Welcome Back Everyone and Happy New Year!
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Welcome to the new Spring Term and a brand new decade. We hope you had a wonderful holiday and we look forward to hearing all about it from the children. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the lovely gifts and cards we received. As a team we have been reflecting on a wonderful first term with the children and all the learning and progress that has taken place. We have been busy planning for the coming weeks and adapting the environment to match the developing needs of the children.
This half term our learning and activities will be based around our prime learning challenge“Why is it always cold in winter?” We will also be learning about Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year. Details of the learning opportunities, activities and lines of enquiry the children will be involved in are available to view on the parent’s notice board. You can also view weekly updates below.
All the important information you will need is available in our Spring 1 newsletter. Copies are available to view on this page and on the parent’s notice board in the Nursery and Reception entrances. You will also receive a copy in your child's book bag. Please ask if you do not receive one.
Our Stay and Play sessions will continue this half term with a focus on construction and co-operative learning. In Reception we are hoping to build an igloo with our parents and carers during the last week of this half term. Further details of this will follow as we progress through the half term.
Thank you for all your support during the Autumn Term we really appreciate it.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the team.
Thank you in anticipation of your support and help through this next stage in your child’s development.
The Early Years Team
This half term the Reception class will continue to consolidate their work on phase two of the Letters and Sounds programme and will be introduced to phonemes in Phase 3.
Guided Reading for Reception takes place weekly and the children bring home a new reading book each Friday.
Reception children are read to daily and we ensure we read a range of texts including rhyme books, poetry, non-fiction, fiction and non-worded picture books.
The children have access to an attractive reading area which contains a range of texts, comics, soft toys to read to as well as a story creating area with puppets and a theatre. The children also have access to books in all their areas of provision linked to that area specifically.
This term Reception will be working on caption writing, lists, recipes and ingredients, story mapping and short sentences.
Home Reading Books
Reception- Are allocated one book for their reading bag and this is changed every Friday. Please make a comment in their reading record book to let us know if they enjoyed the book; what discussions you had together about the story/information; what other reading has been taking place at home.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about phonics and reading.
This half term the Reception children will focus on counting and number recognition as well as adding and subtracting. The children will also develop their knowledge of money and measuring.
All the children have daily access to our outdoor learning environment and a range of physical and sporting activities including balance and two wheel bikes, climbing, balls and running space. In addition we have PE in the hall on a Wednesday morning and our focus is ball skills.
The Nursery and Reception team are working with the children on learning phonics using the Letters and Sounds system. To help your child, you can follow the link below to reinforce their learning. Parents of children in Reception should focus on the Phase 2 activities. http://www.letters-and-sounds.com
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