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Reception Timetables/Structure of the day

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Bella40-, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Bella40-

    Bella40- New commenter

    I was wondering how much time people spend teaching phonics, writing, reading and maths every day in Reception. How do you structure your day? Do people run a more formal system where there are more 'bums on seats' or are they still fully immersed in the Continuous Provision set up?
    Any examples of timetables/structures of your day would be gratefully received.

    Thank you
  2. doctorinthetardis

    doctorinthetardis New commenter

    Our phonics is taught straight after register and an active song to get them moving before sitting for literacy input - short whole class input before moving into carousels currently based on fine motor skills. Children do one activity in the carousel a day so over the week they complete the whole carousel. Carousel activity not much more than 5-8 minutes so whole literacy input perhaps 20- 25 minutes. One activity in the carousel is with the teacher - mainly mark making/ writing based on letter formation practising the letter we did that day and revising previous sounds. After half term we will split into 4 differentiated phonics groups during this time. The lower groups will have the same as now, short input followed by fine motor skill carousels whilst middle and higher groups will have a longer input focusing on challenging them, working through the sounds and beginning to blend/ segment.

    Children then have free play for about 30 minutes until snack. After snack and play on the yard, they come back and we do maths whole class input. We split this input into two groups so we can challenge the HAs and get the input right for the LAs. Then all children play whilst the teacher takes a specific maths group for a session which they get once a week. One group a day spread over 5 days. Then we get ready for lunch. Afternoons are much less structured, tons of outside play and topic work. Reading groups will start after half term in the afternoons although we have yet to work out a structure. Probably paired readers all done in one afternoon so we have the rest of the afternoons for busy jobs/ focus activities/ play.

    Hope that helps. We have found this is working for us now although we are responsive to the needs of our children and will adapt timetable as necessary as the year goes on.
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  3. LauraJeanD

    LauraJeanD New commenter

    Ours is very different.
    8:45: come in and straight in to fine motor groups pitched at their differing abilities.
    9:00 skills input (Monday and Tuesday it's literacy, Weds and Thurs it's maths and Fri it's PE)
    9:15 Continuous provisionn
    10:40 tidy up
    10:55 Play time
    11:10 Phonics
    11:30 get ready for lunch

    Afternoons the same

    1:00 Skills input
    1:15 CP
    2:20 Playtime
    2:30 Tidy up
    2:45 end of day routine.
  4. martydog

    martydog New commenter

    Ours different again
    9.00 - 9.20ish register and then shared write/ literacy groups (ability groups)
    Independent learning (guided write focuses)
    10.05 - 10.20ish phonics (ability grouped)
    Independent learning (Guided reading focuses)
    11.30 - 11.45 topic input (whole class)
    11.45 - 12.55 Lunch
    1pm Register and Maths (ability grouped)
    Independent learning (Maths focuses)
    2.50 story and then home
  5. dbu

    dbu New commenter

    8.50-11am continuous provision
    11am planning time (short review / input with regards to the learning in the room)
    11.15-11.40am key group time - phonics input
    11.45 lunchtime
    1pm key groups number focus
    1.20pm - 2.30pm continuous provision
    2.30pm planning time
    2.45-3.10 reading time (big book or , guided groups on rotation)
    each member of staff has a day each for their key children to work with them on focused teach skills, whether it be fine motor, writing or number based (never all in one week)
    most of our teaching happens in continuous provision, and is based around CEL, psed and language.
  6. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    9 - 11am Continuous Provision (including daily assembly) with CT doing input first then CT and TA going round and working with children/gathering evidence towards that day's objective.

    11 - 12:15pm Playtime, phonics and reading.

    1:15 - 3:15pm Continuous Provision with CT doing input first then CT and TA going round and working with children/gathering evidence towards that day's objective.
  7. Bella40-

    Bella40- New commenter

    Thanks everyone for your help. I appreciate it.:)
  8. sparkyuk1000

    sparkyuk1000 New commenter

    Hi @Bella40-
    For us we try hard to provide long sessions of Continuous Provision in between short carpet based sessions. The most formal sessions we have are our phonic lessons (we use Read, Write Inc.). You are welcome to see an example timetable over at http://www.aceearlyyears.com/planning.html. (Apologies to admin if I'm not meant to link to my own site - I did look up the rules, honestly!)
  9. murphymarriott

    murphymarriott New commenter

    This is a really handy thread! We are currently looking at altering our timetable, so finding it useful to know what others are doing. We are a primary international school with quite a lot of specialist teachers, so I am trying to bring them into our world and base them in our space for their teaching time. Quite a challenge as it's been this way for many years, and we're trying to alter a lot of things at once. At least the canvass is blank for now so we will hopefully have an ideal set up from Sept....

    Thank you!
  10. craftyangel49

    craftyangel49 New commenter

    8:50 morning task (name writing practice, tricky words writing...)
    9am register, planning discussion
    9:20-10:10 Continuous provision. During this time CT or TA will do guided reading
    10:10 tidy up
    10:20 review time (sharing what we've learnt this morning)
    10:30 snack and milk (this is a long time but I have a diabetic child who has his bloods done here by my TA who then goes on her break so phonics starts later than the other classes)
    10:55 phonics
    11:15 Continuous provision
    11:40 Literacy lesson with either CT or TA doing guided group during.

    12:15 Lunch

    1:15 Register
    1:20 Maths lesson with either CT or TA doing guided group
    1:45 - continuous provision with another guided reading group
    2:10 tidy up
    2:20 Funky fingers (fine motor practice)
    2:40 assembly
    3:pm story time
    3:15 home.

    I do not like our timetable, there is way too much formal learning and not enough continuous provision for my liking. Do not copy this one!! :) Sillow, I would LOVE your timetable!!

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