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Welcome to RO

 

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

                        Miss Gargan 

 

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 by encouraging your child to become more independent at home e.g. dressing and undressing, helping with jobs around the house. 

 

Autumn 2

The focus for this half term will be the story of Rosie's Walk. We will be visiting Acorn Farm and preparing for Christmas.

 

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 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

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.

 

Book Bags

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.

 

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.

Miss O'Connor, Miss McCormack and Miss Gargan.

Autumn 2 Diary dates:

Tuesday 5th November - Children return to school.

Thursday 7th November - Outdoor learning day.

Tuesday 19th November - Acorn farm visit (1/2 RO 1/2 RBF)

Wednesday 20th November - Acorn farm visit (RO)

Tuesday 26th November  - School photographs.

Tuesday 10th December - RO Nativity for parents.

Wednesday 11th December  - Christmas dinner day.

Friday 13th December - Santa's Grotto at St Christopher's.

Thursday 19th December - Christmas Fayre.

Friday 20th December - Finish for Christmas.

Autumn 1: Myself and my wonderful world.

The children settled in really well to their new classes and routines. Initially we looked at Myself, we spoke about things we liked, painted our portraits and discussed our families and names as part of RE work. RE also focused on the theme of Welcome.  The children explored signs of welcome and then planned a party for a new baby. Father Ed also Welcomed the children and their families into St Christopher's through a welcome service in our school hall. We also looked at the other faith of Judaism through the festival of Hanukkah, making menorahs and learning the story about the temple. 

We then moved on to study the book Owl Babies.  The children went off on an adventure into the woodlands and found a nest where we found the book. We read it and learnt it through story mapping and actions.  We then invented our own stories by changing the character.  Our storytelling skills are also being nurtured through Helicopter stories.  This is where we come up with a setting, characters and prop and build a story around them which we act out and record.

Art work was focussed around Owls as we created 3D structures out of collage and clay.  We also painted owl pictures by mixing the primary colours. Maths was based around shape patterns and matching numbers and quantities.  We also focused on controlling a Beebot, by controlling it through programming the directional buttons.

The topic then extended out to think about our world where we live.  The children spoke about things by their homes and created maps.  We took a walk to our local library and got to see the shops, buildings, trees, roads that surround our school.  The children enjoyed choosing their own books to bring back to school and I know from reading your key person books many children have had a return visit with their families. The walk also allowed us to look at signs of Autumn.

Finally a select group of children from Reception were invited to LFC academy for a multi skills event.  They got to practise their ball skills and met the Liver bird mascot.

After all this hard work we hope you enjoy your half term break.

Autumn 2

During this busy half term the children will be focusing on the story Rosie's walk. This book focuses on Rosie's trip through the farm while a fox tries to catch her without much success! We will be visiting Acorn farm to support our learning and later on in the term prepare for the celebration of Christmas. Below is a curriculum overview for this half term.

AUTUMN 2 – myself and my world

RE

Come and see

English

Rosie’s walk- journey story

Recount writing-the farm

Celebrations

Maths

Continue Number –more, less, addition and subtraction

3D Shape, positional language

Understanding of the world

Animals

Caring for living things

Celebrations

Sphero

                                      Phonics

Phase 2 and 3

Outdoor learning

Risk area- camp fire and tools –safety

Art and Design

Printing and pattern

Design and make Christmas cards and  presents

Design Technology

Use tools to make photo frames

Music

Christmas Concert Preparation and Performance

PE

Dance

                                    PHSE-

Feelings and emotions.

                                        RSE

RSE – A Journey in Love - Social

SMSC

Spiritual-sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them 

moral understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions 

Enrichment Opportunities

Farm visit

Nativity

Exit Points – Show what you know

Assembly for parents- liked to the farm visit

 

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