Reception

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A very successful day!

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Summer Term 2

Welcome back to Reception for summer term 2! It was fantastic to see so many children dressed up as mini beasts for our ‘wow day’. This half term the focus is on children securing their early learning goals. We have a lot of exciting opportunities planned for children to participate in, including a teddy bears picnic and a trip to Tropical Wings (Monday 12th June).

Topic

Our theme for this term is ‘going green’. Children will have the opportunity to explore mini beasts. We will be learning new vocabulary which we will be using in our writing.   We are also learning about how to care for the environment and look after living things. We will also be revisiting healthy eating and what it means to make a positive choice. We are supporting children to ask questions and be inquisitive.

Children are securing early learning goals through topic sessions in music, expressive art and design, circle time, ask it and understanding the world.

Literacy

This term it is our expectation that children are able to independently write a sentence. We will be focusing on supporting children to do this. Children have continued to make pleasing progress in Read, Write, Inc. and are on their way to make their end of year goals.  

Please help to consolidate this learning at home by encouraging your child to independently complete homework every week and practice RED words daily.  It is expected that children can read and write RED words to meet their end of year goals.

The books we will be studying in core text for this half term are: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, Commotion in the Ocean and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

We encourage you to please read with your child each night and sign their purple reading log.

Maths

This term we will be covering a variety of topics including halving, doubling, pattern making, shapes and capacity. Please support your child with their learning by completing the weekly homework with them, each week links with the topic we are covering in class.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term we will be consolidating the skills we have been working on all year. We are developing a range of skills, particularly conflict resolution.

Reminders

Hot weather

Please ensure your child brings a hat to wear and comes to school wearing sunscreen in the morning.

Drink bottles

Please encourage children to bring in a named drink bottle with water only in them. Teachers fill up the water bottles when they are empty and encourage them to drink regularly.

PE

Please ensure that your child comes to school with a labelled PE kit ready for our PE sessions.

Homework

Ensure your child is doing their homework weekly and that it is handed in by Wednesday. It is your child’s responsibility to put it in the homework box so that it can be marked and new homework stuck in. This is vital in consolidating the learning they do at school.

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Summer Term 1

Topic

Our theme for this term is ‘Dinosaurs’. We are looking forward to seeing the knowledge which the children will bring to the topic. There are going to be plenty of opportunities for children to be engaged in literacy and numeracy based activities. We can’t wait to see the excitement, curiosity and love of learning this topic will ignite within the children.

This half term we will continue with sessions in music, expressive art and design, circle time, ask it and understanding the world.

Literacy

The children have been becoming accustomed to Read, Write, Inc. We are very pleased with the progress we have seen throughout the year so far. Please help to consolidate this learning at home by completing homework and practicing RED words.

We will continue to have a daily core text session this half term, which will be planned around our topic books. Our topic books for this half term are: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs visit the museum, Queens knickers, Mad about dinosaurs, Dinosaurs love underpants.

We encourage you to please read with your child each night and sign their purple reading log.

Maths

This term we will be extending on children’s prior knowledge and skills! We will be exploring many different areas of math. Some of these include time, addition, subtraction, shape, money and numicon.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Throughout this term we are developing our skills when working as a team. We are also exploring ways we can be a good friend and build relationships with our peers.  

Reminders:

Winter weather:

Please remember that it is important for your child to bring a hat, scarf, gloves, coat/jacket all labelled. You are also welcome to put a spare change of clothes in your childs PE kit.

Drink bottles:

Please feel free to bring in named drink bottles with water only in them. Juice is not appropriate in reception. 

Wet play:

Please bring in a suitable waterproof coat and wellington boots so that your child can take part in all experiences outside, whatever the weather.

Book bags:

Please ensure your child brings these in each day to reception and that they go home each night. We do put important letters and notices in there most days.

PE:

Please ensure that your child comes to school with a labelled PE kit ready for our PE sessions.

If you have any concerns/questions please do not hesitate to see a teacher or make an appointment if necessary.

