Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn Term 1st Half
Welcome to Reception Class!
Our theme for this half term is Ourselves and Autumn.
The children will be learning about parts of the body and how their bodies work, looking at the similarities and differences between themselves and others, talking about their likes and dislikes and observing how they have grown and changed since birth. In short, what makes our children special and unique! The classroom will have a ‘home corner’ area for role play and a doctor’s surgery where the children will have role play and writing opportunities to link with what we have discussed in class.
We will also be looking at nature this autumn and thinking about Harvest. We are planning an Autumn Walk in Oxleas Woods this half term which we hope will inspire the children to look closely at nature around them and give them a starting point from which to observe the changes of the seasons throughout the year. We will send out details about this nearer the time.
Numeracy and Literacy activities will run through the theme of ‘Ourselves’ and ‘Autumn’. Please sing number songs with your children, practise counting using 1:1 correspondence and raise their awareness of numbers around them (car number plates, buses, door numbers). It would help your child to understand these topics if you discuss them at home and look at information books to reinforce learning in class. We will be holding a reading meeting this half term which will explain how you can support your child in literacy. A separate letter will be sent out to you about this and we hope to see as many of you as possible there.
Your child will be bringing home a reading book in their book bag for you to share with them at home. They will also be receiving a reading record for you to write in each time you read with your child. Please keep these books in the book bag so that we can also use them in class.
Please ensure that your child brings his/her book bag to school every day and that all items of clothing (especially P.E. kits) are clearly labelled using a permanent marker or sew in/iron on labels.
The children should arrive at school by 8.55am. They should say ‘goodbye’ to adults at the gate and join the other children in the class. If your child is finding it difficult to part with you at the gate in the mornings, please speak to one of us who will be happy to assist.
Your child will receive a zip wallet folder which will be used to keep homework activities in. This folder needs to be in school on a Thursday so it is ready for the next activities to be sent home. You can take out work from the previous week as all resources that we send home are intended for you to use as a support at home.
Thank you for your support, we look forward to an enjoyable first half term!
Mrs Simpson and Mrs Joyce
Here is an online phonics guide for parents which we will be a really useful way for you to find out more about phonics, how it is taught in class and how you can help your child at home.
Follow the link to find out more: