To ask what your child learnt in Reception this year?

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helipadded Sat 27-Jul-13 21:40:10

Hi, my eldest child has just completed Reception and I just can't seem to shake this feeling that the school aren't as good as I had thought.

Please tell me about what they should be learning in subjects like Maths and English, and how much PE they should be doing.

I looked at the National Curriculum but I find it quite overwhelming and difficult to understand in broad terms.

For example, is 1 or 2 sessions of PE a week enough?

Should they be reading fluently at the end of Reception?

How should handwriting be?

Should they understand adding, subtracting, multiplication (times tables), and division?

I'm also really questioning the end of year report. Should my child be coming home with a report that gives her a ranking or mark in each subject?

Thank you for your feedback and help. Wish I didn't feel so worried and concerned about school when my little one is still so young.

kim147 Sat 27-Jul-13 21:43:25

You need the Early Learning Goals - but I think they will be updated for low expectations.

Look at page 8 - page 10

fakebook Sat 27-Jul-13 21:45:24

My dd learnt how to read and sound out words so she can read independently. She learnt how to write letters correctly and to write short stories with added detail. Most of the words she spells are spelled phonetically so a lot of mistakes. She also knows about halving and multiplying and which numbers are more than and less than each other. She learnt about wildlife like frogs and butterflies and dinosaurs and famous fairytales.

I'm really pleased with her reception year. I can't believe she couldn't read this time last year. It's amazing.

Jojay Sat 27-Jul-13 21:51:48

My DS has just finished yr 1, but at the end of reception he could add and subtract but hadn't started multiplication or division. He ended reception on yellow book band, iirc, and was reading fluently AT THAT LEVEL but couldn't pick up any old book and read it.

I think they did PE once a week in Reception, but they've had it twice a week in Yr 1.

Ds is deemed to be doing pretty well, not on the G&T list but the next group behind that iyswim.

Your expectations seem to be a bit unrealistic.

ShirazSavedMySanity Sat 27-Jul-13 21:52:28

What fakebook said. My DD did exactly that.

PleasePudding Sat 27-Jul-13 21:54:27

My son learnt to read fairly fluently in basic books (biff, kipper, chi) he has been tested and basically learnt 150 sight words. He has some understanding of adding and subtracting and can do simple sums. He does not understand multiplication or division. His writing is really not good apparently, he can write the letters but not necessarily forming them the correct way and they are quite big. He has done PE twice a week plus music and French once a week.
His colouring in has improved a bit but is erratic.

However, this might not be helpful, but he enjoys reading, he'll be able to write eventually and he seems to like school and like learning and I definitely think this is by far and away the most important lessons.

Our end of term report was in various areas marked emerging (1), expected (2), exceeding (3). DC1 got mainly 2s with a few 1s - writing being one- but no 3s.

I felt a bit worried at first but they are still so young, I genuinely think keeping them interested in learning and confident in reading must be more important than attainment until at least they are 8 years old or so. But I am no professional and this is my first too.

helipadded Sat 27-Jul-13 21:54:46

Thank you for your replies. Did you receive an end of year report and did that have any marking or grading of your child's ability? I ask this because I think I remember reading somewhere that they should be given this format of report at the end of Reception. Or perhaps it's Year 1 as Reception is still Early Years??

Talkinpeace Sat 27-Jul-13 21:55:25

Year R is for
- learning to listen
- learning to observe
- learning to share
- learning to obey adults other than parents
- learning to mix with new people
- learning to play nicely with others
- learning about learning
- learning the beginnings of reading, writing and numbers

in most countries, 4 and 5 year olds are still in nursery
learning exactly those things

it is about building the foundations for later years of learning

fakebook Sat 27-Jul-13 21:58:06

We weren't given a grading, there were different "subjects" or "areas" of learning and they were given either an "emerging" "expected" or "exceeding". Dd got a majority of "exceedings" and a few "expecteds".
We've nicknamed her Mr Kipling because of her report grin.

kim147 Sat 27-Jul-13 21:59:01

I'm sure Gove will want a test at the end of reception along with a grading soon.

PrettyKitty1986 Sat 27-Jul-13 22:06:19

Ds1 has just finished Reception. Starting reception he knew most of his letters and that was he's reading actual books (OK short ones, but still). Like the pp, I find it amazing how quickly he's come on. They use the Oxford Reading tree and he's left Reception on Level 4 which I think is in the mid-range. I know that there are two kids on Level 7 but still a couple on Level 1.

