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Welcome to Reception

The Reception Team:
Miss Brunt RB

Miss Taylor RT

Mrs Bate

Mrs Price

Mrs Davenport (Friday)

Our topic for this half-term is
Marvellous Me

General Reminders

Water Bottles and Book Bags
Please could you ensure that your child brings a named water bottle and a book bag to school every day.

If you haven't already could you please provide a pair of wellies with your child's name in to leave in school.

Important Dates:
11th and 12th October - Parents Evening

31st October  (8.30am) - Breakfast Morning

2nd November (9.05am) - Reading Meeting

15th November - Environmental Walk

24th November - Non Uniform Day for Christmas Fayre

8th December (3.30pm) - Christmas Fayre (after school)

14th December - Christmas Performance (pm)

15th December - Christmas Performance (am)

20th December - Christmas Party (pm)

22 December (3.25pm) - Break up for Christmas 


Please keep a close watch on the information below regarding the curriculum and key dates as it is regularly updated.


We will be beginning phase two of the Letters and Sounds Programme this half term. The children will learn the letter sounds, tricky words, segmenting skills, blending skills and letter formation. Phonics homework will be issued on a Friday. It is not necessary to return this homework to school unless you would like it to be marked and then returned back to you; nevertheless it is still important that it is completed to embed key skills taught during the week at school.

In Literacy this term we will be acting out the 'Rama and Sita' story when we learn all about Diwali. The children will learn the 'Funny Bones' song in order to help us label our body parts. Through 'Talk for Writing' teaching strategies, we will be learning to orally retell 'The Little Red Hen' story  and undertake writing of words, captions and sentences. The children will undertake a senses walk and will read the story 'What can I See;, to support learning about the 5 senses. In order for the children to gain a better understanding of a healthy lifestyle, they will find information (facts) about being healthy through exploring non-fiction texts (contents page, index and captions). The Christmas Story will be a key focus. The children will have opportunities to order, write about and retell the Christmas Story and learn about the importance of all the characters. Throughout this term the children will have many opportunities to be involved within a variety of writing opportunities with support form all the adults, inside and outside the classroom. We will continue to focus on blending and segmenting skills, letter formation and recognition, as well as reinforcing phonic fingers, finger spaces and full-stops. 

This half term we will be developing the children's number knowledge. The children will be involved in activities that develop their counting skills, recognition of numbers, ordering numbers up to twenty and beyond. They will also be taught key concepts to develop their calculation skills, such as understanding of one more and less of a given number, adding and subtracting of two single digits, doubling and halving and counting in tens and twos.To aid this we will be using the Numicon resources and teaching strategies.


Understanding the World
Our focus this half term is Marvellous Me. We will be learning all about our body and how to keep it healthy. The children will take part in  'Healthy Week' and be involved in lots of physical activities, making healthy food and gaining an understanding of how keeping ourselves clean and rested contributes to being healthy. These activities will also support the children's knowledge and understanding of why our senses are important, the impact exercise has on our body and undertake an experiment on why it is important to brush our teeth. The children will also have the opportunity to use the computers in the ICT suite to complete simple programs that support current learning, draw their portraits on 2simple and create bonfire pictures. 


Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children will be involved within a weekly small group circle time. This term the focus is on rules which is linked to the 'British Values' scheme. This begins with the children thinking about what rules are, why we need them, coming up with rules for the classroom and thinking about rules they follow at home and in different places (in the car). The children will have the opportunities to express their ideas and thoughts and any feeling or worries they may have. 


Physical Development
In PE will be developing the children's knowledge of hazards, safety in the hall and listening skills in a different environment. We will begin P.E this term by undertaking a range of games that involve the children using their listening skills. Once those skills have been developed we will then introduce equipment and focus on moving in a range of ways and balancing skills. The key focus for this term will be to encourage ALL the children to dress and undress independently, this usually takes a number of weeks. There will be lost shorts, t-shirts and pumps, so please ensure all P.E kit is named.  

Expressive Arts and Design
This term the children will have opportunities to create portraits, Autumn collages, Diwali Rangoli patterns, Bonfire pictures, Christmas cards and calendars. The children will also undertake dancing for Diwali and for the Christmas play. Music is taught weekly and encourages the children to learn about patterns in music and rhythms. 

Wow, what an exciting term ahead it will be!

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