Welcome to Powerful Panthers!
I am really excited about having the opportunity to teach your children in Reception this year. I am absolutely passionate about children’s early learning. Watching children explore their environment whilst embracing new experiences and new learning is a privilege. I am looking forward to working in partnership with you to ensure that your children enjoy their Reception year and leave us seeing themselves as successful, confident learners.
Introduction to Foundation Stage 2
In FS2 we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We deliver our creative and exciting curriculum through half-termly topic based learning; however as we endeavour to engage and motivate each and every individual child, our topics are constantly adapted to ensure that we plan for and meet the needs and interests of all of our children.
In our classes, we place great emphasis on encouraging children to be independent learners right from the beginning of the year. We want all our children to succeed, and to be happy and safe both inside and outside of the classroom. Learning starts as soon as children walk through the doors! We open up at 8.40am, when pupil’s say goodbye to their adult at the door and independently take part in a short morning task, including name writing, letter formation, reading, number challenges. By 9.00am, children have been registered and exciting learning activities begin!
A typical day in FS2 will consist of whole-class teaching sessions, followed by guided group work and independent learning time. Children have opportunities to work in both indoor and outdoor areas during the day and are continually supported and challenged by all of our staff in the Foundation Stage Team. As the children progress through the year, the amount of structure during each session is gradually increased to ensure that all of our children are confident, independent learners ready to enter their next phase of education in Key Stage 1.
FS2 Curriculum Details
Here are the Early Learning Goals (ELG) for Numeracy and Literacy that we will be working towards your child achieving by the end of FS2. This is just part of the rich curriculum that we provide, further details of which can found at https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage
Children read and understand simple sentences.
They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.
They also read some common irregular words.
They demonstrate understanding when talking to others about what they have read.
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways, which match their spoken sounds.
They also write some irregular common words.
They write simple sentences, which can be read by themselves and others.
Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.
Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.
Maths Shape, Space and Measure
Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Spellings are individual to each child and will be found on your child’s spelling key ring, although initially they will be bringing home new sounds to practise. They are checked and changed (if appropriate) each week. We encourage parents and carers to spend time practising spellings and reading with their child each week.
Creativity is an important part of our learning, and we have an area in the classroom dedicated to designing & making amazing creations! Please feel free to bring in old boxes (cereal boxes etc.) and kitchen roll tubes as the children love to make models with these (sorry, we cannot accept medicinal boxes or toilet roll tubes).
P.E. will be on Tuesday. Until the summer term we do not need your child to bring a P.E.kit, however we will be encouraging them to independently remove their own shoes and socks, and put them back on after their lesson, so we would be grateful if you might consider this when choosing their shoes.