Hello and welcome to St. Jude's class. The class teacher is Miss Bailey and the Learning Support Assistant is Miss Jeffrey. Although there are two separate Reception classes, we work as a whole team and share the indoor classrooms and Reception outdoor area during free flow learning time. Therefore, children in Reception St. Jude will also learn alongside Miss Atherton Mrs. Higgins & Miss Walsh from Reception St. Peter's class.
We are very lucky to have such wonderful learning environments. Within each classroom, and the outside area, there are carefully selected resources and activities available , which cover the EYFS curriculum during child-initiated learning. There are writing and maths resources freely available, as well as Book areas, a Puppet Theatre, a Home Corner, Block Areas, a Role Play area, a Tinkering Table, a Creative area and Small World resources. These are adapted and enhanced continuously to reflect the children's needs and interests. At lunchtime, we get to play in the big front playground.
During the beginning of the Autumn term, we will be settling into Reception and getting to know our new friends and adults in our class. In Autumn 1 we cover the ‘Ourselves’ topic where we learn about each other and our families. After half term, we cover a topic chosen by the children before our Noel topic to prepare for Christmas.
In RE, we start with ‘In the Beginning’ where we learn about the Creation story. After half term, we will learn about Our Mission Statement before covering our Advent to Christmas topic.
During Phonics sessions, we will recap vital skills that the children learn through Phase 1 activities of Letters and Sounds. We will then begin teaching Phase 2 sounds at the end of September when the children are fully settled. Reading homework will begin at the beginning of October: the children will bring home a Sound Book to practice the sound taught that day and will have pages to read in their reading book every night. Monthly Maths activities will be given at the start of every month for you to engage with practical Maths at home with your child. Please look out for a parent information session on how you can help your child at home early on in the Autumn term.
Please keep checking this page for photos and information on what we have been getting up to in class this term.