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Reception (RSN & RCH)

We are excited about our Celebrations topic this half term. You will be receiving a celebration postcard to fill in about your special family celebrations.
We are always looking for additional resources in school. We will be developing the mud kitchen this half term. This will link to imaginative play, helping the children to explore the world, develop language, work collaboratively and build friendships. They will be using their senses along with making links to maths and literacy; for example, reading menus and writing about what they have made, found and counted. If you have any old/unwanted kitchen items at home we would be grateful to use them at school. We apologise in advance for any muddy clothes! Remember that school uniform is worn to save your other clothes from damage and that the children will be learning a lot from their messy play.
We are planning a visit from Postman Wilson, who will give us a talk, about his job. We will keep you updated. We hope to have a visit from the fire services. This will compliment the fire safety work we have been doing with our children.

Week 1

Last week we started our topic of ‘Celebrations’ by discussing bonfire night, and fire safety. We had hot chocolate, sang songs and had a sparkler race!
We spent a week exploring the number 4 which we will continue to do in more depth next week.
We have split into new phonics groups this week based on their current reading ability. Their phonics teaching will be tailored to their exact needs. The groups are fluid and children will move into more challenging groups if they are ready to.

Week 2

This week we will be reading the story of ‘Rama and Sita’ and discussing Diwali; the ‘celebration of light.’ We will continue to explore the number 4. We will make a giant poppy by dressing up in red clothes to think about Armistice day. Mr Jenkins will sing a beautiful song about a young soldier to us. It will probably bring a tear to our eye!

Week 3

This week we will be looking at how birthdays are celebrated. We shall be making a party shopping list as one of our writing activities. We will be designing and decorating a biscuit, party hats and organising a party for Pop and Pip (our class fairies). Please feel free to send in any birthday related photos or cards for us to look at. We will explore the number 5.

Week 4

This week is all about weddings! We shall be finding out about how different cultures celebrate weddings. If you can send in any wedding photos or bring in your wedding dress, that would be wonderful! We promise to look after your precious items. The children are going to write their wedding acceptance cards to the wedding reception that we plan to hold in the dining hall . We will continue to explore the number 5.

Week 5

This week we are going to be finding out about family celebrations. Come prepared to tell us about a special occasion in your family. It could be a christening, a get-together with your relatives or just a lovely day out. Come and share it. We shall be exploring the number 6.

Week 6

This week we will be practising a lot for our Nativity, “Born in a barn.” We will be learning about the Nativity story in class. This will help the children to understand why Christmas is celebrated and will give them the background information for our performance. We will continue with our work on number 6.

Week 7

This week we will be celebrating Christmas. We will learn about how Christmas is celebrated around the world and have our own Christmas party.
We will be focusing on number 7.
Our performance dates are the 12th and 13th of December.

Week 8

Finally, in Week 8, we shall be continuing with the theme of Christmas. We shall have our Reception and Year 1 family craft day on Tuesday 18th December and our Christmas party on Thursday 20th December. Come in your party clothes!

Another fun term with lots of good learning opportunities!

Best wishes
The Reception Team


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.
  • As previously mentioned kitchen items for out mud kitchen. If you have any old wellies at home they would be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events

Arriving at school/Dismissing

The entrance door is closed at 8.50am, but remember you are welcome to stay until 9-9.10 to settle your child into their learning. You can then leave through the outdoor doors. You can also use this time to change their books.

Marvellous Me

Most of you are signed up now but please let us know if you want to be. We use this for our main source of communication, including informing you of treat days, our key words, some letters and celebrating your child’s wow moments.
If you are experiencing any problems with this service, please let us know.

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! We are encouraging the children to get changed as independently as possible. They are improving at this and all of them managed to get changed within 10 minutes last week. Keep promoting independence at home.
  • Thank you for everyone who is contributing to their child’s special books by completing the ‘Wow!’ moments postcards. 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? Look out for the ‘Wow!’ hearts and stars near the reception noticeboards/on the shelves. These will be displayed then stuck into special books each half term. I would be great to have 6 special memories across the year.
  • Please send book bags in everyday. Your child’s book will only be changed by us when we have planned 1:1 reading sessions.
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