Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.
A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
You can view or download the EYFS Framework by clicking the link below:
Reception and the Community
In Reception class we love to be involved with the wider community! We enjoy regular visits to St. Joseph’s Church, the Post Office, Oakes Park and the local shops. The local community are very supportive of our school and we appreciate their help! Dave, our local community warden, is a regular visitor and we have had several community spruce up evenings and soup and pizza nights.
Homework in Reception
Letters and Sounds
Most nights the children will bring home a ‘sound sheet’ related to our ‘Letters and Sounds’ lesson from that day. We would be very grateful if you could support, praise and encourage your child as they produce the phoneme (sound), show you the associated action and share with you the name/s of the letter/s used to represent this phoneme. They can then colour the picture on the sheet and practise forming the letter/s. You may find the ‘letter families’ and ‘letter formation script’ found in the useful documents section helpful when supporting your child with this homework.
As appropriate we will send home worksheets and suggested activities related to the mathematics learning taking place in class. However, just as we do at school, it is best to support your child’s development in mathematics through play and practical activities. Board games, cooking, family walks etc. all lend themselves very well to developing a sound mathematical knowledge while having lots of fun! Count anything and everything, point out and chat about shapes and patterns-the possibilities are endless!
Topic Homework Related to Interests
You can also select activities from the table below to complete with your child. These activities are optional and do not have to be submitted at any particular time, or completed in any particular order. However, we know your children will be proud of their achievements and there will be opportunities for them to show them off to their peers in class and at assembly time.
We hope you’ll find the documents below useful at home. The majority of these documents have already been introduced at our various meetings, but should you require any advice as to how they can be used, please do not hesitate to ask. We’d also love to know if there is anything you’d like us to add to this (or any other) section of the website. If you wish, you can use the suggestions document below to do so. This document can also be used to make general suggestions (related to EYFS). It is not essential to add you name to your suggestion but it can be useful as we may wish to discuss/clarify your idea in order to be able to respond effectively.
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