j Reception - Barnton


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


We have had a great first half term in Reception and the children are now familiar with all the routines at school and enjoying learning. We are so proud!

Our topic this half term will be 'Celebrations!' The children will explore different celebrations, some familiar to us such as Bonfire Night, weddings and Christmas. We will also be learning about Diwali and Thanksgiving and exploring other cultures and comparing them to our own.

In our Literacy lessons, we will explore quality texts to ignite the children's learning. We will be reading 'The Scarecrow's Wedding', the story of Rama and Sita and listening our for and writing sparkly, noisy words as we celebrate Bonfire Night.

 All of our literacy work is underpinned by exciting daily phonics sessions where the children will build on the blending and segmenting skills they have learnt so far to develop their reading and writing.

In Maths, we continue to work on number recognition and will be moving onto addition and subtraction. As Christmas approaches we will explore shape and weight using some very exciting presents delivered from the big man himself!

We are all very excited for our trip to the Reindeer Farm in December. Please make sure permission slips are returned and you have paid via ParentPay.

In our weekly PE sessions, we will continue to work on fine and gross motor skills to strengthen the children's important writing muscles, but will also be thinking about the changes that happen to our bodies when we exercise.

Things to remember:

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. 

We have so much to look forward to this half-term and we can't wait to see how the children engage with their learning.

 Many thanks for your  support,

The Reception staff team.

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