A note from Mrs Hodgkinson and Miss Gibson……

We are looking forward to a new half term .The children are now well settled and will be working in their new Maths and Literacy groups from this week.

Now the weather is changing the children will need a warm coat and wellie boots for outside learning and walks around school every day.

This is always a busy half term with lots going on around school. Please make sure you check your child’s bags and notice boards in the classroom for letters of events.

We hope that parents will be able to join us for our Stay and Play session on Friday 10th November at 1.30pm.

As ever if you have any questions do not hesitate to come and ask.

Many thanks

The Reception Team  


> Autumn Term 2

Some areas for development this term

In Literacy we will be continuing to develop the children’s ability to sound out 3 and 4 letter words and begin to put these into a simple sentence. We will be revising already taught sounds and will also be teaching the children digraphs sh, th, ee, oo, ch. Some children will begin to be included in group reading sessions.

In maths we will be focusing on recognising, counting and ordering numbers to 10 or 20. We will be learning to recognise coins from 1p to 20p and use the words heavy and light to describe the weight of objects.

We will be continuing to focus on the children’s ability to use a pencil with increasing control to enable them to form letters correctly.

Outline of the themes for this term

Our topic this half term is called ‘All About Bears’. We will be talking about and comparing bears and using technology to find out about different types of bears. We will learn to describe, paint and draw bears. We will have a ‘bring a bear to school ‘day and this will include a bears breakfast. More information to follow.

We will end the term by learning about the story of the first Christmas and learn about Christmas traditions. We will look at how families celebrate Christmas differently.

The children will take part in a Christmas Nativity which I am sure you will look forward to.

How you can help your child?

We have been working on developing the children’s independence and developing a ‘Can Do’ attitude. Please help us in continuing this idea at home by encouraging the children to have a go whenever possible, to keep trying even when they find something difficult. Praise your child for having a go and the effort they put in even if the outcome is not what you expected. It’s amazing what children can achieve when they keep trying, practise skills independently and when their efforts are praised and rewarded.

The children will now have their personal targets please help them to achieve these by working towards them at home.

Continue to encourage a passion for reading and books. Introduce the children to new vocabulary, make up a story, and ask questions. Most importantly let your child talk about the book.



> Languages Day

Ethan: “I liked it when we had scones for snacks.”

Zuzanna: “My favourite was making the flags.”

Annie: “I liked walking around the playground where everyone was.”

Alex: “I liked playing rugby.”