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Resilience to Achieve - Aspiration to Succeed

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Reception is an exciting and enjoyable place to learn.  Your child will take part in a range of activities across seven areas of learning.  This will allow them to explore new concepts through play, as well as through more structured activities.


Our Current Learning.

This half term, our topic is all about Superheroes and their special powers - with an additional  focus on Chinese New Year.


We will be exploring recycling, positional language, road safety, problem solving escaping from ice, helping our character friends solve reading clues to save our friends and doubling through exploring superhero stories such as Jim Swims, Superworm, X-Ray  Rex and Supertato.  We will also be exploring time, ordinal numbers, sequencing and food exploration through Chinese New Year.   We will also be going on our first 'big' school trip (a visit to the Gruffalo Park) to explore the outside and our imagination.

We continue our embedding of numbers (0-10. 11-20 and number-bonds to 5/10) alongside accumulating the understanding of our High Frequency Words - which is also helping us with a guided reading.  We are continuing our learning of letters names and sounds with a focus on reinforcing sounds we have learnt and moving onto learning sounds made up of 2 letters. Children are continuing to  apply  letter sound knowledge to writing as well as continuing to focus  writing their names, including their second name (using accurate letter formation) 


Our Previuos Learning

During Autumn Term One, our topic was:  ‘All About Me!’

We learnt and explored about ourselves and our families; how to look after each other and how to stay healthy.  Some of our activities includede; making fruit faces, drawing our families, writing how old we are and ordering house numbers.

We  also practiced recognising and ordering our numbers to 10 and beyond.  We began learning to recognise and write our first name and began our Phonic journey – learning the letter names and sounds of the alphabet.


 During Autumn Term 2 our topic was all about the changing seasons and Winter - with a focus on celebrations and festivals.


We explored Diwali and Bonfire Night as well as looking at the changes we saw in our environment as the leaves fell and the weather became chillier and the days darker.  Activities included - making a diva lamp, creating a giant firework display, exploring ice and preparing for the Reception Christmas performance.  We went on our first school trip (a local visit to a shop) to buy ingredients for a secret surprise for Parents and Carers at the end of the term.


Helping at Home.

Your child has been given;

Basic Knowledge Wallet:  which will contain numbercards and (over time) words to read and spell.  Please practice at home daily and put in their book bag daily – as we practice in school too!  A home achievement slip will be provided in the wallet so that you can let us know what fantastic things your child does at home as well.

Home Reading Journal and Book:  This book will be read in school once per week and should be read at home too – please write any reading that you do in their reading journal and sign it so we know that it has been read.  Your reading journal will also have your child’s bug club username and password, which will allow your child to access the brilliant online reading resource used by school – it provides books levelled to your child’s current reading level and asks them questions related to the book.


Keep checking the school website and Reception class pages for photos of the children learning.


Lastly,  please feel free to come and chat to Miss Lockyer or Miss Turner about your child and their learning.  Our door is always open!