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Reception (RSN & RCH)

The school day starts at 8:45.  The reception day will start with a ‘Stay & Settle’.  Parents and carers are invited, but not expected, to stay and play with the children for the first 20 minutes of the day.  Please let a member of staff know what your child will be having for lunch.  This is a great opportunity to share in your child’s learning and try a task together.  We will start to introduce a challenge activity during this time later in the term.  At 9:05 am we will say goodbye to any adults who have stayed and settle on the carpet for our first learning session.

Week 1

This week, we will be settling in and getting to know each other and the class routines. 

Week 2

This week, we will kick-start our topic with the book Rosie’s Hat by Julia Donaldson.  Children are invited to bring in their favourite hat this week.  We can’t wait to see which hats the children choose ready to wear in our hat parade!  In Phonics, we will be looking at the sounds m, a, s, d & t.

Week 3

This week, we will be thinking about Rosie the Firefighter.  We will be exploring words that rhyme and learning the sounds i, n, p & g.  We will be doing lots of repeating patterns work in our maths. 

Week 4

This week, we will look at the book Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell.  We will be thinking about what babies need.  If you have a baby, and would be willing to come in, we would love to arrange a visit to class so that the children can see a baby and find out what a baby can and can’t do!  We will be exploring 2D shapes and the sounds o, c, k & u. 

Week 5

This week, we will be finding out about our senses.  If you have any spare packets of pasta, rice or porridge oats we would greatly appreciate them for use in our tactile and creative areas this week.  We are also going to make string telephones so we can also make use of your old yoghurts pots!    We will be starting our in-depth number work this week and focusing on 0 and 1.  We will also learn the sounds b, f, e & l. 

Week 6

This week, we will be thinking about likes and dislikes, and about families.  We will be tasting food and baking.  If you are able to donate any fruit or vegetables this week, we will be putting our taste buds to the test and also put the food to good use in the creative area!  We are hoping to visit a local park.  If you are interested in helping with the visit, please talk to a member of staff.  More details to follow. We will be exploring the number 2 and the sounds h, sh, r & j. 

Week 7

This week, we will following on from our work on what we like and dislike; thinking about what animals like to eat.  Children and their grown-ups will also be invited to bring in a pet.  Two of Mrs Norris’ guinea pigs have agreed to come in and the other one is considering his options!  We will be looking at number 3  and learning the sounds v, y, w & th


Please remember to send your child’s book bag every day.  Initially, we will be sending home story books to share.  Please do not expect your child to be able to read these books.  We would love it if you could read the stories to your children and talk about what happened.  Who was in the story?  What was the story about?  Did anything funny happen?  Anything scary?  What was your favourite part and why?  What do you think will happen next?  Doing this helps children to build up essential early reading skills.  You can swap these books as many times as you like throughout the week.  We will be teaching the children phonics every day to build up a knowledge bank of sounds to enable them to start decoding words in their first reading books.  They may already be able to spot some sounds they know in the books.

Wish List

Wish List 

• We would love your recyclable materials for our making area.  Cardboard tubes, yoghurt pots, small boxes and bottle tops are particularly useful.  Please make sure that items are clean and dry.  We have had some smelly milk bottles on occasion!  We can also make good use of scraps of material, wool and ribbons. 

• If you have a spare packet of pasta, rice or corn flour we will put them to good use in our tactile area.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events: 

• Trip to the park, week beginning Monday 8th October. 
 If you are interested in coming as a parent/ carer volunteer please speak to a member of staff. 

Don't forget...

• PE is on Fridays.  Your child will needs a PE kit with shorts, t-shirt and plimsolls.  Please make sure each item is named so that we can attempt to re-unite lost items with your child!  

• Tell us about your child’s ‘Wow!’ moments.  Have they learned to ride a bike? Made progress with swimming?  Spotted numbers on the way home? Written something all by themselves? Read a sign whilst out shopping with you?  Celebrated a special occasion?  We want to hear about their ‘Wow!’ moments so please share them with us!  Look out for the ‘Wow!’ hearts near the reception noticeboards. 

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