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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.  At the bottom of our class page, you will find lots of important information such as our class bulletin, homework grid, 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 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...












Important Documents

Reception Curriculum Overview

Useful Websites

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

Summer 2 Topic - Mega Monsters (large land, water and prehistoric animals)

Summer 2 Topic - Mega Monsters  (large land, water and prehistoric animals) 1

Summer 2
‘Mega Monsters’
This half term we will be exploring all the different ways of presenting information in the form of non-fiction writing, writing a recount of our trip to Blackpool Zoo and writing a collaborative report in the style of a Newspaper.
We will also be spending time working on our rhyming skills.
We will explore topic boxes from the school and Blackburn Library about our exicting topic of Mega Monsters.


We will be working on our skills within the Early Learning Goals for Number and Shape, Space and Measure. This will include:
 Counting back
 Pattern
 3D Shape
 Working on the part, part, whole model
 And problem solving


We will also be exploring the value and use of using Laptops to record and receive information by logging on to the school network and typing, playing games and completing simple programming.


Our trip to Blackpool Zoo is all booked and the dinners have been ordered. The children are getting very excited now!


Hot weather
As we are now in the summer term at SMSJ, can we ask that Sunshine children come into school with suncream already applied and a sun hat as we are in our outdoor area all day.




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Summer 1

Our topic this half term is Growing (Plants & Animals).




Maths: In maths we will be learning about time, 3D shapes, counting on and back from any given number within the 1 – 20 range, weight and counting in groups of 2, 5, 10 and calculating.






Literacy: In Literacy this half term our stories will be based around plants and animals. We will be writing short stories with a particular focus on sequencing events in the correct order. We will be responding to questions involving who, what when, where, why to plan our narratives. The children will also be encouraged to hold discussions using past, present and future tense phrases. We will be growing cress and lettuce seeds which will allow us to explore Non-Fiction instruction writing. Children will make their own cheese and cress/lettuce sandwich to sell in our role play café.
























Blackpool Zoo


We are currently in the process of planning a trip to Blackpool Zoo.

This will take place next half term.




We will also be…..

  • Planting fruit, veg, flowers in our outdoor planters
  • Observing the life cycle of a frog & butterfly
  • Art (Vincent Van Gough) Sunflowers/The Lily Pond
  • Healthy Practices



PE Day – Wednesday

This half term our PE day will be Wednesday. The children will be exploring the art of Dance with a PE Specialist Teacher. Please ensure that all earrings are removed or plasters are provided for children with pierced ears.





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Topic: Sorting Healthy / Unhealthy Food Activity Sheet.









Spring 2

Our topic this half term is 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 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. Following this, we will compare the similarities and differences between historical and modern day modes of land, air and water transport.




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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.


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.



Parental Input – Tapestry

I am sure that you will agree that having a copy of your child’s learning journey at the end of the year (Tapestry Observations) will be a treasured keepsake, and something they will love to look at in the years to come. With this in mind, it would be great if parents could contribute towards their child’s Journal by uploading any special photographs of family events, outings or activities. If you have forgotten your password OR not yet signed up to Tapestry, please speak to a member of staff from the main school office.

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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).