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Year R

It has been an amazing couple of weeks in Reception. We have now started our talk for writing. We have settled into our keyworker groups. We have explored environmental sounds and instruments in phonics. Investigated shape, number and money in maths. The children had great fun on our Autumn walk to Staunton Country Park collecting lots of Autumn goodies to use in the classroom.

Talk for Writing

We have started our talk for writing and this term we have been learning Humpty Dumpty and Hickory Dickory Dock. The children have learnt the rhymes and developed actions to accompany the rhyme. We have written story maps for these rhymes and finally we change parts of the rhymes to create our own. The children have really engaged in this and we have seen some wonderful writing and creative thinking.

Autumn Walk

On Tuesday we went on our Autumn walk. The weather was perfect and the children were all very excited.  It was a long walk for many but when we got there the children loved collecting lots of different things that reminded them of Autumn. The children collected lots of different colours and different types of leaves, they found conkers and husks. Some children found seed pods and a few children found acorns.

Superhero Day

Thursday was superhero day and it was lovely to see lots of children dressing up as their favourite superhero.

The week beginning 9th October 2017 you have the opportunity to come to parents evening. We have decided to have group parent evening dates so you all can meet your child’s keyworker. There will opportunities for you to find out how well your child has settled and share any concerns you may have. The classroom is free for the group so you and your child can play together and have an informal chat with any of the teachers in the classroom.

Key Worker Groups

Your children are now in their key worker groups. Within these groups they will be developing their phonic and number knowledge. They will also have the opportunity to engage in targeted activities especially designed for children’s individual needs. These groups are very important to the children as they are assigned an adult who will monitor their development and often record each child successes.

Parents Evenings to meet your child’s key worker are:-

Puppies – Monday 9th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Horses – Tuesday 10th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Cows – Wednesday 11th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Pigs – Thursday 12th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Goats – Friday 13th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Chicks – Monday 16th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm



We hope you all had a happy and relaxing summer.

We are so excited about your child’s first year at school and all the learning fun we are going to have together. We have lots of exciting things planned including school trips and of course their first school concert! (Ideas for helping your child are in red)

We have been so impressed with how the children have settled. They are coming into school with a spring in their tails and confidence to find their friends and to begin to explore the classroom environment independently. This is great to see.


Lunchtimes has also been going well and the children have enjoyed having either school dinner or packed lunch. They seem to enjoy the lunch options and for some it’s been an opportunity to try new foods. The lunch hall is a nice social area for the children to eat and chat to their friends. The children have special small knives and forks with finger and thumb in prints in the handle to enable to the grip and use the cutlery accurately. This is also something you can help your child to develop at home. It may sound strange but this will develop their fine motor skills in their fingers which will enable them to develop more control over a pencil when writing.

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