This Term in Reception

Mrs Turner's Message for the week:
As you know, our topic is called 'Terrific Tales' and this week's tale is Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present by John Burningham. This is a beautiful story full of kindness and Christmas magic. It gives an opportunity for children to re-tell the story, change the story and make maps of the story. You may like to look at the planning sheet below to see some of the activities that the children will be experiencing.
We are making excellent progress with phonics and have almost finished phase 2, it is so exciting to see how the children are learning the phonemes and applying them in reading and writing. I will be doing assessments in the next couple of weeks and I'll let you know any gaps that you can help us support your child with. I would urge you all to look at this link PHONIC TEACHING as it will help you to understand how we are teaching your child phonics. It has short videos to help too. 
Please do always get in touch with me if you have any questions or worries. Emailing is probably the easiest as then I can respond with a phone call or arrange a meeting. It is sometimes difficult to talk quietly at drop off an pick off. If you have something more urgent, please ring the school office.
All the best,
Mrs Charis Turner
Our Topic 
Our topic this term is around the theme of 'Terrific Tales' and we will also be enjoying learning about Fireworks, Diwali, Remembrance, Children in Need and enjoying the build up to Christmas. Some of the stories  that we will cover are:
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Nativity
  • Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present
  • ....and many more!.

The children's learning will be delivered through adult led activities and play with a story book as a focus for learning each week. I will update the website page on a weekly basis to make you aware of our focus.

Phonics this Term:
As a school we are embarking on a new Phonics scheme. It is called Letters and Sounds Revisited and is produced by Little Wandle. This is really exciting for us and we are sure this will be really significant for our teaching of reading. Once we have received all the training and resources we will invite you to a workshop so that you can have an understanding of how we are teaching your children. Please do look at this website and the resources below to support your child at home.
We have assessed your child's phonic understanding so far and are going to be giving them a new decodable book which exactly matches their developing phonic knowledge. They will also have a 'time together' story book which is for you to read and share with them. We are excited that we have ordered brand new books. 
New books were sent home on Friday (for all the children who had their books in school), children should be heard read at least 5 times a week and a comment should be left in their home/school diaries. We will teach your child to read and will record this with a stamp in the reading records. We encourage that you share stories with your children as this is very beneficial for their reading progress and will help them learn to read for pleasure. You will also receive a reading race and each day they read with you at home (and an entry is made in their reading record books) please date a circle on the reading race. Please only one circle per day! Once a race is completed, they will receive a prize.
Maths - numbers to 5: five

Children continue to subitise up to 5 items and to count forwards, and backwards, accurately using the counting principles. They represent up to 5 objects on a five frame and understand that if the frame is full then there are five. This is a good opportunity to link to birthdays as children will soon be five. Five is also the focus of many number songs and rhymes.