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Harris Academies
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Reception

Welcome to Year R:
Van Gogh and Monet


Miss Hall is teaching in Van Gogh class and Miss Weeks is teaching Monet Class. Welcome!

Welcome to year R! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organisation of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times

Homework

Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn.

PE

In year R, the PE day is Monday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days. Please ensure you REMOVE all earrings on a Monday. Please ensure ALL PE kit is named.

Trips

This term we would like to invite visitors into Reception to share their experiences with the children. If you feel you could come in and talk to the children about your job, family, a talent or hobby please do let your class teacher know. We are happy to facilitate you in any way that we can, and help to provide activities linked to your topic. It is a wonderful experience for all children, and will help us to get to know our friends and family.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be spelling and grammar. We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In EYFS, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:15pm from Thursday 14th September.

 

Homework

Read it

Research it

Make it

You will find new and exciting books in your book bag each week. There is a phonics book for you to share with your grown up and a story book for your grown up to share with you. Look at the pictures and talk about what is happening, Can you re-tell the story? Do you recognise any sounds?

Please record the books you have read in your reading journals and leave us a comment. We like to share your home reading with you.

We are very excited to learn all about you and your family. Can you help us by making a family tree? You can add your important friends to it as well. Talk to your family and friends about what you like doing, how you spend time together, special celebrations you have.

We cannot wait to hear all about it!

 Now you have designed a super exciting house, can you make it? You could use a shoebox (big boxes can be tricky to display and we want to show off all your amazing work so please be mindful of size) or you could draw a picture of it. Think about what you would like in it and talk to your grown up about why you would like it.

Practise it

Write it

Design it

We are excited to start mark making with you and introducing phonics (this will help you to read and write). Can you start by practising to write your name? It is a really important job because at school we have to NAME everything!

Could you use different materials- pencils, pens, chalks, crayons, paint? Write it in sand, shower gel, rice… We would love to see pictures of this.

We are excited to start mark making with you and introducing phonics (this will help you to read and write). Can you start by practising to write your name? It is a really important job because at school we have to NAME everything!

Could you use different materials- pencils, pens, chalks, crayons, paint? Write it in sand, shower gel, rice… We would love to see pictures of this.

Thinking about your family and friends… Can you imagine what kind of house you would like to live in if you could live with all or some of them?

Can you design it first? (the really exciting bit is above)

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.

 

What are we learning?

This term the most important part of reception is settling in and making many new friends. We will read books that inspire learning, including Oh No George, What the Ladybird Heard and Bog Baby. These books will help to encourage the children to speak and write about themselves and their families, whilst helping them to understand different cultures in the world around them. They will have opportunities to take risks through exploration both indoors and outdoors, using a variety of resources. During this term the children will have the chance to share resources with one another and take part in group activities that encourage the skills of turn taking, sharing and independence. We will be spending time exploring shapes within the environment and looking at number recognition, we will begin exploring letter sounds in phonics and develop a love of reading.

 

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 10 minutes with you, it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school.

Additional Information

As we will be getting to know each other and learning all about one another we would love some family photos to display around the classroom. This helps to give children a sense of belonging and gives them a talking point with their new friends. We understand that you may not want to give originals away so we will photocopy the picture, and return the original back to you. Please hand these in to your class teacher at your earliest convenience.  

At the end of every term, we will invite you in to share your child’s learning with them and to look at their books. This term the date for this will be Friday 20th October 2017.

In Reception, we are keen explorers and spend lots of time in the garden. We will go out no matter what the weather! As the weather, gets colder and wetter please ensure your child is in school with a waterproof coat. We ask all children to keep a pair of named wellington boots at school to use throughout the year. Please pass these on to your class teacher.

We will begin Forest School next term and invite you into reading mornings. We shall send information on this nearer the time.

If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Hall or Miss Weeks, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.

Thanks,

Miss Hall and Miss Weeks