Mrs Nicholson & Miss Renzulli
'Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.'
J. R. R. Tolkien
Keep looking at our website page for updates on what your child has been doing in Reception and information that you might find helpful to support your child in their learning.
Our topic this half term is 'Plants and Flowers'. The children have already been busy planting beans and are now waiting excitedly for them to grow!
Personal, Social and Emotional
The children will learn how to care for the natural environment. They will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and helped to make the right choices.
Communication and Language
The children will be listening to and responding to stories and songs. We will be encouraging the children to speak with confidence, sharing their thoughts and ideas. With the help of 'Lola' the leopard, the children will also develop an understanding of what makes a good listener.
Some of the stories we will be sharing are 'Jasper's Beanstalk', 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Titch' and 'Oliver's Vegetables'. The children will be encouraged to try and answer questions about the main characters, events and settings and to link the stories to their own experiences. They will have the opportunity to retell stories through role-play and drama. They will also look at a selection of non-fiction books about plants and flowers and the season spring.
The children will be counting forwards and backwards with numbers from 1 to 20. They will be saying, reading, ordering and writing numbers and even counting to 100! In practical activities and discussion, they will continue to work on addition and subtraction and begin to solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing.
In shape, space and measures the children will use mathematical names for 'solid' 3D shapes and will begin to describe their properties. They will compare height and length using language such as, long, short, tall.
Understanding the world
The children will look at different plants and flowers and describe what they see, how they feel and smell. They will find out what makes a plant grow. The children will plant seeds and learn about caring for our classroom plants and flowers.
We are thinking about the events after Easter Sunday and leading up to Pentecost.
How you can help at home
Here are some suggestions of the things you could do at home.
Share lots of books, stories and information books. Ask questions e.g. Who are the characters in the story? What happened at the end of the story?
Go for a walk and notice the plants and flowers. Talk about what you see.
Visit a garden centre or local park.
Plant seeds and see how they grow.
Draw or paint pictures of flowers and plants.
Sing number songs and count out loud to 100!
Any questions then please don't hesitate to ask.
We have been reading the story the Very Hungry Caterpillar, can you find any caterpillars when you are outside?
What other Spring changes can you see?
As our topic is food please talk to your child about different foods. You might want to discuss your favourite foods, the food eaten by various animals or look at recipe books and do some baking, discussing at you are doing throughout baking.
This term our topic is Food. We have started by looking at the story The Gingerbread Man.
The children have been busy making gingerbread men at school!
Take a look at out baking!
This week we have made fox sandwiches because we have been thinking about the Sly fox in ‘The Gingerbread Man’.
Take a look at our baking here!
We are looking forward to you attending the EYFS nativity. We have been practicing very hard and hope you enjoy it.
The dates are:
If you are yet to get your tickets please hurry before you miss out!
We will update the website with photos on Friday!
Thank you already to those who have been practicing lines with their children.
Thank you to all parents and family members who attended the Christmas craft morning. The children were delighted to be participate in the activities with you and created some wonderful crafts.
The morning was very busy with lots of parents and family. We hope you enjoyed yourselves!
As October is the month of the Rosary, and after being inspired by the year 1 class, Reception have also made their own Rosary bracelets. The children can wear their bracelets to school during the month of October. Look at us having fun making the bracelets!
In this first half term the children have settled into class really well, it is so nice to see them all come to school with smiles on their faces! We have had a busy half term with lots of different activities. The children have especially enjoyed baking activities and PE with Mr Cowling! Have a look at some of our class pictures and see what we have been up too!
Ask your child about harvest and discuss with them what harvest is. Talk about the harvset assembly at school and how the children are coming in non uniform to raise money for two very important charities. The children have been learning a song for the harvest assembly - can they sing this to you and practice this?
Remember to encourage talk in full sentences. You might need to prompt your child with ideas to help them to think about what you are discussing.
Reading Books - Your child will bring home a reading book in reception. Please try to read with your child every night. They will keep their reading books for approximately 1 week so be prepared to read the same book several times. The children read at school at least once a week so please keep your child's reading book and reading record in their book bag.
High Frequency / Tricky Words - Your child will bring home a list of words that they need to learn to recognise. These are the words that appear lots in the Oxford Tree Reading books or words that cannot be spelt phonetically. Please practice memorising these words with your child.
Library - The children go to the infant library every Thursday with Mrs Potts, they independently choose a book to borrow, these are for enjoyment that you can read to your child at home or that they may want to look at independently. Please put the library books in your child's book bag every Thursday so your child can change it. Please note - You will incur a fee if you fail to return books or return them damaged.
PE - PE is done with Mr Cowling on a Friday morning and during the week with Mrs Broxson. All children need a PE kit - black pants/shorts, black pumps, white tee shirt at school. The children keep these on their pegs and they will bring them home in the holidays to be washed.
w/b 4th September
Welcome to your new school year. We hope you start to enjoy coming to school to learn about new and exciting things.
Each week there will be a talking challenge for your to talk to your child about at home.
Ask your child about what they have been doing at school, have they enjoyed playing with any particular toys and have they learnt any of their friends names?
Remember to encourage talk in full sentences. You might need to prompt your child with ideas to help them to think about what they have been doing, e.g. Did you play outside? What did you make in the sand pit, did anyone help you etc.
The children learn phonics to learn to read and write. Each week we learn three new sounds. The new sounds we have been learning this week are - 'm' 'a' 's'
Please practice with your child, finding the initial sounds in words, especially with the new sounds they have been learning!
Please use this link to help you practice sound pronunciation correctly at home with your child:
Here is a picture to show you the order in which we will be learning single sounds.