Reading books will be changed weekly on Thursday starting from 01.10.18. At school, we are passionate about reading lots of different types of books. We urge you to share this passion and read with your child daily. You can encourage your child to talk about the pictures first before reading the story together. This will support your child’s ability to predict events and understand story structures and then move on to telling their own. Puppets and acting out stories are a fun way to develop their love of reading.
In Reception, formal homework is not given. Instead, we encourage you to support your child’s interests and new learning through fun activities. This could be going on a season or number hunts, shopping and money, counting sounds, identifying shapes in the environment, learning how to share and tidy up and many more. The most important way to help your child is to talk to them and answer any of their queries and questions. Suggestions for activities will be sent on the Reception Curriculum map every half term and your class teacher will be happy to provide further support and ideas.
PE is on Thursday mornings in Reception. Please ensure your child has a PE uniform to wear – this is to protect their school uniform from becoming damaged. This consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts, joggers or leggings and black pumps. These must all be named items so if things get lost or go in the wrong bag, they are easier to identify. In PE, children will be developing their ability to negotiate space, manoeuvre obstacles and simple ball skills.
Outdoor and Provision
You child will have countless opportunities for outdoor play. We encourage children to make use of our outdoor classroom in order to develop their physical ability. It is imperative for them to experience all the different types of weather so please ensure your child comes to school in weather appropriate clothing. They need to bring a coat everyday- regardless of the forecast and sensible shoes.
Our motto is: it’s not bad weather, it’s bad clothing.
In the classroom and outside area, children will access water, sand and messy play. Adults will initially encourage your child to wear aprons and wetsuits with the ultimate aim of this becoming their responsibility. Inevitably, your child’s uniform may get dirty. However, everything used in school is machine washable and the dirty clothes are evidence of all their hard work! If you would like to bring in spare named clothing in case uniform gets wet, you are welcome to and this can be kept in their PE bag.