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Reception Class information page 2022 - 2023

Mrs Ramsden

Miss Hancock

              Welcome to Reception


Welcome to Saughall All Saints Primary School! We are so excited to welcome all new children into Reception as you begin your exciting school journey. 
The teachers in Reception are Mrs Ramsden and Miss Hancock and our Teaching Assisstant is Mrs Evans. Mrs Calvert will also be in class on a Wednesday afternoon. We are all so looking forward to a fun filled year of learning together. 
School begins at 8.40am and finishes at 3.10pm. It is of such importance to ensure your child arrives promptly and avoids being marked as late or missing key learning. Please work with us to ensure attendance and punctuality remain priorities.
Reception's Christmas nativity will take place on Tuesday 6th December at 9.30am. Please join us in the hall if you are able to. We look forward to performing for you all. 
If you were unable to attend Reception's Information Evening, please see the Powerpoint presentation below. 
PE will begin the week commencing Monday 19th September - please ensure a full, named PE kit is brought into school in a drawstring bag. PE takes place every Wednesday and Thursday. 
Reception's day for changing their reading for pleasure book is a Monday.
Class rules
In Reception, we work hard collaboratively to always endeavour to follow our class rules. These are; 
  • to use kinds hands and feet
  • to be kind and caring
  • to put our hand up when we wish to say something
  • to always walk around school
This term we will be using 'The Gingerbread Man' by Mara Alperin and 'I'm Going To Eat This Ant' by Chris-Naylor Ballesteros in our Literacy lessons. We know that some amazing writing is going to be produced and we can't wait to create some super sentences. Around the classroom, there are lots of areas set up with writing materials and paper for the children to practise their writing during their play. We encourage any type of mark making and as time goes on we gradually see these marks developing into recognisable words and eventually sentences. We celebrate all attempts at writing to encourage the children to do more! 
We will then be looking at the Christmas story during the second half of Autum 2. 
To help your child develop their reading and writing skills, we will have a 20 minute phonics session each day of the week for the children to learn to read and write. We will be using Little Wandle phonics scheme. They will be learning the letter sounds which are the building blocks for reading and spelling. Additionally, children will learn tricky words - words that cannot be sounded out phonetically. These are attached below. Formation sheets are grapheme mats are also attached for your use. 
During the term they also have an individual reading session where they share a book with an adult. This session is recorded in their reading record. We will be letting the children change their reading books on a weekly basis. We share a story book each day and discuss the story and characters and the children have free access to the reading corner throughout the day. As confidence builds, some children like to read their own book to the class and get to sit on the teacher's chair to do this.
Reading at home
Reading together at home is one of the easiest but most important ways in which you can help your child as it supports your child in becoming an effective and confident reader. This does not simply have to be your child reading to you but instead, can include adults reading to children and audio books etc. Children will be bringing home a reading for pleasure book each Monday, changing these on a weekly basis. Please ensure thisis brought in every Monday. While you are looking through the picture book ask your child to decribe what they can see and think of possible rhyming words to develop their skills of 'sound knowledge'.
As well as their reading for pleasure book, children will also have access to their own personal reading book which is their opportunity to read to an adult. This year, books can be accessed as ebooks via https://ops.collinsopenpage.com/ops/ui/manageInstitutionSubscription and should be read on a daily basis. Your child has been provided with their login details and this book will be changed electronically on a weekly basis. 
For further guidance on reading at home with your child, please see the documents attached and visit https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/ for some extra top tips. 

The link below will allow you to listen to how the sounds are pronounced under the 'Say the Sounds' section: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/phonics-made-easy



Our topic for this half term is 'Polar Regions.' We are looking forward to learning lots about these areas in the northern and southern hemisphere as well as the people and animals that live here. 


Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Your child needs to bring a PE kit in a drawstring bag as we do not have room for rucksacks on our pegs. PE kits consist of white shorts, a blue school T-shirt and pumps or trainers. Please try to avoid lace up trainers unless your child is already able to tie them independently. If it is cooler, your child can also wear their school jumper and navy or black leggings or joggers.

Please ensure all clothes are labelled as clothes easily get mixed up as your child starts to learn to dress and undress independently and has to organise their own belongings. 


What to bring to school

A water bottle will need to be brought to school everyday filled with water only. This item must please be named. Your children will be offered milk at snack time but will have access to their water bottles throughout the day.

Sunhat raincoat depending on the weather and if it is sunny. Please apply sun cream on your child before they come to school as we are unable to put it on for them. 

You can send a pair of wellies into school which can stay on our wellie rack if you would like to. Please make sure these are named. If you don't have spare wellies, please ensure on wet days your child comes to school in wellies as we try to go outside everyday and wellies allow the children more freedom to play when it's wet. 


Please label every item of uniform your child comes to school in, especially cardigans and jumpers and check regularly as they often fade in the wash if it has been written on in pen. Please include coats and shoes in your labelling as the children often have the same ones as a friends. 

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