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A message from your teachers

Welcome back Reception to the new half term. It is hard to believe that we are about to start and third and final term together in Reception. Where has the time gone?

We  hope that you had a lovely Easter holiday and are looking forward to seeing you all back in school on Monday 8th April. We have a super half term planned for you full of new things to learn and exciting experiences. Let's hope that the sun shines and we can make the most of our lovely outdoor space.


Our daily routine

As the children move through their Reception year, our daily routine and timetable changes to meet their needs.

This half term we will be altering the activities available each morning as the children come in to school. Instead of free-choice play, the children will rotate around a series of practical activities designed to develop target skills. This may include activities such as cutting skills, fastening buttons and zips, playdoh activities, threading activities or pencil control tasks.  

We will continue to offer lots of opportunities for indoor and outdoor play and exploration. We will continue to complete daily adult-directed activities and will be completing these as part of a small group. We will continue to have daily phonics, topic and maths carpet sessions and will continue to take part in a daily story time.

As the weather has now improved, we will be having lots of opportunities to use the balance bikes and scooters outside and will be enjoying our own 'forest school' inspired sessions on a Friday afternoon. 


Summer 1 theme - What could catch out of the egg?


This half term our topic sessions will be linked to the season of Spring and in particular to Spring animals. We will be investigating how the world is changing during Spring time and will be planting and growing some of our own plants and flowers. Eric Carle is our focus author this half term and we will be enjoying lots of his animal themed books, in particular the Hungry Caterpillar. We are hoping to have some special visitors into our class this half term  too and will be finishing our topic by learning all about chicks.


We will be taking part in the whole-school book week starting on Monday 29th April. The children will be voting for which book they would like to read together and what sort of learning activities they would like to complete. I wonder what they will choose? We are also planning a walk to Cradley library for a story time session and to offer the children the opportunity to join the library and borrow their first book. 


There is such a lot to do and learn this half term; we can not wait to get started. Full details of our Summer 1 curriculum can be found below. If you have any questions, please speak to one of the team and we will do our best to help. Please check the class newsletter (sent via ParentMail each Friday) and the class page on class dojo for further information about our learning in class each week. We will keep this updated with lots of photos of the things we are doing in class.


Take care everyone. 


Mrs Darby, Mrs Price and Mrs Raxton. 




Reception Autumn 1 - Medium term plan

Reception Medium Term Plan - Autumn 2

Reception half term plan - Spring 1

Reception half term plan - Spring 2

Reception half term plan - Summer 1

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