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14th August 20
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    A small reminder!

    The P.E days for this term will be Monday and Wednesday each week. Please ensure your child has their P.E kit in school and their name is on all items of clothing. Following Lancashire Policy all children must not wear earings during P.E, please ensure your child is not wearning earings on these days.


    Reading - The children will complete two guided reading sessions a week with a member of staff. Please ensure you read with your child each night. If you would like some support with helping your child read please fill out the form on the reading letter below.


    Homework - Home will be sent on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. Please see your child's class teacher if you have any questions.

    Reading Letter : Word file (1440.3k)

    We have been talking about technology and life online.

    Today we read the story of Smartie the Penguin, who was given a new tablet for his birthday, and needed help with lots of different things. We also learnt the song that Smartie’s parents teach him. 

    To hear this story, visit Childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin or click on the powerpoint below. Ask your parents or carers to share the story with you again and talk about the story together. 

    We have already started to enjoy our learning environment and Carnival activities.

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     Learning Themes for  Carnival


    Our themed learning this half term is Carnival. 

    Throughout the half term the children will be taking part in lots of exciting activities to learn about Caribbean Carnivals.

              Knowledge and Understanding of the World. 

    The children will be comparing and contrasting Preston and the Carribbean and understanding Caribbean culture by making carnival costumes, smoothie making and tasting and investigating light and dark and colour.


    Expressive Arts and Design

    The children will be listening to Steel Drum music and creating their own instruments. In our creative area children will be encouraged to use different materials to create headresses and necklaces that they children can use to role play carnival. 


    Physical Development

    The children will develop their understanding of healthy eating by making healthy smoothie drinks. They will develop their fine motor skills in themed funky fingers activities.


    Communication and Language

    The children will recite poems, stories and songs to develop their vocabulary and language skills based upon the theme of carnivals. 


    Personal, Social and Emotion Development

    The children will play traditional Caribbean board games to develop their cooperation and turn talking skills. 


    Literacy and Maths

    All writing and maths activities will be linked to our theme e.g in maths the children will be learning about capacity when making healthy smoothies.

    Our class


    We are Reception!


    Our teachers are Mrs Schofield, Mrs Heyes and Mrs Nagy.

    Mrs Seedat, Miss Green, Mrs Tagari, Mrs Bolton and Mrs Harrison,  help us every day.

    We have a lovely unit with lots of different equipment. We learn through our play. Outside we also have a secure, canopied play space with a sandpit, house, garden, mud kitchen and decking.










    Internet Safety


    We have been talking a lot about internet safety recently. Please take a moment with your child to make them aware of the dangers on the internet and to always ask for help if they need it.

    Important dates this half term


    Tuesday 3rd September - Back to school!

    Wednesday 16th October & Thursday 17th October - Parents Evenings

    Friday 18th October - Finish school for half term

    We have been very busy exploring our new environment. We love learning in reception and will often come home with mucky jumpers.


    Autumn 2 Winter


    We have had a fantastic first half term in reception learning about traditional tales. The children have particularly enjoyed the story of The Three Little Pigs.


    In literacy we will be reading a range of books about winter  both fiction and non fiction.  We will also be looking at rhyme when learning the I'm a Little Penguin poem and Say Hello to the Snowy Animals. The children will use actions to help them retell these stories and poem. Children's vocabulary will be ehnanced by learning words to describe winter and naming key features of animals. Their skills of blending and segmenting will be enhanced by daily phonics and literacy sessions. Children will engage in guided reading sessions within school which will be continued at home when reading to adults. We will continue to engage in daily phonics activities moving from phase 2 onto phase 3.   Children will develop their segmenting skills through oral and written activities. They will use their knowledge of phonics to label characters, make shopping lists, describe the Arctic and Antarctic, create posters and write character descriptions.




    Children will develop their  accuracy when touch counting objects and matching to numerals. Children will order numbered penguins and begin to be able to use a number line to calculate one more and one less. They will count out snowballs from a larger group and match to the corrrect numeral. We will also be developing our understanding of the order of numbers by creating our own numberlines and filling in the missing numbers. The children will develop understanding of size ordering size (length and height) and order these using winter objects. Their 2D  and 3D shape knowledge will be enhanced by using shapes to make arrangements.



    The children will discuss the feeling of the characters in the story and relate to that to themselves. We will also be focusing on keeping healthy and safe. We will discuss the need for personal hygiene and excercise and how this impacts on health. We will be discussing what happens when we visit the dentist and how we can protect our teeth. We will also be continuing to discuss our feelings using our moody monsters board.


    Communication and Language

     Children will be given the opportunity  to retell stories. They will use actions to support their story retelling.  They will develop skills in being able to answer how and why questions about the characters, events and setting. When discussing Antarctica children will engage in a multisensory activity where they will be emerged in language. We will also have an igloo role play area where children can act out the new infromation they have learnt and use new vocabulary. We will be using vocabulary mats each week to ehnance childrens understanding and supporting them with sentnece structure. Each week they will have a talking homework whereby they are encouraged to talk about the next weeks learning in home langauge.


    Physical Development

    The children will learn how to wash their hands and how to dress and undress indepdndently .  They will continue to develop their handwriitng skills by engaging in daily handwriting sessions. Children will also have access to the funky fingers areas each week where they can develop their finger strength. In P.E. we will be engaging in Cosmic yoga and Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle sessions.  We will also have a coach supporting us with dance.


