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 RO.
Class Teacher - Miss O'Connor
Support staff - Miss McCormack
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 by encouraging your child to become more independent at home e.g. dressing and undressing, helping with jobs around the house.
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'. The children will use talk for writing to learn the text and story language before creating their own versions.
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 Foundation Stage (EYFS) 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, hat, scarf, 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 are clearly labelled with their name.
Your child will bring home a school reading book in a book bag. Please ensure that book bags are brought to school every day as we do not have a set day for reading. 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 given 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.