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Welcome to Reception!

We have had a great first half term in Reception. We have been focussing on making new friends, learning the rules and routines and trying new things. 

What we need in Reception...

In addition to our school uniform we will  need:

- All in one waterproof

- Wellies 

- Pumps

-Water bottle 

- Appropriate outdoor coat (waterproof, warm and with a hood as we go out in ALL weathers).

Please make sure all of your children's things are named. 

If your child borrows any clothes from school please ensure that these are returned swiftly. Thank you. 

Our Curriculum

Develoment Matters

There are 3 Prime Areas:

- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development

There are 4 Specific Areas:

- Literacy
- Maths
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
These are the things we are covering every day in Reception. We often practise these skills through play.
There is a huge emphasis on the Prime Areas as without these, learning in the Specific Areas is limited.

How to help at home...

Sound Book; please practise the weekly sounds with your child when the sound book comes home on a Friday. Please ensure your child's sound  book is back in school by the following Thursday so that the new sounds can be added. 

Reading Books; please read with your child on a regular basis (5 minutes a night is ideal) and write a comment in your child's reading record to illustrate how you feel they are progressing, adults in school will also write in your child's reading record when they have read with us. Your child's book will be changed once a week, usually on a Friday, but please ensure that their book is in their book bag everyday. Your child will read to an adult every other week. 

Library Books; Ruby class will visit our school Library on a Tuesday and Crimson and Scarlet will visit it on a Friday. Please read the book with your child and ask them questions about the story. Please ensure that your child's book is in their bookbag on their Library day so that they will be able to change it. 

Phonics

This half term we have been learning four new sounds a week. The children have been practising their formation of these letters as well as saying them accurately. We have been doing lots of work on segmenting to write and blending to read. We have been doing this as a whole group, on our own and in little groups. 

The children have also been working really hard with recognising their Tricky Words I, to, the, no and go. We have been reading these on their own and as part of a caption. 

The Phase 2 sounds we are learning are:

Set 1: s, a, t, p

Set 2: i, n, m, d

Set 3: g, o, c, k

Set 4: ck, e, u, r 

Set 5: h, b, l, f 

Set 6: ss, ff, ll 

Maths

In Reception we learn a number a week. This helps us to master concepts such as; one more and one less, addition, subtraction, shape, doubling, halving and sharing as we revisit them frequently. 

We develop our Maths skills through whole class carpet sessions, focussed activities and exploring provision. 

Literacy

This half term we have been sharing stories together, thinking about characters and settings, discussing the main events in a story and thinking about how a character might feel. 

In Literacy we apply our phonics skills through shared writing activities such as describing a character, labelling a picture and listening for rhyming words in stories. 

Outside

This half term we have all been practising being more independent with our coats, shoes and all in one suits. 

We have been developing our gross motor skills by taking part in tricky obstacle courses going under, over and through. We have been developing our confidence on the climbing equipment and taking turns using the bikes and scooters.

The children have shown a real interest in mark making with chalks. I'm sure you will have seen some of their fantastic creations at the end of each day. The children have enjoyed practising their letter sounds on the floor and writing their names. We have also enjoyed using powder paints in the puddles to make marks. 

There have been some very imaginative constructions with the crates and fantastic role play too!

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