Welcome to Reception
It has been a fantastic start to the year and we are excited for the children’s first full week with us. We are extremely proud of the way that they have settled into school and are sure you are too. We are holding ‘new to Reception’ meetings for parents this week. These meetings are useful for parents to attend as they will answer many of the questions you may have. We will cover topics such as the curriculum, timetables and how you can help at home. These meetings will be held on Friday 14th September at 3:45pm in the following locations:
RT (in RT’s classroom at Meteor site)
RB and RH (in RB’s classroom at Webb’s site)
RC (in RC’s classroom at Webb’s site)
This half-term we are learning about ‘My World’. On the reverse of this letter is an overview outlining what we will cover each week. This half-term there is a big focus on children’s personal, social and emotional development and communication skills. We will be working hard to ensure children are settled and comfortable in their new environment and forming friendships with their peers. We aim to build your child’s confidence and to develop their independence as much as possible. We therefore would ask you to please refrain from following your child into school in the mornings so that we can make this process as smooth as possible for your children and to ensure that there is room for them to move along the corridors safely. It also helps those who are saying goodbye reluctantly in the playground to see what is expected.
We are carrying out very simple assessments over the coming weeks to ensure we know exactly what the children already know about letters and sounds and also in their understanding and use of number. This will enable us to plan effectively to support and extend all the children in these key skills.
At Belleville we use the Jolly Phonics actions to support our teaching of Reading and Writing. Every day we will focus on a different letter and sound. It would benefit your child if you could follow this up at home, for example by identifying objects containing each of the sounds. You can find the sounds covered each week on the top of the overview on the reverse of this page. Each Friday we will send home a ’sound book’ for your child to keep at home so please look out for these in your child’s book bag. There will be a Phonics workshop which will outline how we teach Reading and Writing at the early stages and how to support your child at home on Thursday 11th October. More information will be sent on this soon. Please ensure that your child has a book bag that they bring to school every day. This enables us to communicate with you via letters and to send home activities which reinforce learning in school.
We will be having PE and dance lessons this half-term, where the children will be taught by a specialist teacher. Please ensure your child’s PE kit and bag has all items clearly named. For morning PE/Dance lessons, children may come to school wearing their PE kit with their school clothes in their PE bag. For afternoon PE/Dance lessons please send children in wearing their school clothes with their PE kit in a bag. These children will change for their lesson in school and go home wearing their PE kit.
PE days with Ms. George are: Dance days with Ms. Robins are:
RB – Thursday pm RB – Tuesday am
RC – Tuesday am RC – Tuesday pm
RT – Monday am RT – Monday pm
RH – Thursday pm RH – Monday am
Much of our communication, such as news, messages, letters and dates, is available through the Belleville School App. The App can be downloaded on to Android and Apple phones by searching for ‘Belleville Primary School’ on Google Play or App Store using the following login details:
Your class teacher is always on the playground at the start and end of each day so please do come and speak to us if you have any questions and we look forward to an exciting first term!
The Reception Team
Download the presentaion on Early Reading and Writing at Belleville