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End of Term 1


Well I can't believe that we are at the end of Term 1 already! 


We have had a jam packed term. The children have been introduced to our phonics programme known as Read Write Inc (RWI). Learning a total of 17 sounds. They have also taken these sounds home to revise them further. 


They have had a numeracy lesson, every day, since the start of term. We have covered counting, number recognition, one more than a number, 2d shapes, positional language, describing and ordering objects according to their length/height, and patterns.


The children have also taken part in Small Group Times (SGT), which are 15 minute adult lead activities that aim to cover the 7 Areas Learning during the course of the week. They are known as Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Expressive Arts and Design.


During these passed few weeks we have also introduced a 'Story of the Week'. This has included We're going on a bear hunt, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. The children have completed story maps during their Small Group Times (SGT). A story map is a sequence of pictures that tell the story. Some of the children's story maps are currently displayed above the sink area in our classroom. Please take a look. 


Please continue to share stories with your child during our week off school. It is vital that they read their story book with you. Don't forget to make a comment in their yellow reading record. 


Next term, we will be continuing with Read, Write, Inc but all Reception children (including Panda class) will be split into 4 groups. This is something that I have already discussed with my class to prepare them for the change to routine. 


Starting next term, Koala Class will participate in Forestry Friday. This will take place EVERY Friday. This is an outdoor, educational activity that will support the children in developing fundamental skills. Please ensure that your child has their wellies and a change of clothes in school so that they can fully take part in the activities. 


I hope I have covered everything!

Have a great week!

Miss Tomkins :-)


Reception Trip


A reminder that all permission slips must be handed in before the trip.


Please could children wear their wellies and a warm, waterproof coat.



Hi Family and Friends,


Last week we shared the story of 'The Enourmous Turnip'. They thoroughly enjoyed this and often chose to act out the story in the choosing time. We have been heavily focusing on reciting numbers and counting accurately in numeracy. For many of the children we have been looking at numerals in the environment and recording them. This is something that can easliy be worked on at home through play.


Polite Reminder: Please remember to comment in your child's reading record. If you think that they are ready for the next book please put the book and reading record into the clear box on the floor near the trays. It is labelled 'reading books to change'.


Many thanks,


Miss Tomkins


Reading Books


The children have all been given reading books today which they are very excitied about.  These books have no words and feature the characters we have been talking about in class.  Encourage your child to tell a story using the pictures in the book.  After you have read together, please write this in their yellow reading record.


Reading for 10 minutes everyday will help your child to become a competant reader.


All children have also got a character sheet, once they can read the names of all the people in the stories, they will bring home books with words in them.


Term 1 swimming will take place on Thursday 2nd October.


We are lucky to have the support of a Swimming Instructor that the children will refer to as Louise.

Louise advises that the children come to the lessons without armbands as the pool is only a meter high. If you would like anymore information on this please ask Miss Tomkins!


Many thanks! smiley

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