Reception Weekly Update, week ending 6/11/15


Welcome back! We hope you had a restful and relaxing half term. 


The first week back after a school holiday can be a challenging time for young children, and the Reception classes have shown a wonderful spirit and positive attitude during this first week back. They quickly settled back into the school routines and have taken to our new learning topics with enthusiasm.


In Phonics this week, we have introduced our first set of sounds, s a t and p. Reading is made of many components and it is as equally important for the children to be able to recognise the sounds we learn as it is for them to be able to hear them in words. You will have received your first set of sound cards and reading books this week. Please practise the sound cards with your child as often as you can, encouraging them to say both the sound and the letter name. (Details of the upcoming phonics workshop for parents will be sent home next week so please do come along to clarify any queries you have about phoincs). You could search around your house for objects beginning with our 4 sounds of the week, or maybe collect a few items up yourself and encourage your child to match each object to its initial sound in the sound book (for example, a sock, an apple, a tomato and a pencil). When writing the letters, we are encouraging good formation and practising using the 'leaders and joiners' to make the school cursive font. You will have received a handwriting guide in your child's bookbag this week and you can use this to support their writing at home. 


In Maths we have continued our learning of numbers with 11, 12 and 13. These are understandably trickier than the single digit numbers so do use any opportunity where these numbers are visible to open discussion with your child (for example, buses, receipts, TV channels etc.). We will be moving on to 14 and 15 next week so do feel free to look out for these too!


To develop our Understanding of the World this week we had our wonderful visit from PC Amar to introduce our topic of People Who Help Us. The children have also painted someone who helps them and this will link into our Circle Time next week when we talk about what we would like to be when we grow up. 


In RE we have continued to practise the Lord's Prayer and we are focusing on the Christian value of Wisdom this term. The children have learnt that wisdom means more than just being wise - it also means you need to think about the consequences of your actions on yourself and others. 


In PE the children have enjoyed active games that encourage and develop movement and the skill of following instructions. Please be aware that PE has now moved to a Wednesday and please make sure that your child has a fully named kit in school for next week. 


Finally, the children have made some beautiful firework pictures this week. If you are going to watch fireworks this weekend, we hope you have a lovely evening and we look forward to hearing all the exciting weekend news about bonfires, toffee apples and sparklers on Monday!