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Term 6

Animals and Growing


Well, we have nearly made it to the end of our first year in school and hasn’t it gone quickly? Our last topic is going to be animals (those on a farm, in a zoo, in our garden or in a jungle) and growing.



In literacy we are trying to consolidate all the things we have learnt during this year. We need to continue practising our letter formation so that it will be easy for us to join up our letters. It is also important that we keep writing (simple sentences, labels and lists); and remember to add a capital letter and full stop if appropriate. Please do encourage us to keep reading whatever we see and don’t forget all the books that are available to share on Bug Club.



In maths, we need to practise recognising numbers; house numbers, bus numbers, simple prices or anything we can find up to 20 (or beyond)! Please keep asking us mathematical questions e.g. which is the longest? What shapes can you see? How many sides does this shape have? Which is the heaviest? How many things are there altogether? Don’t forget the games we can play on Busy Things and Education City.



This term is very busy; not only are we going to ‘India’ on our Away Day and Wingham for our school trip, we will be showing off our skills at sports day (Monday 1st July at 2pm).



Finally, we will also be meeting our new teacher and seeing our new classroom. As we are soon going to be in Year One it is important that we are able to do a number of things by ourselves; doing up our own coats, getting changed to and from PE and learning to put on, and do up, our shoes! Please help me to practise this before I come back to school in September – thank you.


A quick note from the adults – We would like to say how much we have enjoyed teaching your children during this year and to thank you all for your support. Don’t forget we break up on Wednesday 23rd July at 2pm. We hope you all have a lovely summer.


The Reception team




Welcome back to Reception – Term 5

Under the Sea


Having learnt about people who help us, we are now going down in the depths… In this term we will be learning about life under the sea – the fish and creatures that live in and around the oceans.



In English, we are focusing on being able to write a simple sentence using our sounds and simple punctuation. We need to count the number of words in our sentence. Then we need to write down the sounds we can hear remembering finger spaces between each word and put a full stop at the end. Another main focus is letter formation and we regularly practise letters that are formed the same way e.g. h,k,m,n,r. Although we are getting better at rhyming we still need to practise until we can rhyme with any word our teacher gives us. Finally, well done to everyone who has tried to read books on the computer using Bug Club. These are great fun to read by yourself or to share with somebody else.



In maths we are focusing on the numbers to 20, and beyond. We have also started to count backwards from 20 (and are getting very good) and are learning to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s (which is a little harder)! We have started practising simple addition and subtraction to 10 in lots of different ways – and using lots of different equipment. It is also important that we continue investigating weight, measure and shape so that we do not forget what we have already learnt! A new skill that we have just been introduced to is estimation (please ask your child about this). We are trying to have a ‘sensible’ guess at how many things are in a jar – but it is quite difficult! Finally, well done to everyone who has tried using Busy Things at home. It is a really fun website and allows us to learn lots of things without us realising!



On Tuesday, we have our PE lesson and are enjoying using all the mats, benches and boxes. It will also be sports day soon so we will be practising our throwing and catching, dribbling and skipping skills. Please remember to take earrings out and ensure that your child has a full, named PE kit in school.


Finally, we are becoming even more independent. This means that we are much better at dressing and undressing ourselves and doing up our coats. We are now trying to make sure that we tidy up after ourselves and look after all our resources so they do not get broken. Please keep checking that ALL our belongings are clearly named.


We thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to speak to us should you need to.


The Reception Team

Another welcome to Reception – Term 3

“Traditional Tales”


In this term we will be learning about traditional tales. We will be reading stories, sequencing pictures, making objects, baking various items and acting out stories such as ‘The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man’.



In literacy, we will be learning to write c-v-c words and simple sentences using our sounds and simple punctuation. This means that we need to remember to segment and blend our sounds, use finger spaces and try to recognise a full stop. Another main focus is letter formation and we regularly practise letters that are formed the same way e.g. a,c,d,g,o. We also need to keep practising our rhyming words e.g. words that rhyme with “mat” until we can rhyme with any word that is chosen.

Finally, we have been taught to read books on the computer using Bug Club. This means we will be able to show you how good we are by reading at home. We will be given our login details in the near future.



In maths we are getting good at recognising, and counting, numbers up to 20. We have started learning how to add one more or subtract one from a given number. It is also important that we continue investigating weight, measure and shape so that we do not forget what we have already learnt! We have been given our login details for a really good website called Busy Things. This allows us to practise a range of activities which cover all areas of our curriculum – and it is really good fun!


We will now be doing PE every Tuesday morning and Write Dance every Thursday morning. Please ensure that all PE kits, including plimsolls and tracksuits, are in school all the time.



Finally, we are trying to become even more independent. This includes being able to dress and undress ourselves, doing up our coats and finding the resources we need in class. Any encouragement, and practice, at home would be greatly appreciated – as would a check that ALL our belongings are clearly named.


We thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to speak to us should you need to.


The Reception Team

Term 2


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


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 we start to master this skill, we will begin to read our reading books to you – rather than having them read to us! Thank you for helping us on our reading journey by reading with us as often as you can. You will also receive new sounds on a weekly basis.



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 we get changed and venture into the hall for P.E. Once we have mastered the changing (!), 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.

A LITTLE PLEA – please encourage your child to dress and undress on their own!


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 10th December at 2pm in the school hall.



Finally some notes from our teachers – please help me learn to do up my coat by myself and ensure that ALL my belongings are still named. I am not allowed nail varnish in school and any long hair should be tied back. I must have a cardigan/jumper and coat in school every day. Thank you.


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 and begin to encourage them to become more independent.



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



We will be teaching the children the 26 sounds in the alphabet and beginning to blend some sounds together. Please keep a look out for the phonic and maths sessions that will be led at school. Our hall sessions in Write Dance and clever fingers 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 in this activity.



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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