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Welcome to Reception!

Dear Parents,


Children in Reception continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is organised into seven equal areas of learning:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Communication, and Language
  3. Physical Development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding of the World
  7. Creative Development


Throughout the year the children work towards the Early Learning Goals, which set out the expectations which most children will achieve by the end of Reception. Your child will experience a range of activities, both indoors and out, to ensure they progress towards the Early Learning goals.


Reception will be exploring light and dark this half term, as well as talking about how to keep safe on Bonfire night, taking part in Road Safety week activities, and finding out about Remembrance Day, specifically in relation to our school value of thankfulness.


As the weather gets colder, children will all be encouraged to fasten their coats independently and put on their own gloves, hats and scarves, as well as being responsible for making sure these do not go astray!


Preparations for Christmas begin early. By the time you read this we will already have started learning the songs for our Nativity production; only five weeks away! We will be learning about the birth of Jesus and the way it is celebrated in different families. We will also be finding out about the Hindu festival of Diwali and the Jewish festival of Hanukkah and their similarities to Christmas.


In phonics we will be consolidating phase 2 sounds, particularly blending and segmenting using these, before moving on to phase 3. The children will continue to work on their tricky words, and will bring some more home soon! They have all now received picture books to share at home, enabling them to develop really important English skills such as prediction and retelling stories, as well as demonstrating their ability to tell a story without prompting. We will be working on speaking in complete sentences and using tenses accurately. Once they have mastered these skills, as well as being able to blend sounds confidently, they will bring home simple story books to read. As these only have three or four words on a page, it is still a major focus to develop the important skills of ‘book talk’, discussing the characters and settings, talking about the way characters may be feeling, and looking for picture clues that tell far more of a story than the words on the page.


Our maths work this term will focus mainly on number, including recognition and use of numbers to 20, particularly the tricky ‘teen’ numbers. We will work on being able to say the number that is 1 more or 1 less than any number to 20, and practical addition and subtraction. Before half term, Reception children were given their Mathletics logins. This enables them to access the maths programme subscribed to by the school, allowing them to continue their maths learning at home. If you haven’t yet found these, they are in the back of their yellow reading record book. Children work towards a series of certificates, at bronze, silver and gold level. These can be sent in to school and will be celebrated in our achievement assembly on a Friday.


Our first Parents Evening of the year will be on Wednesday November 14th. This is an opportunity for us to meet to talk about how your child has settled into school and we look forward to seeing you then.


Best wishes,


The Reception Team

Ofsted outstanding since 2011 SIAMS outstanding since 2016


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Great Kimble Church of England School - Christmas Fayre 2-4pm on Sunday 2nd December at Princes Risborough Community Centre