Reception

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

our topic is: Once upon a time

Our topic on Traditional Stories and Fairy tales will have the children turning into amazing writers.
The topic begins with a mysterious beanstalk appearing in the classroom. The children will get to know Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk) and through him get to meet lots of other characters and learn about different stories.
There will be runaway Gingerbread Men and much more fun!
We have included in this booklet some of the things we will be focusing on throughout the term and give ideas about how you can help at home.

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:
* Talking about how we show our feelings
* Listening to the ideas of others
* Sharing our similarities and differences  

You can help at home by:

* Talking about different feelings; encouraging your child to take account of others ideas.
* Discuss with your child the importance of daily routine 

Communication and Language: 

 We will be:
* Talking about the stories we have heard
* Making up our own stories as we play
* Thinking about the needs of the listener
* Following stories without picture prompts 

You can help at home by:

* Encouraging them to ask questions and change different parts of stories they have heard; helping them to speak appropriately to different people

Physical Development: 

We will be:
* Making sure we form letters correctly
* Dancing to different fairy-tale music
* Using large apparatus for climbing
* Learning how to throw and catch a ball appropriately 

You can help at home by:

*Helping them to practise writing their letters correctly.

Specific Areas of Development:

Literacy

We will be:
 * Writing in full sentences, using capital letters and full stops; then checking what we have written makes sense
* Writing wanted posters, invitations and our own stories
* Learning how to follow story maps, to create their own
* Describing characters to extend sentences
 

You can help at home by:

* Encouraging your child to write for a reason e.g. a shopping list, a letter etc. 

Maths

We will be:
* Understanding different ways to add and subtract numbers
* Finding one more and one less
* Exploring halving and doubling

You can help at home by:

* Helping them to recognise numbers to 20, helping them to write numbers

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

· 17th January - Trip to Aston Hall - Fairytale Workshop RA & RM
 

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