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Cradley Church of England Primary School Believe, belong, be happy; every child, every chance, every day


Welcome back!


Welcome back after your Christmas break! It has been so lovely to hear about the exciting things you have done over Christmas and about all the lovely gifts you were given. Staff were so proud of all the children during the build up to Christmas. They were so sensible during our class trip to see Santa, they were all brilliant during our Nativity performance and they sat respectfully during our end of term Church service. Well done children!


During the next half term we will continue to focus on blending and segmenting using the sounds we have already learnt. We will be learning the remaining phase 3 sounds and will be using these to read words and sentences.  Phase 3 information is available below and details of the sounds we are covering each week can be found on the weekly newsletters.  

During our maths lessons, we will focussing on recognising and ordering numbers to 20 and will be making the tricky teen numbers using our Numicon shapes. We will begin to learn about addition and will be using practical resources to complete simple addition sums.


We have lots of fun things to look forward to this half term. As part of our R.E. topic about special places we will be visiting St Peter's Church and will be holding our own baptism for our class teddy (followed by a party back at school!). As Chinese New Year approaches we will be learning about how this is celebrated and sampling some Chinese food. Our focus author this half term will be Julia Donaldson and we can not wait to share lots of her stories together!


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 - Spring term 1

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