Learning in Reception

Reception - It's a BIG STEP

Starting school is a very big milestone in your child's life. Some children will find it all very exciting - they will look forward to making new friends and trying new things. For others it can be a scary time and a little daunting. The same goes for parents.

You can help your child at this time by talking about it and listening to what their fears are. Give them as much information as you can about what it will be like and what is going to happen. Show them that you are excited. Don't let your child pick up on any worries or concerns you may have.

Development

At this time all of your child's skills are developing at a rapid rate. They are learning many new words and they are beginning to speak more clearly. They love to ask questions, and they love you asking them questions, even though they may only give one word answers.

Praise and approval is what they thrive on. They are also beginning to understand the rules of playing with others, although they may still choose to play alongside - rather than with another child.

Their fine motor skills are also developing and they are getting a lot better at holding a pencil or using scissors. Getting dressed and going to the toilet are also skills that are developing alow they may still need support and help in these areas.

WOW - So much going on. So let's take a look at the Literacy and Numeracy they will be learning in school at this time and how you can help at home.

Literacy

Literacy is taught as 'Communication, Language and Literacy'. This is preparation for reading and writing. Speaking and listening play a big part in Literacy sessions. Your child's teacher will be reading aloud to develop an interest in books. Your child will be encouraged to sing songs and rhymes and join in with familiar stories.

Speaking and Listening

  • Speaking clearly and grammatically

  • Listening carefully

  • Acting out stories

  • Singing songs with actions and intonation

  • Taking part in 'show and tell' sessions

  • Making up stories and rhymes

What you can do to support this:

  • You can learn nursery rhymes together

  • Sing songs

  • Read a new story and ask your child what might happen at the end

  • Look at picture books together

  • Make something together so that your child can take it in for 'show and tell'

Writing

  • Using a pencil and holding it correctly

  • Writing recognisable letters, mostly formed correctly and facing the right way

  • Writing their name

  • Writing labels, captions and mini books

  • Using phonics to write simple consonant - vowel - consonant words (CVC), and having a go at more complicated words

  • Beginning to form simple sentences

  • Using basic punctuation

  • Beginning to learn to spell

(See spelling guidelines - scroll down)

What you can do to support this:

  • You can learn nursery rhymes together

  • Sing songs

  • Read a new story and ask your child what might happen at the end

  • Look at picture books together

  • Make something together so that your child can take it in for 'show and tell'

Reading

  • Naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet

  • Linking sound to letters (phonics)

  • Recognising groups of letters for example 'oo' and 'ee'

  • Hearing and saying sounds in words

  • Recognising familiar and common words

  • Understanding a story has a beginning, middle and end.

What you can do to support this:

  • Lot's of schools following reading schemes which are made up of books at different levels to develop you child's skills in reading. Your child might be bringing books home and you might be asked to fill in a reading record and leave comments. at first these may be books with little or now words in them. Talk about what's happening in the story and what might happen next.

  • Read with your child as often as possible. Little and often is much better at this age than any prolonged shared reading time.

  • Let your child see you reading - set a good example

  • Play 'I spy' - use the sounds of the letters rather than the name of the letter.

  • Look for rhyming books or familiar story books that you can share

  • Play with letters. You an buy some magnetic letters or if you have a laminator then print out some letters - laminate them - and have fun moving them around and talking about the sounds they make.