We have 2 classes in Reception taught by Miss Barnes and Miss Proctor.
We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and New Year, and a well-deserved rest. We are looking forward to our new term and our exciting new topics!
This half-term, our new topic will be ‘Julia Donaldson.’ Throughout this topic, we will be learning all about the author and the illustrators she works with. We will be exploring the rhyme and rhythm in her stories and will take inspiration for our own writing. We will also be discussing the various settings and characters in her books and these will inspire our indoor and outdoor provision.
We are looking forward to sharing our creative side through lots of different art and crafts activities, such as making paper dolls, creating collages of our favourite characters, creating super worms out of play-dough and baking our own Gruffalo crumble!
In Literacy, we will be listening to and looking at a range of stories and texts based around our topic. We will be continuing to practise our letter formations, and will begin to write short captions and sentences using our phonic knowledge. We will be also be learning lots of new sounds in our Phonics lessons to help with our reading and writing.
In Maths, we will be playing lots of counting games and exploring numbers up to 10 in detail. We will continue to learn number bonds to 5 and 10 and will practise writing these as number sentences. We will learn the names of some 2D shapes and will use these to create our own shape pictures too!
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 reading record. 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 a piece of coloured, laminated card 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!
Challenges- In Reception we have many set challenges for the children to complete by choice. We have a writing/phonics challenge, fine motor 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 sound cards- Once your child starts to learn phonics they will begin to recognise sounds and work on reading words. Your child will learn up to 4 new sounds a week; for each of these sounds they will be provided with a new sound card to go onto their 'keyring.' These keyrings will be kept in their book bags for children to practise at home.
* QUICK REMINDERS *
PE is on a Tuesday and Friday morning, please ensure your child arrives to school in a named PE kit on 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 reading record and reading book.