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Autumn Term Newsletter

Welcome to a new academic year; we hope you have had a restful summer and are raring to go.
Reception is a very eventful and important year, as it is when all the ground work is put in place to enable your children to be excellent learners. Please see information below about the upcoming term.
Many thanks for your support – The Reception Team


This term we will be starting our Jolly Phonics programme where your children will learn the sounds, the name and the formation of each letter. Look out for our weekly newsletter to see what sounds they have covered that week and which sounds are coming up. You can then practise them with your child at home.

In addition to this, we will start to look at the 45 key words that Reception children focus on; starting to sound them out and learn them. At Meet the Teacher you will be given a list of these words so you can practise them with your child at home.

However, the most important way of helping your child and their literacy is to regularly read with them at home. To have a love and appreciation of books at a young age sets your child on a wonderful path of learning.


In Maths this term we will be looking at the number system, number formation, counting and ordering numbers to ten and beyond, days of the week and much more.

Remember, when walking to school or in the car there are lots of opportunities to discuss what numbers you can see, the shape of signs etc. All of the language associated with those conversations will help develop your child’s mathematical understanding.


Our first topic this term is ‘Under the Sea’. We will be creating our very own 3D fish. We will learn about the different animals in the sea and as well as the similarities and differences between them. Towards the end of this half term we will be visiting the London Aquarium.

We will then look at Jungle animals and learn about the features which help them survive in the jungle. We will also be having a music workshop on the theme of ‘The Jungle’.

 General Reminders

  • PLEASE NAME all jumpers, coats, gloves and hats
  • If any parent feels that they have a particular aptitude for art or are magic at maths or just want to help out, please come and talk to the Reception team as any help is always welcomed.
  • Please remember no jewellery, though small studs are allowed
  • Our PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays and your child does not need any special kit for it at this stage. However, your child may like to wear a vest on those days so they can take their t-shirt off as they get very hot doing PE!

General Reminders

  • PLEASE NAME all sweaters, coats, gloves, hats, plimsolls etc.
  • The children will be doing PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Parents and children are encouraged to check book bags for letters each day.
  • Your child will read with an adult in school twice a week and we expect them to read at home with an adult every evening. The most important thing is that this is an enjoyable and special experience so that children really develop a passion for reading!
  • Please record the reading that you do with your child in their reading diary. This is an excellent way to share information about your child’s reading.
  • It would be really helpful if you could send in tissues for the class.
  • We welcome parent volunteers so please do let us know if you are able to help in the class or on trips.


Autumn Newsletter
Topic Map

Key dates

22 Sept – Teddy Bears Picnic
29 Sept – Disco 6.00pm-7.30pm
4 Oct – Harvest Assembly
16 Oct – Goslings to London Aquarium
17 Oct – Ducklings to London Aquarium
23-27 Oct – Half term
30 Oct – TAD day (Teacher training/No children at school)
3 Nov – Bonfire night (at RG)
1 Dec – Advent Assembly
1 Dec – Christmas Fair (At RG) 5pm – 8pm
21 Dec – Christmas Service at Church
21 Dec – last day of term, 1.30pm finish