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Welcome back!


Welcome back Reception! All Reception staff would like to say a huge well done to all the children for settling in so well to their new school. We are very proud of how hard they have been working and at how quickly they have learnt our class routines.

We will continue to work on independence this half term and will be encouraging the children to put on coats and fasten zips on their own. We will continue to support the children to change into their P.E. kits and to place all their school uniform inside their P.E. bags. Please support us at home by encouraging your children to get dressed independently.


We have so many exciting things to learn this half term including learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We are looking forward to our upcoming topics about dinosaurs and Goldilocks.

Before we know it, it will be Christmas and we will have lots of lovely Christmas activities to complete including our class trip to the Severn Valley Railway and taking part in the whole school Christmas Production.


During our maths sessions we will learn about the names and properties of both 2d and 3d shapes as well as continuing to read numbers to 10 and then 20.


Look out for our weekly newsletters. These will give you lots of information about what we will be learning each week in more detail and about any upcoming events. These will be sent out each week via Parent Mail or can be found below.


If you have any questions, please come in and speak to one of the Reception Team and we will do our very best to help.



 Mrs Darby, Mrs Price and Mrs Partridge


What to expect in Reception

In our class we have phonics and number sessions every day. We also complete speaking and listening activities and 'talk for writing' activities most days. We follow 'Letters and Sounds' for our phonics and also enhance this with Jolly Phonics.


When children first start school we share books without any words while they learn how to to blend letters to form words. Once they have mastered this they will have a reading book with short sentences and a bag of high frequency words to learn. We have several different reading schemes we use in school to offer a broad and varied experience of books. We have Oxford reading Tree Floppy Phonics, Oxford reading Tree Decode and Develop and Oxford Reading Tree Fireflies and Snapdragons. The three schemes allow phonics skills and key word skills to be developed.


Throughout the day, the children get regular times to explore their own interests through play and many of our teacher directed activities have a play based approach.


We fully understand that children are unique and all develop at their own rates. Activities in the classroom are differentiated to meet the variety of needs.





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