Christmas in Reception
Below is a list of skills that will be useful for children starting Reception, encourage your child to attempt the things mentioned, but don't worry if your child can't do all of them.
- greets adults
- talks to other people about familiar objects and events
- answers and asks simple questions including how and why
- makes needs known, practise speaking to less familiar people
- follows simple instructions using first, next, then
- joins in singing familiar songs
- listens to others and responds appropriately
- uses scissors to cut along a straight line
- enjoys a variety of indoor and outdoor play
- can put on and take off jumpers, shoes, socks,
coat and fastenings independently -no laces
- uses utensils to eat independently
- uses the toilet independently
- can say own name and talk about members of their family
- can sustain interest and finish a task, tidying up afterwards
- plays cooperatively with other children - shares and takes turns
- can sit still to listen to a story
- uses books for enjoyment or for looking at pictures
- identifies pictures in books, magazines, on television etc
- makes predictions about what will happen next in stories
- uses a variety of things (pens, pencils, paintbrushes, sticks)
to draw, to mark-make or to write
- writes first name with 1 capital letter at the beginning only
- counts out 6 objects from a group
- recognises numerals in the environment
- uses words such as many, a lot, more, less
- identifies things in a group that are different
- sees differences in and identifies shapes
- differentiates between opposites - up and down, under and over, in front and behind, day and night
Understanding of the world
- is curious about the world, encourage new vocabulary.
- observes similarities and differences
- can share an adult's attention with several other children
Expressive arts and design
- makes and designs things using a variety of materials
- participates in imaginative play
- uses circles and lines to represent objects when drawing
- selects and uses particular colours for a purpose
On the day
Allow your child to carry out morning jobs independently, let them take responsibility for their belongings. Children take their cues from adults- to ensure the best start for your child use the language of excitement about school- motivate them to share their learning and make things to bring home.
At the end of the day ask your child “What did you learn today?” to develop the language and emphasis on learning rather than behaviour.
*We ask that children do not bring toys from home to school.
Our daily routine includes fine motor activities, phonics, child initiated learning outside and indoors during which adult-led skills activities and observations are led and taken, topic based learning, and a mathematics session.