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Hello and welcome to Reception from Mrs Jardine and Miss Barton!

 

 Welcome to Summer Term 2! The last half term of Reception will be very exciting and very busy. We cannot believe how quickly this year is going. This half term we will be thinking about how to get ready for our next school adventure- transition for Year 1 will be focused on throughout the next term. The children will speak about the similarities and differences, worries and concerns, things they are looking forward to and of course we will also be having writing sessions weekly where the children will all sit down for writing at the tables just like Year 1 children! 

 

 

 

 

Our topic this half term is 'Pirates'. The children are so excited about this topic. We will be turning our role play area into a pirate's hideout. Throughout this topic we will learn about pirate stories, continents and oceans, boats, ships and treasure. Along side this, we will also focus on growing plants and vegetables in our garden area. You may want to look at maps at home with your child and see what continents and countries they can learn about .

 

 

 

 

 

In Literacy, we will be listening to The Pirates Next Door, Pirates Love Underpants,  Ten Little Pirates, The Night Pirates, My Granny is a Pirate and a variety of non-fiction books. The children will learn how to use non-fiction books this term and learn different facts. The children will continue to use their phonic knowledge to decode simple words and learn reading strategies to support their word reading and comprehension skills. The children will be using their phonics skills to write fact files, write about pirates , write alternative endings to stories, design their own pirate ship, character descriptions, map writing, story boards and focus on how to write sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will also focus on adjectives and conjunctions to make our writing more exciting. 

 

 

 

 

 

​In Mathematics, this half term we will mainly be focusing on doubling, halving and sharing. These are relatively new concepts to most of the children so we will learn all about these in depth using pictorial representations. We will continue to focus on teen number recognition, addition, subtraction, more than, less than and shapes throughout starters. We will then finish off the year with consolidation of all the concepts taught this year. 

 

 

 

 

In PE, we will continue to focus on bigger ball skills. We will be doing PE on a Tuesday afternoon with Mr Tweedie.

 

​ We will continue to have circle time activities where we will focus on our speaking and listening skills. We will model how to talk in full sentences and use tenses. We will also have a large focus on turn taking and how to lose gracefully! This half term we will also focus on how to handle situations and negotiate with others. We will also ensure that the children have the opportunity to talk about any worries and concerns about Year 1 each week and how to overcome these fears. 

 

 

 

 

 

All the important information can be found at the bottom of our page...

 

 

Important date to remember- Reception Class trip- Blue Planet Aquarium Thursday 18th July (arrive to school at 8:45 this day) 

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We would like to say a massive thank you to all of the parents that have donated items for our outdoor area- including a fantastic mud kitchen sign! We really appreciate everyone's time and generosity.- The outdoor area will continue to be worked on over the next half term- we are still wanting the following things:

tyres

baskets 

plant pots 

mini green house stands with covers

coffee table 

tree stumps

barrels 

pebbles

large shells

pine cones 

 

 

You can find our topic webs at the bottom of the page to find out more. this half term's topic web will be at the bottom of the page soon.

 

 

If you are wondering what kind of activities to do at home to help your child's learning here are some ideas. 

 

Writing words and simple sentences 

Adult say a word and child to write it

I Spy 

Letter formations

Story writing

Adding small numbers together

Taking away

Sharing and halving 

Doubling numbers 

Counting up to ten

Matching numerals with objects

Missing number washing line game- hang up numbers, child to close eyes and adult to take a number away- what is missing? 

Number splat (Online game)

Learning the alphabet

Coin recognition 

Shape recognition 

 

 

 

 

Useful information for parents to know....

 

Milk and fruit: Each afternoon the children receive a drink of milk. The government provide 1/3 of a pint free for each child each day until they are 5 years old. During the afternoon each day we also have a fruit or vegetable snack, this again is a government initiative where all children in the Reception and Infant classes have a healthy snack.

 

 

 


Homework: Reading is our key homework focus in Reception. Please read with your child on a regular basis and note in his/her contact book any comments. As well as reading your child's school reading books with them also spend time with your child sharing favourite stories and books from home. 
High Frequency Words: In addition to reading books we also send home different lists of words that appear most frequent in children's literature. Please help your child to learn to read these words. Some of them will be on key rings and you can help your child to blend and sound out these words. Other High Frequency Words will be on bookmarks and we call these the 'Tricky' words; please help your child to learn these words from sight without sounding out the sounds. When the children know all of these words they are able to read much quicker and more fluently meaning they can gain a lot more pleasure from reading!

Mathletics:The children will be given a Mathletics password once they are settled into school.

 

Star Assembly- This is an assembly where each class teacher chooses a child which has stood out for a particular reason. This may be using good manners, being a kind friend, showing resilience and many other things. Each Reception child will have a turn at this.

Secret Reader- This is where we invite parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties or any other family member into our class to read to the children on a Friday afternoon. A letter will be sent out to explain this further.

Jedi Writer Award- This is an award given in class by the Reception Teachers. It is awarded to a child that has been trying hard with their fine motor skills and using the correct pencil grip. The teacher’s will observe the children in handwriting lessons and choosing times and a child will be awarded on a Friday afternoon.

Class Bear- This year there is going to be a class bear which the children will take it in turns to take home. We would love to hear all about his adventures. Please don’t think that he needs to visit anywhere too exciting- he loves to have sleepovers, eat popcorn and play with children’s toys!

Author Award- This award will start when the children have started developing their writing skills. Children that have a go at the story writing challenge will be picked out of a hat at the end of the week and will receive a prize.

Challenges- In Reception we have many set challenges for the children to complete by choice. We have a writing challenge, fine motor challenge, reading challenge and maths challenge. Each of these are targeted to the child’s interests. Once a child completes a challenge they will put their name into the challenge pot (the more times they do it the more chance they have of winning) and the teachers will pick out a name randomly at the end of the week.

Phonics folders- Once your child starts to learn phonics they will begin to recognise sounds and work on reading words. Your child will learn 4 new sounds a week; for each of these sounds they will be given a letter formations sheet to complete at home. If there are no new sounds in your child’s folder this will be a recap week so there is no need to worry about filling them in. There will be a reading afternoon for parents to explain phonics further.

Tricky words and blendable key rings- Your child will be given a bookmark with tricky words on to learn at home. They will also be given a key ring with words to blend on.

Non- Negotiables- Please ensure that you read 3 times and week with your child and record it in their contact book. Please also complete he phonics sheets in their folders. If you child completes all of their homework they will receive a reward at the end of each term. The children will be given 10 chances of a term- as we are starting this on a half term they will be given 5 chances out of 7. 

 

 


R Timetable

 

Monday: Contact books checked
We change our reading books

'I Can' books checked and assessed

 

 

Tuesday:  Contact books checked
PE today

Wednesday: Contact books checked
 

 

Thursday: Contact books checked

 

 

 

Friday: Contact books checked
We change our reading books
'I Can' books checked and assessed

Phonics homework given and checked

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

   

 

 

 

* QUICK REMINDERS *
 

 

PE is on a Tuesday afternoon, please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school for this day.



Please send your child into school everyday with a named water bottle.



Book bags need to be named and in school everyday containing your child's contact book, reading book, I Can book and phonics booklet.

 

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