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Welcome back!


Welcome back after your half term break. We hope you all enjoyed spending time with your families, resting and having fun! For those of you that have chosen to complete the 'holiday homework', we look forward to hearing about what you have been doing.


We would like to say a huge well done to all the children for settling in so well to school life and a big thank you to all the parents for their continued support last half term.


During the next half term we will continue to focus on blending and segmenting using the sounds we have already learnt. We will be moving on to phase 3 and will be learning to recognise these sounds and read and write words containing them. Phase 3 information will be available during this half term in the reading section below.

During our maths lessons, we will continue to recognise, order and compare numbers to 10. We will begin to look at both 2d and 3d shapes and will be using these to make pictures and patterns.


We have lots of fun things to look forward to this half term. As part of our topic about Goldilocks, we will be making our own porridge and learning to retell

this story using actions. We are looking forward to our topic on dinosaurs and of course we will soon be thinking about Christmas!


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.





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