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Welcome back Reception!

It is hard to believe that we are now starting our final half term together in Reception! We have lots of things to look forward to this half term and we are particularly looking forward to our upcoming class trip to the Ezone!


We will begin this half term thinking about staying healthy and will be talking about healthy eating and the importance of doing lots of exercise. We will be making the most of the beautiful weather (fingers crossed!) and will be enjoying looking at our wonderful world and all the amazing creatures that can be found. To complete our year, we will be looking at 'People who help us' and thinking about what we would like to be when we are grown up.


During our phonics sessions this half term we will be reviewing all the phase 3 and phase 4 sounds and clusters we have been learning so far this year and will be concentrating on applying these skills in our independent reading and writing. We will continue to practise common words and tricky words each week. During our maths sessions we will be doing lots of problem solving using all the skills we have learnt this year. We will also learn to read o'clock times on an analogue clock. Weekly objectives will be included in our Reception class newsletters, which will be available on this page each week and sent out to you on Friday via Parent Mail. 


In order to prepare the children for the move up to Year 1, we will begin to practise some new routines and will further encourage the children to work independently and organise themselves independently at the end of the day. We will begin to share some of our play times with the rest of Key Stage One and the children will be spending some time in the Year 1 classroom with Miss Pugh. A transition meeting has been planned for Monday 2nd July at 3:30 p.m. (letters to follow shortly) and we hope that lots of parents will be able to join us.


 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, Mrs Partridge, Mrs Townsend and Miss Jasper


Maths workshop information


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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