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Spring Term 2

Topic: Take a Picture

Welcome back to Reception for Spring term 2! This term we will be continuing to develop our fluency in numeracy and extending our writing. We are looking forward to seeing the progress that the children make.

Thank you for your support in saying goodbye to your child at the door, we have been able to make a swift start to our learning!

Last half term we were so proud of the way reception behaved on the school trip to the Natural History Museum in London. This half term we are hopeful that we can go on another school trip, more information to come!

Topic

Our theme for this term is ‘Take a picture’. Children are going to be learning more about African culture.  There are going to be plenty of opportunities for children to be engaged in literacy and numeracy based activities.

This half term we will continue with sessions in music, expressive art and design, circle time, ask it and understanding the world.

Literacy

We are very pleased with the progress we have seen throughout the year so far. Children will continue to demonstrate their red word knowledge each week. Remember this is a challenge between classes. May the best class win!

We will continue to have a daily core text session this half term, which will be planned around our topic books. Our topic books for this half term are: We’re going on a lion hunt, A is for Africa, and Handa’s Hen.

We encourage you to please read with your child each night and sign their purple reading log.

Maths

This term we will be extending on children’s prior knowledge and skills! We will be exploring many different areas of math. Some of these include halving, weight and measurement, money, positional language, addition and subtraction.

Physical development

This term the children will have the opportunity to participate in exciting PE sessions in the school hall. We will be looking at balancing, creating movements and skills needed in team games. Please take note of your child’s class day and have their PE kit in school for this day.

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Reminders

Clothing

Please make sure that all clothing is labelled. You are also welcome to put a spare change of clothes in your child’s PE kit. We have accumulated so much lost property so please ask a teacher to look through this.

Drink bottles

Homework needs to be handed in on Wednesday into the purple homework boxes. These are then distributed again on Fridays.

Book bags

Please ensure your child brings these in everyday to reception and that they go home each night. We do put important letters and notices in there most days. It is your child’s responsibility to change their reading book regularly.

Attendance

This half term we will be continuing with our attendance challenge. Remember if your child is at school every day at the end of the week they get a reward. Please note that if your child is not at school their learning is severely impacted.

Check the website for important dates.

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Spring Term 1

Topic: Dinosaurs

Welcome back to Reception for Spring term 1! We are very excited about the learning and activities we have planned. We are looking forward to seeing the progress that the children make.

It is important to remember that we are encouraging independence, and would appreciate a swift farewell at the door so that learning is not interrupted.

This term we will be going on a school trip to the Natural History Museum in London.

Topic

Our theme for this term is ‘Dinosaurs’. We are looking forward to seeing the knowledge which the children will bring to the topic. There are going to be plenty of opportunities for children to be engaged in literacy and numeracy based activities. We can’t wait to see the excitement, curiosity and love of learning this topic will ignite within the children.

This half term we will continue with sessions in music, expressive art and design, circle time, ask it and understanding the world.

Literacy

The children have been becoming accustomed to Read, Write, Inc. We are very pleased with the progress we have seen throughout the year so far. Please help to consolidate this learning at home by completing homework and practicing RED words.

We will continue to have a daily core text session this half term, which will be planned around our topic books. Our topic books for this half term are: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs visit the museum, Queens knickers, Mad about dinosaurs, Dinosaurs love underpants.

We encourage you to please read with your child each night and sign their purple reading log.

Maths

This term we will be extending on children’s prior knowledge and skills! We will be exploring many different areas of math. Some of these include time, addition, subtraction, shape, money and numicon.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Throughout this term we are developing our skills when working as a team. We are also exploring ways we can be a good friend and build relationships with our peers.  

Physical development

During this term the children will continue to have the opportunity to participate in exciting PE sessions in the school hall. This term we are focusing on independently dressing and undressing in a timely manner. It is crucial that all of the clothing in your childs PE kit is fully labeled with their name.

The children are continuing to engage with ‘disco dough’ and have already demonstrated increased strength in their hands. Providing experiences at home which promote fine motor movements, such as cutting and writing will create a great link and help your children to further develop these highly important skills in writing at school.  

