Welcome to Reception!
I hope you all had a lovely holiday and your children are ready to start their first term in reception! They have certainly made a very good start and I’m very proud of them all.
Our topics this term will develop as the term progresses based on the children’s interests but we will start with finding out about ourselves and looking at traditional tales. We will begin by looking at the story of the three Billy Goat’s Gruff.
INITIAL LEARNING THEME – All about me and traditional tales
The main focus for the learning will be:
Communication language and literacy – role play the Three Billy Goat’s Gruff Story, making wanted posters for the troll, listening to the story, using puppets, writing our names
Mathematics – counting up 10 forwards and backwards, one more one less
Physical Development – building bridges and balancing
Understanding the world – building dens to hide from the troll, growing cress, observing seasonal fruits
Expressive arts and design - making traps for the troll, self-portraits, painting our soft toys, making glitter names, songs and rhymes
Personal Social Emotional Development – all about me, learning children and adult names, making friends
The children will be learning about rhymes and pre reading skills this half term. The children will bring a library book home for you to share with your child. We are really looking to promote a real enjoyment of books so anything you can do to support this will be helpful (there is nothing like a good bedtime story!). As the term progresses we will introduce different sounds. We will place the sounds we are looking at in your child’s bookbag. Once children are confident with their sounds we will send home a reading book but in the meantime we will be sending books home from our class library, please feel free to change them as you need to as part of the morning routine.
SCHOOL BEHAVIOUR SYSTEM
You may find your child coming out of school telling you they are ‘on the rainbow’ or the ‘shooting star’. This is linked to our behaviour policy, the children move up to the rainbow and shooting star if they have achieved something special in school and then earn house points as a reward. Children who need reminding about their behaviour will receive a warning and have this explained to them. If this continues they move to the ‘dark cloud’, if your child tells you this please do not worry, it is just to remind the children about our expectations and they can move back up by showing us good learning.
During this term, the foundation team will be putting on two parental workshops. These are to help you to understand how reception works in key areas. These will cover;
• Communication, Language, Literacy and Mathematics – Tuesday 17th September 9.00am – 9.45am.
•Early Years Curriculum and Assessment – Tuesday 24th September 9.00am – 9.45am.
The sessions will involve listening to an information session which I’m sure will prove invaluable in understanding our approaches to learning.
PE in Reception will take place throughout the week initially in small groups so we ask that the children bring in their complete kit on a Monday, and leave this at school until Friday. Children with long hair will need to have it tied back for safety reasons. Any earrings (studs only are allowed in school) will also have to be removed (by the child) or covered with a plaster (which must be supplied from home).
Your child will require the following PE kit (Clearly named):
- Plain white t shirt
- Black/grey shorts
We use an online system to report on your child’s progress, this is called Tapestry. This will give you access to all photographs and observations we make about your child. You will shortly receive an e mail to set up a login and password, please look out for this, it is not junk! We will talk about this in greater detail at our workshop.
Finally I would like to wish you all a fantastic half term, the reception team will be working hard to ensure your children settle well into school and are happy.