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Reception Sunshines

Welcome to Reception Sunshines!


Mr Duck and Mrs Holden are delighted to be teaching the Reception Sunshines this year.  Mrs J Patel, Mrs Mehmood and Mrs T Patel will also be helping us in Reception.  On our class page you will find lots of important information such as our class bulletin, curriculum overview and lots of useful websites to support learning.


Important Reminders

* PE - Our PE day is Tuesday, however, it is important that PE kits are in school at all times.

* School Library - The Sunshines are timetabled to visit the school library every Thursday lunchtime.  Don't forget to pick up a loyalty card for the chance to win a new book from the SMSJ bookshop!

* Homework is given out every Thursday and should be returned on Monday.  Homework includes: home reading (3 parent signatures required), a phonics workbook activity and one other piece to be completed.  

Reception Sunshines - Class Gallery

Autumn 2

Our value this half term is TOLERANCE.  Don't forget to complete your values task at home - it could be included on our next newsletter!


This half term our Theme is "Celebrations". As a class, we will be exploring the different kinds of celebrations people enjoy with a specific focus on those at this special time of the year. 


The documents attached below should give you a wonderful insight into the work we'll be covering over the next few weeks in class.


Reception Curriculum Overview

Useful Websites for Autumn 2


CBeebies - Diwali explained

An easy to watch explanation of Diwali designed for children.



CBBC - Newsround

A great page explaining the story behind Bonfire Night as well as some top tips on how children can stay safe on the night.

This page would need adults to read the text for children.


More Useful Websites

Maths Websites

Literacy Websites

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.

Articulation of Phonemes

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

Autumn 1

Our value this half term is RESPONSIBILITY.  Don't forget to complete your values task at home - it could be included on our next newsletter!


This half term, we will be learning all about ourselves. Our Topic is "Marvellous Me". We will be creating our own set of class rules and beginning to establish a new routine. The children will also be taking part in a range of fun learning games to enable us to make new friends and get to know other members of the class.


The staff will also be carrying out a number of important language and learning assessment activities, in order to establish a starting point for each child's Learning Journey in Reception. 


Later in the half term we will be focusing on other family members and sharing some of the special times we have spent taking part in outings, celebrations and other special memories. This will help us to get to know individual interests, and use them to plan meaningful learning opportunities within the classroom.