Reception

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

our topic is: Minibeasts!

Our topic will encourage children to become Minibeast detectives!
The topic begins exploring the story ‘Dangerous’ which describes a Mole who is interested in labelling everything! The Mole soon reveals that he is also ‘Super Mole’ and he wants the children to complete a series of challenges; surrounding Minibeasts!
There will be some new friends in the classroom, where the children will be responsible to help them change and grow.
We have included in this booklet some of the things we will be focusing on throughout the half term and give ideas about how you can help at home.  

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:
 * Talking about our strengths and weaknesses
* Discussing what they are good at
* Attempting challenges independently and knowing when to ask for help

You can help at home by:

* Discussing challenges with your child
* Giving your child  a small responsibility at home   

Communication and Language: 

 We will be:
 * Following stories without pictures
* Giving a detailed account of experiences and imagining other possibilities
* Expressing their own views and opinions surrounding stories

You can help at home by:

* Encouraging your child to express their own opinion of characters in a story that has been shared

Physical Development: 

We will be:
* Practising to write on the line
* Practising to control letter size
* Challenging themselves to go through different obstacles
* Preparing for Sports Day through team games 

You can help at home by:

* Encouraging writing at home and supporting your child to write on the line, whilst using appropriate letter size

Specific Areas of Development:

Literacy

We will be:
 * Including describing words in our writing, along with words of more
than one syllable
* Writing for a variety of purposes; fact file, letter
* Ensuring High Frequency Words are used in our writing
 

You can help at home by:

* Encourage your child to extend their sentence writing using describing words

Maths

We will be:
* Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
* Exploring doubling and symmetry
* Sharing a variety of amounts  

You can help at home by:

* Practising to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
* Doubling and sharing amounts practically  

p. e. Kit and book bags

P.E. Kits needs to be left in school. P.E. Lessons will take place once a week, on 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.

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.

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 £1.25 per week to the class teacher if you would like your child to receive a snack and drink.

school meals

We are committed to providing excellent food that is healthy, tasty, nutritionally balanced and is presented in an attractive way that the children will enjoy. A School Dinner is currently provided Free for Reception

Dates for your diary

RM and RA – Parent Workshop – Thursday 9th May
Trip to Castle Bromwich Gardens – Monday 13th May 

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