We are so pleased to welcome the children into our classes for the start of their school journey. Before we tell you about all the exciting things we do in Reception, we would like to introduce you to the Early Years Team. Mrs Ditchfield is the Early Years Leader and the teacher in RD. Miss Scrivens is the teacher in RS and they are supported by Mrs Kenny and Miss Simpkins.
The Early Years
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum includes three prime areas of learning and four specific areas as follows:
Prime areas: are fundamental, work together and support development in all other areas.
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
Specific areas: include essential knowledge and skills for children to participate successfully in society.
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
You can find lots of resources and useful information on this site to support you in understanding your child’s first year at school. This includes curriculum bulletins, contact information, ways to support your child at home and information about ‘Tapestry’ the online learning journal we use.
At Bitterne CE Primary, we value working alongside parents and recognise the positive impact these successful relationships have on your child’s learning and social and emotional development. You are the experts of your child; their first and enduring educators. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, social or emotional needs, then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. This can be arranged at drop off or collection if appropriate or alternatively you can arrange a telephone call or meeting through the school office.
Within Year R, the topics change frequently and are reflective of the needs and interests of the children. The indoor and outdoor classroom environment are updated frequently to ensure engaging, motivational and exciting learning opportunities are provided for your child. You will receive a curriculum bulletin each term which will provide you with more detail over topics and subject content.
Phonics and Reading
At Bitterne, we follow the Little Wandle. This programme is taught on a daily basis. More information on this program can be found at:
When the children start school, they will be encouraged to take home a fully decodable reading book, matched to their phonics learning. The books need to be returned to school everyday as we read them at school with your child and then encourage you to read them at home. Please enjoy sharing and discussing these books with your child at home. These opportunities are fundamental in developing your child’s language and vocabulary and will support them in developing their early reading and phonics skills.
Please use your child’s reading record book to record any reading you do at home with your child. Your child’s teacher will also write in here when they hear your child to read and their reading successes such as moving to a new colour book band will also be communicated in here. You can also practise reading tricky words (words that cannot be phonetically decoded) and the high frequency words which are commonly found within these books. It will really support your child’s fluency if they can recognise these words quickly by sight.