Welcome to RD
A big welcome to all our children who have started Reception at St Christopher's after the summer break. We are delighted with how well the children have settled into RD.
Class Teacher - Mrs Domagala
TA's - Miss McCormack
This terms important dates - Delamere Forest - 29.4.19
In Reception we encourage our children to be independent learners. We encourage them to choose activities, tidy up after themselves, access snack and dress and undress independently. This is something we support initially. We ask that you support us with this by encouraging your child to become more independent at home e.g. dressing and undressing, helping with jobs around the house.
Current RE topic - Pentecost - Serving
Once the children have settled into Reception our first topic this term will be 'Amazing me and our world'. The topic is based initially on the text 'Owl Babies', where children will use talk for writing to learn the text and story language and creating their own versions. During the first term the children will also visit a farm to explore the world around them. More information will follow.
After the holidays our topic is 'Journeys'. The topic is based on two books 'Whatever Next' and 'Mr Gumpy's Outing.' During these topics the children begin to apply their phonics to their writing and enjoy writing letters and instructions as well as creating their own stories. They learn about different transport and enjoy using different materials to create rocket ships and boats.
Our final topic is 'Imagination.' The topic is based on the books 'The Gruffalo' and 'On the way home.' During this topic we will visit Delamere forest to go on a hunt for 'The Gruffalo' as well as looking at animal habitats. The children enjoy coming up with their own imaginative stories which we will put in to a class book.
In reception we teach phonics daily. Phonics is the learning and application of the letters and sounds children need in order to read and write. Phonics is split into phases based on children's development. Information and activities can be found at the following websites. Please use these at home to play games with your children and support their learning.
Outdoor learning is an important part of the early years curriculum so the children spend a lot of time outside. On sunny days please ensure your child has suncream, a cap and a water bottle. As the weather gets colder please ensure your child has a suitable coat, hats, scarves, gloves etc. Thank you.
PE is on a Monday. Please can you ensure that your child's school uniform, coat, PE kit and PE bag is clearly labelled with their name.
Please can your child bring their book bag to school everyday as we don't have a set day for reading. Your child will bring home a reading book. Please feel free to write any comments about how they got on in the reading diary. Your child will also bring home a library book for you to share. Remember, you can record any book, magazine or comic you have read with your child. Children will be give a sticker each time they read at home and when they reach 20 stickers can choose a small prize.
Your child can bring water into school in a water bottle with a sports cap. The bottles need to be labelled with your child's name.
Thank you Mrs Domagala, Miss McCormack and Miss Gargan