He can write many of the words he recognises from his books but now also attempts to write anything else...but like the pp, phonetically, so lots of mistakes. The best one recently was when he drew a picture of a car and wrote underneath it 'this car gos 100 myls an awaar' (this car goes 100 miles an hour) lol. I just love that he has the confidence to try, which he wouldn't have even a few weeks back. His handwriting is the same as most five year olds...can be neat but gets messy if he's rushing.

Maths I can't really comment on as ds is g&t in numeracy so currently working at around KS2 level. I think generally the aim is for them to be able to add and subtract numbers to 10 or 20 and count in twos and fives (simple sequences).

General's so hard to make a list. He's learnt about animals, countries, plants, the weather. They've had a guest speaker in to talk about life under the sea (all I heared about was sea anenomies (sp) for ages. Just far too much to even write.

Ds1s report did not grade him in anything - there was just a write up of different areas.

helipadded Sat 27-Jul-13 22:08:55

I have just found the 'emerging/expected/exceeding' report! It was in with her end of year pictures and work from school. Must look for it next time!

It's all 'expected'. Every single one. Which is great but am I alone in wanting just a bit more info?

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sat 27-Jul-13 22:09:24

My Dd is slower than she "should" be with literacy...she can sound words out and also write words down with odd spelling. She has learned all this at school in reception as I never taught her any reading skills.

School are now happy with her progress but she will continue in a focus group in September.

She could already do a lot of physical stuff and converse well. She's learned a good amount of sciency things....

kim147 Sat 27-Jul-13 22:11:07

You realise this is MN so you might get a slightly skewed impression of what's expected grin

Look at the OFSTED report - are they achieving expectations?

The school should have a list of what is expected - but like I said, Gove is planning to change them.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sat 27-Jul-13 22:11:07

Heli do you speak to her teacher regularly? It sometimes takes a little push from parents to get more info. I went in a few times to talk abour DD and how I could help at DD is emerging with reading and I'm not perhaps need to be more pushy in terms of communication.

helipadded Sat 27-Jul-13 22:16:58

I have talked to the teacher quickly at drop off about 3 times over the year.

I always felt as though I was perceived as a pushy parent! I don't think they wanted me to do anything at home with them! Maybe they thought teaching them the wrong way would do more harm than good?

ClayDavis Sat 27-Jul-13 22:17:10

You should have been given a report with the 17 ELG and each of those should have been marked as 'emerging', 'expected' or 'exceeding'. That is a requirement for the end of Reception.

There's no requirement for specific weekly PE sessions in reception, although one of the areas of learning is physical development which includes gross and fine motor control.

I wouldn't expect them to be reading very fluently but I would expect children to use their phonics knowledge to sound out unknown words, not just guessing. At least Yellow level would be ideal but anywhere between pink and lime is not unusual.

Handwriting - can vary a lot but I would expect children to be able to form all of the letters correctly and write words and preferably sentences with finger spaces between words.

Maths - counting to 20, counting 20 objects, 1 more, 1 less. Addition and subtraction using objects to help them. Wouldn't expect multiplication and division as such but counting in steps of 2 or 10, counting a small number of groups of objects with the same number in each group and sharing objects into equal groups.

All of this is hugely variable. Some children will do all of this and more. Others will do some bits but need more practice for other bits in year 1. Both of those are completely normal.

wigglesrock Sat 27-Jul-13 22:18:07

letter formation

writing short sentences eg At the beach I like to .........

they get a reading book or 2 home every week. Dd2 finished P1/reception in June - she can read. Her older sister couldn't at the end of P1 but flies through books now

Basic mental maths - if I have 4 buns and eat 2 - how many is left?

2 and 3d shapes

topics like space, dinosaurs, under the sea

PE once a week

At the end of P1 in June, we got a really detailed report of each topic covered, with hints or attention drawn to anything she could work on/found difficult but no "rankings" or marks or anything. We also got all her workbooks/jotters smile home which was lovely and fascinating.

helipadded Sat 27-Jul-13 22:18:17

Just to add, I was always told my child was 'achieving as they should be'. That is wonderful but if I'm going to spend time with them and my little one does like to do art or numbers or letters, then I would like to know which I could focus on more for their benefit.

helipadded Sat 27-Jul-13 22:19:08

Where can I find out about the Yellow, Pink and Lime reading levels?

PoppyWearer Sat 27-Jul-13 22:23:25

Have you had a chance to go into school at parents evenings or other times and see your DC's workbooks and examples of their progress?

