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Welcome to Autumn 2

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Welcome back to Reception. We hope you've had a restful week off and are ready for more fun learning. The weather is definitely getting colder, but it's not going to stop our learning. Mr. Johnson and Miss. Butler are the class teachers, and we will be supported throughout the week by Mrs. Begum. Mrs. Plummer will also be working in Reception 3 mornings a week. This half term, we will be pushing on towards the children becoming more independent in their learning and in their own personal hygiene.


Coming into school

The school bell rings at 8:50 and the children will enter the classroom independently to hang their coats up and put their bags away. The school day ends at 3:15. 



As a school we use lots of fantastic texts to help us develop our Literacy skills. We will begin by reading 'No Dinner', which is a well known tale from Asia. We will use this  to help us retell stories as well as acting as a stimulus for learning about jungles and the animals that live in them. Later, we will read a variety of Christmas texts, as well as some non-fiction texts about Bonfire Night. The children will focus on hearing sounds in words, writing them in sequence and some will be writing captions and sentences independently. 

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As well as a daily Literacy session, we will also have a Maths group session on a daily basis. As a school, we use Numicon to support our Mathematical learning, which this half term will help us consolidate our counting sills, as well as helping us find one more and one less than a number. We will also be adding amounts using Numicon and many other classroom resources. Later, we will begin to estimate amounts and explore 3D shapes.

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Phonics will be taught in small group focuses every day at 9:05. These groups are personalised to ensure that the children are learning the phonics that they need to move their own learning forward. All the groups will be taught by a different adult this time, with children learning sounds from stage 1+ and stage 2. These sessions are fast paced, active and the children will be encouraged to apply their phonic learning into their independent writing in the afternoons.

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Topic (UTW/PSED)

Every afternoon we will have our topic and PSED sessions. This half term we will be exploring the celebrations that we have. We will look initially at Halloween, Bonfire night & Diwali, before considering why Remembrance is such an important time in Hyde and Britain. Later, we will consider what happens at birthdays, christenings and weddings and then we will talk about some festivals in different religions such as Hannukah, Eid & Christmas. Our PSED focusses this half term will focus on us understanding the difference between wrong and right, and considering what makes us special, and what times are special to us. 

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Expressive Arts & Design

We have a fantastically stocked craft area, where the children can make their own creations. The children will participate in lots of arty activities to support and enhance our learning. This half term we will be focusing on creating purposeful models, as well as using various materials and examining joining methods. We will make:

  • Diwali Diva Lamps
  • Our own Firework splat pictures
  • Our own poppies for Remembrance
  • Our own Christmas cards.
  • Our own Calendars
  • Lots of things to enhance our Birthday Party & Santa's Grotto role play.

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The children will have a weekly Music Express session, with a focus on singing and using instruments. Our role play will initially be a 'Birthday Party' and the children will be using this to fuel our imagination and act out our own experiences as we take on the roles of people celebrating birthdays. Later, we will become Santa, elves and postal workers as we create our own Santa's Grotto and post office role plays. 


Reading/Home activity books

All the children have made a great start with their reading books.  These books need to be in school everyday as we will read with the children as often as possible. Please can all parents write a comment in the reading record to let us know how your child gets on. The books will be changed on a weekly basis.


Children will also receive a 'Home Learning Journey' in the first few weeks. This activity book will be given out on Fridays and needs to be returned by the following Tuesday. These activities will be linked to our in-class learning. Please support your child in completing these activities and encourage them to look after the books outside of the classroom. Please also look out for more 'Good News Leaves' coming over the few weeks. These are for parents to write all the amazing things that your child does at home. We will send more leaves in November/December. Also, keep a watch out as Frank, Fred & Elvis will be choosing more children to spend the weekend with. They had a busy first half term, and are sure that more fun is on the way!!!



We are lucky enough to have P.E sessions with our Sports coach. These sessions will take place on a Wednesday morning, with a session with the class teacher on the following Friday morning. The children all need to ensure that they have a P.E. kit in school at all times. This needs to consist of

  • A labelled plain white T-Shirt
  • A pair of labelled plain black shorts
  • A pair of labelled plain black pumps
  • A labelled P.E bag


Please can all children have all pieces of clothing named to help them begin to recognise and take responsibility for their own items. We also ask that all children have a coat in school at all times, in case of bad weather, as we will be learning outdoors as much as possible.



So, it's going to be a really busy half term with lots of learning going on but also lots of events for parents to get involved with. Some dates are featured below and letters will be sent. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff about anything. We are very grateful for your support so far this year - it really makes all the difference.


Key Dates for Autumn 2

  • Library visits = Thursday 8th, 22nd, 29th November & Thursday 6th December
  • Parents Evening = Tuesday 13th November
  • Nasal Flu Immunisation = Thursday 15th November
  • Children in Need Non-Uniform Day = Friday 16th November
  • VIP Week = Monday 19th - Friday 23rd November
  • Inset Day = Friday 30th November
  • Christmas Craft Afternoon = Monday 10th December
  • EYFS Christmas Performance = Monday 17th December
  • EYFS Christmas Party = Tuesday 18th December


Many thanks

Mr Johnson - FS2 Teacher/EYFS Manager

Miss Butler - FS3 Teacher

Mrs Begum - Teaching Assistant