Reception

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Please find at the bottom of this page attachments which include updated learning ideas and support from your child's teacher on how to help your child learn at home. 

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Reception Newsletter 2020

A very warm welcome back to all children, parents and carers. We hope you enjoyed your Christmas break. It has been lovely seeing the children again and hearing all of their exciting Christmas news.

We would like to say a huge thank you for all the lovely gifts and cards that the children brought in for us before Christmas. We are very grateful and enormously touched by your kind thoughts and generosity.

This term promises to be yet another busy time for us in Reception and we are pleased to see the children excited about their new learning already.

Topic/Literacy

Our topic this half term is called ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’ When introducing this topic, the children will spend some time deciding what they would like to know about bears and learning about different types of bears, where bears live, what bears eat etc., and this will be included within our planning. After starting this topic, the children will realise that our class bear has gone missing! This will give the children the chance to use their creative imaginations when investigating the disappearance and trying to work out what has happened. During this time, the children will have the opportunity to design ‘Wanted’ posters, interview members of staff and other children and finally, go on our very own bear hunt in the school grounds after receiving a mystery letter. Our topic will continue with the popular story ‘Paddington Bear’ as a launch pad for exploring the setting of London, as well as British Values. As always, we shall follow the children’s natural curiosity and wonder which, as we know, enables purposeful learning. The children will be involved in planning and organising a Teddy Bears’ Tea Party to which all parents are invited. This will be held on Friday 31st January at 2.30pm.

After half-term, we will let our imaginations run wild, as we enter our new topic called ‘Once Upon a Time’, and begin to learn about traditional tales. How exciting! We can’t wait to find out which stories the children would like to learn about and how our new role play area might look. Watch this space!

Reading

Please continue to practise reading and writing any new sounds that appear in your child’s sound book, as well as the green words (which can be decoded using their sounds) and red words (tricky words). Remember that tricky words cannot be sounded out – we just have to remember them and say the letter names.    

 

We will be adding a list of 100 High Frequency Words to your child’s sound folder. These are the first 100 words which are most commonly used in reading books. Reading through these regularly with the children, and practising them, will support their reading ability. Perhaps stick it on the fridge and the children can colour in the words when they are able to recognise them securely.

 

Children will also continue to bring home reading scheme books. All of the above constitutes as ‘reading’ and can be written in their yellow reading record, and will count towards gaining Dojos. Please do not feel that your child has to do all of these each night.

 

Reading books and class picture books are not expected to be changed daily, as reading a book more than once can help with fluency and confidence. All children should continue to read as regularly as possible, to an adult at home, and we ask for this to be recorded in their Reading Diary. This helps us to pick up on anything your child might be struggling with at home. It is amazing how far they progress with regular, short reading sessions! Please try to ask your child lots of questions, as they read to you, and ensure they understand the story and any new words they may come across.

 

Maths

In maths, we will be exploring addition and subtraction calculations; continuing to practise our careful counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 20, solving mathematical problems, ordering and comparing objects by length and revisiting our work on 2D and 3D shape. During our Core Maths sessions, we will also be continuing to develop our basic maths and number skills in order to allow us to become super mathematicians! By the end of the school year, the children need to be confident with recognising, counting and ordering to 20. Can the children spot these numbers in the local environment or around your home?

 

PE

 

The children will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon, with Coach David doing multi-skills sessions. As the weather gets warmer, all lessons may take place outdoors, but we recommend tracksuit/jogging bottoms and a warm fleece/jumper remain in PE bags, as the weather can still be cold.

 

Little feet have grown since September, so please could you check that your child’s plimsolls still fit as lots of them are squeezing toes into them.

 

Please ensure your child has a named, full PE kit in school, including their shoes and plimsolls. Please also double check that their regular school uniform is named.

 

Water bottles

 

Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle to keep in the classroom. This is especially important this term, as we will take the bottles outdoors during PE when the weather warms, and we do not wish the children to go into school unsupervised to use the water fountain.

 

We ask for only water in the water bottles, as any spilt juice or squash attracts ants, and we have some fruit allergies to consider.

 

Show and Tell

 

We will be continuing with our very popular Show and Tell sessions on a Friday. Please refer to the timetable below:

 

24th January Boys
31st January Girls
7th February Boys
14th February Girls
28th February Boys
6th March Girls
13th March Boys
20th March Girls
27th March Boys
3rd April Girls

 

Please feel free to ask for a ‘Wow Bubble’ to record your child’s achievements from home. These will be shared with the class and put into their learning journal.

We hope all the children enjoy their second term in Reception – the year is certainly flying by!

We thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning and development.

If you have anything else you would like to discuss with us, or if you have any questions, please come and speak to us at the end of the school day.

 

If you would like to offer help with reading in class, please send us a note of availability and we will get back to you.

 

The Reception Team

Mrs Turner, Mrs Cook, Miss Harman and Mrs Horton

Attachments:
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