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Welcome to Cradley!


Welcome to Cradley to all our new Reception children and their families. We have enjoyed meeting you all today and it has been lovely to see you all dressed in your Cradley uniform. We can not wait to get to know you all a little better and to learn about all the things you can do.


Once the children are settled, we will start to learn our first phonic sounds and will begin blending them together to read words. New sounds and tricky words will be introduced each week and these will be shown our weekly newsletters, so you can practise together at home if you wish. We will be focussing on pencil control and will be practising using the tri-pod pencil grip to write our names. During our maths sessions, we will be looking at numbers to 10 and will practise reading, writing and counting out these numbers and also using these numbers to solve problems.


We have lots of fun things to look forward to this half term. As part of our topic about the Little Red Hen, we will be baking our own bread and learning to retell this story using actions. We are looking forward to making Autumn themed art work, hedgehogs and our own vegetable soup later on in the term too.


Throughout this half term we will be working with the children on independence. We will be encouraging the children to dress and undress for P.E. sessions on their own and to put on their own coats and cardigans/ jumpers.


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.





Reception Newsletters - Autumn Term

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