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Autumn Term 2019

Reception are known as the 'Joyful Jellyfish' led by Mrs Nimmo (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs Calvert (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) as the class teacher, with Miss Bensley and Mrs Marsh as the teaching assistants

Welcome to the start and what we see as the root of your child’s learning adventure. The first few weeks of term will be a settling in period for the class when we will be supporting the children in learning routines of the day and exploring their new school. We will also spend time observing the children to help us plan for their needs and interests. During the first term children will be exploring learning through the theme ‘All AboutMe’. Once the children start full time, learning letter sounds will become part of their daily learning in Reception.

Our outside area will be set up to include balance beams, tricycles, wheeled walkers, musical instruments, skittles, sand and water play. A variety of fine motor skilled activities such as cutting, tweezer handling, tracing and a selection of malleable materials will also be available indoors and outdoors. Children will also enhance their physical development through handwriting based activities such as pattern, tracing and mark making activities.

Children this half term will paint self-portraits of themselves using mirrors to concentrate on their features. This links to our topic ‘All AboutMe’ and allows the children to begin to notice differences between each other. This is discussed during circle times and whilst painting. Children will explore our creative areas and will participate in a wide range of activities ranging from colouring and drawing to sticking and painting. They will explore role play and imaginative small world play.

Our aim is for children to become confident to use all areas of Reception. Children will use a range of strategies to take turns and share and use these skills in their play.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask the Reception team anything – big or small. We are here to share your child’s journey together.

Many thanks,

The Reception Team.



Here are some useful website links to support your understanding of phonics teaching and help you at home with your child's learning (click the links below).

Pronunciation video

Explanation of pure sounds

Websites to help your child's phonics learning (click the links below).

Phonics play

Oxford Owl

ICT games