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This week in Reception

Week 7, 8 and 9

Welcome back! We hope you had a restful half term break. Lots of exciting events over the next few weeks. Multisports, Sports Day, Eid, moving on day, astronaut day.


We would like to thank all parents and family or friends who were able to come along and support the children during their Sports Day. It was a great success. The children loved competing and were very supportive of one another.


We have begun our afternoon sessions which are on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, your child's class will either be visiting Forrest School, taking part in a Science themed based lesson or PE. On a Thursday and Friday they will have their normal child initiated time.  


In preparation for Year 1, there will be two Moving On Days, these will be on the 3rd and 4th of July. You will receive further information about them closer to the time. The children spend the days with their new teachers in the new classrooms. The get to explore their environment and have some 'Get to Know You' time with the teachers.


Please make sure your child has a named bottle of water at school, especially as the weather turns warmer. If you would like to apply suncream before school please do so. Children can reapply during school, if you would like your child to reapply please show and practise this at home.

Week 4,5 and 6


With an exciting visit from Bob the children were enthused about writing letters and designing their own aliens.

We are still doing a lot of work on learning our letter formations, please make sure these are being practised at home too!

We have been learning actions for our Talk 4 Writing stories and practising lots of adding in maths.

We are looking forward to starting our afternoon learning sessions after half term. These will include PE, Science and Forrest School.


Please make sure your child has a PE kit ready for after half term. These will stay at school until we break up for holidays.

Each class will have PE once a week.


Mrs Amin's and Miss Sherwood's class have enjoyed their Multisport Challenge. Mrs Cupid's class will go after the half term.

Week 3 and 4


What a mysterious few weeks we have had.

Firstly, Mrs Amin caught footage of a mysterious space craft hovering over the school! Next we found lots of items in Forrest School, they looked like they might have fallen from a rocket with them was a box of cleaning products!


After that we got a letter from Bob saying someone had stolen his rocket and all his cleaning things! How will he clean the moon now? Oh no! We did lots of talking and decided the things we found may have come from Bob's rocket. We all wrote letters and posted them to Bob.


Then he wrote us a reply and said he would visit us to see if they really were his things!

We think the aliens stole Bob's rocket! What do you think?





Bob's visit

Summer Term

Week 1 and 2


What a difference! What has happened? Spaceships, aliens, green sand, moon rocks, spacesuits, stardust! Can you guess what we might be learning about this term?


The children have absolutely loved exploring the new areas, and are getting really stuck into playing in the new environment.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be reading the story The Man on the Moon. We will be discovering what the children know about space and what they would like to know and learn. 

Our maths focus follows weighing and comparing weights, using the language, heavy, heavier, light and lighter. What could you weigh at home? Help the children predict and estimate what they think will be heavier or lighter.  We will also begin to think about using the language of subtraction, one less, taking one away, finding out what happens to a  number if there is one less and helping children learn the numbers they are still unsure off.


We have a big focus on writing this term. Try to encourage the children to hold their pencil correctly at home when writing and encourage them to form their letters as neatly as they are able too.


Water play will become more popular. Please can we ask you provide your child with a change of suitable clothes in case they forget to wear an apron when playing with the water.


Remember when it's forecast to be sunny and hot to apply sun cream to your child before school. If you wish for your child to top up their sun cream during the day, please provide sun cream in a named bottle in a bag on their school peg.



Spring Term

Week 10, 11, 12

Wow what a great production of The Gruffalo. The children have been working so hard over the past week practising their class dances and lines. Thank you for coming to watch their performances. We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed putting it all together.


It was great to see the majority of parents attend Parents Evenings. If you were not able to attend, please see your child's class teacher to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet and discuss your child's progress.


In class, the children have been focusing on letter formation and building up to writing sentences and looking at some Spring time poems. In maths, recalling one more and one less, 2D and 3D shapes and looking at the language of adding.


All the snow has been of great interest and gave us lots of chances to discuss weather and changes in our environment.


Please make sure your children have suitable outdoor jackets, scarves and gloves on colder days and a change of clothes in case of any accidents at school.


As the weather warms, after half term, we will be doing more water based play in the outdoor area. Please bring in a change of clothes for your child in case they get wet, despite wearing one of our school aprons.


Many thanks for your help and support this term. Enjoy the break and we will see you on Monday 16th April.


Spring Term

Week 7,8, 9

What a lovely start to the second part of the Spring Term. We are busy getting ready for our Production of the Gruffalo. Children are practising their class dances and we had some mini auditions for the speaking parts in the play and children will bring any lines home they need to learn if they have a speaking part soon.

Lots of exciting events await us World Book Day and Sport Relief. Parent's Evening and Handwriting Workshops will be organised.


The children are advancing in their application of their phonics knowledge, many children are now starting to spell words and write sentences. Please encourage your child to take time to form letters correctly and hold their pencil with the correct grip.


In Maths, we are securing our knowledge of counting to 20, identifying numerals in and out of order, ordering numbers, estimating, 2D and 3D shapes names and properties.


Spring Term

Week 4, 5 and 6

We have been using our Talk For Writing time to learn the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. The children are getting really good with remembering the words, rhythm, rhyme and actions to go with the story.  Can they retell the story to you?

We have been focusing a lot on learning about rhyming words, see if your child can now continue a rhyming string.... hat, bat, mat...? Do you have any rhyming games at home?

In Maths, we have been doing a lot of work about 2D and 3D shapes. Does your child know what a triangle or a rectangle looks like? Can they tell you what things at home look like cylinders or cuboids?

The children are progressing well in their phonics groups. They are enjoying Dough Gym and Funky Finger Activities where they have been practising letter formation s, f, l, i.

Spring Term

Week 1, 2 and 3

So much has been going on in the department over the last few weeks!

We began our new topic Escape, Experiment, Explore. The children enjoyed our trip to Wendover Woods where we found the Gruffalo, who had written us a letter to see if we could help him find his little brother.

We made some missing posters and soon we found the Gruffalo's little brother hiding in our Forrest School! This generated lots of questions helping us to improve our question asking skills.

In Maths, we have been focusing on counting accurately and reliably up to 20. We have been singing lots of number songs and trying to learn what one more than a given number is.





Week 12 and 13


We have had a lot of new things to take care of in our department! Thank you Mr Pearse and Mr Pickover!

The children learned how to begin to write a letter, we thought of how to ask politely for something we'd like. We shared our ideas of presents we thought we would like to have. We began to learn about how to use a question mark.

We wrote our letters to Father Christmas and posted them off in our local post box. The Elf arrived and he was up to all sorts of mischief. Hiding in all different places ready for the children to spot him.


The children have loved dressing up in tinsel and elf hats. They have been practising their present wrapping skills and trying to write messages and letters to all different people.


In maths, we have been learning about voting and recording our choices. We have begun to record our choices using tally marks or in a pictogram. Again, asking questions of each other... What's your favourite toy? What's your favourite animal?

The children have really enjoyed collecting their data and looking at the results using lots of 'most and least', 'more and less', 'popular/ not popular' language.

Week 10 and 11

What a busy couple of weeks!

Many thanks to all parents who attended Parents Evening. It was lovely to hear about all the hard work and learning that is taking place at home. We look forward to meeting with you all again towards Easter time.


The children looked Spotacular on Children in Need Day! They loved dressing up in their spotty and dotty clothes, the Student Council send their thanks for your kind donations.


Many children had their flu vaccinations at school, if your child did not take part in the programme please telephone your Doctor's Surgery to arrange an appointment for your child.


We have had a lot of absences recently with colds, coughs and fevers going around. Please ensure you telephone the school in the morning by 9:30 if your child is going to off school due to sickness or another reason.


Lots of new things are appearing in our outside space, slowly but surely we are introducing the children to some of our new equipment, how to play with it and how to put it away.


Next week we are excited about Be Bright Day on Friday 1st December. We may also be writing some special lists to send in the post!


