Reception - Rainbows

Welcome to Rainbows

Hello, I am Miss Fletcher and I am extremely excited to be the teacher of Rainbows Class. We are lucky to have the wonderful Mrs May, Mrs Clarke and Miss Cooper who support us in our learning too. Our aim is for Rainbows class to be a fun, happy and safe place to learn as well as making your child’s first year at school action packed and full of laughter, learning and memories.
We have the same three rules throughout the school which makes it easy for us to follow them. They are: Keep safe, Use your values and Be the best that you can be. We learn about and practice these rules every day.

Our Daily Routine
In Rainbows class we always start the day with some interactive learning activities, discussing the date and weather and some fitness fun. We usually warm up our brains with some phonics, before moving on to some PE or child initiated activities. Snack time refuels our bodies before we explore mathematical concepts. After lunch, we always look forward to our mindful yoga sessions or dough disco. During the afternoons we explore art, design, music or the world around us before winding down with some circle time or a story. In Rainbows class we enjoy developing our communication and language skills both in small groups with our friends as well as in front of the class during circle times, show and tell or sharing our class bear Spencer’s adventures!
Key skills are important

In phonics, we explore every aspect of a sound: what it sounds like of course (phoneme), what it looks like written down (grapheme), how to identify it in a word we hear (segmenting) and how we can fit it together with other sounds to form a word (blending). We begin with single letters, and then eventually move on to two letter sounds (digraphs), three letter sounds (trigraphs) and beyond! These form the building blocks to a healthy reading ability. Reading every day is really important. Just a few minutes on a regular basis can make such a difference to a child in every subject. A solid foundation in basic mathematical concepts is also essential: we begin with learning about how numbers are represented, we explore the composition of each
number and then we compare. Other mathematical skills are easier to explore if a child has a good knowledge in these core areas.
We believe in the power of a Growth mindset

In Rainbows class, one of the most important things we learn is that mistakes are our friends. We work hard to teach the children that making mistakes is not only normal and human, but they help us to learn. Getting something wrong, is just as important as getting something right!  

Our Year Ahead

During your child’s first year at school they have lots of exciting things to look forward to. We have our nativity at Christmas and plenty of WOW celebration days to take part in throughout the year. In a variety of fun ways we will learn about phonics, mathematical skills, arts and crafts and understanding the world around us. We will explore stories, experiment through investigations, learn how to use technology and much, much more!  

How we keep our bodies and mind fit and healthy

PE days are very exciting in Rainbows, we look forward to our lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays. We also use the trim trail on Fridays, using it as an opportunity to strengthen our muscles. Our dough disco sessions allow us to use play dough to develop our fine and gross motor skills through fun actions and movements. To balance out the active times we also take part in mindfulness sessions to calm our bodies and to focus our minds. This could be through yoga, music or reflective stories that take us on a journey.