Welcome to Reception

PE

Our PE days will be Monday, please remember to come to school in your PE kit. You will stay in PE kit all day, so jogging bottoms/leggings are preferable as we will be playing outside.

Things we need to bring
You will also need to bring a water bottle, a book bag if you have one and a warm, waterproof coat every day!

Class Teacher

Mrs B Clark
Mrs B Clark

Class Agreement

Summer 2

Wow, here we are in our final term of the year. The first full year in a while and the children are doing brilliantly! We hope you had a lovely half term and are ready for a jam packed summer term.

We are most looking forward to our May Day celebration in June, which will be Jubilee themed, so we will save our celebrations for then. You can make a hat to celebrate 70 years of the Queen on the throne and on the day we will have a Hat Parade in the playground. In PE this term we will be practising our traditional May Day dance for the May Day event.

In Phonics we will continue to consolidate all the sounds and tricky words we have learnt along with developing good letter formation as we develop our core skills for writing. We will encourage lots of independent writing in provision and begin to set challenges.

In Maths we will learn number patterns including doubling and halving, numbers beyond 20 and number bonds.

A few weeks into term we will have our class trip to Cannon Hall Farm with Year 1, where we will learn about farm animals. We will also have sports day, a summer term treat and at visit to church for the end of year celebration.

We will continue to read on a daily basis, so please ensure your child’s reading book is in their bag each day. We will be sending home a phonics pack for you to use at home, this will support their understanding of the letters and sounds as well as provide an opportunity to practise good letter formation using the rhymes we use in class.

PE will be on a Tuesday and as always children need to be prepared for PE but also warm clothing and suitable shoes (that can be fastened independently) as we will be playing outside during the day. Even as the days get warmer and brighter Please remember to have a waterproof coat every day, as the weather is easily changeable. Long hair should be tied up and no jewellery worn on PE days. Please remember that water bottles should only contain water and not juice. Please note, we cannot apply sun cream to your child, so please send them to school with sun cream on the hot days that are forecasted.

Summer 1

Welcome back, we hope you had a fantastic Easter break, last term certainly did go very quickly!

Our topic for this term is Mr McGregor’s Garden, however it is not entirely about Peter Rabbit, but living things and the things that grow in our gardens and fields, we will look at the changes and new beginnings that spring time brings. We will hopefully have had frogspawn that has developed in froglets and will be looking at the plant and butterfly lifecycle.

In phonics we will continue to consolidate our knowledge of all phases and will be focusing on developing and applying this knowledge to begin to read more fluently as well as writing more independently.

In maths we will use our knowledge and understanding of numbers to 20 to begin to understand patterns in number such as doubles and halves as well as consolidating our understanding of addition and subtraction.

Reading books and homework will be collected in and changed on Thursdays. Children will have the opportunity to read in class everyday with an adult, please ensure their reading packs (book and reading record) are in school everyday. Please remember to login to Spelling Shed and Numbots regularly.

PE will be on a Tuesday and as always children need to be prepared for PE but also warm clothing and suitable shoes (that can be fastened independently) as we will be playing outside during the day. Even as the days get warmer and brighter Please remember to have a warm, waterproof coat every day, as the weather is easily changeable. Long hair should be tied up and no jewellery worn on PE days. Please remember that water bottles should only contain water and not juice.

Spring 2

Welcome back, we hope you had a wonderful break and are ready for Spring 2. Half way through this term, we will be joined by Miss Whittaker, a first year teaching student who will be teaching with us for 6 weeks.

This term we will be focusing our literacy work on rhymes and rhyming stories, using lots of our favourite Julia Donaldson books as well as the very funny Oi Frog series of rhyming stories. The children will practise hearing rhymes and making up their own rhymes, using their phonics knowledge to begin to write rhyming sentences.

We will work through the rest of the Phase 3 phonics and begin Phase 4. Phase 4 uses all the phase 2 sounds in blends and clusters such as /st/ in stop and /mp/ in lamp. The children will learn new tricky words as well as revisiting the ones we have already learnt.

In maths, we will focus on the composition of numbers to 20 and begin to develop our understanding of the patterns of these numbers, we will continue our work on subitising, recognising how many there are without counting.

PE will be on a Tuesday and as always children need to be prepared for PE but also warm clothing and suitable shoes (that can be fastened independently) as we will be playing outside during the day. Please remember to have a warm, waterproof coat every day, long hair should be tied up and no jewellery worn on PE days.

