j Reception - Barnton


Welcome to our Reception class page, we are excited to be able to share our learning with you. 


We are so proud of how well our new Reception class have settled into school, making new friends and exploring their new environment.  We know we have an amazing year ahead of us and we can't wait to see what our children achieve.

This term our topic is 'STOMP!' and we will be learning all about different types of dinosaurs.  In Literacy, we will start off with an exciting dinosaur poem which we will learn using our Talk4Writing actions.  Children will use good describing words in their writing and will be thinking of their own dinosaur characters.  As always at Barnton, teaching will be based around quality texts and we will be using the books 'Cave Baby' and 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants' to ignite the children's imaginations.  We will also begin to explore features of non-fiction texts in our guided reading sessions, and we will use the fantastic 'Magnificent Book of Dinosaurs' to inspire our own non-fiction class book!  

In Maths we will be thinking about patterns and we will also learn about different ways to measure - even recreating the size of a Gigantosaurus in our playground!  We will also continue to focus on number recognition and ordeing, with a little help from Teensaurus...

In our Understanding of the World lessons, we will learn about animal diets and food chains.  The children will be encouraged to discuss their ideas of how the dinosaurs died out - maybe even debating with their friends.  Our Art and Music sessions will be linked to our dinosaur theme including patterns/ textures, and moving in different ways to music. Our PE unit this term is dance, and children will be moving in different ways like a dinosaur, working in a team to link movements together to perform a short dance for their friends.  

PE will take place each THURSDAY morning.  Your child MUST have a full PE kit in school at all times (plain white T-shirt, plain dark shorts, black pumps/trainers).

All uniform, including coats and shoes MUST be labelled please.  We have fabric pens available if needed.

We provide a healthy snack each morning and afternoon.  Please pay for this via ParentPay online.  Any queries, please speak to the front office staff.  Children have access to fresh drinking water at all times during the day, but feel free to send in a named bottle of water to keep in the classroom if you prefer.

Children receive a free school meal until the end of Year 2.  We will ask your child what they would like to order each morning after registration.  If you prefer, your child can bring in a packed lunch at any time.  We are a Healthy School so please ensure that packed lunches are nutritious, with just the occasional treat inside.

Your child will bring home a reading book each day.  Parents are expected to read with their child a minimum of THREE times per week as this will boost their learning, and help to ensure that your child reaches their full potential in school.  Please sign your child's planner each time you read with them, they will then be able to take part in our exciting Reading Challenge!

Homework will be sent out each Wednesday and must be completed and returned on Monday.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.  We know our gate can get busy but we will be happy to speak to you once we have seen the children out.  Or  we are happy to call you at your convenience, just pop a note in your child's planner. 

Phew!  We have lots to look forward to.  Please continue to support your child all you can with reading and homework - you make all the difference.

 Many thanks for your  support,

The Reception staff team.

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