I've seen my DC's and they have collected dated examples of each area of learning (reading, writing, numeracy) and the progress is quite clear to see.

Maybe ask to see this?

Plus we get regular letters home to say what they've done.

I'm extremely impressed by their progress in Reception. From nothing to reading/writing and basic sums is just mind blowing!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 27-Jul-13 22:23:35

Maybe slightly different as we are in Wales and our ds attends welsh school.

He can now read simple books (level 3) welsh books and can write all of his numbers and letters (cursive) but not really write whole words or sentences that I can understand , though his teacher seems able to!

He can do simple addition and subtraction and understands the concepts of half and double.

He works well in groups and as an individual and has performed in 3 class assemblies.

We are very pleased with his reception year in school - he enjoys going and enjoys what they do there.

At our school, actual levels of achievement aren't reported on until the end of year 2.

ClayDavis Sat 27-Jul-13 22:24:08

I probably shouldn't have referred to those. Not all schools do. Do you know what reading scheme the school does use or is it a mixture of schemes?

PrettyKitty1986 Sat 27-Jul-13 22:26:51

Just grabbed ds1's report to check - he definitely has no 'emerging/expected/exceeding' wording in there - maybe it's different in Wales?

There is a write up on these areas -
General Comments (Relationships, personal qualities, attitude etc)
Headteacher's comment
Language, Literacy and Communication skills (Oracy, Reading & Writing)
Mathematical Development
Personal and Social Development, Wellbeing and Cultural Diversity
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Welsh Language Development
Physical development
Creative development

bearleftmonkeyright Sat 27-Jul-13 22:29:14

My ds has just finished reception, my third child. Plenty of his areas of learning are emerging code for he can't do it his social skills are excellent, he will sit and listen. He has made some progress in reading and can manipulate and count numbers up to ten.

helipadded Sat 27-Jul-13 22:31:45

They use a mixture of schemes, but I think I've just looked it up actually - - thanks.

helsbels03 Sat 27-Jul-13 22:44:29

Have you looked at the schools website ? There might be information about topics on there, also about suggestions for websites, activities etc. try the Oxford owl website for reading ideas, phonics play site or Bbc schools sites. I am sure the teacher would have spoke to you if there was any concerns. Reception is primarily about learning how to learn and being ready for ks1

toomanyfionas Sat 27-Jul-13 23:05:53

At the end of my child's first year in school, I felt she had learned next to nothing.

How ignorant I was!

The first year of school is huge for learning to listen, learning to manage in a big group, following instructions and routines, and learning to focus. If they can also learn to recognise alphabet letters and 100 high frequency words, to count forwards and backwards from 30, to write letters and gain confidence in forming words, say 3 sentences a day, then I would say that is a good year's learning.

tiredmummy33 Sat 27-Jul-13 23:23:23

my daughter can write short stories and read. she can do basic addition and her colouring, attention span, pencil control and co-ordination has imprived hugely. She has also loved school which is the most important thing.

Balaboosta Sun 28-Jul-13 07:55:49

This year your child learned to go to school. End of. Chill out.

RussianBlu Sun 28-Jul-13 10:34:58

If your child is expected in all areas then that is fantastic and you have nothing to worry about. Some children will leave reception reading sentences and writing some words/sentences, they will be able to have a detailed discussion with you about something and they will be well coordinated etc, some in he same class will struggle to count to 10 and find sitting still very difficult. It all depends on the child really when they are still in foundation stage, but judging from what you have said, you should be very pleased!

Fillyjonk75 Sun 28-Jul-13 10:43:13

DD1 learned the basics of everything she will need throughout her time at school. She learned to read, write, elementary maths, and science. She learned obedience and discipline through the routine of a school day: to sit still and listen to a teacher, when to put up her hand, when she could go to the toilet, when to eat her lunch, when to play out. She learned lots of new games and songs and she learned to use her body differently.

I think that's quite enough to be getting on with. Especially as her reception "year" was January to July.

