Excalibur Primary School > Year Groups > Reception
  Welcome to our Reception Class Homepage!

 June 2014


In Reception we follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which is divided into 7 areas of learning:
 
Communication and Language (CL)
 
Literacy
 
Mathematics (previously PSRN)

Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED)

Physical Development (PD)

Expressive Arts (EA)

Understanding the World (UW)

All 7 areas of development are inter-connected. In Reception, we learn through a range of teacher directed and self initiated activities which take place both inside and outside our classroom. We focus on creating positive relationships where children feel supported and nurtured and can become confident, independent learners.
  
Three of these areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
 

These three prime areas are:
  

Communication and Language

 

Physical Development and

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
 
Summer term
 
Heave ho me hearties! It's a pirate life for me ...

Pirate Day - 23rd May 2014


We had lots of fun on our special pirate day. 

We began the day by signing the pirate code. Then we walked the plank, avoiding the circling sharks!

We got our sword fighting licence by dueling with Captain Rogers.

We took it in turns to guard the Captains Treasure. We tried to move as quietly as we could when it was out turn to steal it!

We completed a treasure hunt to claim our reward from the Captain's treasure chest. 

We ended the day with some rousing singing! 

1,2,3 it's a farmers life for me...

We have been having lots of fun learning about life on the farm. 

We enjoyed our recent visit to Stockley Farm. We saw lots of animals including cows, goats, pigs, hens and sheep. 

We had a bumpy tractor and trailer ride down to the woods where we had a minibeast hunt. 

We got to feed some very hungry kids with some warm milk in a bottle.

We stroked some rabbits and guinnea-pigs and used special brushes to groom a pony called Duncan.

We rounded off our exciting day with a delicious ice-cream!
 

Games to play at home

Play our special pirate game!
 
Can you read the words and decide which words are real and which are alien words? 
 
How many gold coins will you collect?
 
 

We like these games too...

 

          
 
 
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There are lots of games to try here too. 

  
How to help at home

You could also:

Go on the fantastic Purple Mash!
 
Practice the words on your keyring.
 
Do some of the suggested activities in your Read Write Inc homework folder.

Complete a maths challenge (now being sent home each week!)

 

Share a story together as often as you can.
 
Play a game, especially one like 'Snakes and Ladders' which involves counting and taking turns.

 

Practice using scissors and cutting out shapes or different lines such as curved or zigzag.
 
Use tweezers to pick up and sort objects such as buttons or raisins.
  
Use old paintbrushes and water in buckets to 'paint' outside on brick walls/drives/patios.
  
Using 'Play-Doh', blue-tack or even a ball of uncooked pastry practice rolling out with a rolling pin, squeezing, stretching or rolling into a ball. Add some music and you've got your own 'Dough Disco!'
 

 
Other notices
 
We aim to do as much outdoor PE as possible so could you please ensure your child also has a pair of suitable pumps or trainers in their bag. We have a session in the hall on Monday or Wednesday when the children will get changed into their kit.
   
Please, please name EVERYTHING!
  
You need to have a named water bottle in school every day filled with fresh water. (Juice is ok as a lunchtime drink.)
  
All children in Reception are offered free milk and fruit each day.
  
If you wish to send in a snack for morning play please ensure it is a healthy snack and one that your child can eat in 15 minutes!
  
Please come and ask if you have any questions, no matter what it is! If you are unable to come to school then please ring or write a note! Starting school is a daunting prospect for parents as well as children and we are here to help make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.
 
What to bring each day
 
A waterproof coat.
 
Sunhat and sun cream on warm days.
 
Spare underwear socks/tights etc.
 
Snack/lunchbox/snack money in a named purse as appropriate.
 
(Dinner money in a named envelope should be sent in on a Monday)
 
Reading bag with school planner inside.
 
Water bottle.
 
PE kit – on a Monday after a holiday or after it’s been sent home.
 
A smile!
 
 
 
 Many thanks

Mrs Rogers and Mrs Newbould 



 
 
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