RRG 2023 - 2024
Hello Team RRG,
Welcome to the Team, whereby we work together to enable the best for your child's learning and development. If you have any questions or comments, please do speak to one of us. Sometimes it can be busy at the door, so if there is something you would like to discuss, please ask to meet a member of the team or contact the school office and we will organise a suitable time to talk.
- The Early Years Framework follows four overarching principles: A Unidue Child; Positive Relationships; Enabling Environments; Learning and Development.
- The Reception provision is centered round children's all-round development in accordance to the Early Years Framework. Using both the indoor and outdoor environments we aim to provide balance across areas of learning to support, strengthen and extend each child's learning so they can individually make progress. We encourage children to be curious, to play and explore, actively engage in their learning and develop skills of creativity and critical thinking.
- At the beginning of their academic journey, Reception children complete the Statutory Reception Baseline Assessment. The children respond to questions and activities in accordance with their current understanding. This is an on-entry assessment undertaken by the team for the Department for Education. For more information, please contact Mrs Pattenden (Deputy Head Teacher and Early Years Lead).
- Throughout our early years provision, WellComm is used to assess and support the children's speech and language. The information gained is shared with families to support the child in school and at home. It is also reviewed and monitored by the school SENDCo.
- Tapestry is an online learning journal helping children, staff and families celebrate the children's learning and development. Together we build a special record of your child's experiences at school and home, by uploading photographs, videos and comments/diary entries, across the year. This then reflects the story of your child's development, which you can keep by downloading a copy at the end of the Reception year. It is also a platform used to communicate between home and school, with additional home learning activities, notes and reminders. Together we can capture your child's development so we value all those uploads made from activities and experiences you do with your child. If you have not received or lost your account information please speak to the class teacher. Don't forget to activate your account to receive the messages and photos and enable you to upload notes from home. (For videos to support adults using tapestry, please click the Tapestry tab above.)
- The Reception gate opens at 8:45am, and our learning begins with our 'Morning Jobs'. The register is taken at 9:00am and the gate closes. If you arrive after this, you will need to register your child and choose their school dinner at either the Whitehouse Centre or the main school office. The office team will issue you a slip, which your child will need to enter Reception.
- If you need to collect your child early from school, for example to attend a dentist appointment, please go to the school office to sign out your child and receive the relevant slip before coming to collect your child from Reception. (The slips are part of our safeguarding and safety precautions, and are necessary for entry to and from Reception.)
- Our school day finishes at 3:15pm, and this is when the gate opens.
- The EYFS Breakfast Club and After School Club is in the buildings on the Key Stage 1 playgound (look out for the rainbow and handprints on the windows and the staff can guide you). There is a small charge for using this facility, please speak to the club team or the school office to find out more.
- Reception children are able to have a free school meal under the government's scheme. We ask families to pre-order your child's dinner on Parent Pay, as you know your child's eating habbits best so it helps them to have something they will eat. If you need any support setting this up, please contact the school office. Alternatively, you may provide your child with a healthy packed lunch.
- For up-to-date information, please keep an eye on School Spider, your child's Tapestry account and the school's Facebook page.
- Please may you provide your child with a water bottle for use throughout the day. We are a healthy school, so may we remind you to fill the bottles with water.
- Please label any clothing, shoes, water bottles and bags with your child's name and class to prevent them from getting lost or mixed up. There is a temporary lost property box placed outside each classroom at the end of the day or the main lost property store in the Whitehouse Centre should your child loose any of their belongings.
- The weather is very changeable, so please make sure your child is dressed for the day. Please remember waterproofs, scarfs, hats and wellies need labelling as well if you are bringing them into school. Please take umbrella's home if your child is using them on the way to school as the children do not use them on either the Reception or KS1 playgrounds. We ask on sunny days for families to put suncream on their children before they attend school, bring in a sunhat with their child's name in it, and make sure your child has a water bottle with them.
- Book Bags need to come into school every day.
Learning at Home:
- Bedtime Story Books: Each night you can read this story to your child to help develop their understanding of books and stories. It is an opportunity to ask questions about the book such as: Where is the front? What is the title? What is the job of the person who writes the book? It is also a time where you can dive into the book and find out more, for example; Who are the main characters in the story? Where does the story take place? What do you think will happen on the next page? If you could change the story; how would you? Which parts did you like/dislike and why? These books will be changed once a week, so please bring them back into school on a Thursday.
- Maths or literacy home activity sheet: Either a maths or literacy activity sheet will be sent home at the end of each week to help carry on the learning at home. Whilst these are activities that may be supported by adults, we ask they are completed by the child. Please return them the following Thursday. This starts from Autumn 2 term.
- Phonics: A few minutes practise each day at home as well as school will help the children to become confident with their sounds and use them to read and write.
- Read Write Inc Phonics Films: Your child's phonics teacher and/or class teacher will send home links to videos for you to watch with your child (links sent via Tapestry). Please do watch them, as they will help to support your child's development with reading and writing by consolidating the learning in school.
- RWI Phonics Sound Cards and Handwriting Sheets: Your child will receive the phonics sound card they have met duing their learning session, to practise at home (if they do not already have it), and a handwriting sheet to practise forming the letter correctly.
- RWI Sheets and Books: These are used in accordance with your child's learning and are resources for the children to use at home to practise as they are kept in the Book Bags. Please make sure you return the books daily as the children will be continuing to use it in their phonincs lessons and also we can exchange it for a new one when the children are ready (usually a new one every three/four days).
- RWI Blending Books: These books contain words for the children to practise using their Fred Talk skills. The child sounds out the word by saying the sound for each letter and then blends (puts together) the sounds to read the whole word. When they become confident, the child should be able to read the whole word.
- RWI Ditty Sheets or Red Ditty Books: At this stage the children practise reading and writing ditties (short sentences). If your child has a ditty sheet, a new one will be sent out every day. If your child has a red ditty book, they will receive a copy to practise with at home, after they have used it in school first.
- RWI Green and Purple Books: These children are working on reading and writing sentences. Please make sure you return the books daily as the children will be continuing to use it in their phonincs lessons.
- RWI Pink Books: The children working with pink books will be extending their knowledge of sounds and how to apply and use the skills previously learnt to read and write longer words, and sentences. They will also be continuing to develop their catalogue of Red Words (those that cannot be sounded out).
- For further information about Read Write Inc Phonics the parents guide can be found by clicking here.
- PurpleMash: There are various activities that you can access to help support your child's learning in lots of different ways, including TODOs set by the team in school. Log into your child's account to explore the different areas of learning and to complete the TODOs.
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