Reception - Starling Class
Welcome to Starling Class!
We have 25 children in our class. Our teachers are Mrs Meridew and Miss Webb (who is on maternity leave at the moment) and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Keech. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Brown teaching in class on Wednesday afternoons and all day every Friday.
In Reception, we learn through seven areas of learning which are split into three prime areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language and Physical Development. As well as four specific areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We practise lots of skills such as recognising and using numbers to 20, numerical patterns, reading using phonics and writing for a variety of purposes as well as practising and rehearsing those skills in our play, sharing, taking turns and becoming part of the school community.
We plan to provide your child with a safe and fun place to learn. Our aim is to engage with every child and promote a lifelong love of learning and create a foundation in which the children will flourish during their time at our school in Primary education. We work with each and every child, in multiple ways to suit their learning needs and to ensure they succeed. The children will experience a variety of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to enhance and develop their understanding, knowledge and skills. We are passionate about following our children’s fascinations and interests and enjoy each day’s learning journey.
Please see the documents below which will help you support your child and understand what we are learning in class.
Please see the documents below which will help you support your child and understand what we are learning in class:
During the Autumn Term we quickly establish rules and routines in the classroom and we begin to build friendships with our peers and the staff. We learn about the Christian festivals of Harvest and Christmas, the Hindu festival of Diwali and celebrate Black History month. Our learning takes us all around the world. As the term progresses we visit Frida Kahlo in Mexico, Kehinde Wiley in America, Claude Monet in France and Sayed Haider Raza in India. We observe and reflect on the seasons of autumn and winter and how things change over time. Throughout all of our learning, we consider the questions ‘I wonder what’ and ‘I wonder why’. We begin our journey into the wonderful world of Phonics; delve deep into understanding and mastering numbers to 5 as well as discovering the wonders or 2D and 3D shapes in Maths. Towards the end of term we turn our attention to the delights of Christmas time, showcasing our singing, dancing and acting talents in the Nativity! It will be a very busy but fun term.
During the Spring Term we strengthen friendships with our peers and the staff. We learn about China and how Chinese New Year is celebrated. As the term progresses we observe and recreate the work of Andy Goldsworthy linking that to recycling and decay over time making links to the seasons of winter and spring in our local environment. We focus on mental health and how to ‘love’ ourselves, look after ourselves and be proud of who we are. We learn about the traditions and history behind Mother’s Day and towards the end of term we turn our attention to Easter, thinking about how Christians celebrate all around the world. Throughout all of our learning, we consider the questions ‘I wonder how’. We build on our previous Phonics learning and begin to recognise, use and apply digraphs and trigraphs; strengthen our understanding of number up to 10, think about identifying and recreating patterns and explore various types of measure in Maths.
During the Summer Term we learn about the Muslim festival of Ramadan and celebrate Father’s Day. We observe the change in season from spring to summer and learn about growth of plants and animals. We think about people who help us in our community and around the world. We think about fantasy settings, characters and events linking our learning about St George’s Day to Knights and dragons, plus superheroes, pirates and princesses. We celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, think about the history of her life and why this is an exciting time in our history. We explore the work of Mary Anning whilst thinking about dinosaurs, seaside’s through the ages and how things have changed over time. We link our learning to the artists Roy Lichtenstein, Jan Fabre, Bridget Riley and Wassily Kandinsky. Throughout all of our learning, we consider the questions ‘I wonder where’. We build on our previous Phonics learning and use it to write for different purposes; use our knowledge of number to add, subtract, halve, share and think about volume, capacity, shape and time in Maths.
You can view our recent Phonics Workshop here: