Mrs Faulkner, Mrs Loxton and Mrs John
Welcome to all of our new Reception children and their parents and carers! We are really excited to meet all the children again this week and for them to start their school journey with us.
We have lots of exciting activities planned this half term. This website page will be updated regularly so please check back as we will often post photographs of what we have been doing and there will be notices and updates posted on here. We will also provide links to resources as well as electronic copies of our weekly letters. These weekly letters will stay on the website for two weeks each before they are removed. We also send home a termly information letter which will be uploaded onto the website. If you do have any questions please come and see us at the end of the day or speak to Mrs John on the door in the morning.
Please remember to let us know if someone different if picking your child up at the end of the day. You can either do this in the morning when you drop your child off or you can phone the school directly to let us know.
Our Learning this half term...
This half term we will be starting off by learning all about your child. This will begin during our Induction Meetings when we will be asking you to paint and decorate a box to make it look just like your house. We will also be sending home an 'All About Me' sheet for you to complete with your child so that we can learn more about them.
Over the next few weeks as the children settle in they will begin to learn Phonics sounds. We will send these sounds home for you to help your child practise along with some early reading books. Please spend a few minutes as often as you can practising these as it really helps. We will also be starting our Maths learning where we will be focusing on numbers up to 5. The children will be exploring different ways to make 5, how to begin to recognise numbers and how to solve simple problems using numbers up to 5. They will also be starting to learn to use mathematical vocabulary in full sentences when responding to questions.
A really important aspect of Reception is learning how to interact with others. We will spend lots of time this half term helping the children to build relationships with the staff and other children. The children will be learning all about our rules and routines and they will also be meeting their Year 6 partners for the first time. During the school year Reception will work with their Year 6 partners at different times. The children always love this and enjoy seeing their partners out on the playground and helping them at their tables during lunchtimes.
Communication is really important in Reception so we will be talking with the children about the things they like to do and eat as well as their families and homes and any special events or celebrations such as Harvest time.
The children will be having a PE lesson each Friday and will need black shorts and a white t-shirt in school all the time. We will also be visiting the woods each week. Please provide your child with a pair of jogging bottoms and welly boots so that they can be well covered up in the woods. We have waterproofs available for the children to wear in school but if you wish to send your own in you are welcome to do so.
We will be sending home our first termly letter in the first week back so please read this for more information and check back on here over the next few weeks to see what we have been getting up to in Reception!
This is the link to our Jolly Phonics song. Please take a look at home.
Espresso is a fantastic resource that we use all the time in school. There are lots of games to play and short phonics videos to watch.