Assalamu’alaikum and welcome to Reception
بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم
Assalaamu ‘alaikum and welcome to the new year!
I hope you have had a restful break and are ready to do lots of new learning and have fun experiences.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back! We hope you all had a restful week and are ready to embark on an exciting journey with us into Spring Term 2. We have lots of wonderful activities planned to engage and inspire our reception class students.
🦖 Our Topic: Dinosaurs and Ramadan Celebration 🌙
This term, we’ll be delving into the fascinating world of dinosaurs alongside learning about the blessed occasion of Ramadan. Our core book for exploring dinosaurs is “Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs,” and for understanding Ramadan, we will be reading “Under the Ramadan Moon.” Through these enriching topics, we aim to cover all seven areas of learning, providing a holistic and immersive educational experience for our students.
📚 Phonics and Literacy: 📖
In phonics, we will continue to explore Phase 3 sounds. Additionally, children will revise Phase 2 tricky words and progress onto Phase 3 tricky words. We kindly ask for your support in helping your child learn to read these tricky words, as it can greatly enhance their reading abilities.
🔢 Mathematics: 🔵
In mathematics, we have an exciting array of topics lined up for exploration, including:
2D and 3D shapes
These activities will not only develop children’s mathematical skills but also encourage critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Science: 🌿🔍 Exploring Living Things and Habitats 🔍🌿
As part of our science curriculum this term, we are excited to delve into the captivating world of “Living Things and Habitats” with our reception class students. Through hands-on exploration and engaging activities, children will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the natural world around them.
🥦🏃♀️ Promoting Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED) 🛁💤
As part of our holistic approach to education, we are excited to announce our focus on Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED) this term. Our aim is to empower children with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy, balanced lives both physically and emotionally.
🍏 Healthy Eating and Well-being: 🥗
One of the key areas we will be exploring is the importance of healthy eating and its impact on overall well-being. Through interactive discussions and hands-on activities, children will learn about the benefits of nutritious foods and the role they play in fueling our bodies and minds. We will explore different food groups, discuss balanced meals, and encourage healthy eating habits both at school and at home.
💤 Rest and Relaxation: 🛌
In addition to healthy eating, we will also focus on the importance of rest and relaxation for our well-being. Children will learn about the significance of good sleep habits and the impact they have on our mood, concentration, and overall health. We will discuss strategies for promoting better sleep and create a calming environment in the classroom to support relaxation.
🏃♂️ Physical Activity: 🚴♀️
Physical activity is another vital component of leading a healthy lifestyle. We will encourage children to stay active through various forms of exercise, including outdoor play, games, and movement activities. By promoting physical activity, we aim to foster a love for movement and instill lifelong habits that promote health and well-being.
🚿 Personal Hygiene: 🧼
Keeping ourselves clean is essential for maintaining good health and preventing the spread of germs. We will teach children about the importance of personal hygiene practices such as washing hands regularly, brushing teeth, and bathing. Through interactive demonstrations and discussions, children will learn how these simple habits contribute to their overall well-being.
🌟 Encouraging Positive Habits: 🌟
We believe that instilling healthy habits from a young age sets the foundation for a lifetime of well-being. By focusing on healthy eating, rest, physical activity, and personal hygiene, we aim to equip children with the tools they need to take care of themselves both physically and emotionally.
We encourage you to support our efforts by reinforcing these concepts at home and by modeling healthy behaviors for your child. Together, we can empower our children to lead happy, healthy lives.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Support at Home:
We encourage you to continue supporting your child with their reading habits and homework tasks. Your involvement makes a significant difference in their learning journey. Should you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Your partnership is invaluable in ensuring your child’s success and enjoyment in their learning adventure..
Please see the link below for articulation of phonemes.
Uniform and PE Kit: Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in the correct uniform every day, with PE kit on every Tuesday.
Homework: Homework assignments will be sent home on Friday and should be returned by Tuesday. Your child’s new homework and reading book will be provided every Friday.
Self-Help Skills: Encourage your child to practice their self-help skills, such as getting dressed, zipping up their coats, tiyding their toys, and putting on their shoes.
Children will recite Surah Al-Falaq every day and will learn Islamic etiquettes i.e. giving salaam, saying JazakAllahu khair and reading duas for eating/toilet etc.
Please bring back books that have been borrowed regularly, so your child can take a new book home. Reading records must be signed for children to receive a new book and books will be changed on your child’s guided reading day. Homework will be given out on Fridays and should be returned by Tuesday.
We are always in need of small boxes, tubes, yoghurt pots, small plastic bottles, ribbons and materials for our junk modelling. Please bring in anything you can find at home.
Your child will be spending time outdoors each day regardless of the weather. Please ensure that you provide them with a waterproof jacket with a hood.
Some children do have accidents during the day and we sometimes need to change their clothes. Please ensure that you bring in a complete change of clothes in a bag with your child’s name on it.
We are excited to embark on this learning adventure with your children. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We value open communication and partnership with our parents.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to a term filled with exploration, growth, and joyful learning.
We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Please feel free to talk to any of us if you have any problems or queries.
I am excited to be working in Reception! I look forward to meeting you all Insha’Allah.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, or arrange a meeting after school.
Ustadha Ali is an experienced TA who will be helping all the children in their first year of school!
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How You Can Help
- Bring in any stories or books related to our topic that we can share in class.
- Go to the library with your child and read stories related to the topic.
- spend some time talking with your children about their school day.
- Encourage child to eat with spoon or fork and clean their own plate after eating dinner.
- Encourage your child to dress up independently/clean themselves appropriately when using toilets
- Spend some time talking to children about personal hygiene
- Spend some time talking to your child about looking after their belongings
- Please ensure your child arrives promptly at school everyday, gates open at 8.20.
- Dismissal for EYFS is 3.20, please ensure you are on time to collect your child.
- Children must bring in their school bags everyday
- Correct school uniform will be checked on a daily basis, please ensure your child is in school wearing the correct school/PE uniform.
- Please do not send your child wearing laced shoes, this may cause an accident.
Show and Tell will start each Monday. Please remember to check dates for when your child will take part. And please rehearse at home beforehand to make the session as beneficial as possible.
Homework is handed out every Friday and should be returned by Tuesday. We do keep a record of homework and reading, so please be punctual in completing and handing in homework. Homework is a very important aspect of learning in EYFS, please ensure your child completes homework regularly.