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Lydiate Primary School


Primary School

Reception - Willow and Acorn

Welcome to Willow and Acorn

Welcome to the Reception curriculum newsletter for Summer term 2017.

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a lovely Spring holiday. We are really excited about the term ahead. If there are any problems, please can you come and see us as soon as you can, so we can make your child's time in our classes the best possible.

Once again this term, many of our activities will focus around the interests of our children. We will encourage the children to select their own themes to follow and will endeavour to facilitate their learning by providing the challenges, resources and enhancements they need to investigate their chosen themes. We will also be focusing on the changing seasons, planting seeds and looking forward  to an off-site educational visit to the Lego Discovery Centre in Manchester.  We can't wait to learn about and even handle lots of different mini-beasts when the Creepy Crawly Show comes to visit and we will have lots of recycling fun during Go Green Week.

In Literacy (English) we will be learning more 2 and 3 letter blends (e.g. sh, ch, oo etc.) and how to read and write captions and sentences.  We will continue to send home reading books and phonic books for your child to practise each night – please could you send them back in every day.   Speaking and listening are also important skills that we are trying to develop through such activities as ‘Circle time’, ‘Show and tell’ and story-telling. These sessions provide opportunities for all children to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings with the rest of the group. 

In Mathematics we will be using numbers to 20 and beyond and counting in 2's and 10's to solve simple mathematical problems, as well as learning to add and subtract by counting on and back.

Parents as Partners

From birth, children are continually learning. They develop and learn in a variety of ways and you as parents are their first and most enduring educators. Close working between teachers and parents is therefore vital for the identification of a child’s learning needs. So that we can plan the most effective and meaningful activities for your child, it would be most helpful if you could share your child’s experiences out of school with us. This could be anything from a special trip out or dancing in a show, to baking a cake or going to swimming lessons! We highly value your opinions and input and it would help us greatly if you could write down any experiences your child has enjoyed away from school. We are sure this will have a positive impact on the experiences we provide within the school setting. You can record these experiences in your child’s Special Moments book - please feel free to write about any learning experiences or special activities undertaken at home. We look forward to hearing all about the hobbies, interests, experiences and achievements that you share outside school.

All items of clothing (including shoes and coats) and other belongings need names put in, as things get mixed up (especially when getting changed for PE). Also please could your child bring a pair of wellington boots and suitable waterproof coat everyday, as we will be using the outdoor areas daily, regardless of the weather. This year we are hoping to further develop our vegetable garden and planting area. If anybody has green fingers and is willing to spare an hour to help with this exciting project, working with some of our children on a weekly basis to plant up and look after the plot, we would be very grateful.

Finally just a quick reminder about ‘Snack money’. We aim to provide a small healthy snack each day (last term crackers and cheese, hummus and naan bread, melon and mango were popular choices) as a means of teaching children about making healthy choices and giving them the opportunity to taste food they may not have tried before. In order to continue providing this, we ask for a weekly donation of 50p per child, payable to the class teachers each Monday. Thank you.

We hope you find this information useful. If you have any queries, please come and see us.

Warm regards

The Reception team

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