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Summer 1

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. Our topics this half term include Spring, Growing, Minibeasts and Life Cycles. As you are aware, we are also led by the children and their interests, therefore other subjects are likely to be covered as and when they crop up! 


We will be providing lots of opportunities to develop the children's writing skills through writing for a purpose which include lists, recipes, labelling drawings/designs and writing letters. We encourage the children to use Fred talk (sounding out) and Fred fingers to help them apply the sounds they know in their writing. 


In Maths we will be building numbers beyond 10, developing our spatial reasoning by completing puzzles and talking about where things are in relation to other things, adding more and subtraction. 


Our Science (Understanding the World) will focus on growing and life cycles. The children will be planting beans and learning how best to look after their plant to help it grow This is always a lovely theme which the children really enjoy as they learn all about how different things grow and change over time.


All of our topics include lots of quality story time which really helps to embed learning and support the development of listening and attention skills.  


As always, please continue to listen to your child read at home as often as possible. This is the most effective way to support progress and help prepare children for Class One. 


If you have any questions, we are happy to speak with you at the end of the day once all children have been dismissed. Alternatively, you can contact the school office and arrange a suitable time for us to contact you by telephone. You may also use the to send any queries. 


Thank you for your continued support.


Reception Team 

Welcome to Reception!

Class Teachers  

Mrs Hemsley (Mon-Wed)  

Mrs Richardson (Wed-Fri)


Teaching Assistants

Miss Hinton (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri PM)

Mrs Wareing (Tue-Fri)


Welcome back! We hope you all had a restful Christmas break and are looking forward to the New Year ahead! 


Spring 1 Term Learning

Our topics this half term will include: Transport, Hot and Cold Habitats, Chinese New Year and Weather & Environment



We will be developing our understanding of positional language such as under, over, next to and behind. We will also be exploring 2D shape, understanding their properties and identifying them in our environment. We will be begin to look at time which involves night and day, seasons, ordering the events of our day and understanding language such as now, before, yesterday, today and tomorrow. We will also be introducing zero, recognising and writing the numeral and understanding that 0 means that there is no quantity. The children will begin to learn and understand the mathematical language of more and less, using their fingers to find different ways of making 4 and 5, considering if there could be more than two parts i.e. 1+1+2=4. 



Children are taught daily phonics each morning from Tuesday to Friday from 9:10am to 9:40am. We focus on a new sound each day and will be working hard to Fred talk (sound out) and read simple CVC words containing only the sounds that we know i.e. m-a-t, p-i-n, l-o-g. You can support your child at home by doing lots of Fred talk - "can you go and get your c-oa-t". 



Please continue to listen to your child read at home, little and often is the key! We would be grateful if you would sign and date your child's reading record each time you listen to them read. Book bags should come to school every day to enable staff to read with your child at various points throughout the week. Reading books will be changed every Friday. 



Our PE lessons will be every Thursday from 10am to 11am and will begin on Thursday 20th January. Please can you send your child's PE kit into school before that date. Children are to have a red t-shirt, black PE shorts and black pumps. PE kits are to be left in school and will be sent home at the end of each half term to be washed. 


Newsletter & Homework

Our weekly newsletter / homework will continue to be sent home each Friday in your child's yellow homework book. Each newsletter will provide details of what we have been learning that week, along with any reminders. The homework activity will be detailed at the bottom of the page and should be supervised and/or supported by an adult. We kindly ask that homework books are returned by the following Wednesday to enable them to be marked and the next newsletter/homework added. 


Please see below a small list of websites that your child can visit to consolidate and extend his/her learning.


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