A note from Mrs. Hodgkinson and Miss Gibson……

We hope you had a good holiday.

Hopefully the weather will get milder as we are looking forward to getting out and about with  lots of days out planned for this half term to support our topic ’Where we Live’. Letters of dates have been sent out, please make sure the children have their wellington boots and suitable clothing in school on these days to accommodate all weathers. We will put a list of these dates on the class notice boards as a reminder.

Family homework

If you haven’t already done so we would love you to get involved in building a model or making a picture of a building so we can create a mini Armthorpe village within our classroom. Some ideas might include a shop, church, fish and chip take away, café, garage, library etc. Please ensure your child works with you as much as possible to do this.

Please remember Library day on Wednesday. You are most welcome to come into the classrooms and choose a book with your child.

It is fantastic that more and more children are now taking a reading scheme book home. After practising this book at home for a week, please bring it back to school for us to listen to your child read if you have not brought it in earlier. Please remember to take it out of the book bag and place it in the reading tray.

Some areas for development this term

In Literacy some children will be learning the name of letters and matching capital and lower case letters. We will be introducing capital letters into writing activities for those children that are ready. Other groups will be continuing to write simple sentences using cvc words, putting 2 words together and continuing to write a sentence to accompany a picture.

In maths the children will be halving and doubling numbers and continuing to add and subtract numbers to 20. We will be using money to add and subtract and some children will learn to count money in 10s, 5s and 2s. We will be encouraging the children to use their maths skills and what they know about numbers to solve problems in play situations.

Following on from last terms apparatus sessions the children will be developing their gymnastic skills on a variety of gymnastic equipment. Please make sure the children have long hair tied back and have the correct P.E. clothes, they will not want to miss out!!

Outline of the themes for this term

Our topic this half term is ‘Where we Live’. We will be walking around the local area, walking to the woods and visiting the library and church. We will be developing the children’s ability to talk about features of their local environment and the people who work in it. We will teach the children to compare places and talk about how they are different. We would like the children to tell us what they like about living where they do and what might make it even better.

We will be learning about the traditions of Easter and hopefully towards the end of the term, begin to look for signs of Spring.

How you can help your child?

Before half term your child will have received their new targets. Please continue to work on these at home.

Continue to practise your child’s reading book on a daily basis and practise red words.

This is a great topic for family members to get involved in by talking to the children about Armthorpe and the roles people play within the community. Talk to the children about taking care of the place we live and about what being a good member of the community is all about.

We are planning our second Stay and Play session for parents on Thursday 22nd March in the afternoon, we will be basing our activities on Maths. More details will follow nearer the time.

The Foundation team



> Spring Term 1

Some areas for development this term

In literacy we will be focusing on writing and reading by sounding out and blending words together. Some of the children will be continuing to learn new digraphs. Please look on the classroom working wall for the digraphs and sounds the children are working on.

We will be teaching the children how to apply the sounds in their writing, using spaces between words and for the children that are ready to include capital letters and full stops in their work.

In maths we will continue to focus on recognising, counting and ordering numbers to 20 and for some children adding and subtracting 2 numbers.

We are also learning to recognise coins and use these in role play.

We will be expecting the children to use words related to time e.g. afternoon, morning, night time, next, before, after and also know the days of the week and the months of the year.

Outline of the themes for this term

Our topic this half term is ‘Transport’.  We are looking forward to our visit to the National Rail Museum in York which will give lots of opportunities to talk in detail and write about the visit. We will be talking about and identifying emergency vehicles and the role these play within our community.

We will also be looking at how people in other countries use different forms of transport.

We will be setting up a travel agents role play area as part of our literacy activities.

The children will be involved in work related to the season and will be talking about how the weather affects us. We will be mixing winter colours and reading winter stories. Towards the end of this half term we will be learning about Chinese New Year which will involve food tasting, making a Chinese dragon, lanterns and Chinese mark making etc.

How you can help your child?

Please work on the children’s individual targets given out at the end of last term.

Continue to develop the children’s ability to form letters correctly and encourage neat, small writing during morning writing activities.

If your child has brought home their list of tricky words please continue to practice these on a regular basis. The children will need to read and write them.

Point out and read words when you are around and about and talk about the letters used in them.

Read to the children on a regular basis and talk about the stories checking the children have understood what you have read by questioning them about aspects of the book.





> World Book Day

Reception had a fantastic time dressing up as people who help us to celebrate world book day  we had police officers, dance teachers, football coaches, nurses and  doctors,  bakers, shop keepers  and fire fighters. We enjoyed looking at non fiction books to find out about the different people working within our community as well as reading other fantastic stories.




> Transport

During our transport topic, Reception visited York’s Railway Museum. The children had the opportunity to dress up, join in with an interactive Punch and Judy show and explore the vast collections of trains that were in the museum. Despite the rain, the children also enjoyed a ride on the miniature train ride!

> Teddy Bear’s Picnic

The children in Reception have enjoyed bringing their teddy bears into school for a picnic. Our teddy bears joined us for the entire day, they even joined in with our maths lesson! We spent the day tasting porridge with honey and jam and eating crumpets with our bears.

> 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.”



> Letters

Reception Spring Term 1 Newsletter

Reception York Train Museum Trip

Reception Christmas Concert Letter 2017

Reception Autumn Term 2 Newsletter

Phonics Workshop & Stay And Play

Language Letter Reception England

Reception Newsletter Autumn Term 1 2017