Reception

Spring 2019

Welcome to Reception! We hope you have had a lovely Christmas holiday and are ready for an exciting new term. The first half of the term our topics are Dinosaurs, Jungle animals, sea creatures and Chinese New Year. The following half term we will be looking at Traditional Tales – The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack & the Beanstalk. The last part of the term we will be learning about Space.

In class, we have a daily Read Write Inc. Phonics lesson. We are learning the letter names and sound’s which is helping us to develop our reading and writing skills. Please continue to practise how to say and write these sound’s at home. We are also learning to use Fred Talk to read and spell words; we especially enjoy playing Fred Talk games.

We are very much looking forward to working with you and your children this year. Please feel free to talk to us if you have any questions or concerns about anything to do with your child’s learning. We will be happy to help. We are always available at the end of the day or you could make an appointment through the school office.

The Reception Team 

 HOMEWORK BOOKS and READING BOOKS

Please continue to complete the weekly homework task with your child as this will reinforce what is being learnt in school that week. We also encourage you to contribute any observations or photographs you take with your child which may relate to our topic. We would also love for you to let us know if your child has achieved something special at home, for example, if they have learned how to write their name or ride their bike independently. This can then be shared and celebrated with their peers and teachers. Homework books should be returned on Wednesday by the latest and a new activity will be handed out each Friday.

The children will also continue to take home a new reading book on Wednesdays. Please spend 5-10 minutes reading with your child every night and then write a short comment in their reading record. Discuss the book with your child and encourage them to apply their growing knowledge of letters and sounds. Reading books must be returned by Monday to ensure that your child’s book will be changed for our Guided Reading lessons on Wednesday.

BOOK BAGS

Book bags are a vital link between home and school. Please ensure your child brings their book bag every day. We will use these to send home reading books and important letters. Please check your child’s book bag daily and empty them out.

PE

We enjoy taking part in a PE lesson once a week and this always takes place on a Thursday morning. Please ensure your child has their PE Kit (with all items clearly labelled) on their peg every Thursday and do continue to encourage them to get changed by themselves at home.

TOYS

It is important that the children do not bring in toys from home as they may become upset if they get lost or broken. Although we do not have an allocated Show and Tell time in our timetable, we are thrilled when children bring things from home that are linked with our learning in school, or souvenirs from special days and holidays. We also encourage children to bring special books that they would like to share with the class.