Welcome to Rabbit Class
In the Reception Class the children are assessed in the following 7 main areas of learning:
*Please see the link below for further information
Our Learning this year
Our three main topics for the year:
*Our World and Me
Over the year I will use the children's data to make a 'Gap and Strength Analysis' to see the gaps in our learning. This along with the children interests with help to plan our topics and continuous provision.
How we reward children in Rabbit Class
In Rabbit class we have many ways to reward the children who have made us say 'WOW'.
*Special Mentions in Collective Worship
*When your child reaches 10 on our reading display then they will get a certificate and a little treat
All of the children will be given a blue homework book. The children will be given small homework tasks on a Friday linked to Phonics, Maths and topic activities. Please can you ensure homework is completed by the following Wednesday. Reading books will be checked every day. If your child has read that night then they will receive a Dojo and moved up our Super Reader board. Please try to read with your children every evening and record this in their reading record.
How can I help my child learn?
It is important that you read with your child daily. Reading with your child is a vital learning opportunity and should be a fun enjoyable experience. Reading can include books sent home from school, books you already have at home, trips you take to the library or even text you see in the environment e.g. reading the bus stop sign. Please always comment in your child's reading record book, your input of your child's learning is important to us. When reading with your child encourage them to look at the front cover and predict what might happen. Question your child as you read and ensure they are able to recall events that have occurred. When you have finished can your child recall their favourite part of the story and if they liked it or not.
Maths is everywhere in the home. With the support of parents, children can grasp many mathematical concepts through their play. You can make maths fun at home through songs and rhymes, toys e.g. counting how many animals are in the box, playing board games, baking and cooking and interactive games. When you are out and about you could do a shape hunt or you could get your child to count the coins you need to buy a sweet at the shops.
Parents are experts on their own child therefore all parents can enhance their child’s development and learning. Successful relationships between parents and educators can have long-lasting and beneficial effects on children’s learning and well-being. Successful relationships become partnerships when there is two-way communication and parents and practitioners really listen to each other and value each other’s views and support in achieving the best outcomes for each child. In Rabbit Class we are always there for parents who have worries or just want a friendly conversation about their child. This is where home visit has such an impact on parent partnership. It allows parents, and their child, to feel confident in their home setting to be honest and know that they are being listened too. Our door is always open!
Transition into school is exciting but it can also be daunting! Creating a smooth transition into school is vital to ensure your child gets the best possible start in their new setting. For many parents having a child start school will be a completely new experience so they may also be feeling anxious about the changes. So we have many opportunities for the children and parents in the Summer term and Autumn term to help support a smooth transition.
If your child attends Watery Lane Pre-School then your child will be introduced to our school setting throughout their time at the Pre-school. They often play games in the hall, use the school swimming pool and visit Rabbit Class for occasional learning opportunities. In the Summer term there are many 'stay and play' sessions for children to visit the Reception classroom by themselves or with their parents. There is also a 'New Parents' presentation and chat in the Summer term and in September 'home visits' and 'How to help your child in their learning' presentations are offered to every parent. If there are any other concerns about your child starting school then please come to Rabbit Class and speak to Mrs Haddon or book an appointment through the school office.
In the Summer term at the end of the Reception year we introduce the children to their Year one classroom and teacher. We will visit the classroom where we will do activities and story times. The Year one teacher with visit Rabbit Class to get to know the children. There is a move up day in July and if we feel some children would benifit from more tranition visit then this will be arranged with the year one class teacher.
A link to useful websites
Tapestry - Online Learning Journeys
Tapestry is an online journal recording all the learning and fun of children's early years education. Rabbit Class is fun-packed and busy. From messy play and first steps to learning phonics and new games, there's so much for children to do, learn and take in.
Tapestry enhances this special time, helping us to capture children's experiences as well as monitor development and learning. This unique journal is shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child's progress. Parent's can also post pictures and stories that their child has done at home. I know that you will really enjoy Tapestry as much as I do! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Haddon.
Tesco Bags of Help Scheme
We were accepted for the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme in October 2017. We will receive funding to update our outdoor area. Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
We won the grant and am excited to show you our new and improved outdoor area!