Autumn 1 Newsletter – Reception 2016

Welcome to Reception!

We hope you have all had a lovely summer and are looking forward to learning lots of new things.

Our Topic for this half term is Magical Me!

During this topic we will be looking at ourselves, our school community, our local community, our senses and our bodies.

Each week will have a different focus these are:

Week 1 Welcome to our school
Week 2 Marvellous Me
Week 3 What I Like About Me
Week 4 Our Community
Week 5 The Senses
Week 6 My Skeleton
Week 7 Funnybones

Reading at home

During the first three weeks of the autumn term each child will be given a school book bag with a reading book and a reading diary. Initially these books may be picture books and through these we encourage children to become familiar with how a story works and for them to tell the story themselves by using the pictures. It is also all about getting the children into a routine of reading and finding it an enjoyable experience.  Please try to hear your child read at home 3 times per week. Although we teach the children the skills to help them to read, it is essential that they have chance to practice these reading skills at home. We will begin to teach the children phonics in week three; this is where they learn the sounds that letters make to help them to segment and blend letters together to read words. If phonics is new to you please don’t worry as we will be holding a phonics workshop where we will explain how we teach this aspect and to show you different ways in which you can support this at home.


Learning tree

Outside the classroom is receptions learning tree. This tree is for you to celebrate your child’s learning with us at school. We would like to know what you are proud of and any achievements that the children have made at home.

This may be swimming certificates, dance shows or football trophies. It may be a celebration of something that you notice your child has learnt at school. Please add anything to it you wish to and let us share your pride!


Morning work

Morning work happens at the start of every day from 8:45-9.00. This is a good opportunity to settle the children and for you to be involved in the school day. It is not compulsory to stay with your children and we understand if you are not able to stay.  Morning work may include activities such as handwriting, reading and recording family news.


Learning Logs

Your child will receive a new learning log activity every Tuesday. Please help your child to complete these activities at home as they will enhance their learning and may form part of a session the following week. The first activity will be to decorate their learning log with things/people/objects that are of interest to them. We like children to do this to allow them to have a sense of ownership and to help us learn about their interests. Children who bring back their learning log each week will receive a sticker to add to their sticker chart.


Other information

Our PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays; please ensure that your child brings their book bag, water bottle and PE kit to school every day. Please ensure that any clothes your child brings to school are clearly labelled so we can ensure they go home with the correct child.

We are very excited for the year ahead and look forward to seeing your children grow and develop. If you have any questions or you are worried please do not hesitate to ask any of the reception team.

Thank you for your support,

The Reception Team.