Hello and welcome to Reception at St. John’s Mosley Common! A typical day in Reception begins with a whole class welcome song where we find out how the children are feeling and if they have any news to share. Then we complete our big class calendar which involves us discussing the days of the week, the months of the year, which season we are in and what the weather is like outside.
Then we begin our first taught lesson of the day, Phonics! This is where the children are taught to recognise, blend, segment and write spoken sounds. The children also develop their comprehension skills through discussing what they have read. All activities are engaging, fun and move the children’s learning forward. The children are taught two new sounds per week. We learn a new sound over two days; the first lesson focuses on reading and the second lesson focuses on writing. On Friday, the children consolidate the week’s sounds through fun reading games. One of our favourite games is Bingo!
After Phonics, we go to child-initiated play time. The classroom is set up around the children’s interest to ensure a high level of play and engagement and to allow the children to build on their ideas and experiences. Child-initiated play supports children in having ideas and being in control of their learning. It enables them to learn through first-hand experiences, allowing them to choose how to use the resources to do so. Our provision is set up so the children can choose to either play indoors or outdoors. We have recently developed our outdoor area with a shelter meaning the children can enjoy learning outside all the time despite the weather!
After child-initiated play time we come together for Maths. The children’s mathematical skills are developed through a short adult led input and then a range of play based activities to consolidate learning.
Our afternoons are filled with thematic lessons that link to prime and specific areas of the curriculum; Literacy, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. The children also have one adult-led Religious Education input every week which gives the children the opportunity to learn about the school’s Christian values and develop a solid foundation of knowledge on Christianity which will support their religious journey in school.
Every day ends with an exciting story. The children vote for their favourite book and we work together to identify the book with the greatest and fewest number of votes. We call it ‘The Voting Station’. This is great for helping the children to develop early number sense and vocabulary.
Each half term we have a new theme which is linked to the children’s interests. Topics may include; ‘Into the Woods’, ‘Superheroes’, ‘Things that Go’, ‘New Life’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Pirates’. We aim to hatch chicks and butterflies on a yearly basis which we have found to be a wonderful experience for our children, parents as well as staff.
St. John’s holds an open door policy. If you would like to visit our Reception class, please contact the school office on 0161 7902195 and we will be happy to arrange a visit for you.
Reception Class Teacher