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Week Beginning 16th October 2023

This week we will be continuing on with our Autumn topic with a focus on hibernation. We will be looking at both fiction and non-fiction texts and will be finding out about different animals that hibernate and what they do. The children have been very excited this week at our resident squirrels who have been coming in to the Reception outdoor area and stealing our conkers and acorns. If out and about at the weekend talk to your children about Autumn and what they know. Ask them about hibernating animals and maybe you could make a den for your garden to encourage any wildlife that may need a home for the winter.

In phonics this week the children will be learning the sounds b, f, e, l, h. They will be learning how to say the sound correctly and will be learning how to form the letter. They will also start to read the sounds in simple words. On Friday your child should have brought home their next set of sounds. Remember to practise these each day and help your child to start to blend the sounds together to read simple words. Below are some videos that you could watch with your child and they will show you how to blend the sounds together.

This week in Maths we will be looking at the numbers 1, 2 and 3. We will be delving deep into the number so that the children can subitise (recognise amounts without the need to count). We will be looking at how the numbers are made up which will prepare the children for the work that comes later on number bonds and fully understanding number. When at home with your child, get them to look for items in groups of 1, 2 or 3. Use the language ‘what can you see?’ and ‘how do you see it?’ See if they can identify groups of 1, 2 or 3 in their every day life.

We are currently talking to the children about kindness and respect. A number of children are not showing kindness towards others or respect for the resources, the environment or each other. Please take the time to talk to your child about being kind and about how they should look after the equipment both in school and at home. Our budget is extremely tight and we will not be able to replace toys and equipment if they are not looked after. Our Rules in Reception are:

  1. To use kind hands, feet and words.
  2. Always listen to the grown ups.
  3. Look after the equipment
  4. Walk inside.

A large number of children are still struggling to put on and take off their own jumpers and coats. If your child still struggles please work with them to dress and undress themselves so that they are not always relying on an adult to help. We also have a lot of jumpers and cardigans without names. It is very important that all clothing is named so that we can return them when children leave them around the setting.

We are looking forward to meeting you all at Parents evening this week. Your child should have come home with a slip confirming your appointment time.

Have a lovely week,

The Reception Team

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