Exploring Autumn

In Reception this week we have celebrated the final week of our half term by exploring all things Autumnal. We have counted conkers, looked carefully at colour and...

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In Reception this week we have celebrated the final week of our half term by exploring all things Autumnal. We have counted conkers, looked carefully at colour and used crunchy leaves for fabulous crafts.

In Phonics, we introduced the sounds /n/, /o/ and /p/. Combined with our previous phonics sounds we have been able to read and write lots of new words (including pop, not, pen and pan).

After the holiday, we will introduce the sounds /b/, /c/, /g/ and /h/. Feel free to start thinking about them at home next week! Please remember to stick with lower case letters and use the correct pronunciations of sounds e.g. ‘ssss’ not ‘suh’ when pronouncing /s/. The teachers have been so impressed with all of the children during our phonics session. So early in the year and they are already writing and sounding out with increasing independence. Wonderful!

Throughout this half term we have looked at numbers 1-10 in great detail. The children have explored many different representations, numerals and number lines. We have started to understand one more and one less and are applying our mathematical skills during playful learning.

In the first week back we will be counting actions and sounds. This skill requires children to listen carefully and count in their heads rather than pointing at items as they count. It allows us to count while dancing, jumping and keeping active so we will have lots of fun during our maths sessions.

Our Topic for next term is ‘The Show Must Go On’. We will look at dance and music from around the world and lots of different types of performance. In November, we will be visiting Storey’s Field Centre to watch a performance from a visiting theatre company. This will support us as we put on our own festive performance in December! The visit will involve a voluntary contribution of around £6. Details will be sent out after the half term holiday.

If you or any familiar members might be able to help us out with musical, dance or other performances then please do let us know!

Well done to everyone for a wonderful first half term at school!

Parents, thank you for all of the support that you have provided during the transition process into school. We know that half days, home visits etc. can see tricky at the time but hopefully you have now seen the benefits as your child is happy and settled in school.

We will see you all on Monday 1st November,

The Reception Team