Welcome to Reception Class.
This half term we will be having two dressing-up days and a special picnic!
Also, please note that our Class Assembly will be on Friday 6th July at 9am.
Our topic this half term is 'Adventures'.
Here is a guide for you when deciding what to bring in for Show and Tell on a Monday. Please send in one item only.
Week 1 - Dinosaur adventures (Dino-Dig Learning Experience). Can you recall our learning from last term? How many dinosaurs can you name? When did they live? Did all dinosaurs eat meat? Can you describe your favourite dinosaur? Can you write a fact sheet about dinosaurs? You could write a short story about dinosaurs and share it with the class. Show and Tell will take place on Tuesday this week as we have an Inset Day on Monday 4th June.
Week 2 - Superhero men / boys. We will be reading different superhero adventures. Can you name a superhero? What special powers do they have? Can you make up your own story about a superhero? Is there an unkind character in your story? Where does the story take place? What types of adventures does your superhero have?
Week 3 - Superhero women and girls. Which superhero is your favourite and why? How many super powers do they have? What super power would you like to have if you were a superhero? Can you write a short story about your superhero? What sort of adventures would she have and who would she meet?
Week 4: Travelling adventures. Visit our travel shop and choose where you would like to travel to. Where would you like to visit and how would you get there? Have you been on an aircraft or ferry? Make a list of all the places you have travelled to on holiday. Can you write an airline ticket for yourself or for your family members? How long did it take you to travel? Do you know what a holiday magazine is?
Week 5: New adventures and Water. We will be talking about our new adventures to Year One after the summer holiday. Do you have any questions about your new class? What exciting things did you see in your new classroom? Have you been on a new adventure before? Where did you go and what did you see? Write a short list about the things you saw. We will focus on exciting new adventures with our friends.
Water -What is water and where does in come from? Is water important? What lives in the sea (linking our previous learning)?
Week 6: Pirates and Princesses. Can you describe a pirate? Do you know any stories about pirates? Do they travel by land, air or water? What do pirates usually wear and what do they say? Do you know the name of a real life princess? Where do they usually live? Do you know any stories about a princess? Can you write an exciting story about a pirate or princess? What sort of adventures would they have? What is a treasure map? Can you make a treasure map with clues on it? What might we find? We will be having a dressing-up day this week - see separate letter.
Week 7: Camping and picnics. Have you been camping? Where did you go? What did you enjoy the most? Can you describe a picnic? What sort of things would you take on a picnic? Do you know how to make a sandwich? How many people can go on a picnic together?
Week 8: Reflection. We will be talking about our wonderful achievements and all the exciting adventures we have had together. Can you tell us about your favourite time in Early Years? You could make a list to share with our class.
We will be learning songs and lines for our assembly.
Some of the picture book stories and poems we will be reading:
Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come The Dinosaurs!
006 and a Bit
The Night Pirates
Mr Grumpy's Outing
Various non-fiction books about dinosaurs.
Habits of Mind: There will be a different focus each week. Please ask your child for more information.
Growth Mindset: Talk to your child about Ruby Reflection and Robert Resilience - what are they good at in school?
If you would like to come and talk to the children about a current or previous job related to our topic, please speak to one of the EYFS team.
My classroom door is always open, but if I am otherwise engaged you can always arrange a time to see me via the school office. I am looking forward to a fantastic first term full of fun and learning!
A water bottle, waterproof coat and sun hat or cap should be brought into school every day. PLEASE NAME ALL ITEMS.
Show and Tell: (topic related items only please / one per child).
Reading books and Reading Records : Books go home. Please make a short comment about your child's reading and interest in the book/s. If you have any queries please come and see me. Reading books and records should be kept in your child's book bag every day (see below for return details).
Home Learning books and Phonics books: these need to be returned to school so they can be updated.
Cooking: On alternate weeks (usually topic related). Thank you for your contribution towards the cost of ingredients.
Reading books and records: these need to be returned so they can be changed and ready for Monday.
Phonics book and Home Learning books go home at the end of the day.
PE: Please make sure that a PE kit is in school at all times (it can be left on your child's peg until the end of each half term).
Library day: we visit our school library and select one book to bring home each week. Please make sure that library books are returned every Friday morning prior to our next visit. Unfortunately we are not able to issue a new book unless the previous one has been returned.
Hugo Dog: goes home at the end of the day and is returned on Monday morning.
Hugo is our cuddly dog. He will be coming home for the weekend with your child sometime during their time in reception. Here is a message from him:
Hello, my name is Hugo and I am pleased that I am coming home with you this weekend. I have brought lots of things with me in my bag as I will need to change my clothes and brush my teeth after eating. Please bring me back to school on Monday morning and don't forget to write about our adventures (on an A4 sheet) for your Learning Journey. You can add photographs if you like! I am looking forward to having lots of fun with you.
Please make sure you pack my belongings in my bag on Sunday. If any of them are lost or broken they will need to be replaced please as I plan to visit all the children in our class.
With love from
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Please remember to look at our current class newsletter for more detailed information about our learning.
Thank you for your support.