We would like to welcome you and your child to Reception; starting school is a big step! We know how upsetting it can be for you and your child but we assure you once they are settled they will love what school has to offer.
Throughout the year we will plan activities based on particular themes for example different festivals, in addition to this we will plan activities based upon the children’s interests to optimise their learning across all areas of the curriculum. The topic this half term is ‘All about me’ followed by ‘Autumn’ and ‘Dark and Night’ after half term.
The children will begin learning their phonics this term, they will be taught new letters and sounds each week in a fun way which will involve stories, rhymes, puppets, creative activities and lots more! The children will bring sound sheets home to share with you as we learn the letter sound in school. As a school we use the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach children. You will get some information about this in the upcoming weeks.
Children will need their PE kit in school every day. We will do a PE weekly but we may take the opportunity to do some extra games either inside the classroom or outside, weather permitting. PE will be on MONDAY. We recommend leaving PE kit in school and taking them home at half term to be washed.
OUTDOOR PLAY & THE NATURE AREA
The children are given the opportunity on a daily basis to learn outside as well as inside, therefore, it is important that your child is prepared for this whatever the weather. We recommend that wellington boots and coats are in school daily. Please ensure all items of clothing and footwear are clearly named. We will attend the nature area on a TUESDAY for F2B & WEDNESDAY for F2S.
LIBRARY BOOKS AND READING
Your child will be given the opportunity to bring a library book home every week to share with you. During the first term your child will bring home a reading book for you to share with them. This will be a text-less book with pictures for your child to discuss with you, your child should be encouraged to retell the story by looking at the pictures. By supporting your child with this regularly at home you can make such a difference to the progress your child makes. We ask that your child brings their book to school every day.
SUPPORT AT HOME
We are really encouraging your child to be an independent learner. At home please encourage your child to feed and dress themselves. If they cannot please practise this at home as this will support your child be an independent learner.
Mrs Llewellyn teaches in the butterfly class every Monday as Mrs Livingstone is out of class. Mrs Livingstone is still in school and available should you need to talk to her.
COATS & JUMPERS
Please ensure your child has a coat in school every day as the British weather can never be predicted! Children are outside at lunchtime and will need to wear jumpers and cardigans into the lunch hall.
Useful Websites to support your child:
This half term we have been learning about BONFIRE NIGHT
As part of our Bonfire Night learning, children have been sharing what they know about fireworks. Children have been exploring 3D shapes to make their own rockets!
This term we have been learning about Supertato
Children have enjoyed reading the story of Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.
They have made their own Supertato, wrote about super vegetables, made numicon cities and have hunted for the Evil Pea.