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Hello and Welcome to Reception.

Our topic this half term is Pirates and the Sea. We will be learning about the creatures that live in our oceans, such as fish, jellyfish, sharks and whales. We will be examining shells and seaweed, and maybe a crab! We will be reading fun stories about pirates, and we will imagine what it would be like to be a pirate. We will make pirate food, sing pirate songs, and write messages in bottles for pirates to read.

What are we focusing on this term?

·        Widening our vocabulary, learning lots of topic words.

·        Writing words and sentences, using our phonics skills. 

·        Continue to develop a range of strategies to help us to read. 


In Literacy we will be continuing to write sentences, building up to a short story. We will write recipes for pirate food, and put messages in bottles. We will consolidate using finger spaces and full stops. We will also be consolidating use of digraphs, such as oo, ee, oy, and oa, and blending adjacent consonants such as nt in went.

In Numeracy we will be revisiting key skills such as one more and one fewer than any number to at least 20, counting one-to-one, and ordering and writing numbers. We will continue to consolidate adding and subtracting, and doubling and halving.

We will name 2D and 3D shapes, and be able to talk about them using mathematical words. We will be using money and making patterns.   

This is an important term for consolidating knowledge and understanding. Please help by supporting your child with reading, writing and counting skills.  Please also remember to help your child learn the spelling words each week, ready for the quiz on Fridays.


·       Please bring your child’s reading book bag to school every day. Books will be changed once a week. Thank you for reading with your child every day.

·       Parents are welcome to come into the classroom to read with children every Friday morning (8:45-9:10). We have a class library where books can be swapped during this session.

·        Please ensure your child's name in written on all of their clothing, packed lunches and bags.

·        Please remember we are a healthy school so all packed lunches that are brought to school should be balanced and healthy.  i.e. no fizzy drinks, chocolate bars or sweets.

·        Also please remember some children may have nut allergies so please do not put nuts in your child's packed lunch.  

PE- All sessions are on a Thursday this half term. Please make sure that your child has the correct PE kit. This half term we will be doing outdoor games so correctly fitting pumps, a plain white t-shirt and a pair of black or navy shorts are needed. As usual, please don’t forget to write your child’s name in everything.

Thank you

From all of the Reception Team.

Staff in Reception

Mr Jones

Mrs Price

Miss Girvan

Reception Support Team:

Miss Connolly, Miss Woodier, Mrs Angus, Miss Ahmed, Miss Taylor and Miss Smith

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