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Welcome to Reception!

Welcome back. We hope you had a lovely half term holiday despite the weather. The children, as always, were very excited on their return to school, bursting to tell us all about their holidays.


This half term our learning will be led during the first half by our continued focus on Traditional Tales, with a main focus on Easter in the second half..


In Literacy, our work will focus on the characters in Traditional Stories and their feelings. We will be beginning to write character studies and thinking about developing writing stamina, and working hard to make sure that our children are forming all their letters accurately. If you could please reinforce this in any writing they do at home, particularly making sure they write the letters of their name correctly, that would be extremely helpful. On March 6th we will be celebrating World Book Day, and we would like to invite the children to come to school in their pyjamas and dressing gowns or onesies, and share their favourite bedtime stories with the class. Hot chocolate and biscuits will be provided.


Phonics work will continue to consolidate phase3 digraphs and trigraphs. We will be thinking particularly about the application of these to reading and writing, making sure that children recognise these sets of letters in context, as a single sound, rather than trying to sound out the letters individually. As the children now know all their single sounds, we will also be learning letter names and working on recognising and writing capital letters.  We would love to see parents in school on Tuesday or Wednesday March 5th or 6th so that the children can demonstrate their phonic learning.


Understanding of the World will include exploring seasonal change at Smokey Row, as well as learning about the most important Christian festival in the church calendar, Easter, and the traditions surrounding this. Our whole-school value this half term is Forgiveness, and we will be relating this to the story of Easter.


PE will continue to be on a Friday, with our PE coach Mr Smith, supported by Mrs Dolan, teaching gymnastics this half term. Mrs Whalley will continue to take the children to Smokey Row on Thursdays. Please could you ensure that all your child’s clothing is clearly named, including all items of PE kit and wellies. We also respectfully request that all items of clothing children have in school are able to be put on, taken off and fastened by the children themselves. This is really important for teaching independence, and is a key assessment factor in children attaining their ‘Good Level of Development’ at the end of the EYFS.


We look forward to seeing you on Parents Evening to discuss your child’s progress at this halfway point in the school year, but if there is anything else you would like to discuss, please come and have a chat with one of us at the end of the day. If this is not convenient, you can leave an e-mail or phone message with the office and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.



Best wishes,


The Reception Team


Hello Reception!


I hope you have all had a lovely weekend enjoying the sunshine with your families. While we are not at school, I hope we can all keep in touch and make sure that you keep learning! It's really important that you keep reading every day, including practising your phonic sounds and tricky words. You are all becoming fantastic writers, so could have a go at writing your tricky words from memory or using your phase 3 digraphs in words; writing a list of words with the /oa/ or the /ai/ sound in them for example. If your parents log in to twinkl there are lots of the phonics resources that we use at school, which are now free to use at home. You can keep learning to use your phase 3 and 4 phonics by carrying out some of the games and activities here, or by playing the phonics games we use at school on phonicsplay.

Twinkl also has lots of Maths resources for Reception, as well as  English, Science and Creative activities. I hope you enjoy completing the activities in your home learning packs, but remember also to work on improving your fine motor skills through practical activities such as building with lego or k'nex, art and craft activities using scissors, playing with playdough, cooking etc. It looks as though the weather is going to be dry and sunny for a change, so make sure you have plenty of time to play and exercise outside. You could work on your ball control skills; using your feet to dribble a ball round obstacles or playing throw and catch with an adult. Addresses for useful websites are below. I will add some more later.






Daily tasks

Every day there will be a different daily task on this page that will help you to keep learning the things we would have been doing at school. I hope you have fun doing them!

Make sure you all keep washing your hands. I will miss hearing all the Happy Birthday singing!

Take care and keep well,

with lots of love from Mrs Unsworth



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