Autumn 1

Welcome to the start of the Autumn term, the children have had a wonderful start to ‘big school’, they are settling in and getting to grips with their new routine brilliantly.
Our topic this half term is ‘Terrific transport’, each week we will focus on a different book with a variety of activities based around our topic. A copy of our class timetable and half termly plans will be available on the school website under the reception page if you would like to see what we are working on.

You will find your child’s reading record and a wordless book in their book bag, we start on wordless books to encourage the introduction of new vocabulary and help develop their story telling skills. Phonics will begin next week, once the children are ready to apply their phonic knowledge to their reading we will send home short reading books. Please ensure you are reading with your child at least 3 times a week and recording it in their reading record, please don’t feel you have to read the whole book - it can be a few pages each time.

Please ensure your child’s reading book and record is in school every day as volunteers often hear the children read, books will be changed every Monday or Thursday. Recent recommendations advise that children read a reading book three times, the first to decode the words, second time to increase fluency and the third to encourage expression and understanding.

General information:
• Reception will have PE on a Thursday morning, please ensure they have the correct kit in school and all items are labelled (PE kits can be left on peg).
• Please ensure your child has suitable clothing for all weathers as the children love spending time outside come rain or shine and spare clothes if necessary.
• Once we have started phonics your child will receive a fun keyring with the phonics sounds we have covered, please ensure this is in or attached to your child's book bag everyday so we can add the sounds accordingly each week. I have put some useful links regarding phonics and supporting your child’s reading on the school website.
• Starting next week reception will visit the school library on a Wednesday afternoon, they will be able to bring home a book of their choice and exchange it the following Wednesday. Please ensure the books are returned in their book bags.

Reading/Phonic support:


If you have any questions or concerns, please come and see me.
Miss Payne

Rec MTP Aut 1 19 20

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