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Welcome to Early Years

Welcome to Reception 2021 - 2022

Sycamore Class Teacher: Mrs S. Dodd
Beech Class Teachers: Mrs G. Summers (Monday - Wednesday); Mrs R. Amor (Thursday, Friday)

Our Learning Challenge Topic: to be announced!

What are we doing this term?

Our Learning Challenge Topic this term is, 'How many colours are there in the rainbow?' We shall be finding out how rainbows are formed and explore all the colours of the rainbow. We will be looking at how to mix them to create new colours. We will explore different ways of using colour to create works of art including using our hands. As part of getting to know each other we shall explore our favourite colours and the emotions that colours make us feel.


In our Maths work we will be working on recalling our numbers to 10 in order and try to match numerals and quantities correctly. We will be sorting objects by colour and using the objects to make different patterns. The children will explore similarities and differences between themselves and their friends and we will create charts to show different hair and eye colours in our groups. The children will be learning the days of the week and sequencing their day.

Books Explorers

We will be exploring a range of different stories including 'My First Day at School, Topsy and Tim start school, Harry and the dinosaurs go to school, The colour Monster, The Colour Monster goes to school, Elmer and the rainbow and the Rainbow fish'. We will be encouraging the children to recall and retell the stories and to talk confidently about the different characters and settings.


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised
We hope to introduce the children to our phonics programme (Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised) the week beginning the 20th September. There is a series of PowerPoints and videos on the Little Wandle Website ( that provides support to parents in how to support your child at home with their reading and writing. Please feel free to come and ask any questions you may have.


In our Physical Development we are focusing on developing fine motor skills by using tweezers and threading as well as giving the children lots of opportunities to make marks using an effective tripod pencil grip. We will have a Dough Disco session every day as well as taking part in Cosmic Kids Yoga. We will be going on a Welly Walk on Tuesdays so please can you make sure the children have a named pair of wellies in school on Tuesdays.

The children will need to wear their PE kits to school on PE Days, trainers are best as the children will be in them all day. PE lessons for both classes will be on Thursdays. (Starting Thursday 30th September 2021)

Outdoor classroom

All topics involve lots of learning in our outside classroom, so please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather. We have wellies in school for them to use during LTP (Learning Through Play) sessions.


The following homework expectations are taken from our Home Work Policy

· Reading - child to read to an adult for 5 minutes 5 times a week

· Reading - bedtime story/shared story read by an adult daily

· Phonics - daily sound practice/key words for 5-10 minutes daily

· Speaking and listening - discussion on topic/picture provided by school weekly

· Maths - number recognition/number formation/Numbots 2-3 times a week

'Numbots' is an online learning platform to help encourage the learning of number. This should be a fun activity that the children engage with for no more than 5 minutes as often as they like. Each child has their own login, please contact the class teacher via their email if you have not got one.

When we introduce phonics your child will come home with a sheet to support the letter sound learnt that day. Please support your child in learning to recognise and write these sounds. In time we shall also send home some keywords for you to practice at home. In the meantime, please read and play games with your child regularly.

We will be sending home a weekly speaking and listening activity which is designed to get the whole family involved, please use these activities to encourage your child to speak clearly in sentences, ask questions and practice their listening skills.

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