Welcome to the Reception Class at Ellel St. John’s Primary School. We are looking forward to working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year.
We are a class of 27 children. Our teacher is called Mrs Tyson and our teaching assistant is called Mr Cross. We also have Miss Fisher and Miss Winstanley (Tracey) on a Tuesday whilst Mr Cross runs Forest School.
We’d like to say a very big welcome to the new children and their families that are joining us. We hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Reception has to offer!
All learning areas are developed with the children.
We are an Early Adopter school which means that we are taking on the revised Early Learning Goals a year early. These ELGs will be statutory from September 2021 – EYFS Early Adopter Early Learning Goals
As a school we value the importance in strengthening partnerships between parents/carers and professionals. In Acorn Class we encourage ‘WOW’ moments in order to celebrate children’s home achievements. We are very keen for parents to become involved in these as we recognise the importance in children connecting what they learn at school to their home and community. We ask parents to share with us children’s ‘WOW’ moments. If your child says or does anything at home that to you, demonstrates a ‘WOW’ moment of learning, then we encourage you to write it down on a ‘WOW’ slip (WOW home slips), cut it out and send it back into school so we can celebrate them in group time and display them on our ‘WOW’ board. If you would like to send in photos to support the ‘WOW’ moment you are more than welcome to do that too!
Topic Information 2020-2021
After an initial ‘getting to know you’ and settling in period we will begin our first topic of the year ‘Marvellous Me!’
This topic is chosen to ease children into school, so they can get to know their new surroundings and class members. We will be getting to know the members of our class! We will also be covering aspects of Autumn, as well as celebrating Harvest. Our topic will also allow us to cover cross curricular Literacy and Maths activities. The children will learn and reflect through playing and exploring, actively learning and will be encouraged to create and think critically through our topic.
Our topic for the second half term is ‘Let’s Celebrate’ and our learning will be based around Celebrations and Festivals. This will include Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Autumn, St. Andrew’s Day, Advent, Christmas and Hanukkah. The children have even helped to choose the topics and the learning that will take place!
Our final topic of the year, as chosen by the children’ is all about animals. We decided to call the topic ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Again, we will take on themed weeks and the children have already asked for pets, farms, minibeasts, safari, zoo, jungle, arctic, rainforest, woodland, dinosaurs, etc. We can’t do that many weeks!