Fightlikeagirl Sun 28-Jul-13 10:56:01

What Balaboosta said ^
Reception is called Early Years Foundation Stage for a reason, that's exactly what it is to give your child a foundation that will help her in her future learning.
They start grading by levels in key stage 1 which is year 1 and 2. During these years is when I saw my two ds really start to click with reading, writing and maths.
Chill out and just enjoy the summer with your child.

lljkk Sun 28-Jul-13 11:02:33

OP's expectations seem unrealistically high.
Most of the things described I would expect for end of y2 or end of y3, even.
Maybe it's different for other people's kids. Mine always learned a huge amount in reception (had plenty to learn).

lottieandmia Sun 28-Jul-13 11:05:36

In what school do children do multiplication and division in reception??

lottieandmia Sun 28-Jul-13 11:10:59

Reception is still learning through play. I'm trying to think back to when my dd was in reception 5 years ago. I think that at the end of the year she could read and write basic sentences and could also do basic addition. I have another one starting R in Sept. As others have said it's a year where they learn to be more independent and get used to a full school day, routines and playing with peers.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 11:13:00

Did you not get an end of year parent/teacher consultation? shock
For what it's worth, my DD just got 'expected' at everything and 'emerging' for numeracy/shapes. She can basically read phonetically and knows some 'tricky' words too. She can recognise some capitals and all lower case 'sounds'. I am working with her at home over the summer as I don't want her to 'forget' her sounds over the summer holidays. We are reading our way through the lower end of the 'Jelly and Bean' reading scheme which is FANTASTIC.
If you want to do any extra work with her at home you can't go wrong with this scheme, I used it with my recently turned eight year old who now has a reading age of 11 years 2 months and has matching reading comprehension.

I don't want to 'push' my daughter but I think it is unreasonable with a class with approx thirty children to expect each child to have as much one on one time as they need.

I also really recommend Jolly phonics, but having just finished Reception year she is probably a bit past needing that to be honest.

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 11:17:23

hi I am a reception class TA,

sit and listen,

follow instructions,

share and take turns,

mix with peer group and socialise,

independant toilet use and hand washing,( many cant)

dress and undress independently,(many cant)

deal with anger/ upset ap
everything else is a bonus.


nokidshere Sun 28-Jul-13 11:19:15

I agree with balanoosta.

You need to chill. Reception is about basics and confidence. If you are already worrying about this stuff now both of you are going to have a very stressy school experience.

KingRollo Sun 28-Jul-13 11:23:00

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MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 11:24:21

I don't think it's unreasonable for the OP to wonder how her child is doing, I just don't understand why there appears to not have been a parent/teacher consultation? I don't know what that means about the communication in the school?

The OP had unreasonably high expectations of Reception Year though.

KingRollo Sun 28-Jul-13 11:25:31

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waterlego Sun 28-Jul-13 11:26:47

Love the posts by Balabooster and thebody smile

My son has just finished his Reception year and has had a whale of a time. He has played outside a great deal, has made friends, has learned that there are times when you are expected to sit quietly on the carpet and listen to the teacher, has watched caterpillars metamorphosize (sp?) into butterflies, has made many 'sculptures' out of empty boxes, has done some really good drawings, enjoyed music and dance, played in sand and water trays, done some dressing up and role play and much more besides.

And somehow, alongside all this, he has finished the year being able to read some simple books (but perhaps more importantly, still loves being read to and can comment on and ask questions about the stories he hears) and can write some short sentences and 'stories' (mostly phonetically spelled). He can do some simple addition and subtraction.

I'm very pleased with all that.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 11:29:29

I disagree king. My oldest is such a bookworm and the reading scheme gave her so much confidence to go off reading what she chose too once she had mastered the basics. She reads for probably at least two hours a day outside of school. I don't think you can make a blanket statement like that.

And what is wrong with giving one on one time reading with your child for goodness sake?! shock

firawla Sun 28-Jul-13 11:30:26

OP I know what you mean to an extent cos I have noticed some children finishing reception able to do a lot more! but then I have to remind myself there is almost a year in age between some of them, and they do things at their own time too.

My ds just finished reception, he cant read fluently - he can read simple books and i think they were sending yellow level, but to pick up any book and just read it, he still seems quite a while off that.
Report didn't say much here either just expecting for everything and a few comments (it did say good in maths) but it didnt seem a massively personal report, i think they do c&p a lot from the national curriculum or use phrase banks etc to write them!
Also my ds handwriting still needs a lot of work too. But he has learned a lot of topics like dinosaurs, gardens, and learned alot from being in a classroom environment.

I think they consolidate the academic stuff more by the end of y1?? will see!

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 12:20:32

watelego. and king, obviously UK here and I can say I was stunned and shocked at the relentless phonics and numeracy 4 year olds have to cover.

my list was what really matters real life.

but if I had known what my own kids were subjected to at such a young age we would seriously have considered moving away from Britain and the frankly ridiculous early year targets.

as a TA I felt often sorry for the 4 year olds.

we have it all so wrong here. our abysmal stats for teen happiness and achievements say it all really.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 28-Jul-13 12:23:19


I agree with what others have said.

