Welcome to Reception
Teachers – Mrs Newson and Miss Lumley
Teaching Assistant – Miss Wilson
A very warm welcome to our pupils who will be joining our Reception Class in September. Unfortunately, due to current circumstances our usual transition and welcome meetings cannot take place this year, however please see the videos below for a message from Mrs Newson (Reception Class Teacher) with some additional information about starting in September.
Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Into the woods we go!
Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? It is time to explore the seasonal changes in the natural world during autumn and winter.
This half term, we will collect autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we will sort our treasures into different categories, create land art, and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We will learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our literacy lessons, we will snuggle up and listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales. In mathematics, we will thread and count conkers and dried fruit and collect and order sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, autumn-scented play dough, a delicious harvest soup and ‘squirrel muffins’ for our forest friends. Outside once more, we will observe food as it decays over time and go on a hedgerow hunt for blackberries. How will they smell and feel?
We’ll talk about the changes that occur as autumn changes into winter. Can we relate them to our memories and experiences?
Help your child prepare for their project
Woodlands are wonderful! Why not explore a local woodland together to build a fairy house using twigs, leaves, nuts and berries? You could also cook some fabulous autumnal recipes such as pumpkin soup or toffee apple cakes. Alternatively, set up a mud kitchen in your garden. What ingredients from the garden can you mix together to create an autumn potion?
Some useful websites
Letters and sounds is a great website for phonics games and extra information about phonics Letters and sounds
You can access E-books through Bug Club Phonics here.
You will need your child’s log in details to be able to access them. If you need a reminder of these details please contact their class teacher.
Teach Handwriting is an excellent website with practise worksheets and video clips demonstrating how to form letters using the pre cursive script Teach Handwriting
Topmarks have fun maths games Topmarks
Please click here for Tips for Supporting Your Child with Reading at Home.
Any question, queries or concerns of any kind, please come and speak to us. We look forward to working with you closely to ensure your child continues to thrive!
Mrs Newson and Miss Lumley