Welcome to our Reception Class


Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This term we will be focusing on forming strong relationships with our new peers and teachers. We will learn about the new routines and rules, as well as making lots of new friends. We will talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, as well as the things we like and dislike. They will be encouraged to share ideas and join in play with one another. Ask your child about the new school routines and the names of their new friends.

Expressive Arts and Design

This term, we will focus on drawing and painting. We will explore our faces and facial features using mirrors and we will create our own self-portraits using different media. We will also explore the colour mixing with paints and will create pictures by printing with different objects we find in and outside of the classroom. We will explore the sounds in which different instruments make, playing these loudly, quietly, fast and slow.

To colour mix with paints at home.

Understanding of the World
This term, we will spend lots of time exploring the people who are familiar to us, such as our friends and families. We will look at photos of us as a baby and now and discuss the similarities and differences together. We will explore why we use technology and the different types we have in school and at home. We will practice using the mouse on the computer to play games and draw pictures. We will take a walk around our school and school grounds to find out about the adults who work there and make simple maps.Talk about what you see on your way to school.




Mathematical Development
This term, we will begin with a strong focus on counting slowly and accurately. We will encourage them to touch
each object as they count, saying the numbers out loud, clearly. We will move onto exploring matching, sorting and
comparing different amounts and shapes through exciting and engaging activities. We will begin to explore the
numbers 1,2 and 3 in depth and will practise forming these numbers with special number rhymes!Play games such as dominos, playing cards and simple counting games.
This term, we will begin with Phase 1 daily phonics sessions, with a strong focus on building our listening and attention skills. We will move onto Aspect 7, where we will focus on oral blending and segmenting for reading and spelling. We will practise recognising and writing our names and begin to write the new letter sounds and tricky words we are learning. We will be playing rhyming games and completing rhyming strings.Use the Phase 2 sound mat to practise reading your first sounds.
Physical Development
This term, we will be focusing on our fine and gross motor skills, developing our pencil control and beginning to
form the letters in our names correctly. They will have access to a range of finger gym activities to help develop
their shoulder and finger strength, ready for them to hold a pencil. During PE sessions we will practise changing by
ourselves and will focus on moving and jumping in a range of different ways whilst being aware of their peers
around them.Support your child with putting their coat and shoes on by themselves.
Communication and Language
This term, we will be reading a range of books, with a focus on new routines, rules and feelings. We will be
discussing the different characters and how they might be feeling at different parts of the stories. We will also be
focusing on re-telling stories using different actions. They will be supported to develop their understanding of these
stories by asking and answering questions, as part of a class, in small groups and 1:1.Ask your child about the stories they have read in school.


Supporting your child at home

  • Read everyday at home with your child and make a short note of this in their reading record.
  • Support them in reading and writing their tricky words (found on a keyring on their green book bag)
  • Don’t forget to sign up and share photos and WOW moments of your child using your child’s Evidence Me
  • Sign up for our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages to be kept up to date with what’s going on in our
    school! Visit – www.castleviewprimaryschool.co.uk Twitter – @CastleView_PS Facebook –
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  • If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.

Important things to remember

Fully named school PE kit needs to be in school everyday. *Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, PE lessons will
be taught outside for the foreseeable future.

BOOK BAG, READING BOOK and READING RECORD need to be brought into school everyday. *Due
to the Covid-19 Pandemic, returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the

Social media – PE days

Help your child learn to read by helping them say the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUCUhHUDZIY