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Welcome to Cherry Class!

Reception/Year 1

The children in our class are 4 to 6 years of age.

Miss-Bird

Who Works in Cherry Tree Class?

Our class teacher is Miss Bird.

We are lucky enough to have Mrs Walters and Mrs Reale working with us as our Teaching Assistants. Mrs Walters works every Monday and Tuesday in our class whilst Mrs Reale works with us every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Our Topic this Half Term

Our reception long-term plan can be found here: 
Reception – Overview

Our year 1 long-term plan can be found here:
Year 1 - Overview

Our year 1 Medium-term plan can be found here:
Medium Term -Overview

Please keep up to date with what we have been up to below!

Reception Homework

Each child has a plastic wallet in their book bags. The plastic wallet contains the following:

  • Yellow phonics book - this contains the phonic sounds we have been taught for your child to consolidate their learning at home.
  • Blue maths book - this is an opportunity for your child to practise their number formation.
  • Red reading record - a communication book between school and home in regards to their reading. 
  • In Friday's weekly newsletter that is sent out via Schoolping, there will be suggested interactive activities that follow on from our learning in school.

Our Timetable

Reception and Year 1 children have slightly different timetables.

Key information for reception:

         -Show and tell will be on Monday

Key information for Year 1:

        - Spellings are on Monday

Key information for both reception and Year 1:

        - P.E. will be on Tuesday and Wednesday
              -On both days we will be working on key skills with support                  from a Leeds Rhinos Rugby coach

Please see the following link for our Reception timetable and Year 1 timetable. 

Year 1 Homework

Each child has a plastic file in their book bags. The plastic file contains the following:

  • Spelling book - On Monday their new spelling is is given out and they have a test on the previous list.
  • Maths homework is set on Thursday and is sent home in their book bags.
  • Wordlists and reading is ongoing.

What do we Learn as Reception Children?

The Early Years curriculum is divided into 3 prime areas which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development, and 4 specific areas which are Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we provide opportunities for children to learn through practical and purposeful play. Our reception classroom offers continuous learning provision both inside and out. The learning environment is guided by the children’s interest and will be adapted to suit their current curiosities; themes previously covered include pirates, Star-wars and superheroes.

Our Outdoor Learning Area

Our outdoor learning area provides the children with great opportunities to learn though the different areas of the EYFS curriculum with a particular focus on maths. Our mathematical aim is to offer concepts such as capacity, length and problem-solving to be investigated on a larger scale that is not accessible indoors by using resources such as water play, ‘mud kitchen’ and den building apparatus. Learning through play encourages the children to not only use the mathematical language taught but also develop an understanding of how to apply their new skills through practical play. Further to the mathematical opportunities, the children at St Mary’s have scope to develop an understanding of teamwork, cooperation and the importance of harmonious relationships through utilisation of the new outdoor equipment.

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