Welcome to Reception class page

Ms Jules

EYFS Lead/Somalia Class Teacher

Rosamund Murdoch

Ghana Class Teacher

Lily Bearfoot

Nigeria Class Teacher

New to Reception Presentation July 2021

Reception Newsletter

Reception is led by Jules and we have three amazing classes at Rushey Green.

In Somalia class you will find Jules, Kala and Carolina. Jules loves anything outdoors but especially ‘forest school’ where you will find her pond dipping, looking for mini beasts and bugs as well painting the odd tree or two with mud and water. Jules loves to read and act out stories with the children. Her favourite book is ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. More recently Jules has developed a love of cooking and delights in attempting to cook many wonderful recipes (after all, it’s all about the process and not the end product!) If you’re looking for a creative person then Kala is it. Her hobbies are reading, painting, making cards and sewing. She is so creative and can turn her hand to anything. She is a great team player, who is always organised and loves to keep a tidy classroom! Finally Carolina makes up Somalia class. She is from Brazil and has four children, (a 6 year old and a set of triplets who are 2 years of age) Carolina loves reading and discovering new parks and museums with her children.

In Ghana class you will find Ms Asamoah, who loves teaching. Ms Asamoah says the best part is when the children come into school smiling and bursting with excitement to share their news with her and the class. She enjoys role playing with the children and finding out what the children’s interests are. She loves to read for herself and to the children. Her favourite children’s author is also Julia Donaldson, however, her favourite book is ‘The Gruffalo’. Ms Asamoah likes to take the children on school trips and has been to Mudchute Farm, the Maritime and Horniman Museum and Catford Theatre to name but a few. You will also find Mrs Rodney in Ghana class and she has worked at Rushey Green for over 20 years, as a TA in Nursery, Reception, KS1 and the Centre for the deaf. Her interests outside of school are swimming, dancing (salsa) and netball.  As Mrs Rodney always says ‘time flies when your having fun’. Our third member of staff in Ghana class is Mrs Morgan who supports children on a 1:1 basis.  She loves working closely with all children and she especially loves reading story books to the children as it helps to open and develop their imagination, which they can then transfer into their writing.  Mrs Morgan loves being creative and enjoys demonstrating these skills when making class displays and our costumes for the school productions.  In her spare time she loves to cook and experiment with new vegan dishes. She also enjoys going on green chain walks in and outside London and is also a Master Guide in Pathfinders, which is a Youth Club for 4-15 year olds.

Our third reception class is Nigeria class. Here you will see Ms Stewart. Ms Stewart is a very creative person who loves baking. She TRIES to bake cakes, although they don’t always come out as expected. Her favourite cake to bake is carrot cake, as it is a great way of making veggies taste nice! Ms Stewart has a passion for world culture and loves travelling to different destinations to learn more about people and their culture. She has also visited Nigeria, as well as other countries in different continents. You will also find the caring, calming TA Miss Lamptey in Nigeria class. Miss Lamptey is originally from Ghana. She enjoys creative activities and making everyone happy. Miss Lampety is a very organised person who likes to see everything done to perfection. Teaching and supporting children in the early years is her passion and she is always willing to learn from everyone! Finally, we are very lucky to have Chris who also works in Nigeria class. Chris has worked at Rushey Green for 40 years and has seen many changes take place. She is now teaching many children of the children she taught all those years ago. Chris is also the Senior Midday Meals Supervisor, so you will also see her in the lunch hall and playground every day.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning. Three Prime areas, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. Then four Specific areas, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities.

A big part of our learning is through sensory play. Sensory play gives the children the freedom to explore a huge range of experiences through touch, smell, hearing, seeing and hopefully not too much taste! Reception children can often take their messy play further by using it to build complex pretend worlds, develop language and early mark-making skills, and explore their creativity.  These activities often engage the children the most as they are fun and are open ended to all the learning opportunities we provide. Therefore, when your child comes home with a tiny bit of paint or mud on them, it actually means they have had a great day and developed their learning further. (Please note we do provide aprons and children are actively encouraged to wear them though)

Hopefully, one of the biggest achievements your child will make is learning to write their name. It is also one of our proudest moments when they achieve this. At Rushey Green we follow the phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’, which is a systematic approach for teaching children to read using their phonic knowledge.

At Rushey Green, we love to visit places linked to our topics that we cover over the course of the year. As the children are still quite young, we do appreciate as much support as we can from parents/carers to help us out on these trips. So, if you are able to help us please don’t be shy in volunteering, we really can’t do them without you!

We work hard in reception throughout the year, so that we are prepared to carry on our journey into Year 1. To make sure we are ready, we take home a book from our class library everyday as well as a ‘home reading’ book twice a week that WE read to our parents/carers. High frequency words are also sent home at the beginning of the second half of the Autumn term.  There are some links to pages around reading, writing and phonics below that will help you and your child develop their skills further.

In reception we enjoy being active and take part in a PE session once a week with our class teachers. It’s really important that we practice our undressing and dressing skills at home before we start school so that we can change for our lesson independently. It really helps us if our parents/carers buy us trainers or plimsoles with velcro as its quite difficult for most of us to tie our shoe laces!  We leave our PE kit in a named bag in school so that we always have it and then we never have to miss out! (These are then taken home every half term to be washed)

As you can see, we are a very busy year group who never stop learning. Our highlight of the year though must be our Christmas production. Every child has a role, be it singing, dancing, acting or narrating. We say it every year, but I know one day we will see one of our amazing reception children treading the boards in a West End Show! (Let’s just hope they remember us then!)

Thank you for taking an interest in our year group page.  If you have any questions about anything you have read, please click the contact us link.

Have a great day!