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Welcome to Reception (RSJ)



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


 Summer term 2 already- the last half term in Reception! We can't believe how quickly this year is going and how much the children are growing and learning each day! We have lots to look forward to this half term- class trip to Stockley Farm-Monday 16th July, Reception Class Assembly-Friday 29th June 2:30pm and the Summer Fair where the Reception children will perform some of the dances that we have been learning in Dance Club.


Our topic this half term is 'Amazing Animals'. The children have really enjoyed the last two topics so we will continue to use our 'Sutine Story' actions alongside this topic to support their story writing.   We will also have a whole school topic for two weeks starting Summer 2 week 3 on 'Decades' where we will be looking at the future!








The children will be learning all about animal stories, how they are structured, characters and settings. We will also have a large focus on non-fiction books and how to fact find!


In Literacy, during our 'Amazing Animals' topic we will be listening to; Commotion in the Ocean, he Tiger That Came for Tea, Spinderella, Rumble in the Jungle, The Cow That Laid an Egg, Boy and Bot and Peculiar Pets. We will practice re-telling stories, write character descriptions, story maps, write alternative endings to stories, design alternative settings, write letters and design posters.





​In Mathematics, this half term we will focus on doubling, halving and sharing. We will continue to focus on our addition and subtraction skills including finding more than and less than. As always we will focus on other things to keep them fresh in our minds such as time, capacity, teen number recognition and shape. We will consolidate all this year's learning over the last few weeks in Reception. 




In PE, we will continue to look at balancing and rhythm and will be focusing on dancing this half term. 


​ As always, we will continue to have circle time activities where we will focus on our speaking and listening skills. We will continue modelling how to talk in full sentences and use tenses. We will also have a large focus on turn taking and how to lose gracefully!








We were so busy last term. We even started 'Jedi Handwriting' where both Miss Sutton and Mrs Jardine created a special Star Wars themed lesson to help us with our letter formations. We have loved doing this! We will continue to award children each week for Author of the week and Jedi Hand writer. The children are trying so hard!





We also started 'Sutine Stories' last term too which was brought in to help with our story telling and writing. The children are becoming more familiar with the sentence opener actions and have even had a go at using these in their own stories.





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



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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.


Non-Negotiables will continue this half term. We understand that there has been a little confusion in the past so we have put this on the website so that you can access the information at any time. The children need to complete the letter formation sheets in their phonics folders each week and these need to stay in their book bags. (If there are no new sheets in your child's folder this will be a recap week and no sheets will need to be completed) The children will need to read with an adult at least three times a week- once this is done it needs to be marked in the 'Reading Record' side of your child's book so that the adults know. Lastly, the children need to complete their Mathletics assignment each week. If you have any questions please contact us.


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


Writing words

Adult say a word and child to segment the sounds and write them in the correct order

Spelling tricky words

Spotting tricky words in a text

Reading signs

Writing sentences (Show children capital letters, finger spaces between words and a full stop)

Letter formations using the rhymes

Adding small numbers together

Taking away

Counting up in twos

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 



Thank you to all of this term's 'Secret Readers' who we have enjoyed having in our classroom! (If your photo isn't here it will be soon)

Thank you to all of this term's 'Secret Readers' who we have enjoyed having in our classroom! (If your photo isn't here it will be soon) 1

Useful information for parents to know....


Milk and fruit: each afternoon the children reveive 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 have now got their login and password for Mathletics. They will be given a new task each week. 




RSJ Timetable


Monday: Contact books checked
We change our reading books

'I Can' books checked and assessed

Mathletics checked and updated



Tuesday:  Contact books checked

Wednesday: Contact books checked
We do PE today



Thursday: Contact books checked

Phonics homework given and checked

We do PE today


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













PE is on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school for these days.

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 Reading Record, reading book, I Can book and phonics booklet.


Jolly Phonics Phase Two

Jolly Phonics is designed to help children learn the name and sounds of letters. We have put together all the Jolly Phonic songs from Phase Two. Enjoy listening to these songs with your child and ask them to teach you the actions for the individual letters and sounds.

Jolly Phonics Phase Three

Jolly Phonics is a designed to help children learn the name and sounds of letters. We have put together all the Jolly Phonic songs from Phase Three. Enjoy listening to these songs together. Ask your child to write down the different digraphs (2 letters that make 1 sound) and trigraphs (3 letters that make 1 sound) as you hear them!