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Reception: Red and Blue



Welcome back! The teachers hope that pupils have had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year, and are excited to start the new term with great new topics.


The Power of Reading books for this half term will be ‘Night Monkey, Day Monkey’ and ‘A Little Guide to Wild Flowers’, which will give pupils insight into the natural world around them, supporting the topic of ‘Animals and their Babies’. We will be using a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts to support our learning even further.


In Literacy, the ‘Read Write Inc’ programme will be continuing to develop the children’s sound knowledge in both reading and writing. We will be extending our writing from initial and dominant sounds to words, captions and labels. There will be numerous opportunities for pupils to apply their writing and reading skills throughout the learning environment.


One role-play area in Reception this term will be a farm shop. Here, pupils will be reading signs and price lists, writing shopping lists and buying items. They will have the chance to take on different roles in the shop, developing their social and emotional skills as well as their communication.


Another role-play area will be a Vet’s practice. Here, pupils will be using their new knowledge of animals and their babies in their play. Much like the farm shop, there will be opportunities for using money, writing labels and reading labels. We will be exploring animals, their babies, where they live and using the children’s own experiences to inform their future learning.


In the outdoor area, there will be a florist’s shop where the children can discover a variety of plants and flowers. They will have the opportunity to make their own pots and planters using recycled materials and use tools safely.


Maths will continue to focus on recognising and ordering numbers to 10. Pupils’ knowledge of number will develop as we look at how numbers are a ‘whole’ amount made up of ‘parts’. They will be encouraged to explore patterns in number, spotting different arrangements of items that correspond to a number without the need to count them individually. Opportunities for using number will also be available throughout the environment.


Pupils will continue to have opportunities to express their creativity through different media such as drawing, painting, use of musical instruments, construction and performance. We will also be using song and rhyme across the areas of learning.

Reception will begin their weekly PE lessons from Friday 10th January. Please ensure that your child wears PE kit to school each Friday – details of PE kit have been sent out to parents and carers but are also available in the Uniform Policy on the website.


We are looking forward to a very busy and exciting half term ahead.