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All about me!

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 help your child hand their register tag to the teacher before they start playing. 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 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 out topic with the book Rosie's Hat by Julia Donaldson. Children are invited to bring in their favourate hat this week. We can't wait to see which hats the children choose ready to wear in our hat parade!
We will also be looking at the number 1 and exploring circles and spheres. 
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 Fire-Fighter. We hope to have a visit from the fire brigade but we may have to schedule it for later on.
We will be looking at the number 2, cones and learning the sounds i, n, p, g & o.

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! The children will be doing some work about themselves so it would be great if we could have a photo from when they were babies.
We will also be looking at number 3, triangles and cylinders, thinking about time throughout the day and the sounds c, k, u, b & f.

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 can make use of your old yoghurts pots!
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 looking at the number 4, four-sided 2D shapes and the sounds e, l, h, sh & r.

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 will be exploring the number 5, height and the sounds j, v, y, w & th.

Week 7

This week, we will be following on from our work on what we like and dislike; thinking about what animals like to eat. 
Children and their grown-ups will be invited to bring in a pet. 
Two of Mrs Norris' guinea pigs have agreed to come in and the other two are considering their options!
We will be consolidating our work on the numbers 1 - 5 and ordering numbers to 5, reviewing 2D shapes and learning the sounds z, ch, qu, u & x.

Reading

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 your children to build up essential early reading skills. You can swap these books as many times as you would 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

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:

Trip to the park, week beginning Monday 2nd October.

If you're interested in coming as a parent / carer volunteer, please speak to a member of staff.

Don't forget...

PE is on Mondays. Your child will need a PE kit with shorts, t-shirt and plimsols. 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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