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 Reading Books


Over these next few weeks we should be ensuring that you child has a reading book. Books that are handed out may not have words in it. This is to get the children to familiaries themselves with sharing a book and discussing ideas and what they can see. From here, we will ensure that they have books with words, both tricky words that cannot be sounded out, but also with words that match their phonic knowledge (words that they can sound out.)


Please do not worry if your child has not yet got a book. This is because we want to ensure that the children are ready for reading books having a basic understanding of some letters and sounds and at this age, children develop at different stages.


Should you wish to discuss this with me, please do not hesitate to get it touch. laugh


World Nursery Rhyme Week


Thank you to all who were able to support us for our Nursery Rhyme Performance. This small performance has taken the children hours of rehearsing words, actions and remembering to sit still and sing! We really appreciate your support, so thank you for coming along. heart


Children in Need


Thank you to all for your continued support for Children in Need. We had an amazing day with some excellent costumes, brilkliant cakes, and even a visit from Pudsey himself! the children were delighted to show off to Pudsey and showed him how well we could count to 20 and then back again. He thought we were all amazing!



When Pudsey Came to Visit Reception


Autumn Two

Julia Donaldson Books and Christmas Time

This term sees the Reception children learning about the initial sounds in words as well as rhyming words through the use of Juila Donaldson books such as Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo's Child. We will also be ordering stories and describing characters through learning the Nativity Story. This will see the first introduction of Talk 4 Writing; a whole school strategy that sees the children internalising texts confidently in order to tell or retell a story. We will continue with our daily phonic lessons, learning the correct formation of letters and introducing blending of simple words. In Maths we will be concentrating on number recognition to 20, in and out of sequence, as well as forming the numbers to 20 and being able to count the correct quantity to the numeral.


This term will see two performances by our Foundation Unit. One is the Nursery Rhymes during World Nursery Rhyme week and the other is of course the Christmas Nativity. (Get the tissues ready parents...it gets me every year! coolheart)


Dates for this half term


17th November - Anti-Bullying Assembly at 2.30

21st November - Nursery Rhyme Performance at 2pm

29th November - Christingle Service at Church 2pm

8th December - Panto trip in afternoon

11th December - Foundation Stage Nativity at 10am and 2.15pm

20th December - Christmas Meal at lunch time (if requested)

21st December - Christmas parties during afternoon

22nd December - Christmas Church Service at 2pm




A Change to the People you will see in your classroom


Mrs Kabesh -  Reception Teacher  (SENCo)

Mrs Powell -  Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs Vernon -Liley - Support Assistant

Mrs Chapman - Support Assistant

Mrs Wortley -  Reception & Nursery Teacher

Mrs Holmes -  Reception's Muddy Monday Expert




Welcome back everyone!


I hope that you have had a lovely holiday and are well rested and ready to start the new school year. I am raring to go so I hope you are too!


How this works...


I will update this page as we go along to bring you information, dates and photographs of the children's learning. I update by putting the most recent at the top BUT always scroll down in case I have added new information or changed the page over.


Happy reading and happy learning! heart


Autumn Term One


This term sees us learning about ANIMALS. 



The topic is called 'Aren't Animals Amazing?' We will be looking at texts such as 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' as well as 'Dear Zoo'. We will visit the Forest School and be looking at different classifications of animals...are they reptiles, mammals or amphibians, farm animals or wild animals or are they pets? As well as looking at how amazing we, as humans are. (Well aren't we? surprise) In Maths we will be looking at more or less numbers to 20 and beyond, concentrating on forming our numbers. We will be studying Henri Rousessau in our Art lessons and trying to recreate some of his work.


We will continue with our daily phonic lessons in order to help reading, writing and letter formation.



Our topic is called 'Animals and Me!' We will be looking at the animals around us and the patterns that they have. We will be having daily phonics lessons in order to build up a bank of letters and sounds which we can then practice writing out own names and the names of animals. In Maths we will concentrate on counting up to 5 and beyond as well as forming the numbers correctly.


Being the first term, we will get to know the children through play and circle times, allowing their confidence and trust in themselves and others grow.




We will be taking our learning outside on Monday afternoons (come rain or come shine!) so please can you ensure you bring wellies on this day. You can leave them at school should you wish, but please ensure that they are labelled.




PE kits will be needed for children. Our PE lessons will take place on a Friday afternoon during 'Fitness Friday'. (Year 1 will be already familiar with this.) PE kits can be left at school for each half term and then taken home to be washed during the holidays! Please ensure all kits are labelled clearly with names (shorts included please.) Year 1 will also have PE on Thursday afternoons.