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After learning the story 'Owl Babies' we decided to make a nest for the owls. We hunted for leaves and twigs and worked together to build it.

We enjoyed digging for bones today and ordering them by size. Some of us even had a go at measuring them using cubes!

RD practicing their counting skills by feeding the numbered owls the correct amount of 'worms'!

Enjoying our Early Years Garden - Team work, mark making and playing games.

RD Enjoyed retelling and acting out stories they had come up with themselves.

We have had lots of fun settling into our new classroom and making new friends.

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.

 

Independent Learners

 

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. 

 

Our First Topic - Autumn Term

 

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. 

 

Phonics

 

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. 

www.phonicsplay.com

www.letters-and-sounds.com

 

Outdoor 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

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.

 

 

Book Bags

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.

 

Water bottle

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.

 

External Links

 

www.topmarks.co.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs/

https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage

www.nrich.maths.org/early-years

 

Thank you Mrs Domagala, Miss McCormack and Miss Gargon

Reception homework, autumn 1

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