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St John's Church of England Primary School

Love of GodLove of NeighbourLove of Oneself

Reception Class - Autumn Term 2019

Me and My World!

Welcome to St. John's Reception class! We will be making lots of new friends this half term and finding out what it means to be a St. Johner. Our mission statement - Love of God, Love of Neighbour, Love of Oneself - is central to everything we do at St. John's, so we will be learning what each part of this means to us. As part of this we will be making a trip to St. John's church to meet our vicar, Mr Hayes and identify some of the important Christian imagery, such as stained glass windows and the cross.

As part of our topic we will be talking about our families and what makes us special and we will be making self-portraits using different art media. We will be finding out about the places where we live, identifying local landmarks and making simple maps of our localities.  

We will be trying to improve our fine motor skills to help us to become stronger writers, doing 'Dough Gym' and 'Write Dance' which should be lots of fun! We will be reading lots of new stories, as well as those we know well, and will take home our very own first reading books to share with our families! We will also be starting our guided reading groups and will have special activities to do in our Reading Partnership books - exciting! 

In Maths we will be doing lots of work and playing games to help us become more confident counting accurately to 10 and beyond, getting better at using Numicon to help us count and recognise numbers and adding a total amount of objects.

We are also really excited to be working with Ross Keeble Outdoors this term. Ross and James will be helping us progress from balance bikes to pedal bikes (without stabilisers) as we progress through the term. 

It's Healthy schools week this half term (30th Sept - 4th Oct) so we will be learning what foods are healthy and what we can do to help us stay fit, safe and feeling good! During this week we will meet our Year 6 buddies, who will help us during the year to become part of the St. John's family. 

We look forward to working in partnership with all our parents and carers. Don't forget to make sure you have regular access to your seesaw app so you can see what we are up to in school. 

Mrs Hickson, Miss Vincent, Mrs Kennedy, Mrs Boulton, Miss Thomas and Mrs Hallworth

Reception Class - Autumn Term 2 - Time to Celebrate

Date for the diary  -  Monday 16th December 1.45pm - Reception Class Nativity

This has to be one of our favourite terms. We start by learning about the Gunpowder plot and sharing our experiences of bonfire night. Another festival at this time is Diwali and the children always enjoy learning about the story of Rama and Sita.

We spend a large part of this term reflecting on the Christmas Story. We start with the Angel visiting Mary and follow the journey through to the Wise Men bringing their gifts to Jesus.

Our Nativity Play not only reinforces the Christmas Story but provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers to come and see our amazing performance. 

In maths we are continuing to develop our understanding of numbers to 10 and then to 20. Keep looking out for numbers in the environment.

We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes, investigating vertices and edges as well as properties of the shapes.

In phonics we will be starting to learn some phase 3 sounds and will be using our sounds to help read and write sentences. 

Our black reading partnership books will be coming home every week. Enjoy sharing the activities together at home and don't forget to make sure your book comes back every Monday.

Don't forget to speak to any of the team if you have any worries or want any help on how to help your child with their next steps in learning.