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Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff

                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 1 Mrs Holden Class Teacher
                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 2 Miss Hulston Class Teacher
                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 3 Miss Mohammed Teaching Assistant
                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 4 Mrs Patel Teaching Assistant
                                                                          Meet The Reception Sunshines Staff 5 Mrs Hargreaves Special Support Assistant


Spring 2 Topic Travel and Transport  

Topic: This half term we will be looking at Journeys and different types of Transport. If you have any photos of your child on a plane, train, boat etc. please send them to school. We will begin by exploring some customs and celebrations in the Country of China for our Chinese New Year Week. We will then be looking at the role of the Emergency Services and some of the vehicles they use to carryout their work. *Please send in any junk modelling materials so we can make vehicles.


Literacy: Our books will be themed around Transport e.g. Whatever Next! (a rocket trip to the moon) and The Naughty Bus. We are continuing to develop our understanding of events in stories. We will be writing for lots of different purposes, with a focus on using our phonics to segment sounds in words and sentences. If you have not yet done so, please encourage your child to try the ‘Teach your Monster to Read’ game which will help with their phonics. Passwords were sent out in the Autumn Term.


Maths: We will start by looking at ‘doubling’ numbers and recording our own calculations, addition by starting with the larger number and counting on to reach the total amount, subtraction by counting back. Later we will explore the concept of sharing amounts equally, followed by time and halving shapes, food and quantities.



Our PE sessions have now changed to Thursdays. We will be doing gymnastics with a specialist teacher.

Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school.

Spring 1 2018


Happy New Year to all our families!


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, Hansel and Gretel, 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.


In addition the children will also be participating in lots of other fun activities such as baking and decorating Gingerbread Men, instructing programmable toys such a beebots in order to go on a journey, carrying out scientific investigations to establish how to grow our own 'magic beanstalk', learning how at identify dangers in the environment, using the internet to search for information, healthy practises via PE such as participating in regular exercise, getting fresh air, eating well, and washing our hands to prevent the spread of germs and illness and finally keeping our community/environment tidy. 


Our topic this half term is 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 meeting special people who help us 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, subraction and positional language.


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 Wednesday. 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).