Reception

Teachers: Mrs A. Morrison (RA), Miss R. Millns (RM)
Teaching assistants: Ms M. Best, Mrs K. Forrest 

our topic is: day and night

The topic will revolve around the children finding an empty nest in their classrooms, the children will predict what animal it could be; with a nocturnal animal visit to help them!
When they find out it is a hedgehog, the hedgehog will send them questions and challenges through videos. The children will explore daily routine, safety and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

This topic will encourage children to take an active role in living a healthy and safe lifestyle. We would love to see any activities you have explored with your child at home on Tapestry!

Here are some useful websites to support your child's learning:

Cbeebies stories
British Council Short Stories
Activity Village Mini-beasts

Tapestry

It would be brilliant if you could share as many learning experiences with your child as possible, based on what we are learning about in class. If you do this, we would love to see what you have been doing on Tapestry. You can log onto Tapestry and upload pictures and write a summary of what you have been doing. This will then be added to your child’s online learning journal.

Prime Areas of Development:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

We will be:
* Discussing different feelings
* Learning new routines
* Learning about self-care
* Learning about the importance of a healthy lifestyle 

You can help at home by:

* encouraging your child to discuss the different feelings of characters at different times when reading stories.

* Discuss with your child the importance of daily routine 

Communication and Language: 

 We will be:
* Rehearsing for our Christmas play
* Joining in with class discussion during circle time and when we have visitors
* Engaging in discussion about nocturnal animals  

You can help at home by:

* Encouraging your child to tell you about nocturnal animals
* Discussing the differences between nocturnal and diurnal animals
* Encouraging your child to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle when eating and washing 

Physical Development: 

We will be:
* Learning how to be safe when walking on roads at night
* Completing lots of different fine motor activities, including making
clay hedgehogs and doing some sewing.
* Learning how to throw, catch and kick balls in PE
* Holding pencils in the correct grip when writing

You can help at home by:

*Encouraging your child to be aware of dangers when crossing roads and when walking in public.
* Correcting your child’s pencil grip when they are writing 

Specific Areas of Development:

Literacy

We will be:
* Discussing rhyming words
* Using story books and information books to support our learning
* Writing lists of different animals
* Writing letters and cards to the hedgehog leading
up to Christmas 

You can help at home by:

* Making lists of different nocturnal animals
* Researching different animals and discussing their differences and similarities 

Maths

We will be:
* Comparing objects by weight and length
* Recognising numbers to 20
* Introducing addition
* Continuing to understand 1 more and 1 less
  

You can help at home by:

* Encouraging your child to help in the kitchen to compare the weight of objects
* Collecting different natural objects and ordering them by size
* Encouraging your child to count everything 

p. e. Kit and book bags

P.E. Kits needs to be left in school. P.E. Lessons will take place twice a week, on Monday and Thursday. Book bags and diaries need to come into school every day. Library books need to come to school every Friday.

Don’t forget to share these activities with us on Tapestry!

Attendance and Punctuality

Good attendance and punctuality is essential to help your child achieve the best they
possibly can. The best attendees each term are invited to take part in an exciting trip, paid for by the school, called the Golden Adventure.   

Tapestry online learning journal

We love seeing what your child is doing at home on Tapestry.

It would be brilliant if you could share as many learning experiences with your child as possible, based on what we are learning about in class. If you do this, we would love to see what you have been doing on Tapestry. You can log onto Tapestry and upload pictures and write a summary of what you have been doing. This will then be added to your child’s online learning journal.

Stamps

Children can achieve reward stamps for trying hard with their work! Every time they collect 50 stamps, they are awarded with a certificate.

Snack

We aim to teach the children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, our fantastic chef provides a range of healthy snacks. Please pay £1.50 per week to the class teacher if you would like your child to receive a snack and drink.

Uniform and Jewellery:

Please ensure children wear the correct school uniform, including black shoes and plain socks. Jewellery must not be worn. Please label all items so that they can be easily reacquainted with children if they are mislaid. This includes the inside of coats, shoes, hats, gloves and scarves.

Dates for your diary

Nocturnal Animal Visit – 8th November
Visits from; Dental nurse, policeman and fire men.
 

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