Welcome to Reception Class
We hope your child will enjoy their very important first year with us – learning and becoming independent in a fun and challenging way. In Reception class we aim to provide a wide variety of worthwhile and meaningful experiences, which will give your child firm foundations on which to build their future education. We provide a stimulating environment to make learning enjoyable and interesting.
This term we will be concentrating on the following topics:
- Using number names in our play and learning lots of number rhymes.
- Reciting numbers, and finding out how high we can count.
- Recognising numbers.
- Learning how to write numbers carefully, using the correct formation.
- Matching numerals to quantities.
- Counting objects carefully.
- Using positional vocabulary.
- Naming shapes, and using them to make pictures and models.
- Ordering two items by length, height, weight or capacity.
This term we will be concentrating on the following topics:
- Listening carefully to lots of new stories.
- Joining in with familiar, or repeated parts in stories.
- Retelling and acting out stories we have heard.
- Recognising and reading familiar words.
- Handling books carefully and correctly.
- Finding rhyming words.
- Spotting alliteration in rhymes and stories.
- Writing our name, labels and captions.
- Copying and writing letters of the alphabet carefully, using the correct pencil grip and letter formation.
Autumn Term Topics
Rhythm and Rhyme
During our first weeks at school we will be looking at different songs and nursery rhymes. We will be learning and performing new rhymes, as well as listening to the rhymes which children already know. Our craft area will be full of materials to allow children to be creative and create both familiar and new nursery rhyme characters and props. Our role play area is a house, and there are many lovely dressing up opportunities connected to promote independence and creativity. There will be many indoor and outdoor construction challenges for children, including building a wall for Humpty Dumpty and a boat for Incy Wincy spider! During this time we hope children will become familiar with classroom routines and layout and make lots of new friends.
Spring Term Topics
Winter and Snow
During the first half of the Spring term we will be hoping for some cold winter weather to make our topic come alive! We will be basing our learning on fiction and non -fiction books and poems such as Jack Frost, Snowballs, Frozen, The snowman, The Emperors Egg, Penguin Small and Dear Polar Bear. In Science we will be describing our experiences of cold weather and finding out about ways which humans and other animals keep warm in winter. We will also be thinking about dangers of snow and ice such as avalanches, slipping and frozen ponds and will be melting and freezing lots of things! Outdoors we will be moving like snowflakes, making obstacle courses to exercise and keep warm outside and playing games where you have to freeze. We plan to have lots of fun in our milk bottle igloo while we learn about the Inuit way of life, and hopefully will be making lots of imaginative winter props and glistening snowy, icy pictures.
Tell me a story
Summer Term Topics
Roots, shoots and muddy boots
During the first half of the Summer term we will be talking about changes that have happened throughout the seasons in our school grounds and local area. We will make lots of careful observations of animals and plants and try our best to talk about and explain the similarities, differences and changes that have happened. We will be using the IPads to photograph and record our findings to share with others. We will be creating, drawing and labelling plants and animals and will be using non fiction books to help us to continue to make new discoveries and learn new things. We look forward to changing our role play area into a giants castle to help us with retelling stories, measuring, singing and dancing.
Things To Remember
Please could parents ensure that their child always has appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather conditions, as we will be outside for periods of time.
- Water bottles – Please ensure children have a bottle filled with water at school each day.
- Reading folders – Please bring these to school EVERY DAY.
- PE – Monday and Friday (please ensure ear-rings are removed on these days)
- Reading books – Practise with a grown-up. Please write in the reading record book to let school know how your child has managed and return to school the next day.
- Homework activities – Given each week to reinforce work we have completed at school. Please have fun completing these games and activities while at the same time helping children to get into good homework routines.
- Tapestry – Please have a look to see what we have been doing at school. It’s great to talk to children about what they have been doing and share the photographs with them, and please feel free to add any comments or keep school updated with the great things you do at home too.
Trips & Events
*Please note that these events may be subject to change.*
- Wednesday 13th October – Parents and carers are invited to join us to celebrate at our harvest festival assembly starting from 9.30am
- Friday 15th October – Children in Reception will be visiting Hardwick Park as part of their science, geography and literacy work to take part in a ‘leaf hunt’ workshop
- Tuesday 19th October and Wednesday 20th October – Parents evenings
- Wednesday 20th October – The English National Opera is visiting Byerley Park!
- Thursday 21st October – PTA School disco
- Friday 22nd October – Break up for half term
- Friday 12th November – Wear something spotty for Children in Need
- Friday 26th November – INSET day
- Monday 29th November – INSET day
- Wednesday 1st December – Hall Hill Farm trip to see the animals in their winter homes and hopefully meet a very special guest!
- Tuesday 7th December (2.15 pm) and Wednesday 8th December (9.30 am) – Parents and carers are invited to join us to watch the KS1 And Reception nativity performance
- Wednesday 15th December – Christmas dinner, jumper AND party day!
- Friday 17th December – Break up for Christmas Holidays
- 5th January – Children return to school
- Tuesday 15th February – Children in Reception to take part in a ‘Move with Max’ festival at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
- Friday 18th February – Break up for half term
- Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day
- Tuesday 5th April and Wed 6th April – Parents’ evenings
- Thursday 7th April – school disco
- Thursday 7th April – Break up for the Easter holidays
- Reports sent to parents: Fri 15th July 2022