As Spring arrives we hope to begin our work on living things and lifecycles and will hopefully have some frogspawn to watch and investigate as it develops.

Reading books and homework will be collected in and changed on Thursdays. Children will have the opportunity to read in class everyday with an adult, please ensure their reading packs are in school everyday.

Spring 1

Welcome back, we hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas.

This term our Literacy focus is based on some of the books by Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found and The Way Back Home. Through the books we will explore the weather and seasons, floating and sinking, light and dark and space. We will begin to talk about the books, learning the stories and developing our own ideas and story telling.

We will continue to learn phonics, moving on to Phase 3 sounds and words and we will begin to write words and simple sentences using all the phonics we have learnt.

In Maths, we will continue to develop our understanding of numbers to 10, focusing on 6-10, understanding the composition of these numbers and comparing these numbers to each other.

PE will now be on a Wednesday and will be indoors, however as children will be in PE kit all day, please ensure they are wearing trainers and always have a warm, waterproof coat. Fleeces can be worn in class as an additional layer of warmth due to the open windows and doors. Fleeces can be left at school throughout the week on your child’s peg.

Reading books and homework will be collected in and changed on Thursdays. Children will have the opportunity to read in class everyday with an adult, please ensure their reading packs are in school everyday.

Autumn 2

Welcome back, we hope you had a fun filled but restful half term break. The children had an amazing first term and have settled into school life well. We have been fortunate to be able to get back into some old routines including Collective Worship, Singing and Celebration Worship, albeit in smaller groups. It has been wonderful to introduce the children to these whole school aspects and they have thoroughly enjoyed it too! As we approach Christmas, we do hope we can offer more traditional whole school Christmas activities too.  

This term we will continue to learn new phonic sounds and continue to develop the skills of blending. This is a very important skill in learning to read. Children will initially say each letter sound in the words and blend them together to read the words. Each child has a plastic zippy wallet Reading Pack. Please ensure this is in school each day as children will read on a Monday and throughout the week at different times. You will also have a red Reading Record where we will write the name of the current reading book for that week. Please aim to read each day with your child to enable them to build their confidence and will eventually read the words on sight as they will be familiar with the text. You can comment in the Reading Record to let us know how you get on.  

Children will also be able to practise spellings and phonics using Spelling Shed. You can access this for free on a browser or download the app. Your child’s login details will be stuck into the front of the Reading Record.  

In Maths, we will be developing our understanding of number, the composition of numbers to 5 and comparing these numbers to help with early calculations. We will learn about shapes and patterns, as well as beginning to subitise, where we learn to recognize how many objects there are without counting.  

Our Topic lessons will focus on discussions about the people who help us from the NHS, Military,and people in our local community. We will discuss and explore different celebrations and festivals such as Diwali and Christmas and think about Armistice and Remembrance. We will continue to discuss the schools Core Value in our class worship time. 

PE will be on a Monday, children should come to school in PE kit with suitable footwear that can be worn outside. Please remember that long hair should be tied up and no jewellery including earrings should be worn on PE day.  

As the weather gets colder and more unpredictable it is important that your child brings a warm, waterproof coat to school each day. Fleeces are optional and can be left at school just in case they are needed. Please ensure all jumpers, cardigans and fleeces are labelled clearly. Don’t forget a water bottle and book bag including reading packs are needed each day! 

Autumn 1

A huge welcome to all our children and families starting at East Bierley this autumn. We have really enjoyed visiting you all over the last few weeks and we hope that even though the start of the school year might seem a little bit different, you are all ready and raring to go.

Our Reception class team is Mrs Clark, Miss Senior and Mrs Dent, Mrs Winder will be in class too on a Wednesday morning. Our PE days will be Monday, please remember to come to school in your PE kit. You will stay in PE kit all day, so jogging bottoms/leggings are preferable as we will be playing outside. You will also need to bring a water bottle, a book bag if you have one and a warm, waterproof day every day!

This term we will spend some time settling into our class, learning new routines and expectations and making lots of new friends. We will talk about our family and homes, our communities and where we belong.

Your child’s learning journeys will be on Tapestry, you will receive an activation link when children start school and you can view pictures and observations of their learning in class throughout the year.

We are very much looking forward to a wonderful term with all our new children.