Lights, Camera, Action.
Planning documents for Autumn 2023
Click the links below to access 2023-24 Early Years' Gallery (soon to be updated)
Welcome to Nursery & Reception 2023-2024!
Staff in Reception:
Mrs Davies (Mon/Tues/Wed) & Mrs Smith (Thurs/Fri)
Miss Kate & Mrs Beers (Also Mrs Leahy some afternoons in Autumn term)
Staff in Nursery:
Mrs Davies and Mrs Smith to oversee Nursery
Mrs Harris (Mon/Tues/Wed)
Mrs Leahy (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
Miss Amy (Mon-Fri)
Mrs Ayers (Mon - Thurs)
Welcome back from a great summer break and into another exciting school year!
We would like to extend to you and your child, our warmest welcome into our classrooms. We have a wide variety of topics this year, and have a range of experiences planned for the children with lots of fun and laughter.
Autumn Term topic: 'Lights, Camera, Action!'
Spring Term topics: 'What a Wonderful World' & '3, 2, 1, Blast off!'
Summer Term topic: 'Turrets & Tiaras.
Throughout our topics, the children will be encouraged to think creatively, applying their previous knowledge and experience, and suggesting areas which they would like to find out more about. It would help the children greatly if you could encourage them by supporting them to research some of these areas. For example, visits to the library, supervised use of the Internet, and watching films and programmes on television together. If you have any relevant resources at home, please feel free to send them in with your child for us to look at. We will welcome visitors into class to enrich the topics and also a few trips off site.
Our topic this term will be "Lights, Camera, Action!". This is an Expressive Arts topic and we have some lovely activities planned which will focus on how they can all shine!
We invite children to bring in a healthy fruit snack from home, in a labelled bag/container, so that they can bring any packaging or leftover fruit home.
Children will also need a full water bottle at the start of every day. These will be sent home daily.
Welly Wednesday and Balance Bike Training
Children will take part in a whole range of lessons on alternative Wednesdays in our amazing nature reserve within the school grounds. Please keep an eye on Class Dojo for updates on these sessions. We ask that pupils wear appropriate, comfortable clothing suitable for weather conditions.
If you wish to leave your child's wellies and waterproofs on their peg, please can you make sure they are in a clearly labelled bag. Pupils will also need a waterproof coat, and in the colder months we would advise you to put in some extra layers, and send in a warm hat.
We will aim to be out every session, rain or shine!
For Nursery only, every other week (when there is no Welly Wednesday), the children will take part in balance bike training. Mrs Harris has taken part in some training, and we have a fantastic balance bike track on our back yard.
PE will be timetabled for every Thursday in Reception and every Friday in Nursery.
Children will need to wear a PE kit into school on the relevant day – shorts/tracksuit bottoms/leggings and a t-shirt. Sometimes we will have P.E outside, so it would be advisable for children to wear trainers too.
Please can we ask that you label all jumpers, cardigans, clothes and bags as this helps us get all belongings back to the right children. We have a jumper box in class that we use to try and contain stray jumpers and cardigans, but inevitably, as they are only little, things do get left in the hall and on the yard. Labelling save us a lot of hunting! We also advise that you label lunch box containers and water bottles.
Website, twitter & Dojo:
Remember to check our Class dojo pages where we will upload pictures to our class story, and update you with messages and reminders about the things that are going on in school.
Also, don't forget to take a look at our class blog/page/gallery to see all the exciting things we have been learning about, as well as our school twitter page ‘@casllwchwr1’. Class tweets will have the hashtag #cllprec and #cllpnurs.
Reading & Homework in Reception
During the Autumn term, we will be assessing the children's phonic knowledge and working through the RWI Set 1 and 2 sounds. When the children are confident with their sounds, we will begin to issue reading books. Children will develop at different stages, so please don't worry if your child is not ready for a book at the same time as some of the other children. We will only send a book home when we feel the children are confident with their sounds and blending of words.
We will also use our online reading scheme called 'Reading Eggs'. This is an exciting and valuable tool to help raise children's confidence in reading. Once set up, children will be allocated an individual log in and they can start using it at home. These will sent home during the first few weeks of term.
We also subscribe to a fab Maths resource called Mathletics and this along with Reading Eggs will form the basis of Reception's Homework. There will be some weeks when we may send home some additional Maths, Language or topic work, but we will keep you updated on the Class blog and Class Dojo.
Thank you for your support, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss anything,
Mrs Davies, Mrs Smith and the Early Years Team
We will endeavour to reply as soon as possible