Reminders:

Winter weather

Please remember that it is important for your child to bring a hat, scarf, gloves, coat/ jacket all labelled. You are also welcome to put a spare change of clothes in your childs PE kit.

Drink bottles

Please feel free to bring in named drink bottles with water only in them. Juice is not appropriate in reception. 

Wet play

Please bring in a suitable waterproof coat and wellington boots so that your child can take part in all experiences outside, whatever the weather.

Book bags

Please ensure your child brings these in each day to reception and that they go home each night. We do put important letters and notices in there most days.

PE

Please ensure that your child comes to school with a labelled PE kit ready for our PE sessions.

If you have any concerns/questions please do not hesitate to see a teacher or make an appointment if necessary.

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Parent & Child session

We had a very successful Parent and Child session throughout the Reception classes. It was very exciting having families join us for the afternoon to see what learning we have been doing throughout the half term and for parents to get involved in a special activity.

Parents commented:  

"Reuben really enjoyed showing me around all the class rooms, and the activities planned to take part in was very well planned out - a great hour. Looking forward to the next one it's always great to spend time with my child."

"Really enjoy these sessions. All was really well planned and activities set out were good. Well done reception staff - all work really hard and children all seemed happy."

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Autumn Term 2

Topic: People who help us in the community

Welcome back to another exciting and very busy half term in Reception! We have lots of fun and engaging learning opportunities for the children to explore.

We are so proud of the children settling into their school routine and demonstrating that they are excited and motivated to learn. It is important to remember that we are encouraging independence, and would appreciate a swift farewell at the door so that learning is not interrupted.

This term we will be going on a school trip to the local library as well as having a special visitor from the local community.

Topic

Our theme for this term that we are already underway exploring is ‘People who help us within the community’. We will be researching a variety of people who help us within the school and wider community. These include the head teacher, dinner lady, caretaker and cleaning staff.

This half term the children are going to be engaged in more formal learning with sessions in music, expressive art and design, circle time, ask it and understanding the world. We are also looking forward to planning and performing our Christmas performance.

Literacy

This term we will be continuing with Read, Write, Inc. It has been encouraging to see many children making pleasing progress. To continue to support your child with this we encourage you to also revisit the new sound in the home environment so they can consolidate this new learning.

We will continue to have a daily core text session this half term, which will be planned around our topic books. Our topic books for this half term are: Mr Large in Charge, The people who help us book and The Jolly Postman.

We encourage you to please read with your child each night and sign their purple reading log.

Maths

This term we will be extending on children’s prior knowledge and skills! We will be using numicon as a tool to assist teaching numbers to 30. We are challenging the children to enjoy exploring numbers and understanding that numbers are everywhere in the environment.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term we are going to be focusing on the importance of having great learning behaviours within reception. This includes working as a team and building friendships.  

Physical development

Our reception environment offers a wide range of physical development opportunities. During this term the children will have the opportunity to participate in exciting PE sessions in the school hall. During these sessions we are still focusing on the importance of taking responsibility for dressing and undressing and also keeping active. We are aiming to improve the children’s efficiency in doing so.

The children will also be exposed to opportunities such as ‘disco dough’ which aims to develop the strength in their hands. Providing experiences at home which promote fine motor movements, such as cutting and writing will create a great link and help your children to further develop these highly important skills in writing at school. 

Reminders

Winter weather

As you are well aware, the weather is starting to change and the colder weather has set in. It is important for your child to bring a hat, scarf, gloves, coat/ jacket all labelled.

Also a change of spare clothes is important.

Drink bottles

Please feel free to bring in named drink bottles with water only in them. Juice is not appropriate in reception. 

Wet play

Please bring in a suitable waterproof coat and wellington boots so that your child can take part in all experiences outside, whatever the weather.

Book bags

Please ensure your child brings these in each day to reception and that they go home each night. We do put important letters and notices in there most days.

PE

Please ensure that your child comes to school with a labelled PE kit ready for our PE sessions.

If you have any concerns/questions please do not hesitate to see a teacher or make an appointment if necessary.

