Reception - Opal

Welcome to Reception
We are Opal Class

General Information
Opal Class Teacher: Mrs Awan
Teaching Assistants: Miss Hession & Miss Laine
We are looking forward to seeing all our new friends in Reception. 
Please remember to bring:
  • your smile
  • a named bottle of water that can be taken home to be cleaned and refilled every day
  • your coat (on colder days)
  • a packed lunch if you choose to have one 
PE - Every class will have allocated PE time in the hall. On these days, children will be asked to come to school wearing their full PE kits (including tracksuit bottoms and black hoodie or school jumper).
Reception children will not need to wear their PE kits until after October half term but will still be participating in physical activities indoors and outdoors.
For now, the doors will be opening at staggered entry times  and we would love the children to be lined up outside the door ready to be greeted by Mrs Awan. Please can you say goodbye to your little ones outside and let them come in independently. If you're running late, please join the line for the next group of children or press the buzzer on the gate and one of us will come out to meet your child.
Autumn Term 1

2Simple - Please feel free to email any experiences/photos you have with your child to 
If you have any queries, concerns or if you are not receiving emails please speak to Mrs Awan.  
Topic - This term's project is 'Do you want to be friends?'.
As we return to school routines and meet old and new friends, we will be exploring ideas around who we are and what makes us special, our families and friends, what makes a good friend and also thinking about people who help us in and out of school, such as teachers and the emergency services.
Maths - We will be developing our thinking about numbers and shapes as we explore activities and experiences linked to counting, matching, recognising numbers, sorting, early addition, pattern, and language linked to size, weight and measuring.
Maths is included in various forms in all our role play areas and also as children explore other resources such as construction toys. 
Phonics - All children will follow the 'Letters and Sounds' programme, as we look at groups of letters and begin word building with these. These inputs are taught directly and then supported with many activities in and around the learning spaces. For the first half term, we will be focussing on s,a,t,p,i,n and then m,d,g,o,c,k and building simple CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant - eg: p a n) words.
Reading - We link all our learning to key stories which help to develop ideas linked to the themes we are exploring. This half term, our books include...
  • Ruby's Worry (Tom Percival)
  • The Rainbow Fish (Marcus Pfister)
  • Lost & Found (Oliver Jeffers)
  • So Much (Trish Cooke)
Early reading skills focus on how children can listen attentively, showing they understand the meaning of the text and how they recall and retell parts of the story in their own words.
For some other ideas, Top Marks and Phonics Play are great sites for you children to play games whilst learning simultaneously.