Please don't stress about numeracy and literacy.

Actually, try not to stress about ANYTHING yet

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 12:27:15

thebody but I think teen happiness in Britain is linked to so much other stuff aswell as school targets. Too much screen time, social media etc etc is just breaking down family values and putting distances between people. Families are getting more disconnected = unhappy teens sad

KingRollo Sun 28-Jul-13 13:03:20

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MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 14:31:10

King my five year old loves the reading scheme I have bought and was in fits of giggles about the two characters she was reading this morning, I don't think it is fair to brand all schemes as boring. My oldest DD used to read the magic key reading scheme books by Oxford reading tree in school and used to really enjoy the characters Biff and Chip. I absolutely do not agree that they are a massive waste of time. They can give confidence to a child and are brilliant for learning key words. I learnt to read with Peter and Jane growing up and have happy memories of sitting on my Dad's lap reading them.

Maybe the reading schemes you've looked at are 'rigid and boring'?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 28-Jul-13 15:02:04

Reading Dr Seuss books with/to children this age is fun.

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 15:12:39

My kids are teenagers
my view of Year R is horribly skewed by what comes after.

they are kids
enjoy their wonder
do not knock it out of them
do bugger all over the summer other than FLOOD them with happy new experiences

bollocks to reading schemes : they are history by year 5
bollocks to letter formation : history by year 3

do your UTTER UTTER UTMOST to create a child who is inquisitive, searching and happy
all else falls into place after that

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 15:15:58

Reading schemes are bollocks by year five....hmm because hopefully they have great reading skills by then?! hmm

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 15:20:32

No, because so few kids are still on them : and the SEN kids have moved sideways off ORT so that its not a relevant issue.

Comparing ORT is an MN obsession that needs stomping on.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 15:22:53

Yes, I should hope so that most kids will be off them!

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 15:40:21

you actually have to work in a reception class to understand the relentlessness of these targets and the schools need to reach them.

4 year olds yawning over letter formation followed by numeracy while outside the sun shines and a whole world of discovery in forest school is wasted,

I know that our abysmal stats on teen happiness isn't just confined to relentless targets and exams that our kids endure throughout their school career but they cause stress and needless anxieties.

only in Britain can anyone post about targets and achievements of a 4 year baby.

good grief look at ourselves? what country starts formal education at 4 and ignores overwhelming evidence from most other countries in the world that its counterproductive, a waste of time, a doesn't make a jot of difference by the GCSE stage.

Relax in the knowledge, many years ago 80's to 90's children didn't start school until 5, now it is 4-too much is expected of children of whom really should still be at nursery.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 15:49:54

thebody I do know how relentless it is, before my DD's were born I was a Primary school teacher.

The Telegraph made interesting reading the other day about how GCSE results are influenced by children's genes not teaching.

I can't help myself from helping my children to learn to read at home though, I simply couldn't resist and it doesn't seem to have done any harm. My oldest DD's favourite activity is delving into a good book, she is reading Charlotte's Web at the moment and loving it. grin

I personally agree that children are better off outside and learning through play but in the UK that isn't the education system we have. There are a few Forest school scattered across the UK but how many children are fortunate enough to be ale to attend them? Not many sad

IfYouLeaveMeNow Sun 28-Jul-13 15:51:49

NationalCurriculum doesn't kick in until year 1. Reception is Early Years Foundation Stage - building skills for life and enabling children to become learners. If your child is happy to go to school, is well rounded and interested in school life then the Reception Year has most likely done its job well. Plenty of time for tests and homework and all that!

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 16:24:53

minimal, yes I wasn't saying don't let a child read who wants to of course not but see that you agree that the sheer relentless targets are damaging.

we are out of step with the rest if the works here.

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 16:26:20

oh to add all of our local schools have forest school so am surprised to hear there aren't in your area.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 16:44:19

There is not one locally here sad thebody
Are you local ones state ran on private?

KingRollo Sun 28-Jul-13 16:49:25

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thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 16:54:03

god no all state and actually rollo that's not correct at our school or any I have worked in to be honest.

forest schools are amazing learning opportunities when used correctly.

all subjects can be taught well or badly though cant they?

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 16:55:34

in Worcestershire and all of our local first and middle schools have them. guess we lucky then.

