A note from Mrs. Hodgkinson and Miss Gibson…… We hope you have had a good holiday. This school year has gone so quickly and we can’t quite believe this is our last half term before the children move into Year 1. We will begin to prepare the children for the transition by talking to them about the expectations in their new class and later this term the children will find out what class they will be in and who their class teacher will be. They will take part in some transition days so they can become familiar with their teachers. We will be focusing on an artist this half term to take part in our school’s annual Art Gallery where you will have the opportunity to look at the children’s work on show and buy their art work for a small fee which will be put towards school funds. There are a lot of activities planned throughout school over the next few weeks including Sports Days and Open days. Please make sure you have received the school newsletter which has a calendar of all these events, information can also be found on the school website. As ever if you have any queries about any aspect of school please do not hesitate to see us. Some areas for development this term Literacy In literacy Miss Gibson’s group will work towards writing short sentences. They are continuing to learn a new digraph each week .Mrs Hodgkinson’s group will be continuing to practice applying already learnt digraphs in words and writing sentences to include capital letters and full stops. We are embedding already taught ideas of writing lists, labels, stories, instructions and descriptive words. Please look on the classroom working wall for the digraphs and sounds the children are working on each week. Both classes will continue to work on handwriting, we will focus on neat, small correctly formed letters and writing on a line. Maths In maths we will consolidating all the concepts we have taught the children throughout this year e.g. simple addition and subtraction, doubling, halving numbers, and recognising and ordering numbers to 20. In shape space and measures we will be developing the children’ s ability to talk about 2d and 3 d shapes , distances, recognise coins and language of size. Miss Gibson’s maths group will investigating length to see which is longer, fiver unifix or 5 paperclips. Both groups will be working on counting higher numbers accurately. Outline of the themes for this term Our topic this half term is based on the story ‘Giraffes can’t dance’, it is about making music and dancing. We will be finding out about different styles of dancing and trying out our dance skills. We will be looking at different instruments learning about them and the sounds they make. The children will have the opportunity to listen to small groups of instrumentalists and will be able to make their own music, playing a variety of instruments such as the keyboards and xylophones. We will also make our own instruments using recycled materials and play in a class band. Family Homework We would like you and your child to design and make a model of an animal the children may have seen at the wildlife park/zoo using recycled materials.  Please include the children in the making process as much as possible, it is important that it is their own work and that they are able to talk about how they made their model. Bring them into school throughout the half term and we will display these in our classrooms. Enjoy being creative and good luck! Many thanks The Reception Team  

> Autumn

Some areas for development this term In literacy we will be focusing on teaching the children their initial letter sounds, ensuring they know all of them and that they can hear these sounds in words. We will be teaching the children how to form the letters correctly and apply this when writing their name during their morning activities. In maths we will be focusing on recognising, counting and ordering numbers to 5, 10 or 20. We will be focusing on the children’s ability to use a pencil with increasing control through lots of fine motor activities. Outline of the themes for this term Our topic this half term is called ‘Big me, Little Me’ . We will be getting to know each other through circle times, and sharing photos. We will look at how they are different to others and how they have grown from being a baby. We will talk about what they like and dislike. To help us with this we would like the children to bring in a photo of when they were a baby to talk about and put on our display. We will soon send out our Family Homework which will give you an opportunity for you and your child to work together to produce a piece of work for our topic board in school. No pressure How you can help your child? Encourage independence, let your child have a go on their own first! You could use a star chart to encourage them to do activities themselves such as dressing and undressing. Find fun ways to learn and practise letter names and sound e.g. Eye Spy, playing teachers at home and getting them to teach you the letters and sounds, go on a sound hunt find things beginning with specific letters. We want to encourage a passion for reading and books. This can be done through you reading to your child as well as them reading to you. ‘Talk about the pictures; give the characters in the story names. Introduce the children to new vocabulary, make up a story, and ask questions. Most importantly let your child talk about the book. Encourage your child to practise writing their first and last names. Please only use capital letters for the first letter. Point out numbers, look at computer games that encourage number recognition. Count everything! And finally…! Try to ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep. Adapting to full time school is tiring. The children are on the go, learning something new each day. It can be exciting but also exhausting!!!

> Red Nose Day 2017