Welcome to Willow Class. We are Reception class and our teacher is Mrs Costello who enjoys making our learning fun and engaging.
We start our day with Maths, where we watch Numberblocks and discuss the mathematical terms in each video. We learn through a mastery approach which allows us to get a really deep understanding of each number turning us into real mathematicians. We do this every day!
We then go into provision. Mrs Costello loves having the door open all day so that we can choose whether we want to learn inside or outside.
Inside we have all areas including: a maths area where we can practise all the skills we have learnt in our maths session; writing is in all areas of our classroom which means wherever we are, we can mark make and write; role play to develop our imagination and act out the things we have seen in real life; construction and small world, this develops our imagination and our fine motor skills for writing. We have our reflection space and prayer space where we can take some quiet time. Our creative area is very busy and we have lots of things out so that we can be very creative. One of our other spaces is a reading space, sometimes we enjoy sitting with a book and developing our story telling skills.
Outside, we have a construction area on a large scale, this helps us to develop our gross motor skills to get our shoulders and core strong for writing; we have small world which has different resources to inside so we have a variety to play with. We have water and sand outside to develop our science and maths knowledge. As well as the extra fun things that Mrs Costello sets up for us!
We do Phonics every day as a two part lesson. We have one short session focused on reading, followed by a short session which focuses on letter formation and writing. Our phonics lessons will develop over time as we become more confident with our reading and writing. A ditty book goes home which is dated every time we learn a new sound, we can use these to practice our sounds at home as well as our reading book and story book which will get changed twice a week.
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