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Reception Sunshines

       Welcome to the Super Sunshines!

Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff

                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 1 Mrs Holden Class Teacher
                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 2 Miss Mohammed Teaching Assistant
                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 3 Mrs Patel Teaching Assistant
                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 4 Miss Higgins Class Teacher
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Spring 1

Our topic this half term is Traditional Tales .


Maths: In maths we will be learning about money and the value of different coins. We will also be exploring place value with a particular emphasis on teen numerals. Children will also learn the names and properties of some common 2D & 3D shapes. Finally we will be training our brains to interpret and solve some addition and subtraction calculation problems.


Literacy: In Literacy this half term we will be looking at a range of Traditional Tales e.g. The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Red Hen, plus others. We will be developing our story telling skills by retelling these stories. We will also be encouraging children to use vocabulary such as fiction/storybook, title, character, event and setting. Children will use their knowledge of storybook language to write their own short narratives. Within this, we will explore the concept of a sentence and look at using basic punctuation.

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Autumn 2 - Celebrations


We are starting off this half term by looking at Celebrations. We will be looking at Autumn, bonfire night, birthdays, Diwali and Christmas. We will also be learning about keeping safe during our “Safety Week”.



Literacy / phonics: We will continue to work on our blending and segmenting skills. Please continue to access the list of websites you received in your phonics pack at the end of last half term. We will also be continuing to apply our phonic skills in daily reading and writing activities.


Maths: In maths we will be looking at pattern, number – 1 more/less, capacity, estimation, addition/subtraction and positional language.


Values: Each half term we think about a school value. This half term we are thinking about ‘Courage’.


Class Visitor:


As part of our learning this half term we will be demonstrating care and concern for others. Miss Higgins will be bringing her pet Rabbit (Bambi) into school. Groups of children, under supervision, will be given the opportunity to care for her each day. If your child suffers from allergies or is unable to take part in this activity please speak to a member of the Reception team.



Autumn 1 topic: Marvellous Me

Welcome to Reception Sunshines. This half term our topic is 'Marvellous Me'. We will be learning to make new friendships, talk about our feelings and starting our journeys to becoming independent lifelong learners. 

We will begin to learn our Phase 2 phonics, where we will practice lots of blending for reading and segmenting for writing. We will also be learning to recognise and write our names. In maths we will be matching numerals to quantities and learning lots of new mathematical vocabulary related to calculation. 


At home, please provide your child with as many opportunities for mark making as you can, such as painting, drawing and colouring to improve their pencil control.

Sunshine's Yearly Learning Journey

Star Moments from home - please use these sheets to tell us about your childs achievements

Useful websites to support your  child's learning:


Letters and Sounds

To help your child with their letter sounds please follow the link below. You will be able to hear the letter sound and sing the phonics songs.


The cbeebies  website also has lots of games and interactive resources.




Children should bring their book bags to school everyday.

Please ensure your child's reading books are read and signed 3 times per week.


PE days:

This term our PE day is on a Friday. Please ensure your child's PE bag is in school everyday with a named t-shirt, shorts and pumps. Please regularly check that your child's pumps fit correctly.





Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).