Autumn Term in Reception

Well hello Autumn Term!  We hope you have all had a lovely half term break and are all refreshed for our run up to Christmas.  This term we will continue to help children familiarise with the school routines, make friends and take part in lots of exciting learning opportunities, so take a look at some of the things we will be doing over the coming weeks. Keep up to date by using Tapestry and look out for our memos which will give you further information throughout the term.



Diwali Celebration:

During our first week back, we will be learning about and celebrating Diwali.  The children will carry out a range of different activities throughout the week leading up to our Diwali Party day on Friday 10th November.  On Friday, the children can come in party clothes and bring a small party snack to enjoy in our celebration.

Teacher Led Topic this half term:

Our Topic this half term is Ready, Steady, Go! To introduce our topic we will be learning about different forms of transport, carrying out a paper plane investigation, thinking about road safety and exploring space travel. There will be some taught sessions and then further activities to develop and support your child's interests. These will cover the 7 Areas of Learning in the EYFS Educational Programmes.  


Special days/events:

Diwali Celebration - Friday 10th November

Remembrance Day

Children in Need - Friday 17th November

Nativity Performance - Wednesday 13th (pm), Thursday 14th (am), Friday 15th (am) December


Your child will have opportunities to participate in activities based around their own interests as well as the above. Further details of these will be sent to you.


Books and Stories

This half term we have lots of opportunities for reading books and stories to your children as part of our day. Here is just a sample of the stories we will be reading:

Books from the Little People, Big Dreams range

A selection of Information books 

Room on the Broom

The Hundred Decker Bus

Mr Gumpy's Outing

Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob

The Christmas Story



The following information is for the events specific to Reception this half term - this will be updated throughout the term

Reception Parent Workshop - Online Safety - Thursday 7th November  9am - 10am

Training Day (School Closed) - Friday 22nd December


For this half term we are going to take 2 family groups at a time and alternate this every other week.  We will confirm the start date for swimming in the first few weeks, once we have seen how the children have settled in.

Please see the uniform leaflet for guidance on the appropriate swimwear.

No jewellery is allowed at all.

ALL children need a NAMED bag with a named swimming hat and towel.

School staff are supporting with swimming, both at the poolside and in the changing rooms.

* If you wish your child to wear swimming goggles you must send in written permission for your child. You only need to do this once as the letter will be kept for the the rest of the term.
* It would be very helpful if girls could wear socks rather than tights as they are finding these difficult to put back on.



The following outlines the activities and experiences your child will have throughout the week.
-SODA (our soft start activity)
-Jolly Jobs (teacher led activities)
-Learning Lots (child initiated, play activities)

-Kinetic Letters (handwriting)
-Quick Maths (maths activities, songs and stories)
-Read and Rhyme (guided reading session, nursery rhymes, library etc)

Our Feel Good Friday activities include - Special People, Yoga, Hey Duggee Workouts, Mindfulness, Music & Movement, Commando Joe, Games and Physical Development tasks.

In the week we share the Picture News for that week, which looks at a current news story and discusses what it is about and how it makes us feel.


-Check memos we upload on Tapestry to ensure that you are kept aware of the activities and information needed about weekly events.
-Each week we have some time for children to share anything you have uploaded on tapestry from home so please keep uploading, the children love sharing it with us and the other children.


Please upload the Autumn 1 Project task to Tapestry by Friday 10th November, so we are able to share it with the children.   A new Tapestry Project will be set later on in the term.

As the term progresses, we will begin to set homework related to the other areas of learning.  These may include a weekly Maths task set on Tapestry for you to complete with your child, allocated eBooks and phonics games and word reading activities.



Useful Websites

Crick Web

Phonics Play 

Jolly Phonics

Mouse control games

Mouse control game

ICT Games

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