Oakfield Primary Academy

Transforming lives with exceptional learning - aspiring beyond the expected

                                                                          

Welcome to our class page. 

We are super excited for your learning journey to begin. 

 

We hope that you are having a wonderful summer. We can't wait to see you for our stay & play sessions before you will start on 7th September .

                                                                

   How do we learn in Reception?          In Reception, children are encouraged to follow their interests, make independent choices about their learning and are supported to develop their thinking skills through skilful adult interactions.
Educational research continues to inform us that children learn best when they are active and engaged in their learning. In planning and guiding children’s activities, teachers reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice.
In Class the activities will be:
*Teacher input- this is usually a short carpet session where the Teacher will introduce a concept. For example, ordering numbers to 10. The teacher may use a game or a song on the interactive whiteboard that the children can watch and participate in.
* Focus activity – the Teacher or the Teaching Assistant will work with small groups of children reinforcing and extending the concept through a practical activity. In relation to the example above, this could be ordering number tiles on a washing line, deciding the correct order and talking about which numbers are bigger/smaller.
* Teacher directed activity – this is an activity that has been set up in preparation to support the concept from Teacher input. A small group of children will be directed there to work independently. The teacher only intervenes to support the learning or correct any misconceptions.
* Child initiated activities - this is when the children are given opportunities to ‘play’, accessing resources independently and doing what interests and engages them, incorporating ideas and concepts from current/previous learning. Teachers will listen, observe, support and challenge children’s play but will never guide the learning away from the child’s own ideas and interests. For a child play is a time to reflect on their own learning, put ideas into practice in their own way and clarify their own understanding.

Hello, I am Mrs Parry-Hall and your new class teacher. Here is a little bit about me.

I was born in Rugby and went to various local schools in and around the area. I live nearby with my husband and two girls. Lilly is now in year 2 at Oakfield and Daisy will be joining the nursery class soon. Daisy is really looking forward to being in Mrs Lowe's class in January.  I have worked at Oakfield Academy in various roles such as LSA, MDS, Nurture group, breakfast and after school manager and not forgetting cleaner! So will turn my hand to any role required. After having my 1st child (Lilly) I realised I wanted to make a difference with a class of my own and applied to teach on the job, to get my teaching qualifications. I passed this and completed my NQT not long after. I have been teaching my own classes for 5 years now.  But my favourite year group has got to be reception as we teach the children to become independent learners, and give them the concrete bases to begin their learning journeys in our school.

I am looking forward to meeting you all in September!

Here are some pictures of the Squirrel Classroom.

 AUTUMN TERM

WELCOME

We would like to welcome you and your child to Reception; starting school is a big step! We know how upsetting it can be for you and your child but we assure you once they are settled they will love what school has to offer.

 

THEMES

Throughout the year we will plan activities based on particular themes for example different festivals, in addition to this we will plan activities based upon the children’s interests to optimise their learning across all areas of the curriculum. The topic this half term is ‘All about me’ followed by ‘Autumn’ and ‘Dark and Night’ after half term.

 

PHONICS

The children will begin learning their phonics this term, they will be taught new letters and sounds each week in a fun way which will involve stories, rhymes, puppets, creative activities and lots more! The children will bring sound sheets home to share with you as we learn the letter sound in school. As a school we use the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach children. You will get some information about this in the upcoming weeks.

 

PE KITS

Children will need their PE kit in school every day. We will do a PE weekly but we may take the opportunity to do some extra games either inside the classroom or outside, weather permitting. PE will be on MONDAY. We recommend leaving PE kit in school and taking them home at half term to be washed.

 

 OUTDOOR PLAY & THE NATURE AREA

The children are given the opportunity on a daily basis to learn outside as well as inside, therefore, it is important that your child is prepared for this whatever the weather. We recommend that wellington boots and coats are in school daily. Please ensure all items of clothing and footwear are clearly named. We will attend the nature area on a  TUESDAY for F2S & WEDNESDAY for F2B.

 

LIBRARY BOOKS AND READING

Your child will be given the opportunity to bring a library book home every week to share with you. During the first term your child will bring home a reading book for you to share with them. This will be a text-less book with pictures for your child to discuss with you, your child should be encouraged to retell the story by looking at the pictures. By supporting your child with this regularly at home you can make such a difference to the progress your child makes. We ask that your child brings their book to school every day.

 

SUPPORT AT HOME

We are really encouraging your child to be an independent learner. At home please encourage your child to feed and dress themselves. If they cannot please practise this at home as this will support your child be an independent learner.

 

 

COATS & JUMPERS

Please ensure your child has a coat in school every day as the British weather can never be predicted! Children are outside at lunchtime and will need to wear jumpers and cardigans into the lunch hall.

 Useful Websites to support your child:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase2Menu.htm

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-games.html

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/earlylearning/nurserysongs