Welcome to Reception!
The class teachers in Reception this year are Mrs Slater and Mrs Crook. Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Berloth. If you have anything you need to discuss with a member of the team, please arrange a time to come and meet with one of us.
Parents play an essential part in their child's development and we welcome them into the school to help with reading or other classroom activities that they would like to take part in.
Our topics for this year are:
Autumn 1: Do you want to be friends?
Autumn 2: Are we there yet?
Spring 1: Why do zebras have stripes?
Spring 2: Will you read me a story?
Summer 1: Why are carrots orange?
Summer 2: Why do ladybirds have spots?
We will cover each topic through a mixture of teacher-led whole class learning, small group or 1:1 teacher-led activities and continuous provision related to the topic that allows the children to learn more through independent group or individual play. On top of this there will be daily phonics sessions, a weekly music session and two PE sessions a week (on Mondays and Thursdays for this term). Children are to come to school in tracksuit bottoms or leggings and trainers on PE days. These can also be worn on other days.
We also aim to take the children on a visit to Forest School each term.
We conclude most topics where possible with an 'Express'. Parents are invited in to the classroom so that the children can share with them some of the things that they have learnt during their topic.
If you haven't already done so, have a look at our curriculum map for more detail of what this topic covers and also the home learning challenges.
As we move through the term, we will update the page with photos and highlights from the topic.
Autumn Term 1 - Do you want to be friends?
This is a great topic to start the year as it explores what friendship looks like and how to be a good friend and to take care of each other. We will read lots of stories about friendship and base our activities around these stories, giving the children the chance to play together and get to know each other.
Autumn Term 2 - Are we there yet?
Our next topic is ‘Are we there yet?’ and is all about different forms of transport and the journeys that they can take us on. The planning overview shows some of the activities that we plan to do with the children, but as always, these may change as we will follow the children’s interests once we get going on the topic.
Please could you bring in a couple of named photographs of any day trips or holidays that you go on over the half term (or previously if it’s a quiet one) and talk to you child about the different types of transport involved in the trip. Maybe you could take a trip on a bus or train. Please save any tickets or leaflets and bring them in to us at the beginning of term for our role play areas.
Spring Term 1 - Why do zebras have stripes?
Our topic for next term is ‘Why do zebras have stripes?’- a journey into Africa to learn a bit about the geography, culture and wildlife of the continent.
We will launch our new topic with an African Drumming Workshop on Wednesday 9th January. The children will all get the chance to play a drum and we hope to put together a little performance.
If you have any resources at home ( perhaps from your own travels), such as masks, animal print or traditional African print material or safari pictures, that you would be happy to share with us we would be very grateful.
Spring Term 2 - Will you read me a story?
This topic will take the children on a journey into the magical world of stories. We’ll find out more about our favourite stories, and discover some new ones. We’ll look at different character types, and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’! We’ll read lots of stories and look at the ingredients that go into a fantastic fairy tale. We’ll be brave explorers and hunt for missing items from fairy tales. Their imagination will lead the way and hopefully everyone will be inspired to tell and write some of their own stories.
On Tuesday 12th March, we’ll be going on a trip to Windsor Castle in search of clues to find some naughty dragons that have gone missing.
We have some new home learning challenges, which the children may like to complete and share with the class. As always these are just suggestions and we welcome your own ideas.
If you have any unwanted items linked to our topic such as frames, costume jewellery, decorative boxes or anything else that could be used as props in either our indoor or outdoor areas, please send them in with your child.
We will also be welcoming Mrs Berloth to our team full time after the break. Many of you will already have met her as she had the chance to learn the ropes from Mrs Wicheloe before we lose her.
Summer Term 1 - Why are carrots orange?
Our topic for next term is ‘Why are carrots orange? ‘ This topic is all about food; from how it is grown to the many ways we can prepare it and eat it and why healthy eating is so important. We have given you an overview of the topic and the subjects we hope to cover, but as ever, we will follow the children’s lead and go where their interests take us and so we may end up taking the topic in another direction.
In preparation for this topic, if you get the chance to go to the greengrocers in Bourne End or the market in Maidenhead, it would be great if the children could choose a few pieces of fruit or vegetables to buy for themselves and then to bring in to school at the start of the new term.
As part of this topic we hope to do a few cooking sessions so if you are able to help with these please let us know. If you have anything food related that you would like to share with us, whether it is something you have grown at home or a particular knowledge of the food industry, we would love to have you in to share your skills and experiences with the children.
As part of this topic we will be visited by a 'community champion' from ASDA supermarkets and we also hope to arrange a visit to Copas Farm to pick fruit and veg, depending on how much has grown.
Summer Term 2 - Why do ladybirds have spots
Our topic for next term is ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?‘ This topic is all about minibeasts and their habitats; from those that we can find in our garden to the more unusual bugs found around the world. We will look at similarities and differences between these bugs as well as looking at what they eat and how this might help us. We have given you an overview of the topic and the subjects we hope to cover, but as ever, we will follow the children’s lead and go where their interests take us and so we may end up taking the topic in another direction.
To launch our topic we will be going on a school trip to the Braywick Nature Centre on Wednesday 5th June.
Reception had a great day out at Braywick Nature Centre on Wednesday. We started out with a sense walk. First the children made smelly potions using herbs from the herb garden, then we went out into the Nature Reserve and the children closed their eyes to listen to the sounds of nature, including many different bird calls. Then they took a ‘walk in the sky’ by looking down into a mirror as they took a walk through the reserve. They finished off their senses trail with a silent walk along a woodland trail followed by a story about an oak tree. On the way back to the Nature Centre they made nature pictures.
After snack, the children went pond dipping, using an identification chart to find out what they had caught. They were particularly excited by a rather large pond snail! They also caught a large number of tadpoles.
After lunch, they went on a minibeast safari, swishing nets through the long grass in the meadow area and again using a picture guide to identify what they had caught. Fun was had by all.
Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,
Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.
Tel: 01628 482734.