Class 1 2023 - 2024
Mrs Bennett Mrs Cupples Mrs Parker Miss Rae Mrs Legg
Mrs Bennett and Mrs Cupples are the teachers in Reception. Mrs Bennett works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays, and Mrs Cupples works Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.
We also have three wonderful teaching assistants, Mrs Parker, Miss Rae and Mrs Legg who work with us in Reception. Mrs Parker is a qualified teacher who covers the class when needed. Mrs Legg works Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays, and Miss Rae works Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays.
Welcome to Reception!
Welcome to the Autumn Term in Reception. We hope all of our children and families have had a lovely summer break. We really enjoyed getting to know all children in the settling in sessions in the Summer Term, and we are really looking forward to welcoming the new Reception children into our school.
Below you will find some information about the different areas of learning we will be covering in Reception this term - we will continue to plan using the children's interests each week. We provide our children with creative provision to ensure they develop the necessary skills across all areas of development. We encourage a love of learning, play and the outdoors. Please don't forget to send P.E. kits into school - these will remain in school for the whole half term.
This term children will be doing lots of settling in and exploring activities to get them used to some of the routines of school. We will focus on friendships, getting to know our children as well as some other key skills. The children will also spend time getting to know their Year 2 buddies. If you would like to know how to help your child at home please just ask one of the teachers and we will be happy to help.
We will start this half term by reading the books 'The Colour Monster' and 'The Gingerbread Man' and our focus this term will be 'On the doorstep/All about me'. We will plan our provision around this topic and the children's interests. We will focus on story language and will begin to learn some new sounds and words.
If you have these texts at home, please try not to read them to your child so we can leave some parts of the stories a surprise to our children!
Snack and Lunch
The school lunches have always proven popular with Reception children and we will be supporting all children to get to know the routines and systems at lunch time. We offer at least two choices for lunch each day, which children all choose each morning. Children can also choose to have a piece of toast at snack time, or a bacon sandwich on a Friday. Children are more than welcome to bring their own healthy snack in too. Parents can pay for snack by logging into ParentPay, all school lunches are free.
If you have any issues accessing ParentPay, please get in touch with the school office.
Phonics and Reading
All children take part in daily phonics sessions following the Read Write Inc. programme which will begin once children have settled into school. Mrs Adams, our reading lead, will soon be holding a workshop for parents to share how we teach phonics and reading in school. Please keep an eye out for the date for this.
Meet the Numberblocks!
Children in Reception will also soon take part in daily Maths sessions. The daily Maths session might include direct teaching, carpet time, an investigation or practical activity, as well as continuous provision activities linked to the lesson. This term, we will begin a mastering number programme to help deepen children's understanding of early number. Part of this programme follows the 'Numberblocks' series on CBeebies so feel free to watch any of the Numberblocks videos at home, or download the free app on a tablet or other device.
How to help my child at home
We encourage learning through play wherever possible in Reception so if you would like to help your child at home, allow them opportunities to explore their surroundings, learn new vocabulary and grow from their interests. If you want some quieter time with your child, you can practise writing their name, reading a book, number or letter recognition and formation, or practise forming letters and shapes using ribbon, sand or with a pencil.
We have P.E. on a Wednesday with a P.E. coach. P.E. kits can be kept in school each half term and children will get changed in school. As the weather starts getting colder, it might be worth sending in some long trousers/jogging bottoms and a jumper for your child to wear during their P.E. lessons. Please remember to label all clothes and shoes.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us either by email or at drop-off and pick-up, and we will always be happy to help.
Mrs Bennett and Mrs Cupples
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