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Reception - Chestnut

Welcome to Reception

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      Class teacher: Miss Thasan            Nursery Nurse: Mrs Hartigan


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.


For the first half term, we will be doing lots of fun and creative activities around Nursery Rhymes.

We will begin shared reading every day 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 coming up soon. Following your attendance at this meeting, the children will be given book bags to take home daily. We will provide you with more information about this at a later date. 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 every day. If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home, please find a link at the bottom of the page.


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.

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.


Every day 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.


We will learn to add and take away using different mathematical methods and apparatus,including cubes, objects, Numicon and number lines. Please take any opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away.  


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


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. 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 50p 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. Please help us to encourage them to eat this. We like children to have constant access to water. On their first day of school your child will be given a water bottle to keep in class. Please refill this daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school.


If you have any questions or queries, please feel free talk to us after school or arrange an appointment at your convenience.