Reception – Autumn

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Autumn 2017

A very warm welcome to all of our lovely Reception children and especially to those who are new to Berkeley Primary School. Please do catch any of the friendly Reception staff if you have any questions at all. Our main Autumn topic will be ‘Our Family’ which we will share with Little Jesters, this will give us a chance to get to know the children. If there is anyway at all you think you could help with this topic, do please let us know.
The document below will let you know what your child will be learning during their time in Reception. The Early Learning Goals are listed on pages 32 and 33 and are our aims for the year. What to expect, when? is a guide which takes you through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how you can support your children’s learning and development. What-to-expect-when

Housekeeping information about Reception:

Mrs Baker will teach the class Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Mrs Lanceley will teach the class on Tuesdays. Miss Mundy is the full time teaching assistant.

Please label all items of uniform and school equipment, including water bottles and lunch boxes, with your child’s name.

PE: Reception’s PE slots are Tuesday and Friday. Please try to keep their PE kit in school whenever possible as times can change. We will send them home if they are muddy or dirty, but if not we will send them home during October half term. If you would rather wash them more often please do take them but remember to return them.

Please ensure that your child has wellies and water bottles in school, if they forget we do have clean cups and spare wellies that the children can use so don’t worry.

Wow Vouchers: Your child will bring home a page of wow-vouchers. Please use these to celebrate any achievements at home to share with the class. These can be about whatever you wish, swimming lessons, learning a new skill, we really don’t mind. If you need more please let me know or find some more on our web page.

Topic Home Learning:

Please find Reception’s home learning grid here. It would be lovely if the children could complete a minimum of 4 pieces of home learning, two before half term and two before Christmas. We will proudly display all learning!

Reception Autumn HL Grid 2017

Phonics Home Learning: 

N.B. This will not start immediately as we will only start phonic teaching when we feel the children are settled and ready to do so.

Word lists will be sent home every Tuesday and need to be practiced at home by the following Monday if possible please ready for their new list. We will practice them in school too however they will not be ‘tested.’

Reading: Your child will choose a picture book and a simple reading book every week, for you to read and talk about with your child. Please aim to ready every day, it doesn’t have to be the whole book, and write a short comment in the ‘remarks’ box in your child’s reading record. (To come.) Please note that you can write about any book you share with your child- it doesn’t have to be a school one. We will give lots of praise and encouragement for any reading and sharing of books that the children do.

Phonics Books/ Sheets: As we introduce each letter we will add it to your child’s phonics book so that you can practise at home. We will also send home an activity sheet. This can be completed if you wish and does not need to be returned to school.

Other information:

ICT questionnaire: I would appreciate it if you could fill it in and return to help me gauge what the children can already do at home. T-T-21879-EYFS-ICT-Parent-Questionnaire

Houses: The children will be put into our schoolhouses: Tyndale (Yellow), Fitzhardinge (Green), Jenner (Red) and Scott (Blue.) The children can earn house points for good behaviour and learning.  If we reward the children with a house point, we will put a small dot sticker on their uniform. Please ask them why they received it and praise them at home too!

Groups: We will also put the children into learning groups: Clever Cookies, Genius Gems, Super Stars, Bright Sparks, Master Minds and Whizz Kids. The groups are completely mixed groups to help us organize the school day.

Dates for your diary:

Friday 15th September 6.30-8.30 pm Meet the teacher BBQ.

Wednesday 20th September 1.30pm Phonics Information Afternoon

Monday 25th September 9 am Web Cam Coffee morning.

6th October Circus Night

20th October Harvest afternoon

2nd November Parents’ Evening

12th December EYFS Christmas Morning

If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to come and see us.

Many thanks, Mrs Baker & Miss Mundy