Here are the Transition Booklets for Reception September 2023
"Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world."
- Roald Dahl
Our key values underpin all we do at Seymour Park; we Respect, Care, and Grow.
Children in our Reception classes continue on their journey following the EYFS Framework. We provide opportunities for children to learn how to work, play, and co-operate with each other. They learn to share, to communicate, to express their feelings and develop their self-confidence. We encourage conversation and discussion throughout all areas of the curriculum; to enable the children to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations. We aim to ‘hook’ our children into their learning using a range of high-quality books, which form the basis of our topics.
"Something very magical can happen when you read a good book."
- J.K. Rowling
Phonics and Early Reading skills are an integral part of our curriculum and these are developed through daily whole class phonic sessions, following the Little Wandle Letters & Sounds Revised program.
A range of models and images are used to develop their mathematical understanding, which follows the White Rose Mastery approach.
For a closer look at the learning that our Reception children will enjoy throughout the year, please see the Long Term Plan attached below on this page. Each term, you will also be able to view our 'topics on a page' documents, to learn more about the exciting activities that will be taking place in school.
Our Reception Team
Class Teachers: Mrs McCabe (RM), Miss Pollard (RP) and Mrs Das & Mrs White (RDW)
Teaching Assistants: Mrs B Chothia, Miss C Guest, Mrs S Afzal,
Mrs A Moosa, Mrs B Rahman, Miss Maz
Throughout the year, PE will take place both outdoors and indoors. Children should come to school in appropriate PE kit on their PE day and will wear it throughout the day.
They will need to wear a Red PE T-Shirt, black jogging bottoms/leggings/shorts, pumps/trainers and their school jumper/cardigan.
Your child needs a small book bag, preferably a school one as they fit perfectly in their trays. Due to limited space in the cloakrooms there is no space for big bags. Please make sure that your child brings their book bag to school every day, including their school reading book and yellow reading record. We ask that children do not carry water bottles in bags with school books please - this is to avoid ruined books. Thank you.
We make reading a priority in school and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised phonics scheme. Once we have covered the necessary phonemes (sounds) in our phonics lessons, children will begin to bring home a weekly reading book. As part of their phonics learning in school, children will take part in Reading Practise sessions three times per week, where they will read in a group, with an adult. The focus of each session will be as follows:
- Session One: Decoding - In this session, children will spend time identifying sounds, being introduced to new vocabulary and blending the new words, to become more familiar with them.
- Session Two: Prosody - In this session, the focus is on reading more fluently (as the children will be familiar with the words from session one) and learning how to add expression to their reading.
- Session Three: Comprehension - In this session, the focus is on reading the book fluently and being able to demonstrate understanding of the content by answering a variety of questions and taking part in discussions about the book.
After taking part in all 3 sessions of Reading Practise, children will then bring that same book home to continue with the skills they've developed in school. They will keep this book until the following week.
We value your support and encourage adults to share books (includng school reading books) with Reception children as often as possible. When you do this early in the year, it is good to focus on skills such as the correct holding of books and turning of pages, as well as discussing what is happening in the book. As the year progresses, you can encourage your child to use the skills that they are developing in Reading Practise sessions, such as sounding out (blending) words using the sounds that they have learnt in school and reading with fluency and expression. When you have shared a book with your child, please write a comment in the yellow reading record, so that the teachers will know they have read at home.
Here is a link to the Little Wandle website which contains more information and useful videos.
Please sign in to your child's Google Classroom (RM, RP or RDW), as we will often post important information/reminders or ideas for activities on there.
To sign in, you will need your child's Seymour Park email address and their password (if they attended the Seymour Park nursery, it will be the same as last year and if they are new to our school, you will have received this information at the start of the year). For the first login, you will also need the correct class code. If you are unsure of any of these details, please speak to your child's class teacher.