Dear Parents

 

Welcome to Reception class and to Stoke Climsland School. The first few days in school this year have been absolutely fantastic. We are all really looking forward to the coming year. We hope that you have been made to feel welcome at Stoke and (if you are new to the school) that you will soon feel part of the ‘Stoke family’.  We pride ourselves on being an open, friendly school and hope that if you have any queries or concerns you feel able to come and see us in class.

 

At the beginning of each half-term you are sent a letter giving you a brief rundown of the work the Reception class will cover and any additional information you will need. We hope you find it interesting and useful. We have had an exciting first week at school, learning about where things are around the classroom and school and making friends. Our topic for the first half of term is ‘All About Me’. Please see overleaf for an idea of what we will be covering. This half-term we will be concentrating on settling into school, getting to know each other better and finding out about our likes, dislikes, similarities and differences.

 

Phonics

Over the next few weeks we will begin introducing the children to the first letters and sounds in our daily phonic lessons. We follow the ‘Read, Write Inc.’ scheme of work and will send home a sheet detailing each sound as we learn them. You can also look at our phonics display in the classroom which also shows which sounds we have covered.

 

Maths

We have had lots of fun singing number songs and working with numbers from 1 to 5. At home you can also help your child with their number facts, but also with any ‘real life’ experiences. Cooking and shopping are particularly valuable.  Your child will benefit from counting up and back from 0-20 and beyond. Try starting at different numbers. Also practise 1 more or 1 less than numbers to 5, then 10. Our maths objectives this half-term can be seen below:

 

1. Recognise some numerals of personal significance. 

2. Recognises numerals 1 to 5. 

3. Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item. 

4. Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved.

5. Counts objects to 10 and beginning to count beyond 10. 

6. Counts out up to six objects from a larger group. 

7. Selects the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects. 

8. Counts an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects. 

9. Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them. 

 

Library books and reading books

In the classroom we have a shelf of library books for you to choose from and take home to enjoy looking at with your child. Please could you write the date, your child’s name and the title of the story in the book on top of the shelf? When you return the book please either tick or cross it out to show that you have returned the book. This is not a book that your child will be able to read, but we hope that they will enjoy sharing the story with you, discussing the pictures and events within the story. We would be most grateful if you could encourage your child to choose a new book as often as you would like.

In the following weeks we will be sending home a reading record book in your child’s book bag. This is to record the school reading books that you will share with your child. Please find inside the front cover a small note with helpful tips about reading with your child. These books might start out with no words in them and will help to encourage the children to discuss the pictures and what might be happening in the story. We recommend that you share/read these books about three times a week. Your child will also read these books with an adult in the class and we will change them as appropriate.

 

Other information

Thank you for returning your Tapestry letters. You will receive an email shortly about how to activate your account. You can either download the App or access your account via the website. Please come and find us if you have any problems with it. Your child will be able to drink throughout the day but this should be water only and should be in a named water bottle. The children will have PE with Mr Bain on Wednesday afternoons but please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school at all times. Thank you for sending your child in with an extra snack of either fruit or a piece of bread and butter. Please leave this snack in the same tray as their drink bottle and in a named container or wrapping.

 

Nut Allergy

We have a child in our school with a severe nut allergy. Please do not send your child to school with any nuts or food containing nuts.

 

Adults

The adults working in class will be Mrs Rachael Moore (teacher on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), Miss Rebecca Hernandez (teacher Thursday and Friday), Mrs Chris Rickard and Sarah Adams (full-time teaching assistants).

 

REMINDERS

  • Book bags must be brought to school each day. Please check your child’s book bag each day as this is where we will put any letters or important information.
  • Please name all clothing and items.
  • Children should not bring toys to school.
  • Please could you let someone know if someone different is picking up your child at the end of the school day?
  • Please ensure that your child has a named pair of wellies and waterproofs in school each day.

 

Please feel free to approach us at any time if you have any concerns or things you wish to discuss.  We look forward to working with you to make this year fun, educational and rewarding for your child.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mrs Rachael Moore                              Miss Rebecca Hernandez