Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Rogers

April/May 2021






Our new learning will be based around animals. Animals are always fascinating to children. Real and imagined animals inspire creative cross-curricular learning activities in this topic about pets, working animals, animal protectors, day and night animals, scared and mythical animals and baby animals. 


Each week we shall explore a different theme.


We begin with pets and the stories ‘I want a Pet’ by Lauren Child and Mick Inkpen's ‘The Great Pet Sale’.






Recommended websites to use at home





Reading and phonics:






The Early Years Team:

Class Teacher: Mrs Rogers (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday am)

Class Teacher: Mrs Bailey (Thursday pm and Friday)

Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs Thompson

Welfare Assistant: Mrs Brooker


Things you can do at home together:


  • Share a story together as often as you can.
  • Play a game, especially one like 'Snakes and Ladders' which involves counting and taking turns.
  • Practice using scissors and cutting out shapes or different lines such as curved or zigzag.
  • Use tweezers to pick up and sort objects such as buttons or raisins.
  • Use old paintbrushes and water in buckets to 'paint' outside on brick walls/drives/patios.
  • Using 'Play-Doh', blue-tack or even a ball of uncooked pastry practice rolling out with a rolling pin, squeezing, stretching or rolling into a ball. 
  • Add some music and you've got your own 'Dough Disco!'
  • Visit the queen of ‘Dough Disco’, Shonette Basin Wood on YouTube 


Other Notices:


  • Please, please name EVERYTHING!
  • You need to have a named water bottle in school every day filled with fresh water.
  • All children in Reception are offered free milk and fruit each day. We have this each afternoon in school.
  • If you wish to send in a snack for our morning snack time please ensure it is a healthy snack.
  • Please ask if you have any questions, no matter what it is.
  • Starting school is a daunting prospect for parents as well as children and we are here to help make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone!


What to bring each day:


  • A waterproof coat.
  • Sunhat and sun cream on warm days.
  • Hat and gloves on cold days.
  • Spare underwear socks/tights etc. (It's a good idea to keep these in your child's PE bag)
  • Reading bag with reading diary and key ring inside.
  • Water bottle.
  • A smile!


 Many thanks

Mrs Rogers


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