Welcome to Reception

A warm welcome to Reception at Bloxwich Academy.

Reception is such an exciting year for children as for many it will be their first year in full time education, filled with many exciting experiences and memories for them to share with you at home. As we welcome your little ones into our classroom, we teach the children how to use the resources in our setting and set boundaries so the children are aware of the golden rules in our classroom. The children become aware of their timetable and begin to understand the expectations within school.

During the autumn term Reception will be introduced to our first topic; ‘Me and My Community’ which helps the children to understand the new rules and routines of school. The topic is designed to build the children’s confidence, to motivate them to work hard and make new friends. It also teaches children how they are special and unique and how the people who are important to them can help them. The children will also be ‘Exploring Autumn’ and learning about the changes we experience during the autumn and winter months. We will discuss changes in weather, the nature around us and how animals prepare for the winter months.

After half term the children will begin a new topic called ‘Once upon a time’. This topic is designed to instil a love of reading in children, and encourages them to listen to, talk about and learn familiar fairy tales. This topic also provides a great opportunity for the children to role play as their favourite characters and create their own narratives within play. ‘Sparkle and Shine’ teaches children all about the celebrations that different people take part in during the Autumn and Winter months, with a focus on the celebration of light. This gives the children great opportunities to get creative and make beautiful decorations.

After Christmas the children will be learning all about ‘Stary nights’ and the importance of a good night sleep! We will be learning all about nocturnal animals and what they get up to at night. ‘Winter Wonderland’ Will teach the children all about the changes we experience in winter and the places in the world that experience cold weather all year around.

The after half term we aim to foster many children’s keen interest in dinosaurs, teaching the children about the animals that roamed the earth millions of years ago. The topic ‘Puddles and Rainbows’ will also engage the children through the exploration weather in spring and rainbows, something that children are naturally fascinated by.

During the summer term we will be looking at the topic ‘Do cows drink milk?’ - all about farms. The children will learn all about the animals which you can find on the farm and how to look after them. They will learn about where different food comes from and what foods are the healthiest. Our final topic is called ‘What can you see in the summer?’ which teaches the children about the changes that they will experience during the warm months of the year.

All of the topics that we have chosen will hopefully awaken the children’s curiosity and instil a love of learning that will be fostered as they move through their years at Bloxwich Academy. With so much to learn, we look forward to the coming months with our little superstars!

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Miss Thomas

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Miss Harper

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Miss Bennett

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Miss Clark

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Mrs Smith

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Miss Christoforou

Staff

Miss Thomas (EY Lead)

Miss Harper

Miss Bennett

Miss Clark

Mrs Smith

Miss Christophorou

PE Day

The children will beginning P.E on alternate Thursdays and Fridays, You will be informed of the correct week by the early years team. We ask that the children come into school already in their P.E kit on the day that they are participating.

Spellings

Children in reception with learn to spell words through our daily phonics sessions. We encourage children to use their Fred fingers to help segment and write the sounds in words.

Homework

Home learning books will be sent home on Fridays and we would like them to be returned on Monday’s. The children will be expected to complete the task with support from an adult. 1000 stories books will also be sent out on a Friday and we would like the children to complete the daily tasks and return their book on Thursday’s ready to be changed.