Reception - Opal

Welcome to Reception!
Opal Class

General Information
Opal Class Teacher: Miss Richardson
PPA Teacher: Mrs Vickers/Mr Fletcher
Learning Support Assistants: Miss Stephen and Miss Holberry
PE - Our PE lesson is on a Thursday morning, please label all PE kit and bring it in at the beginning of every term, these will stay in school and be returned at the end of each half term. 
Family Story Time - Please join us at 2.45pm on Fridays for story time.  If you can't make it, please invite grandparents or aunts/uncles. Just a friendly reminder that we do not allow photos to be taken by parents/carers on school premises. 
The doors will be opening at 8:45 and we expect the children to be lined up outside the door like the rest of the school. Please can you say goodbye to your little ones outside and let them come in independently. Please go round to the office if you miss the class lining up in the morning. 
Summer 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 Miss Richardson.  
Project - This terms project is 'What is a reflection?'. The class will enjoy participating in a range of science experiments, which will help us boost our understanding and use of language; to justify or hypothesize about what we see. Due to our project being heavily scientific based, we'll also be focusing on our personal, social and emotional development. We'll do this through lessons like PSHE, modelled play and discussions. Even though the class are brilliant at playing alongside each other, we are getting closer to our transitions into Year 1 so this will help the children mentally throughout the term. 
Maths - This term we will be recapping all the topics in maths that we have taught so far, with an independent approach, to see what the children have understood. This will help us target collective areas of learning  that we need more practice on, and highlight individual needs of the children. As always, we will be making math practical and fun whenever we can to ensure what we have learnt so far stays with us throughout summer and into Year 1. 
Phonics - Phonics will continue to be streamed throughout the school when your child is ready. We decide this through regular phonics checks to make sure we are not holding any children back, or teaching phase that a child isn't ready to retain yet. Despite what phase your child might be learning, we are all pushing writing alongside their sounds to ensure we get as many children to a good level of development by the end of the school year. Writing is a tricky skill to learn, especially at 4 and 5, so we would greatly appreciate you practicing at home with your children as it has shown all the difference in previous years. 
Reading - Please read with your child at least three times a week to give them a steady amount of practice to excel their reading. If you could leave a comment in their reading books after you've read with them, we can support where you left off. Once read, ask your child what they have read about and ask questions about the story. It is so important that their reading capabilities match their comprehension skills. Thank you for all the reading you already do at home, we can tell when we read on a Monday morning! 
For some other ideas, Top Mark and Phonics Play are great sites for you children to play games whilst learning simultaneously. 
A recommended app to use at home for all areas of learning is WorldSchool, download from the App store. 
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Some Fun So Far... 
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