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Reception

Welcome to Reception!!!

You have now almost completed the first full term of your first year in full time school. Well done for all the amazing learning that has taken place!!! 

In Reception we learn mainly through play. We have lots of fun exploring and discovering about the world around us. This half term we have learned about the exciting festival of Diwali, taken part in World Nursery Rhyme Week, met Robbie the Robot, worked in the ICT Suite with Year 6, brought in our special toys and enjoyed talking about them and playing with them, taken part in Anti - Bullying Week and baked every week and made and sold biscuits to raise money for Children in Need. We raised £92.73 in total!!! The highlight for our teachers was when we sung a song to the whole school in a special Remembrance Day Assembly. They are also looking forward to our Christmas Performance where we will be retelling the Christmas Story and singing songs.   

PE days are on Monday for Adventurers and Friday for Explorers this term. All children will need PE kits each week (black shorts and white T. shirts) and jewellery must not be worn (including pierced earrings).

 

Useful reminders:

  • Our topic for this half term is How Does Your Toy Move?' 
  •  Children will need to bring their PE kits and all clothes and PE kits should be clearly labelled with their name.
  • Check the notice board on a morning for important updates, which will include the latest homework projects.
  • Ensure your child brings their book bag to school EVERY day.
  • Play and Stay sessions will continue to be on a Tuesday morning this term.
  • Remember to let us know about your child's achievements at home. You can use the leaves provided to add to our Learning Tree, or alternatively email us at the following addresses.
  • janine.smith@grimesdyke.leeds.sch.uk
  • sophie.berresford@grimesdyke.leeds.sch.uk

Ways to help your child

  • Please help your child practise their phonics and listen to them read EVERY night!!! You will soon see the difference in their confidence and reading ability.
  • Encourage and help your child to write their name and write labels, using the correct letter formation. 
  • Practise counting at every opportunity, such as walking up/down stairs, shopping, counting objects. Look for numbers in the environment, such as on house doors, buses, car number plates etc.
  • Play simple games like 'Simon Says' and 'I spy', to help your child develop their listening skills and hear initial sounds in words.
  • Encourage a healthy life style by eating healthy foods and participating in lots of physical activiy. 
  • Encourage your child to discuss their environments and notice changes in it, e.g. leaves falling from trees, how insects/bugs move. How the weather changes in different seasons. 
  • Help your child to develop their imagination by sharing stories about adventures and encouraging them to take part in role play to act out adventures of their own. 
  • Discuss ways in which we can help each other and be good friends.  

Below are links to video clips which will help you support your child to hold their pencil correctly and articulate phonics (letter sounds) properly.

Pencil grip

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM_dia8QGr0 

 Articulation of phonics

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s