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The Great Outdoors, Bug Hunts and Fun in the Sun

Welcome to Reception!

Oak Class

Class teacher: Miss Hannah Goodman
TAs: Miss Elaine, Mrs Misik, Miss Sharon
Lunchtime Assistants: Mrs Sustins, Mrs Misik

PPA Cover: Mr Orton

Our P.E. days have changed to a Monday and Tuesday afternoon.

If you would like to hear how we pronounce the sounds that we teach the children, please scroll down and find the link to the "articulation of phonemes" video below. If you would like to know more about how to help your child read at home, take a look at the "Parents Reading Meeting ppt 2017.pptx" powerpoint below, which we share at our reading meeting at the beginning of the year. You will find both of these resources underneath the text on this page

We are using this class page to share information, and photos, so do check it regularly. It will be updated about once every half term.

Class Routines

Please click on the link below entitled "Information and Routines for September 2017.doc"
PE is on a Thursday afternoon and this half term the children are focusing on building up core strength and co-ordination skills through a variety of  short, focused activities and games in each session.
Please get your child to change their reading book every morning.

Please choose a new library book every week, signing it out and returning the previous one as you do so.

Your child needs a water bottle in school every day.

Please send your child to school in weather appropriate clothing, (sun hats and with cream applied on warm sunny days, a raincoat and with wellies in a bag if it has been raining or rain is forecast.)

Children need their book bags and reading records everyday and they need to change their reading books every day.

The Reception Gate opens at 8.45am, and closes at 9.00am. Please be vigilant for your children’s safety before the doors are opened in the morning and after they open at the end of the school day. This is especially important when your children are on climbing equipment. Toys in the outdoors and covered area are kept safe and tidy, please leave them packed away after school, ready for staff to set up for the children in the morning.

Homework: Simple letter sound practice, a suggestion for writing and some fun maths will be sent home each Friday, related to the learning we have been doing that week. If the children bring this back during the week, they will get a fun stamp on it.

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to one of us briefly in the morning. If you need more time you can make an appointment to see the class teacher in a Monday Surgery session.

We are encouraging the children to be more independent. You can help by asking them to put their own things away in the morning. We are also encouraging them to assess their own safety when they are climbing trees and using our outdoor den building equipment. We ask them questions such as:

  • Are those branches strong enough to hold you?
  • Can an adult reach you if you get stuck?
  • Can you get down safely? If not don’t go that high
  • Can you lift it on your own or do you need a friend to help?
  • Did you bend your knees? (why do you need to bend your knees when you lift?)
  • Are you looking forwards? (don’t walk backwards)
  • Are you holding the stick pointing to the sky?

Our Learning This Half-Term

You can find out which phonemes and maths the children will be focusing on each week during this half term, by clicking the link for

"Phonics and Number Summer 2nd half 2018.pdf" below.
Our topic title this half term is Spring is Castles, Fairytales and Forests, click on the pdf document below, entitled "Castles Fairytales and Forests Sum 2018.pdf" to find out more about what is being covered in this topic. There is also a "Castle Word Mat.pdf" to see what kind of vocabulary you can discuss with your children to help them with this topic.


Some dates for your diaries this half term are:

Friday June 22nd - INSET day - no school

Tuesday 3rd July - Family Picnic - after school

Wednesday 4th July Reception and KS1 Sports Day - 9:00 to 10:30

16th July to 20th July - Creative Arts Week in school - theme Africa

Tuesday 24th July - Last Day of School

Wednesday 25th July - First Day of Summer Holidays!


The section at the very bottom of this page is full of stories and songs that the children have been enjoying.

Dates for your Diaries



If any of the links on this page do not work - please let us know in school, there is an occasional technical hitch, which we would be eager to solve if it ever crops up. 
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