Reception 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Reception 2023-24
Welcome to Reception 2023-2024
Happy New Year! Welcome back to our Reception class page which we hope continues to me useful to you throughout the year. We will regularly update the page with notices of forthcoming events and general messages. It will also include the areas of learning that we will be covering and activities that you might want to try at home to help support your child's learning.
Spring Term 1
This term will again be packed full of exciting learning opportunities for our classes that will build upon prior learning and the good routines and relationships that have already been established.
Dates for your Diary -
Stay & Play sessions - come and join us to play in our classroom on the following dates...
Robins - Thursday 14th March 2-3pm
Kingfishers - Thursday 9th May 2-3pm
PE - This happens every Thursday and children need to come into school wearing PE Kit (plain black/navy shorts or joggers/leggings and a plain white tshirt and school jumper or sweatshirt). Children also need trainers which are suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Snack & Drinks We provide the children with milk, water and fruit for snack. Please don't send in any food for your child (unless it is for their lunch). Your child can bring a bottle of water into school each day but NOT juice. We also have children in Reception with severe nut allergies - please DON'T send in any products that contain NUTS. If your child has grapes in their packed lunch please make sure they are cut in half as they can be a chocking hazard.
Clothing & Belongings Please label all items of clothing, footwear and belongings. We have 60 children in class and it is very difficult to find missing items, especially when they are not labelled.
Photographs If possible please send in a photograph (via email or hard copy) of your front door or house- for our 'Understanding the World' topic 'Homes'.
Wellies The children use the outdoor area just as much as the indoor. As the weather gets wetter, the children need to wear wellies when playinging outside to avoid their shoes getting wet. Please send in a labelled pair of wellies that can be kept in school until the end of the year if your child not done so already.
'Foodie Friday' We will be making our own hummous as we explore Turkey as a country of interest. Using our 'Favourite Five' books again as inspiration there will be hot chocolate, porridge and mashed potatoes being made!
Identity Box The children are really enjoying this opportunity to share and talk about things that are special to them. Please help your child to fill the box with items which represent and reflect their identity and send it in for us to share.
Story and Knowledge Boxes We have beautiful sharing boxes that contain high-quality texts and various treats inside. One child from each class will take a box home weekly and the idea is that you share the text together. Please support your child with their illustration/fact after reading the information book. We would love to see photos of your children reading these books at home and tell us any comments they make about what they've read.
Maths is everywhere in our classroom inside and outside!
Counting is a skill we do throughout the year and it's great for you to count together with your child, just for fun. You can help your child to learn to count by making counting a fun part of your day. You might count the steps as you walk up them or the buses as they go by. This helps children begin to move towards matching one thing at a time with the number as they say it. Count socks as you sort them; count the juice boxes in your refrigerator; count the cars and buses going by. The more experience children have with counting, the more they will learn the meaning of numbers. Understanding the meaning of numbers takes experience with counting lots of things, and you can help by giving your child this experience regularly.
We continue to have a big focus on numbers 1-5 this half-term and will be also be beginning to explore different ways to represent numbers 6-10, using our fingers, doing actions and collecting objects. This will lead to children finding out one more and one less of numbers from 1-10. The children will be identifying, naming and exploring 3-D shapes. Follow this link for activities to do at home to support your child -
We continue follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds phonic scheme of work. Please keep practising the letter sounds and tricky words we sent home at half-term. This is so important as the pace of the scheme is fast and the children will continue to learn new letter sounds and tricky words this half-term.
New letter sounds to be taught this half-term - ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, oo, ar or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, er. Words with double letters - dd, mm, tt, bb, rr, gg, pp, ff.
The tricky words we will learn to read on-sight are - was, you, they, my, by, all, are, sure, pure.
Your child will be bringing home a reading book and it is essential that you listen/support them to read this every day. Please record a comment in the reading record each time you listen to to your child.
There are lots of fun phonic games online that are free and can also support learning. Some of the ones we use in school include PhonicsBloom, Phonics Play and Top Marks phonics.
The questions we will be investigating this half-term include 'How do you celebrate special times?' and 'Why do people of faith have special celebrations?' The children will explore the story of Pentecost and talk about feelings associated with special times, festivals and celebrations.
Our Favourite Five
Books are at the centre of everything we do. We love books in Reception! Each half-term we focus on five different texts to get to know them really well. We read them many times together and act them out with story props. We also use story maps to help retell the story. Throughout the year, via this page, we will show you the story maps so you can retell them at home too.
Here are 'Our Favourite Five' books for this half term :-
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - First Readers
Supertato by Sue Hendra
Building a Home by Polly Faber and Keas Fahlin
One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth
Suddenly by Colin McNaughton
Open Door Policy
We love to communicate with YOU the parent. If you have any worries or questions please come and talk to us at the door, at drop off or collection time. Also we have a class email address that you can contact us on directly:
https://firstname.lastname@example.org/ - This is the email address if your child is in the Kingfisher class (Mrs Olsen & Mrs Williams).
https://email@example.com/ - This is the email address if your child is in the Robin's class (Mrs White).
Many thanks for your continued support.
The Reception Team
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