Welcome to Reception Class RH & RR
Mrs McIntosh & Mrs Pegg
Autumn Term 2
Our topic this half term is ‘Traditional Tales and Celebrations’. We will be celebrating winter festivals such as Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas and focussing on the following books; The Runaway Chapati, The Gingerbread Man, The 3 Little Pigs, and Stickman. Please see our topic web for more information and let us know if you are able to contribute in any way.
This half term we are starting to learn the letter sounds (phonics). We will send home with their homework, the set of letter sounds we have been learning each week for you to practise at home. The order in which we teach the sounds enables the children to blend the sounds together to build words straight away.
The children have started to bring home a story book from our library. Please share this book at home with your child and record their responses in their reading diary. Please try to read this book together daily (or at least 3 times a week minimum) in order to achieve a gold star on the reading chart and they will be changed every Monday. These books are not for the children to read themselves, but for you to share together. Research shows that being read to on a regular basis helps with children’s reading development. We want children to develop a love for reading and talking about the pictures, what is happening in the story and predicting what might happen next are all as important as reading the individual words. Once we have taught all the phase 2 phonics sounds we will start to send home reading scheme books for the children to practice blending the sounds together to read. In the meantime, Activelearn Bug Club will be updated each week with books matched to the sounds we have learnt that week for the children to practice using these sounds.
PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please do not send your child to school with earrings or jewellery on these days. Please ensure your child has their PE kit on their peg and all items are named clearly.
As it is now getting colder and all the children are wearing coats, please encourage your child to do their own zips/buttons/gloves etc. and practice this at home. The quicker they can do it by themselves, the quicker they can go outside! If you have not done so already, please bring in a pair of wellies (clearly named) for your child to use in our outdoor area. We have a selection of mudsuits (waterproof all-in-ones/trouser sets) for the children to wear during muddy activities/Forest School but if your child has their own you are welcome bring it in and keep it on their peg.
The children are loving making models in the sticking area. We would welcome any recycling/empty boxes for the children to make models with, and any items we could use in our role play shop.
We will start preparations for the KS1 Nativity at the beginning of December. The Year 2 children will have the acting parts and Reception and Year 1 will be dressing up and singing. We will give you more details closer to the time.
Please do come and see us if you have any queries or concerns.
Mrs McIntosh, Mrs Pegg
& The Reception Team
See below for details of our remote learning platform- DB Primary
In the event of Remote Learning, we will use DB Primary: hogarth.essex.dbprimary.com
The children will be issued with a username and password t It is important that children keep their username and password safe and that they do not share it with friends or family.
Once your child has logged into DB Primary they will be able to see their class homepage and the work that has been set for them.
As part of the DB Primary platform, your child will be able to use a forum to keep in touch with their friends and teachers. Please discuss the safety implications of this with your child:
We hope that having access to DB Primary will be a helpful way in which you can support your child at home and that children can begin to take responsibility for furthering their own learning independently.