Meet the team:
As well as the above class teachers, we are very lucky to have the following staff in Reception next year. The teaching assistants will be Mrs Collins in Sunshine class, Miss Parfoot and Miss Pordage in Moonbeam and Mrs Adam-Smith in Rainbow. As well we will have Miss Upstone and Mrs Cooper across all 3 classes. Mrs Lock, Mr Oakford and Mrs Kempson will be teaching in Sunshine, Moonbeam and Rainbow this year.
Welcome to Reception...Autumn 2018...
It was an absolute pleasure to meet your children on their first visit and on our home visits and we have been impressed with how well the children have settled in to school.
We look forward to building fantastic relationships with the children and you and your families over a happy and busy year ahead. We understand what a big step starting school can be for both children and parents so we hope the transition will continue to be a good experience.
The importance of a home-school link is very important to us so please remember that the door is always open if you need to talk to us or have any questions. Please let us know if you have any worries or concerns so that we sort any problems out as soon as possible. After school is the best time as mornings are very busy settling children into new routines. Every Monday morning the class teacher will be outside the classroom to answer any questions and chat.
The Reception Team - Sunshine, Moonbeam and Rainbow
Spring Term 2019
This term we will be exploring the topic of transport through 'Up, up and away' and the topic of farming. We will be going on some exciting school trips this term including Staunton Country Park and a visit to Bognor library! We are also going to be going on a train ride and have a visit booked from the Fire Service. We will also be having a visit from the Wildlife Trust. It sounds like a fun term ahead! We will be handing out the termly overview for Spring in January, so please look out for that for more information on what we will be learning this term.
Thank you to those who are reading everyday at home, we cannot stress how important this is. Don't forget that each day your child reads their school book at home, it counts towards them earning their bronze badge (50 reads), then silver badge (another 70 reads) and gold badge (another 70 reads).
Summer Term 2019
More fun is in store for the Summer Term of 2019! Please refer to the overview document that is attached further down this page.
One of our main topics is going to be Minibeasts where we will be reading The Hungry Caterpillar Story and Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell. This book was written by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet and we are delighted to reveal that these fabulous authors will be visiting us in May! We have a countdown display outside the Reception classes. The children will also be able to enjoy going on Minibeast hunts and learning all about these wonderful creatures. Our art unit will involve the famous snail piece by Henri Matisse and the children will be able to have a go at doing their own version of this.
Another of our topics is going to include the stories of Bog Baby, Billy's Bucket and Paper Dolls. More fun and lots of learning opportunities indeed!
Sports Day will be happening during part 2 of the Summer Term and we will be busy practising for this! Keep a look out for a date and more information on letters in book bags.
Other exciting news includes hatching duck and chick eggs.... quack quack! We will update our school instagram with photos.
Other useful information:
All classes will have PE on a Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.
Please can you make sure that your child has the correct PE kit on their peg at school. PE kits can be left in school and will be sent home at half term for a wash! In their bag there should be: black shorts, red or white T-shirt, black plimsolls, and a tracksuit (for outside PE in the winter term).
Everything should be labelled with their name. Hair should be tied back and earrings removed (we are not allowed to remove or replace earrings for your children). Please also include a spare of clothes just in case there are any accidents at school. Thank you.
To start with we send home a sharing book for you to read with your child, please enjoy sharing this book, we will be changing them regularly. A few weeks into the Autumn term we will be sending home school reading books once everyone has settled in. These will be wordless and the focus is on speaking and listening as your child tells the story in their own words. Once your child is confident with most of their phonics sounds we will invite you in to a Reading Workshop meeting and then start sending home worded books.
It is very important that you spend about 10 minutes every day listening to your child read and learning the tricky words that will be attached to the back of their reading record. Please make sure that you write the date and sign every time you share a book with your child. We will write in green pen at school so please use any other colour to date and sign. Please do not put water bottles in the book bags as they can leak and damage the books.
Each half term a topic overview sheet will be sent home, so that you can see what we will be learning over the coming weeks. Sometimes we will ask your child to bring in something linked to the topic, we will advise you in advance, by letter, of what needs to be brought in and when. Please make sure that anything brought in from home is labelled. We will also have several special festival days and other days where we will be dressing up, again we will give you as much notice as possible.