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Early Years

What a super term the Reception children are having! Not only are they settling into school by learning to follow the rules, routines and expectations, they are also making lots of new friends (there are nearly 90 children in Reception) and exploring and using the great indoor and outdoor learning environments.  Some children are even starting to visit the woodland area on the field to see what they can find in the world around them. We have recently started our third Power of Reading class book – The Everywhere Bear, and we are excited to see where he will go to.  We have even got an airport in one classroom, so watch out, we might be flying overhead one day! Last half term we read ‘Tanka, Tanka, Skunk’ and learnt lots about rhythm, rhyme and syllables in words, as well as finding out lost about animals! We also enjoyed the Pumpkin Soup story and explored a variety of colours and sizes of pumpkins – what a lot of seeds they had inside! 

Each day we spend time learning about numbers and letters.  We have learnt enough letters now that we can build words and read them – it’s very exciting!  Please keep sharing books your children and making time for them to look at their green dot reading book – just a few minutes each day.  Our expectation is that children will share a book 5 times a week at home and that this is then recorded in their Reading Diary.

We have been learning about some celebrations, including Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day.  The children really enjoyed making Diva lamps, making a class Guy Fawkes, sharing hot chocolate around a (pretend) bonfire and learning something about why we wear poppies on the 11th day of the 11th month.  The next thing we will be doing is practising our Nativity performance –  alongside Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, there will be angels, donkeys, wise men and many other characters taking centre stage in our Reception performance of the Christmas story.  We are sure that you will love it!