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Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”


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Reception Class J


     Mrs Hall

Mrs Reid      


Spring Term 2019



This half term we will be focusing on our topic ‘Icy World’.

The children will be learning about animals from the Antarctic through fiction and nonfiction texts.


We will be starting with the book ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.

The children will be getting a very unexpected visitor in the classroom and must learn all about how to keep him safe. We will also be making our own information text books about animals that live in snow and ice.

We are hoping to go to Peak Wildlife park to visit some real penguins.


As part of our ‘icy’ topic we will be exploring melting and freezing, observing the changes that occur when heat and other materials are added to ice.        


In Maths children are continuing to work on number recognition, counting and organising number.


We are also starting to think about the way numbers are organised and how to count more and less.


Before Christmas we looked at 3D shapes and their names.

We are hoping to get to know some of the properties of those shapes and be able to recognise them in our environment.


Please remember to wrap children up warm providing hats and gloves as we play outside every day.

Please could your child wear a suitable waterproof coat to school

and bring wellies that can be left on their pegs

– we do like to play in the water and sand and we want to avoid soggy feet


Also remember that reading every day is very important for your child and will help them develop skills

in listening and attention as well as reading skills.


Homework is sent out on a Wednesday to be completed and returned on Monday.

Children have PE on a Monday so a full labelled PE kit must be in school at all times.

Please help to encourage your child to dress and undress at home independently

as this will help them during PE sessions.

Children will need to bring in a bottle with water (not juice) clearly marked with their names,

so that they can help themselves to a drink when they need one.

Resources to support your child at home


We learn our sounds by singing the words and doing the actions to Jolly Phonics

(please click on the link below)


The children also love to hear the sounds on Alphablocks

Play along with the Alphablocks and have fun with the letters of the alphabet (click the link)


Top Marks is a website with lot of interactive games that can be used on a laptop or tablet.

There are maths and literacy games to help support recognition,

counting, sounding out and letter recognition



Many thanks for your continuing support.


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Early Years Curriculum and Expectations

This page provides information on the End of Year Expectations for the Early Years curriculum.