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Reception- Miss Holmes

Parents,

Thank you for supporting the many events that have taken place over the past few weeks. And a massive thank you for all your support and enthusiasm surrounding our Nativity. I am sure you would agree that Nursery and Reception performed and looked absolutely fantastic! They were so proud to perform for you and they have taken a great deal away in regards to the true meaning of Christmas. 

Thank you again! We are all now looking forward to spending the next week focusing on Christmas activities!!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas 1

Dates to remember:

 

Monday 17th December - 
Non-uniform day. All children to bring in £2. Send children in wearing own clothes (no school uniform).
School disco! 


Thursday 20th December -

Non-uniform day. Send children in wearing own clothes (no school uniform). No money required. 
Christmas lunch - Father Christmas will be visiting! 


Friday 21st December -
Toy day! Please bring in one toy from home for your child to play with in school.  
Last day of term. 
Early finish - please ensure your child is collected by 2pm.

 

 


 

What are we learning this week?
Monday 17th – Friday 21st December

Dear Parents,

It is the final week of autumn term, and what an amazing term it has been! The children have settled beautifully and are absolutely flourishing in Reception.

As we approach the end of term, and the Christmas holidays, I would like to thank you for all your hard work and continued support in all we do, especially for all of your Christmas Nativity support. I am sure you would agree that the children looked absolutely fantastic and performed like real professionals!

In our last week, we will be filling our time with lots of indoor and outdoor exploration. We will have lots of Christmas and winter themed activities, too. We are all looking forward to lots of creative learning!

As a reminder, we will be sending your child’s PE bags home after their PE slot on Tuesday. Please check that your child’s shoes, and PE kit, still fit and that everything is named, and washed, before sending it back for the start of the spring term on Monday 7th January.

We will send home the spellings today (Friday 14th December) but the next spelling test will not be until Friday 11th January.

We will also be sending home (on Thursday 20th December) some home learning challenges that you can complete with your child, should you wish. There will be a winter and Christmas themed home learning challenge as well as a cutting skills Christmas tree activity.

We hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year.


 

 

Our Topics

Spring 1

This half term our topic is all about Food.


It is essential that children within the EYFS learn about food and develop healthy eating habits, to ensure effective nutrition throughout their life. It’s a great way to link it back with our seasons, with a focus on seasonal produce. It will also link in with our PSED learning as we will be discussing the importance of healthy bodies, minds, and teeth. All of our weekly learning objectives surround a book. Stories are one of the oldest forms of teaching. It was the way that information was passed down. And now using stories to introduce and teach topics, allows for your child to become fully engrossed and captivated. This theme of food examines not only the importance of a healthy body but also healthy eating. A healthy body is not just about being fit - in reality it is a combination of many factors, of which exercise is a small part. A healthy body is achieved not only with physical well-being but also with a healthy mental and spiritual attitude. The way to good health and a healthy body is directly related to what is put into that body and how it is treated. Eating well is an essential part of being healthy, and can help us perform well and feel our best.

RWInc Reading Books Reminder

Hello Parents, 

You should have all received your reading books by now. Just to remind you, please spend at least 5 minutes a day reading with your child. Below you will find information for 7 reading activities and how to use each book. You can spread these activities out over an entire week should you wish. These do not have to all be completed in one reading session. 

1 -  Please ensure you go through the Speed Sounds on page 2 before you start reading the story.


2 - Read the green and red words for the ditty you are focusing on (there are usually three ditties per book). Remember that green words are decodable, whereas red words are tricky words - you cannot sound them out! Your child will have to learn these words off by heart. 

3 - Each story comes with an introduction. Ensure your child listens to you as you introduce the story. It is a very short introduction so feel free to embellish the introduction to make the story seem more interesting. 

4 - Get your child to read through the ditty (first read). This will be the first read. Support them with any words they are unsure of, or cannot read themselves. Support them with sounding their words out by breaking them into sounds - as an example; swim will become s-w-i-m, or splash will become s-p-l-a-sh. 

5 - Get your child to re-read their ditty (second read) and go through the 'questions to talk about' on page 15. 


6 - Re-read the ditty (third read) and ensure your child uses a lot more expression and fluency. Encourage them to read as if they are story tellers. This skill comes with practice and confidence. 

7 - After you have read the 3 ditty stories, go through the speed sounds on page 16. How quickly can your child read the words? Make a game of it and time them. If they beat their original time, you could reward them! 

I hope you have lots of fun reading together :) 

Miss Holmes

Welcome to Reception.

It is our aim at St Mary's to ensure each child leaves the EYFS as happy, motivated and resilient learners who are ready to embark on their next exciting journey into Year 1.
We have extremely high expectations of each child in this class and know their progress is directly linked to their overall emotional wellbeing.
Our ethos is to ensure each child is happy and secure in school.
A happy child makes a successful learner.

Our Curriculum

 

In Reception our curriculum is designed to help your child attain the
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Early Learning Goals.

 

There are 7 areas of learning - the prime areas and specific areas.

The prime areas underpin all that we do in the EYFS. They are important because they lay the foundations for a child's success in all areas of learning. 

The specific areas provide the experiences and opportunities to broaden your child's skills and knowledge. 

Picture 1

The School Day
 

Children will have lesson of Religion Phonics, Literacy and Mathematics. French, Music, Art, ICT and PE are also taught throughout the week. 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

 

Drama

Whole School Liturgy

 

Phonics

Library/French

 

 

Hymn Practice

Mathematics

 

 

Mathematics

Infant Liturgy

 

Phonics

English/Literacy

 

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

 

Phonics

English/Literacy

 

 

English/Literacy

 

 

Phonics

Music

 

 

PE (sports coach)

Phonics

 

Art/ICT

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

 

Mathematics

 

 

Mathematics

 

Religion

 

English/Literacy

Understanding the World

 

Free play

 

PE

Free play

Free play

Free play

 

Below are some useful links to help home learning

 

Literacy:

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

www.starfall.com

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/phonics_games.html

 

Games on this website such as:

Word wheel

Reading machine

CVC maker

 

Mathematics:

http://www.familylearning.org.uk

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

Sight Words
 

These are the 45 sight words for Reception that we have to learn by the end of the year. Children should be able to read these by sight and spell them correctly.
After the October Half Term, we will be sending 4 spellings home every week for you to practise reading and writing. Each child will have a week to learn these spellings and will have a spelling test on a Friday!

big

no

and

you

dad

get

we

of

me

my

can

in

he

are

is

was

mum

going

play

she

a

to

dog

like

away

this

they

it

on

go

all

that

up

am

see

day

for

at

yes

look

said

the

cat

come

went

         

 

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