Welcome to Reception
Class teacher:Miss Thasan Nursery Nurse:Miss Whitby
Welcome to Chestnut Class. We hope you had a lovely summer break. We are really looking forward to getting to know you all!
In their first week of school, all new children will go home for lunch and are welcome to return in the afternoon at 1.15. They do not have to come back in the afternoons but we do suggest returning for at least a couple of days, to allow children get used to a full day at school.
Please provide your child with PE shoes in a PE bag to be left their peg. Please do remember to clearly label all your child’s uniform (especially jumpers and cardigans) and PE shoes with their name. In PE we are focusing gymnastics with large apparatus. Please help your child to practise dressing themselves independently at home, so they are confident to do so in school. Our PE days are Monday and Thursday.
For our first topic, we will be doing lots of fun and creative activities around Nursery Rhymes.We will begin shared reading everyday from a big book or nursery rhyme, and the children will begin to focus on key words. We will also begin some individual reading sessions in which the children will be encouraged to talk about the pictures, characters and sequence of events.
There will be a reading meeting for all parents on the 11th of October. Following your attendance at this meeting, the children will be given book bags to take home daily. Once the children have taken their book bags home, they will also be given a word pack with some focus words from our big book and other tricky words to learn.
We shall be doing sound work on Letters and Sounds phase one, and will have fun phonic activities everyday. If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home, please find a link at the bottom of the page.
The children will be given lots of opportunities to write and draw, and we shall be encouraging them to form all the letters correctly. If you would like to help your child with letter formation please refer to the pre-school booklet you were given. Those children who are not quite ready for writing will practise fine motor control and mark making in a variety of media.
All the children will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas with their classmates. Children will be supported to speak in full sentences and use as much interesting vocabulary as possible.
Everyday we will be doing problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities. This will include encouraging the children to recognise, say and use numbers in the correct order, copy and make their own repeating patterns, making sets of different objects and discussing the methods that they have used. We will also explore and talk about 2D shapes and their properties.
Please practise number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away with your child at home.
Our first RE topic this year will be ‘Myself’. You will get a separate RE newsletter giving you more information about the work we will be doing for each topic. Children will be doing lots of work about themselves and their family, we will also be teaching them our school mission statement and daily prayers.
You are all invited to join us to celebrate the beginning of the school year by having a special celebration mass led by Father Sean on the 29th September at 9.15 am. If your child has not started school by then, please do try and join us as we would like all children and as many parents as possible to come.
The children have lots of opportunities to use computing to support their literacy and numeracy skills as well as creative work. We will be using Purple Mash to support learning at school. Please take the opportunity to explore this program with your child at home. You will find your child's login details on the back cover of their reading dairy and the link is at the bottom of our class webpage. Children will also learn through the use of fun educational websites such as topmarks, phonicsplay and cbbc.
We try to and would appreciate a weekly contribution of 20p to go towards the cost of ingredients. This can be placed in 'the postbox' money box on the left shelf as you come in to the classroom.
The children are provided with fresh fruit as a mid-morning snack. We like children to have constant access to water. Please refill your child's water bottle daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school.
Please feel free talk to us after school if you have any questions or queries, or arrange an appointment at your convenience.