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Welcome to Reception


Some Reminders

Please ensure that ALL your children’s clothing is named, including trousers, skirts and shirts. When the children get changed for PE it is hard for them to find the right white shirt if it is not named.

Please also ensure that the children have a named water bottle in school every day.


Week Ending 1st December

In Year R we have been learning about Christmas this week.

We have started to prepare for our Nativity.

We have loved starting to learn the songs.

Please send in costumes clearly labelled with your child’s name on the costume and the bag.

We have learnt about the birth of Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas.
In Phonics we have learnt the sounds h,b,f,ff,l,ll and ss.

We have also learnt the tricky words I, the, no and go.


Week Ending 17th November

We have loved learning about dinosaurs.

We have learnt about what they looked like, when they lived, the things they used to eat and many other things.

It has been amazing having our new outside area to explore this week.

We are all enjoying climbing on the new equipment.

In Phonics, we have now learnt the sounds I, n, m, d, g, o, c and k.

We have been learning to read and write words using these and the high frequency words a, an, as and.

Week Ending 3rd November

Welcome back.

This week in Year R we have been learning about Halloween and Bonfire Night.

We have loved reading stories about witches and creating things to do with Halloween.

We have learnt about The Gunpowder Plot, who Guy Fawkes was and why we celebrate Bonfire Night.

We have started learning Phase 2 Phonics this week.

We have learnt the sounds S,A,T and P.

Please help the children to write the letters cursively.

We have taught them that all the letters start and finish on the line.


Week Ending 20th October

Last week we learnt about hedgehogs and Percy the Park Keeper.

We made hedgehogs from a range of materials and homes for the creatures in the story After the Storm.

This week we have been learning about the festival of light, Diwali.

We learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and how the festival is celebrated.

This week we also started Boogie Tots which was so much fun.

Next term the Big Idea is ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.

Week Ending 22nd September

We would like to say a big welcome to everyone.

We are really proud of how the children have settled into school and we are looking forward to them becoming full time next week.

We have been spending this week getting to know each other and mixing with the whole year group.

The children have enjoyed meeting new friends and spending time with children they knew previously.

Next week we will start PE so if you have not done so already, please can you ensure that your child has their PE kit fully named and placed on their peg by the beginning of the week.

We are looking for donations of pots and pans, spoons and plastic take away tubs.

If you think you may be able to help us with these items please see your child's teacher.


Week Ending 8th September

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our new Reception children to Halfway Houses School to start their learning journey.