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Belvoir (Reception)


Welcome back to the Spring Term in the new year of 2021.  We started with such excitement on the 4th January only to be told we were in lockdown once again. I know that we're all disappointed but we do have lots of exciting and important learning planned for the term ahead.

I will be keeping parents up to date with our learning developments and giving general messages and reminders out on Class Dojo on a daily basis during this time, so do remember to turn on your notifications and check in frequently. All of the work I am setting for your child remotely, will be available on Tapestry in Documents.  You will also find a spring home learning pack, together with multisensory activity ideas in this area also, you may have to login on the website rather than the app to access these.  However, please do let me know if you have any connectivity issues with this and I will do my best to resolve any problems. The weekly overview will be published at the start of the week with some activities uploaded on a daily basis. It will help me enormously if you could also upload your child's independent work (only the ones highlighted yellow on the timetable) by the end of the day (or as soon as complete would be even better).  I will also be sending you details of the daily 'live' reading session that will be undertaken using Zoom. Again, please let me know if you have particular issues accessing this.  Below, you can find both a 'Zoom for parents' safety guide together with a resource bank of online platforms that you can access to support your child's remote learning during lockdown. 

If you have any problems at all, please get in touch  and I look forward to continuing working with you and your amazing ‘busy Belvoirs’.

Welcome to Belvoir Class

Here your child will start on a learning journey filled with exciting and appealing experiences in an inspiring indoor and outdoor environment.   

Belvoir Class is taught by Mrs Carlton and supported on a full-time basis by Mrs Ketteringham. 

Children in Belvoir class typically learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. The children continue to follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum.   

PE days in Belvoir class are Tuesdays and Thursdays, please put your child’s name in all uniform, it easily gets lost! Please also make sure your child has suitable trainers (with velcro fastenings) and tracksuit for outdoor PE sessions.

Your child will already have learnt a great deal by the time he/she enters or school.  Most children attend Nursery or Playgroup or for others school will be his/her first experience as part of a group.  We endeavour to make this transition as smooth as possible.

The aims of the Belvoir Class Team are to:

  •  Provide a well supported and resourced learning environment.

  •  Meet the emotional, spiritual and educational needs of each child.

  •  Help children learn and provide opportunities for all children to succeed.

  •  Provide an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued.

  •  Encourage each child to become independent.

Young children learn best through play. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, think about problems and relate to others.  Through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities, we will provide your child with a range of purposeful play activities which ensure their learning is challenged and developed. 

Reception children continue to follow the EYFS curriculum they began in Nursery which is made up of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas of learning and development. All areas are important and inter-connected and centre on the individual needs of each child. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language - Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking. 

  • Physical Development - Moving and Handling and Health and Self Care. 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Making Relationships, Self Confidence and Self Awareness and Managing feelings and Behaviour.

The prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy - Reading and Writing 

  • Mathematics – Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure 

  • Understanding the World - People and Communities, The World and Technology 

  • Expressive Arts and Design - Exploring and using media and materials and Being imaginative.                                                                                                                     

Things that you can do at home to help your child are to:

  • Reinforce the sounds covered each day in class by completing the sound book sent home - practise the sound of the letter and the correct formation of the letter as shown in the book.

  • Look over key words with your child (also in the sound book) and encourage the recognition of these words in any order.

  • Practise name writing. Please make sure your child uses lower case letters except for their initial letter.

  • Share reading books, discussing plots, characters and their feelings, as well as simply decoding the text.

  • Draw your child’s attention to numbers in their environment e.g. telephones, door numbers, car number plates etc. Count things around the home. How many windows do we have etc?

  • Encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence.

'I look forward to working with all the new Ryhall family parents over this next academic year as your child begins their formal education with us.  Please don't hesitate to make contact with me if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child's life which may impact on their development and wellbeing'.

Mrs Carlton - 

For additional information click the links below.

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Ryhall CE Academy

Church Street

Ryhall Stamford