Welcome to Reception

This term our topic will be Growing and Changing and each week the children will learn about a different theme:

Week 1 – How does your garden grow?

Week 2 – Brilliant Beans
Week 3 – Marvellous Minibeasts

Week 4 – Animal Life Cycles

Week 5 – When I grow up

Week 6 – Around the World

Week 7 - Getting ready for Year One


During our topic, the children will have the opportunity to learn about different plants and animals. The children will be planting their own beans, painting flowers, looking at real caterpillars and learning about their life cycle and writing about their favourite animals. The children will also have the opportunity to talk about their transition to Year One. We will be writing letters to their new teachers and looking back at their achievements throughout the year. We also have several WOW moments to look forward to this term, including meeting their Year One teachers, visiting their new classrooms, a visit from a police officer and a fire fighter and a trip to Penny Well Farm!


In Phonics, the children will continue to learn new sounds and high frequency words. We will also be reading and writing simple sentences. Please ask your child’s class teacher if you need a new set of High Frequency Word flashcards to practise with your child at home.


To encourage a love of reading, the children have the opportunity to visit the school Library every Wednesday afternoon. Please can you ensure that your child has their library book in their tray every Wednesday, so that they can have the opportunity to exchange it for a new book.

The children will also continue to have ‘Home Learning’ which will be sent home on a Friday and is due in on the following Friday.  We encourage you to support your child with their ‘Home Learning’ as this will help to support their learning in the classroom and contribute to their Learning Journey. Your child is expected to read three times a week; prizes are awarded for children who read on a regular basis. Please remember you can now send your Home WOW moments to the Nursery and Reception email address: nandr@ecs.plymouth.sch.uk

The family homework in Term 6 is ‘Who can grow the tallest plant/sunflower?’ and the deadline for this is 17th July 2017.

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