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Term 2


We can’t quite believe that the first term in school has already finished – but here we are at the beginning of term 2. This term we will are going to be learning about the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) and, of course, Christmas! 


In literacy, we are now starting to learn our letters and sounds. This means we will be saying our sounds correctly, learning to write our sounds correctly and starting to blend the sounds together to read words. As the children start to master this skill, they will hopefully begin to read their reading books to you – rather than having their books read to them! 

Thank you for helping your child on their reading journey by reading with them as often as you can – your help and support is really important.


In maths, we are learning to count and recognise the numbers from 0 to 10, and even up to 20! We are getting better at identifying a pattern and either continuing it or maybe making up one of our own. It is also important that we are able to identify a number of 2D shapes e.g. square, rectangle and triangle and begin to learn some 3D shapes e.g. cube and sphere.


This is also the term in which the children get changed and venture into the hall for P.E. Once we have mastered the changing (Please encourage your child to dress and undress on their own!), we will be learning how to move in a variety of ways and directions around a series of obstacles. We will also be taking notice of what happens to our bodies when we are exercising.


In looking at the four seasons we will be noticing the changes in the weather, the clothing we wear and our local environment.  This term also sees us take part in our first Christmas nativity play. We very much hope you will come to see us on Monday 9th December at 2pm in the school hall – we are all very excited!


Finally, a few reminders - please help your child to learn to put on and do up their coat independently and ensure that ALL belongings are still named. Children are not allowed nail varnish in school and any long hair should be tied back – this is especially important as there have been various cases of headlice within the year group. Please make sure your child has a cardigan/jumper and coat in school every day, especially as the weather is starting to get colder. Thank you very much!


Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019.


The Reception Team




Term 1


We would like to welcome you all to Grove Park and the beginning of your child’s journey at school. This term our main aim will be to ensure that your child feels secure and is happy about coming into school. We will gradually introduce them to the rules and routines whilst encouraging them to become more independent. 


Our first topic will be nursery rhymes, such as Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty and Incy Wincy Spider. The children will also be exploring 'Myself'. This will include joining in with a variety of art activities, singing, games and stories. 


We will be teaching the children a variety of listening skills in preparation
for phonics next term. Our work in Write Dance and clever fingers sessions will help develop the children’s capability to enable them to start recording these sounds. A book to share with your child will also be sent
home and we would appreciate any time you are able to spend reading with or listening to your child. 


In numeracy we will be working towards recognising and ordering numbers and ensuring that we can accurately count a range of objects. We will also be looking at a range of concepts such as matching and
sorting, identifying simple shapes and making simple patterns. 


We hope you will be happy to support your child with all these activities on a regular basis and look forward to seeing the impact this will have. Please feel free to talk to the adults if you are unsure about any of the activities we have mentioned, as we are more than happy to help.


Here’s to a happy and successful first term!
The Reception Team



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