Christmas update for parents:

What a busy half term this has been!

The children have been getting ready to celebrate Christmas. We have been learning about the Christmas story and why it is such a special time of year. We loved our recent visit to St Mark’s Church, where we got to look around the Church, even going up some stairs to see a beautiful stained-glass window. We drew pictures of what we could see and enjoyed hearing the vicar, Robert talk to us about the Christmas story.

In Literacy, children have been using their knowledge of all the sounds learnt so far to write labels for pictures and are beginning to write Christmas wish lists to Santa and cards to their family and friends in our Santa’s grotto role-play! Children have now learnt many tricky words which they are beginning to read from sight, when sharing books or reading signs and labels around the room.

Karmel and Oliver class have been learning to combine two groups of objects and count up to find how many they have altogether. We have been learning to use a variety of strategies to solve these number sentences, such as counting on our fingers, learning to ‘jump’ along the number line and use the objects to practically count. We enjoy clapping to see how many children are in school each day, using our class number lines to help us.

We are now getting ready for our Christmas concert and we have worked really hard to remember all the lines to our Christmas songs! We are very excited to perform to our families. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to another fun filled term of learning after the holidays!

xmas tree

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What we have been up to so far…

The children in Karmel and Oliver have been settling well into our new classrooms and are becoming familiar with the routines. The Reception children have begun Phonics and are fast learning many of the sounds of the alphabet. The children will now start to take 2 reading books home each week on their colour group day (see the inside cover of Reading Record books) and these are to be returned the following week. Please comment in the Reading record books to let us know how they find the stories and what sounds they notice whilst sharing the story with you.

Reading Record picture

Children are enjoying mark making in all areas of the classroom – both inside and out and we are introducing the children to forming their letters using the pre-cursive script. You can help your child at home to get ready for writing by encouraging fine-motor activities. For example, playing with play dough to strengthen finger muscles, posting pennies into a money box, forming letters in sand or shaving foam.

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Please click on the below for more information to help your child's learning:

Reception Welcome Booklet 2019

Reception Learning Wheel Autumn 2019

Reception Learning Wheel November 2019

Letter join document