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Welcome to Reception!




 Autumn Second half term


Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see you all at parents evening and hear how much your children are enjoying       

school. Thank you all very much for your support; the children are all making really good progress with their phonics and ‘tricky’ words, thanks to all the practice they do at home.

This half term Reception will be exploring light and dark, 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 start early. By the time you read this we will already have started learning the songs for our Nativity production; only just over four weeks away! We will be learning about the birth of Jesus and the way Christmas is celebrated in different families as well as comparing this with the way in which Hindus celebrate the light festival of Diwali, which was a focus of our Understanding of the World last half term.

In phonics we will be consolidating phase 2 sounds, particularly blending and segmenting using these, before moving on to phase 3 and introducing digraphs. The children will continue to work on their tricky words, and will bring some more home soon! They have all now had some wordless story books to share at home, enabling them to develop really important literacy skills such as prediction and retelling stories, as well as demonstrating their ability to tell a story without prompting, speaking in complete sentences, and using tenses accurately. Once they have mastered these skills, as well as becoming familiar with their tricky words and being able to blend sounds confidently for reading, they will bring home simple story books to read. As these have only three or four words on a page, it is still a major focus of these early reading books to develop the important skills of ‘book talk’, just as with the wordless stories, 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, 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 Achiever’s celebrations during Collective Worship on Fridays.

We are really looking forward to the first Reception trip of the year, to the cinema to see Two by Two.

Best wishes,

         The Reception team 

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