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Reception

At Coley Primary School we believe it is important that during the foundation years children have the opportunity to flourish in a language rich and multi-sensory environment.

 

The children have daily teaching inputs in groups and as a whole class. There are opportunities throughout the day for children to free-flow between the inside and outdoor areas. Both provide different areas of learning where the children can practice the skills they have been taught. There are sand and water trays, construction areas, reading, writing and maths areas as well as role play areas such as the home corner. The children’s independence skills greatly develop as they are encouraged to follow their own lines of enquiry.

 

Throughout the year we cover exciting topics such as space, dinosaurs, pirates and wild animals. We also delve into a wide range of classic and modern children’s literature including; The Little Red Hen, Owl Babies, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. How to be a Lion and Beegu.

 

We offer the children a range of real life experiences through school visitors such as the Space Dome, trips to the local park and the opportunity to look after chicks and caterpillars.

Meet the Team

 

Miss Pentland- Class Teacher and Early Years Lead

Hello, I'll be your teacher when you start school. I like teaching all the topics we cover in Reception but my favourite topics to teach are Diwali, Dinosaurs, Space and Pirates. I also love reading stories and poetry and helping my class to write their own. We're going to have lots of fun together!

 

Mrs Smith- Nursery Nurse 

Hello everyone, I'm really looking forward to seeing you all when you start school in September! 

 

Miss Orde-Hume- Nursery Nurse 

Hello! I have worked at Coley for 3 years now and have worked in Early Years for over 20 years. I love music so there will be lots of singing going on, sometimes with my guitar! I'm really looking forward to meeting you all in September.

 

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Key Information

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What will my child learn?

In Reception the curriculum is a mixture of play-based and structured activities. The children will have access to a wide range of learning opportunities that cover Communication and Language, Phonics, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Education. Their learning will take place inside and outside and through a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities.

 

What time does school start and finish? Children need to be ready to enter their classroom at 8.30am and parents/carers need to be ready to collect their child at 3pm. Please note that the times will be a little different for your child’s first few days at school, this is in order to help the children adjust to their new routine. You will receive details of these start and finish times.

 

Will my child get homework? Homework will be given out termly via email. Homework is presented as an activity grid where children get to choose an activity from each area. We recommend one activity is attempted weekly.

 

Will my child wear a uniform? Children in Reception wear the school uniform. Please find details of our uniform here: https://www.coleyprimary.reading.sch.uk/school-uniform/

 

Will my child be given reading books to take home? Your child will be given two reading books to take home each week. One of the books will be matched to their reading ability. The other book will be a story book from our library, this is for you and your child to read and enjoy together. Please read with your child daily. The children will receive a reading record, which should be brought to school together with the books. In this record, the name of the book the child has borrowed will be recorded and parents should try to write a comment about how well their child has read at home. 

 

Does my child need a book bag? Children need to have a book bag to carry their reading books and work in. They need to bring the bag to school every day. The Coley Primary School book bag can be purchased from Stevensons.

https://www.coleyprimary.reading.sch.uk/school-uniform/

 

Will my child receive a snack/water at school? Your child will need to bring a small, healthy snack and water bottle to school every day. No nuts please, a piece of fruit or a yogurt is fine. The children only have 10 minutes to eat and drink at snack time. Please remember to name the bottle and snack box. This is for break time. The Reception staff will provide water/milk and a piece of fruit in the afternoon. 

 

How do I order a school lunch? The school’s admission team will send you details on how to use ParentPay, an online platform where you will be able to order lunch for your child.

 

Can I discuss my concerns or find out about my child’s progress? Reception staff are available to talk to you and answer any questions you might have either before or after school.

 

Additional Info

  • Please label EVERYTHING! Including coats, bags, snack boxes and water bottles.

  • Please bring your child's snack in a small tub, we do not have room for lunch boxes/mini rucksacks. 
  • PE will be on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Until further notice we will not change fully in order to limit contact and mixing of uniform. You do not need to bring in a PE kit for your child. 
  • You may feel that it would be useful to bring in a spare set of clothes for your child depending on their level of independence when using the toilet. 
  • Unfortunately, until further notice children not permitted to bring in sweets, treats and cakes to celebrate birthdays.
  • Until further notice, children should not bring toys and books from home to share with their class. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics 

 

At Coley Primary School we follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) program for teaching phonics. Please follow the link below to visit the RWI website where more information can be found. 

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

 

 

Lots of parents have asked me specifically about phonics sounds and how we say them. 

Please watch this very short video, it demonstrates exactly how to say each of the set 1 sounds. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBuA589kfMg

 

 

What to Expect, When?

 

Please click on the link below (you may need to copy and paste) to access the EYFS statements for 40-60 months (Reception aged children)

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years.

 

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS.

 

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf

 

Reading

It is so important that you try to listen to your child read everyday. If time is limited then a few pages a night instead of the whole book is better than nothing. Please see guidance below on what to look and listen for if reading pink, red and yellow books. 

 

How to support your child reading Pink level books

Your child is beginning to learn to read. As they read, please help them to: - Read the words carefully. Ask your child to sound out and blend only the words they can’t read yet, not every word. Eventually almost all words will become part of your child’s ‘sight memory’, and they won’t have to sound out at all. - On second and third readings of the book, encourage them to read with more pace and with less focus on sounding out the letters in each word. - Make a story out of a whole book, rather than focusing just on what is happening on each page. - Tell you about something that happened in the book, or about something they found out in the book.

 

How to support your child reading Red level books:

Your child is beginning to learn how to read. As they read, please help them to:  Read the words carefully. Most of the words can be recognised or sounded out. Ask your child to sound out and blend only the words they can’t read yet, not every word. Eventually almost all words will become part of your child’s ‘sight memory’, and they won’t have to sound out at all.  On second and third readings of the book, encourage them to read with more pace and with less focus on sounding out the letters in each word.  Make a story out of a whole book, rather than focusing just on what is happening on each page.  Tell you about something that happened in the book, or about something they found out in the book.

 

How to support your child reading Yellow level books

Your child is now beginning to read with more confidence. As they read aloud, you can help them by:  Giving them time to sound out words they don’t know. If they still struggle, encourage them to try sounding out the whole word first, rather than guessing from the pictures or from the first letter.  Giving them time to recognise and correct their own mistakes.  Asking them to talk about what’s happening in the book, encouraging them to make links to events on previous pages.