Reception

Autumn Term 

 

Welcome

Welcome to Reception! We hope you have had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for an exciting year in big school! This half-term our topic is Marvellous Me and we will be talking about what makes each and every one of us special. We will be looking at who lives in our house, the cultures in our class, as well as how to be a kind friend. We will enjoy reading and responding to stories such as Elmer, The Ugly Duckling, The Very Selfish Crocodile and The Enormous Turnip. Through these stories, we will learn key personal, social and emotional skills, such as kindness, sharing, team work, and caring for others.

In addition to this we will enjoy investigating the change in seasons and will embark upon lots of nature walks around the school grounds. Please feel free to add any special objects you find, such as conkers, acorns and leaves, to our special collection in school. We particularly enjoy using these objects to create wonderful pieces of art work, such us leaf printing and autumn collages.

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. In order to understand the way we teach phonics further, we would love to invite you into school for a Phonics Workshop where your child will teach you their favourite games. This will take place during the week beginning Monday 17th October. Keep an eye on the Friday News for final dates and times.

After half-term we will be learning about the people who help us in the community. We will enjoy finding out about the role of a fire fighter, a police officer, a postman, a doctor and a nurse. We are especially excited about Fire Safety week when we will be making firework paintings using salad spinners, paint and glitter, as well Diwali diva lamps using clay. In addition to this, we will be learning how to Stop, Drop and Roll and Get Down, Get Low, Get Out! Please speak to a member of staff if you know somebody who works in one of these sectors because we would love to receive a visit from them!

As we move into December, we will begin to learn about The Christmas Story and we will even put on our own Nativity performance for our family to come and see! To add to the excitement, we will be inviting our parents into Reception for a Stay and Play session to make Christmas crafts together.  The children cannot wait to show you around their classroom! The time and date of this event will be confirmed nearer the time (week beginning: Monday 12th December).

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 each week. 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 Friday to ensure that your child’s book will be changed for our Guided Reading lessons on Mondays.

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.