By the end of Reception, we aim for all children to read, write and understand simple sentences, using phonic knowledge to blend and segment sounds. Some words will be spelt correctly and others will be phonetically plausible. They will also read some common irregular words (said, the, go) and be able to demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
The Reception teaching assistants have recently received training in Write Dance. This is a fun programme which merges music, dance and mark making on a large scale. It helps develop children’s large and small muscle groups, ready for all the interesting writing we do in reception. Here is a child enjoying ‘scrimbling’ on large paper as part of his PE lesson.
In Yellow Class we have been learning about The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We created a story map as a class. For each part of the story we made up sounds and actions. Every day we performed the story with our friends!
To write really well, we need more than just our fingers. Our whole arm, shoulder and hand muscles all help us to control our pencil for neat handwriting. That’s why we’ve been doing lots of big writing in reception – including upside down writing! We made Halloween dens, with torches and pretend candles, and wrote underneath the tables. It was lots of fun, and by the end of the day our arms felt much stronger.