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Autumn Term 1

Welcome everybody to an exciting first half term! What a pleasure it has been welcoming all our new friends and families in to reception. We understand it isn’t always easy leaving your precious children with us, especially if they are a little upset as you leave. But please be assured it doesn’t take them long to get engaged in the stimulating reception environment. This term we will be promoting children’s independence and encouraging them to come into the class room on their own and be ready to begin their learning.  We would appreciate your support in this by making the goodbyes nice and prompt so learning does not get interrupted.

Topic

Our theme for this term that we are already underway exploring is ‘Me, me me!’. We will be looking into what makes us unique and celebrating that we are all special individuals.

We will be investigating self- portraits and will be paying particular attention to detail; including the position of the features on our faces, their size and colour.  This will spark an important discussion around feelings and emotions. We feel it is important for children to be able to express how they are feeling so by teaching the vocabulary we will enable them to do so. 

Literacy

This term we will be continuing with read, write, inc for those children that have transitioned from the nursery which will be differentiated depending on what their level of understanding is. For the new children we will be beginning to introduce this phonics programme by introducing a new sound a day. To support your child with this we encourage you to also revisit this new sound in the home environment so they can consolidate this new learning.

We will have a daily core text session which will be planned around our topic books, This is an opportunity for children to enjoy a high quality story session with opportunities for teachers to model writing. We will be encouraging children to use their phonic knowledge in their own writing during independent learning time. Our topic books for this half term are: Owl Babies,Cleversticks, Handa’s Surprise and Shopping Basket.

We will also be having a real focus on the importance of reading and how we need to care for our books. Children have been becoming familiar with important book conventions such as how to hold the book up the right way, which way to turn the page, who an author and illustrator are, predicting what will happen next in the story and being able to recall events that took place after reading a book. We encourage you to please read with your child each night and sign their purple reading log. Children must experience pleasure and interest from reading and in order for them to choose to read themselves from the earliest stages, they must be fully involved in the reading process.

Maths

In reception we have two maths sessions a day. One is number basics which is before lunch and the other is a maths session straight after lunch. Number basics supports children with skills such as counting up, on and backwards, number bonds and problem solving. The session straight after lunch is a maths session with differentiated learning opportunities in smaller groups.

This term we will be supporting children to have an interest in maths as we know maths is all around us! We will be particularly focusing on children’s number knowledge to 20 and number recognition. We know the reception children will master this very quickly so we are looking forward to introducing further challenges.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This term we are going to be focusing on the importance of having great learning behaviours within reception. This will include teaching children expectations and routines of the day. We will be empowering children to have a strong sense of belonging in our classroom. We will also be talking a lot about the importance of friends and how we should be interacting with them; including gentle and kindness, sharing and introducing the class rules. The environment has many opportunities for children to collaborate, share dialogue, speech and foster relationship building. At home you could play board games, or encourage your child to talk about what they like at school and who their friends are.

Physical development

Our reception environment offers a wide range of physical development opportunities. We have been fortunate to have our outdoor area extended with a lovely grassed area which we look forward to using. The climbing apparatus just outside our reception yard will be used by reception children in small groups. This will support children to develop their gross motor skills which we know is so important. During this term children will have the opportunity to participate in exciting PE sessions in the school hall. During these sessions we will be focusing on the importance of taking responsibility for dressing and undressing and also keeping active. The children will have many opportunities to practice their cutting skills and manual dexterity by bead threading and using the tweezers to pick up smaller objects. Having experiences such as this on offer at home will create a great link and help your children to further develop these highly important skills in writing. 

Reminders

Clothing

Please ensure you clearly label every single piece of clothing, including coats. Also a change of spare clothes is important.

Drink bottles

Please feel free to bring in named drink bottles with water only in them. Juice is not appropriate in reception.  

Wet play

Please bring in a suitable waterproof coat and wellington boots so that your child can take part in all experiences outside, whatever the weather.

Book bags

Please ensure your child brings these in each day to reception and that they go home each night. We do put important letters and notices in there most days.

PE

Please ensure that your child comes to school with a labelled PE kit ready for our PE sessions.

If you have any concerns/questions please do not hesitate to see a teacher or make an appointment if necessary.

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