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Gothic Mede Academy

Reception - Ash & Oak

Welcome to the home page of Ash and Oak classes

There are 2 Reception classes in our school. Oak is taught by Mrs Lewis and Mrs Eatock-Musk. Ash is taught by Mrs Roberts. We also have Mrs Maycock, Mrs Russell and Mrs Taylor who assist the children in many ways.

The children have settled into school beautifully. They seem to be picking up the routines and finding their way around the school. The children have enjoyed trying out all the new toys and resources in Reception and they are already living the values of cooperation and friendship by showing how nicely they can play together by taking turns and sharing.

Our topic this term is ‘Ourselves’. We will be learning about parts of the body, investigating eye colour, carrying out senses activities and learning about our skeleton. The children will draw a self-portrait and also a picture of their family members. The children will have opportunities to talk about people who are special to them.

After half term, our topic will be Celebrations. This will include birthdays, bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas. The children will also be busy practising for our Christmas play which will be performed to parents.

The children are welcomed in to class between 8.40- 8.50. The children experience a variety of activities which promote learning through play both in the classroom and outside in our playground. They also start to learn about our Growth Mindset principles. The children hear about ‘Go for it Gorilla’, ‘Concentrating Crocodile’, ‘Creative Chameleon’ and many other animals in our ‘Learning Zoo’. The children soon develop a ‘can do’ attitude to school. Adults work closely with the children to develop their learning.

The children will be developing their speaking and listening skills in front of the class and with groups of their friends during play, circle times and show and tell sessions. Every week, children will have the opportunity to share interesting items from home and talk about exciting events that have happened to them.

The children soon develop their confidence with pencil control. Gothic Mede Academy introduce the children to cursive letter formation. All of the letters start on the line. This makes it much easier for the children to remember where to start a letter when writing. The children have a daily phonics session following the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme. They soon start to sound out and blend words. You will be able to practise this together daily when you share the reading book that is sent home.

The children in Ash and Oak are fantastic and we are all so proud of them.  It is so important that the children feel happy and motivated to learn at school.  We are looking forward to all the fun learning opportunities we will experience together this year.