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 16:57:19

Forest schools are an irrelevance

just take them outside for a walk, anywhere and encourage them to observe
every day

on the way to school
on the way home from school
on the way to the library
on the way to the corner shop
on the way to a play date

what is that plant?
what is that bird?
look at the sky?
look at that dirt?

how many cars went past?
how many bricks in that wall?
do half the people wear blue?

bearleftmonkeyright Sun 28-Jul-13 16:58:44

I agree with thebody. I have three kids, the last one has just finished reception and the oldest has just finished year six. Not one of them seemed to "do well" at the end of reception. My oldest has got 4's and 5's in her year six Sats. As long as they are happy at school, cooperating with their peers and can listen that is a successful reception year. I am a bit concerned someone is going to read this thread and wonder if their child should be reading fluently by the end of reception. My boy isn't, but he has made massive progress and I couldn't be happier

Sleepyhoglet Sun 28-Jul-13 17:02:34

Multiplication and division at the end of reception!!! Erm, no. That is an aim for the end of year 2. Please don't rush your child. Everything is introduced gradually so they have a secure grounding. Eg. Division should be introduced in year 1 in a practical way but it will be called sharing and then called more formally in y2 but still taught practically. They will learn written methods..(.I don't mean long division) in y2. By the end of year 2 they should know their 2,5,10 and start to learn 3x tables. Reading may not be fluent by end of year 2 even but should for most. At end of reception they will still be sounding out. They should have a comfortable pencil grip and be able to form letters. Joined handwriting at my school is introduced at the end of year 1 although in state schools this may be reserved till y3.

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 17:05:20

thebody are the local forest schools outdoor learning five days a week or is it a supplement to a state primary?

num3onway Sun 28-Jul-13 17:06:02

My ds got all expected and a handful of excelling in his report although the excelling bit were not really 'academic' e.g. Physical skills, self help skills, creativity etc

He is on level two reading books but still down as meeting expectations although I know some classmates are on much higher levels

A good reception class should do lots of learning through play and not sitting being taught at

formicadinosaur Sun 28-Jul-13 17:06:13

I really wouldn't worry. It's only the reception year. You can help him at home by listening to reading daily for 10 mins. Although there are targets relating to maths and English, reception really should be about play and learning through play

MinimalistMommi Sun 28-Jul-13 17:13:13

Unfortunately at my school cursive letters are being taught in reception term two sad and it has caused no end of problems for my DD (who is left handed) she writes the printed letter and then goes back and 'corrects' it so it looks like a cursive letter. The school want them ready for joined handwriting it seems shock

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 17:13:37

talkin!! while children are 'in school' the paperwork and health /safety nightmare does not make 'taking them out for a walk' very easy.

of course that's what parents can do but the op was talking about school time wasn't she??

minimal, the forest schools are part of the school outdoor playground and are well used.

include climbing trees, ponds, hut building equipment, outdoor picnic areas etc.

formicadinosaur Sun 28-Jul-13 17:13:45

mine were average mostly in reception but have ended up top set by juniors

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 17:17:17

completely agree about cursive writing.

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 17:29:59

Forest schools are for kids who have no normal access to the outdoors.

My list above is for parents, in the holidays, not schools.

DH regularly goes to schools where kids have never seen the sea, never been out of reach of street lights and are scared of the moon.
THEY Are who the Forest school funding should go to.
Not lazy ass yummie mummies who want to delegate all responsibility

you want good results from your kid?
stretch them sideways
but do not expect the school to pat you on the back (like Gove does)

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 18:40:30

talkin, don't be so bloody daft.

forest schools are good for all kids.

'lazy ass yummy mummies' what on earth are you talking about?

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 18:41:30

of how they get hijacked by those who do not need them
and those who do need them cannot afford them

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 18:42:18

and as valid as 'your list' is it has nothing to do with the posting which is about school curriculum!

start your own thread.

thebody Sun 28-Jul-13 18:43:33

sorry but our local authority is very very underfunded.

the forest schools are a mixture of PTA funds, patents hard work and a little funding.

Talkinpeace Sun 28-Jul-13 19:43:39

Year R is for
- learning to listen
- learning to observe
- learning to share
- learning to obey adults other than parents
- learning to mix with new people
- learning to play nicely with others
- learning about learning
- learning the beginnings of reading, writing and numbers

in most countries, 4 and 5 year olds are still in nursery
learning exactly those things

it is about building the foundations for later years of learning

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