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Welcome back!


Welcome back Reception! We hope that you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year and can not wait to hear all about the fun you have been having over the holidays.


We have so many exciting things to learn this half term. We will start the half term by looking at Winter weather and cold places (fingers crossed we might get some snow!). We will read and then write our version of 'Polar Bear, Polar Bear, what can you hear?' and will be describing and making our own Polar animals. We will also be looking at books by one of our favourite authors this half term, Julia Donaldson, and will be investigating rhyme.


During our maths sessions we will be focussing on numbers from 10 to 20 and will be working on recognising the numerals and counting totals correctly. We will begin to look at addition and will use practical resources to solve addition problems.


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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