Autumn Term in Ants Class 2017

A huge welcome to all our new Reception children, it’s lovely to see them all looking so smart and being so enthusiastic at the beginning of term. We are having a great time getting to know each other and exploring the environment together.


Each half term our learning is focussed around a question which we call our ‘Learning Challenge’. Our main Learning Challenge for the first part of the term of term is ‘What makes me special?’ which focuses on how we learn and getting to know each other and related stories. Alongside this our PSED (Personal Social and Emotional Development) focus will be starting school friendship and settling in to our new class. We will then move onto ‘What is happening outside?’ where we will be looking at the seasons, changes and Harvest.


After half term our Learning Challenge will be ‘How do we get ready for Winter?’ This will include winter celebrations such as Bonfire night, Diwali, Advent and of course Christmas and any others that the children may celebrate.


The children will be given a ‘home-school book’ for communication between yourselves and us. If you have written in the book please place it in the basket on the table in the morning so that we can respond appropriately.  Thank you.


We have sent home some reading books for you to share with your child and to help support their reading.   Please sign and/or comment in their Reading Record book when they have read with you, even if it is just a few pages. Please place reading books in the tray on the table if you would like them changed. Also it would be very much appreciated if you could remind the children to carry water bottles separately.


Most weeks we will send home an optional home task that will either be a literacy, maths or topic based activity for you to enjoy doing with your child. Please place completed home tasks in the homework tray either in the classroom or at the gate.  There will also be opportunities throughout the year for you to come into school and share in your child’s learning.


We will be having P.E. at different points throughout the week. Please ensure that the children have PE kit which includes suitable outdoor footwear. Also please make sure all items are clearly labelled so that lost and mislaid items are quickly returned. 


We will be using characters from Lenny’s Learning Zoo to encourage the children to develop desirable characteristics of learning e.g. to become resilient and persistent in their learning like the ‘Persevering Parrot’. Please ask the children to show you the characters on the display in the classroom.


For our weekly class ‘show and tell’ children will get the chance to take home our class soft toy. They will be asked to keep a diary of what they have done together which can then be shared with their class mates.


Please can we ask that in the event of any changes to pick up and/or drop off arrangements that you notify the office by email.


We have really enjoyed our first week with the children. We look forward to getting to know you all as the year progresses. If you have any questions about any of the above matters please do come and speak to us.  It is going to be an exciting, productive and enjoyable year. Thank you for your support so far! 


Mrs Grover and Miss Mann