If you would like to post Christmas Cards please make sure the child's name and class are on the front of the envelope. We will do our best to hand out cards as they come to the class.



Week 8 and 9 November 2017

We have been reading the 'Funny Bones' Story, learning about our bones and our bodies.  We have continued counting and using different media in our studio area. We have made skeletons and we have begun using Numicon in maths which the children love.


Whizz, bang, pop! The children have enjoyed learning lots of language about fireworks and hearing about the Guy Fawkes Story. They thought of some great firework actions!


We are starting to read the story of the Gingerbread Man in different formats. The children have been doing a lot of role play and story retelling, making puppets and acting out parts of the story with props around the department.


Have you ever made or decorated a Gingerbread Man?

Week 6 and 7

Wow! Half a term at school already! Well done children you have been working so hard. Thank you for all your effort this half term. We hope you have a lovely rest over the holiday.


These past two weeks we have been looking at and describing shapes we have also been sorting them into different groups.

We have been thinking about Autumn words and colours, we went on an Autumn walk around school and made some shape poems with our class. Some super pumpkins appeared in the studio which we felt, smelt, cut, chopped, pushed and squished! Many of us have been great at finding initial sounds in words and identifying the letters we have been learning in phonics. We have enjoyed making Autumn pictures and doing leaf rubbings too! So all very busy!


Please keep practising your name writing and using your phonics fans at home over the holidays.


We look forward to seeing you on Monday 30th October.

Week 5 October 2017

This week we have been counting conkers, painting and printing leaf pictures, making silly sound soups as well as continuing to learn our ' The Little Red Hen' story. 

We have divided into phonics groups and continued to learn our letter names and sounds, ck, e, u, r.  


We are now starting our day with Registration, followed by Phonics, leading into Shared writing (Little Red Hen) then Child Initiated time. We break for lunch and play time, then during the afternoon we have Maths, Guided Reading followed by another Child Initiated Session, Funky Fingers/Dough gym, Story Time and finally Home Time. 



Week 4 Sep 2017

This week we have been painting and drawing self portraits. We have been measuring ourselves with hands, cubes and socks! We have learned the new letters and sounds g, o, c, k. As well as enjoying jam and bread in the snack area and playing with all our friends. We have been doing really well in our new shared writing session and have started to learn the story of The Little Red Hen.

Week 3 September 2017


This week we have been making more friends and following our new routines. We have learned the letters and sounds s, a, t, p , i, n, m, d . We are trying to listen and identify the initial sound in words. 

In the studio we have been painting portraits and exploring with paint. In the maths area we have been using numicon matching numbers and quantities. In the literacy area we have been practising our newly learned letters and sounds and making puppets of Biff, Chip, Kipper from our school reading books. Outside we have been playing in the sand, weighing pine cones and making games with hoops and numbers, we have been keeping and adding up our scores. 


Next week we will start our new Talk for Writing sessions where we will be learning a classic story off by heart.


Please remember to label all clothes and to have a change of clothes for your child at school at all times.

Lunch forms can be posted into the green post boxes on the play ground, at the bottom of the hill before coming up the path to the classrooms. All lunch forms are due on Wednesday or before.

Thanks to parents for attending the Reception Open Evening. We hope you found it informative and took away some ideas about how to support and encourage your child's learning at home. 




Week 1 and 2 September 2017


We have been very busy settling into our new classrooms and getting to know the adults in our department. There has been a lot to remember with new routines, new places to go and new people to meet. Each morning we began our day by singing the 'Days of the Week' song and then we explored our first letter sounds during phonics. We did some counting and number songs before getting ready for Lunch. In the afternoons we are getting to grips with our first Literacy sessions and enjoying our Child Initiated time.


Next week our focus will be:


Forming patterns



Reading book characters



Recognising numbers


Dates to remember……

Monday 18th September:

Reception Open Evening from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

We will be talking about the Early Years curriculum, the daily timetable and there will be the opportunity to ask questions about how your child learns at school.


 * Please remember to hand in your child's Hot Dinner form by Wednesday.