Harris Academies
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Welcome to Reception:
Van Gogh and Monet

Welcome back to our second term!

Welcome to year R! We hope you find the information below useful as your child continues their learning journey 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 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.


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.


We are very excited to be going on our first school trip this term to the ccinema. Thank you to all those parents who have offered their help and support. We still need more parent helpers, so please do let us know if you are free to help.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be Phonics. 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.  



Read it

Research it

Make it

Our topic this term is Transport! I wonder how many different books you can find with transport in. You could bring them into class to share with your friends.

Our topic this term is transport. What modes of transport do you know about or have been on?  Miss Weeks likes to take the train into London! Miss Hall enjoys using the underground, her favourite line is the Victoria!  Can you research your favourite mode of transport?

We cannot wait to hear all about it!

Can you design your favourite mode of transport? It could be anything from a scooter to a boat! Think about all the details your mode of transport needs. Will you need windows and doors? What colour is it? How does it move?


Practise it

Write it

Design it

We will be continuing to use our phonics knowledge this term and begin to learn new sounds to help us to read and write.  Could you practise your phonics sounds and how to form these letters at home.


a, i, t, s, n, p, o, g, m, b, c, g, h

Once you have practised your phonics sounds, think of some exciting new words or words you have remembered and write them all down. Use your phonic knowledge to write the sounds you hear in words.  You could find some exciting vocabulary in your transport books!


Examples – sat, mat, pot, got, not, map, tap

We would love you to design your favourite mode of transport!  Think about the colours you will want to use, and the details your mode of transport has (For example – a ladder for a fire engine). Does your favourite transport have any exciting features? For example a siren or a symbol?

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. Thank you!


What are we learning?

This term our topic is Transport. We will read books that inspire and enthuse learning, including Room on the Broom, Naughty Bus and Stanley Stick. These books will help to encourage the children to speak and write about different modes of transport and their favourite type, whilst helping them to understand how different transport works. We will continue to use both our indoor and outdoor learning to enable children to learn through play. In Maths we will be exploring shapes and talking about the properties of these. We will make our very own shape monsters! In Literacy we will describe our monsters and give them a name, we will make them passports so that they are able to travel into the main school! We are very excited to invite you all into our reading mornings every Friday from 9am-9.30am.

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 learning about transport this term  we would love some photos of the children using different types of transport to display around the classroom. This helps to give children a sense of belonging and gives them a talking point with their 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 Monday 18th December at 3pm.  

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.

Van Gogh will begin Forest School this term, therefore please make sure your child is equipped with a pair of wellies and warm clothing.

We would like to invite you into class on Friday mornings from 9-9:30 to read with the children. Everyone is welcome and no notice is needed, just show up!

If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Hall or Miss Weeks.

Thank you,
Miss Hall and Miss Weeks