    Understanding the World


    Children will learn about cold places such as the Arctic and Antarctica. They will compare these places to Preston and discuss how life is different. We will have a visit from an Inuit where we will continue to develop our knowledge of other cultures and ways of life.  Each week we will explore our curiosity cube and the children will be encouraged to ask question and generate ideas about what they would like to know. We will explore ice and carry out experiments to investigate freezing and melting.  We will also look at polar animals.  We will learn their key features and discuss similarities and differences. Our understanding of technology will be enhanced by learning how to log onto the computer and complete a simple programme. In provision we will learn how to use cameras, talking tins and recordable binoculars.


    Expressive Arts and Design

    In expressive Arts and design children will be exploring different materials, creating collage, painting, uisng pastels and using a variety of tools to change materials. We will be creating split pin penguins and looking at choosing colour for a specific purpose. We will also be looking at the texture of materials and what these can represent in our pictures. We will be engaging in role play and creating narratives in our role play and small world areas. We will be learning songs about penguins and polar bears. During our nativity performance we will learn songs and some children will dance. Our coaching session will focus on dance and the children will create a whole class dance.



    We will be learning about Christianity. We will learn about the Christmas story by engging in role play, listening to stories, songs and sequencing. Children will be able to share ideas and listen to the ideas expressed by others.

    Our Week



    Children will engage in a weekly guided reading session in school. Children will then bring this book home along with an additioonal book. They will keep these books for a week, reading them at home and developing their reading and comprehension skills. The books will then be changed in school during their next guided reading session. Children will alos have a book of sight words to learn. Each child has been given a phase 2 and 3 phonics mat to practise at home alongwith a letter fromation example.

    Wednesday - Homework to be handed in and we have P.E. Please ensure your child has their P.E kit in school (all clothing labelled with your child's name) and that all earings are removed for this day. 


    Thursday - We have P.E.



    Friday -  Homework will be given out.


    . Please ensure that your child's book bags and books are in school everyday.




    Reading and homework


    Ready to Read.

    We always try and read with your child in school either individually or as part of a guided reading session once a week. If your child has read their book confidently and has been able to discuss it with the adult, it will be changed for a new book. However, it is very important that you continue to read with your child every evening and that you sign their reading record book, adding a short comment about how they have read each time. By reading with your child regularly, you are helping them to develop their sight vocabulary, which plays an important part in their increasing fluency of reading as well as helping to develop their understanding of what they are reading. We find that the children who practise every night make better progress with their reading. When your child has read their book fluently, without sounding out most of the words, and has demonstrated that they understand the story, please write in their diary. Their book will then be changed by a member of the teaching team at the next available opportunity.

    We have a reading reward scheme where children receive rewards for reading a number of books. We have already had a numebr of children who have received certificates for reading 20, 30 or even 40 books!  When listening to your child read, the adult in school will also practise their words from their word book with them. When the words have 2-3 ticks on them (from an adult in school) your child will be given some new words, this is to ensure that the children are secure in their sight recognition of the words.

    We really appreciate the support you give your child with their reading at home, and would like you to know that it makes a big difference to them, so thankyou!



    Phonics support


    Phonics Support

    We have downloaded the phonic mat for phases 2 and 3 of the letters and sounds programme that we follow in school. These are useful to help the children's recognition of the phonemes and to support them in their writing. The children use these mats in the writing area in class. If you would like any clarity on the sounds of the phonemes, or are unsure which mat is the most useful for your child, please come and ask a member of the Reception team!


    In order to help our reading become more fluent and our writing more interesting, we are learning to read and spell the tricky words for Phases 2 and 3.

    These words are the words we are learning:

    Phase 2:    I   to   no   go   the   into

    Phase 3:    we  me   be   she   he   was   you   all   are   they   her   my


    Please help us to read these words at home, and also to practise spelling them.

    Phase 2 sound mat : Adobe Acrobat file (492.5k)
    Phase 3 sound mat : Adobe Acrobat file (1035.6k)

    Weekend Wonders



    Each friday homework will be sent home. We ask for your input in the homework as we love to hear what your child has been learning and doing at home.  We will also include a talking homework discussing key vocabulary for the next weeks learning. This is to be done in the child's first langauge. Please take a few moments to write a comment about your child's achievements.  We can celebrate this during key worker time.


    Homework will be given in a homework book each friday. Phonics and maths work will be set consolidating the topics taught in class each week. All homework is be handed in by the following Wednesday.




    Our class rules


    Our Rules

    To keep us safe and happy in the classroom, our rules are:

    • Good looking
    • Good listening
    • Good sitting
    • Good thinking
    • Keep our hands and feet to ourselves
    • Use quiet voices inside
    • Walk when we are inside
    • Put our hands up when we want to speak
    • Look after each other
    • Look after our toys


    Here is a document containing a range of activities to support children's development at home.  We hope you find this useful.

    Phase 5 sound mat : Adobe Acrobat file (530.8k)
    Shape names : Adobe Acrobat file (370.6k)

    We have downloaded a useful mat with shape names on to support your child in learning the names of 2D and 3D shapes at home.



    Please leave us a comment below!

    Well done for working so hard reception The reception team
    Teachers - April 27, 2017, 12:38 pm

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