumn Term 2: “The world of Julia Donaldson”

Spring Term 1: “On the farm”

 

Trips & Visits

  • Autumn Trip: – Crewe Lyceum
  • Spring trip: -Crewe Library
  • Summer trip:

 

Tapestry Learning Journeys

Every child in the Foundation Stage at Hungerford has an online learning journey. This learning journey can only be accessed by school staff and a child’s own parents and is password protected.   This can be accessed via an app on your android or iOS device.  Alternatively – log in at https://tapestryjournal.com/.

Please see your class teacher if you are unsure of your log in details.

We want you to share in your child’s learning journey at Hungerford Primary Academy and would like you to enjoy the Tapestry Journals.  It is important that you can access your child’s journal to be able to do this, we are happy to help if you are having any issues logging on.

We would also ask that any photographs / special moments from life at home are uploaded to Tapestry by parents where possible, the teaching staff really enjoy seeing these and it helps us get to know each child as an individual that bit more.

Reading Morning

This will take place every Wednesday 8.45-9:15 a.m once the children have settled in. All are welcome, mums, dads, uncles, aunts, grandparents etc. Pop along whenever you can to share story books with your child.

Water Bottles, School Dinners and Snack

We encourage all children to have a water bottle in school every day so they can drink regularly.

It is very important that this is water only as juice is not permitted.

A snack of fresh fruit and a carton of milk is available every morning break for children up to the age of five. A hot school meal or a sandwich lunch bag (known in school as a Cat Bag) is available as part of the Universal Free School Meals programme. Please provide a packed lunch for your child if s/he would prefer not to have a school dinner.

Equipment

Children need reading books in school every day. Reading books should be brought in school book bags and will be stored in classroom trays. Children also are required to have a P.E. kit in school every day, which consists of a white T-shirt, black shorts and school pumps. A pair of wellies should also be brought into school for Outdoor Education work, we will notify you when it is your child’s turn.

English

Our daily English sessions focus on early reading and writing skills as well as helping to foster a love of books and stories. We also believe effective communication skills are a vital part of learning to read and write and follow a ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach which allows the children to develop their ability to structure their own story telling whilst also answering questions and discussing the characters, setting and events of a story. A further explanation of talk 4 writing can be found here https://www.talk4writing.co.uk/about/

Maths

Our maths sessions focus on establishing a good understanding of numbers, the children learn through a variety of practical activities, number games, songs and rhymes. The children are then encouraged to observe how these mathematical skills are often used in their play. As well as numbers,  vocabulary and understanding of other mathematical concepts such as measurement, time, shape and pattern are also developed through hands on learning opportunities.