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Welcome back!


Welcome back Reception! We hope that you have had a lovely Easter holiday and can not wait to hear all about the fun you have been having. We had a great Spring term in Reception and especially enjoyed ending the term by looking after our chicks and taking part in the Easter Bonnet Parade.


It is hard to believe that we are now starting our third and final term together in Reception. We are so proud of the children for their hard work so far this year and we are looking forward to the many new things we will be learning over the next few weeks. We will start the term thinking about Spring time and how the world is changing. We will read 'Jasper's Beanstalk' and will be learning about how to plant and look after plants. Our author this half term will be Eric Carle and we will read lots of his stories including 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. At the end of the term we will be thinking about our favourite rhymes and will be performing these to our friends.


During our maths sessions we will continue to practise our addition and subtraction skills and will also be learning number facts such as doubles, halves and number bonds off by heart. We will begin to learn to count in steps of 2 and 10 also.


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 or requested via the school office.


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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