Reception - Hedgehogs
Mrs Gregory, Mrs Oliver

Week 4
Another busy week in Hedgehogs! 

We started 'Monster Phonics' this week and have so far learnt 's, a, t, p'.  We have practiced forming the letters correctly and played lots of games finding words with the initial sounds. The children have really engaged in this finding objects from around the classroom to sort on our phonics display.  We even started our Christmas Card designs, linked to one of our sounds this week, Potato Printing Penguins, can you guess which sound it was?  The designs will be sent home for you to decide if you would like to order them from a professional printing website as cards/gifts with more information soon.

In Maths we’ve been sorting objects according to size and colour as well as singing (quietly) number songs.

Your child should have their first reading book in their book bag.  Please share it with them over the weekend, write any comments on how well they did in the Reading Record and return to school in the book bag each day (Remember no water bottles in book bags).  We will hear them read and change books as often as we can but aim to hear all children at least once a week at school. From next week they will all have 2 books in their bag.  They should also return their library book on Thursday so they can choose a new picture book to share at home.

Thank you to those who have already shared what they would like to learn about in Reception.  Please bring these in by next Wednesday.

Enjoy your weekend!


Week 3
The children have now completed their first full week at school and are settling really well, learning lots of our new routines.  I hope you are enjoying seeing the observations on Tapestry as they are uploaded.  

This week we’ve been talking about our families and who lives in our house with us.  We’ve also been learning the names of the Oxford Reading Tree characters and by the end of next week your child will have 2 reading books, a reading record and an ORT character bookmark in their book bag.  Please look at these with your child and make any comments in the reading record.  It is very useful for us to know how your child is reading at home as well.
Now that there will be books in the book bag it is very important that you don’t put water bottles in the bag.  Water spills can ruin the books.

We had our first dance session this week in the hall.  Everyone joined in really well, moving in different ways and responding appropriately to the music.
This week we’ve been looking at the numbers 1-5 and representing each using fingers, claps and even jumps.

Next week we will be starting our Monster Phonics teaching.  We will be introducing 4 sounds and 2 teddy words which will be in the red book in your child’s book bag on Monday.

As the cold season is creeping up on us please remember to send in a pocket packet or small box of tissues for your child to keep in their chair bag at school.

See you all on Monday at 8.40am.  Our timings haven’t changed with the new year group structure, so all children in Reception will now be dropped off at 8.40am and collected at 2.40pm.  Please be prompt so that the playground isn't too busy.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Gregory


Hello Everyone

This week we have completed all the settling in sessions and it has been lovely to see everyone coming in to school so happy and confident.  We are very proud of your children.  We have been learning lots of school routines and the school rules which are
1. To be kind
2. To walk in school. 
We have thought of lots of ways to be kind and everyone is walking in school so well done!

Our topic for this half term is 'All about me'. Next week we will be thinking about our families. 

Please name EVERYTHING, including snack pots, lunch boxes, cardigans/jumpers, book bags. It makes it much easier to reunite items if they are named. 

Next week we will be starting our 'normal' staggered timings to reduce the number of people on the playground at any one time.  Please only 1 parent to drop off and pick up to help us with this.  Drop off will be 8.40-8.50am and collection is at 2.40pm.  Please be prompt to ensure that the playground is cleared ready for the next collection time of the next class. 

Please only send one snack in for your child for the morning. This must be a piece of fruit of veg. Our playtime is 20 minutes, this is time for them to eat their snack and then have a run around. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mrs Gregory and Mrs Oliver