In our Reception classes (Hedgehogs and Rabbits) this half term our topic is 'Do you want to be Friends?' We are settling into our new environment, making new friends and getting to know all the adults who help us around school. There are lots of new routines and things to get used to and we are learning to share and take turns. We are also learning to be more independent, making sure we know where we can find our water bottles, using the loo and washing hands, putting on our own coats and using cutlery - please practise these skills at home, too!


The children are already bringing picture books home to share which we will swap each week, so please make sure they are in book bags. Soon they will start to bring a scheme wordless book - please encourage full sentences and lots of detail when storytelling. We will be learning a new phonic sound daily and many children will soon be blending and segmenting simple words to read and write! They will have a little Phonics sound book for you to practise the relevant sounds at home, we will advise you on the Google Classroom of which sounds we have learnt each week. We are encouraging lots of mark-making and will be learning to write our names (please make sure they use a capital letter just at the start of their name and correctly orientated letters when practising at home, we have sent a laminated name strip home for regular practise).


In Maths we are counting, ordering and recognising numbers to 5 through lots of exciting, interactive play and noticing time and seasonal changes.


We are delighted with how well the new children have settled in already and are really enjoying getting to know them!