Oak Class

 Class Teacher: Mrs Pierce
Nursery Nurse (Mon-Thur): Miss Riley

Teaching Assistants: Miss Rusch (Thurs/Fri pm) & Mrs Kirk (Fri am) 

 Autumn 2

Welcome back Reception class!  We hope you have had a fun holiday and are ready for some exciting learning this half term! 

Our new topic is 'Light and Dark'.  For the first few weeks in school we will be learning all about how we/others celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night and then we will investigate the changes that occur during autumn.  After that we will  focus on hibernation and the dark, including animals that like it and how we can stay safe.  During December our learning will all be linked to Christmas.  Mrs Pierce and Miss Riley are looking forward to the Nativity play already!

Please take a look at our topic web and the more detailed information below to find out more about the experiences and learning we have planned. 

 A few reminders for the start of the new half term:

  • Please keep a full set of spare clothes on your child's peg
  • Name ALL your child's belongings
  • Children can bring their own drink to school each day in a named bottle - WATER ONLY PLEASE 


Important dates:


 A few photographs of our recent learning:



Autumn Walk at St Ives - 7th November 2017

We had a great time at St Ives, thank you to everyone who helped out.  The children had a great first hand experience of autumnal change and had lots of fun on the playground!




During this half term the children will complete Phase 2 of the Letter and Sounds phonics programme. We will then spend a few weeks practising and consolidating this learning and applying it in our independent writing.  We will then begin Phase 3 where the children will continue to learn new phonemes, to read and spell tricky words and continue to practise reading and writing words and sentences.
Your child will read with an adult at least once every week and their book will be changed if they have read it two or more times.  If you would like to change their book at any other time please place it, along with their yellow reading record, in the box in the cloakroom.

At home, please try and hear your child read every day, even if it just a couple of pages.  Alternatively you could practice their tricky words, phonics flashcards or cursive writing.  Little and often is the best approach, rather than trying to get your child to read a whole book when they are not in the mood!



To link with our topic, our focus books this half term will include Winnie The Witch, Leaf Man, Owl Babies and The Nativity.  We will continue to focus on story events, characters and settings.  We will be sequencing and retelling stories using puppets, story maps and role play.  

In our written work we will be having a go at writing simple words, captions and simple sentences using our phonics.  We will be having a go at writing lists and labels.



This half term we will be continuing to count, recognise, order and write numbers to 10 and beyond to 20 at every opportunity  We will be comparing sets using the words more/same/fewer and finding 1 more and 1 less than numbers to 10 and beyond to 20.

Linked to our topic we will be using, naming and developing our mathematical vocabulary to describe 2d and 3d shapes.  We will be continuing and creating repeating patterns. 



Our PE day is Froday.  Can you please make sure your child has their full indoor PE kit on their peg. Please name all items of PE kit.



Children will spend time in our outdoor classroom everyday.  Please make sure that your child has appropriate clothes for outdoor play - warm clothes for the winter, waterproof coats for the rain and a sunhat (and sun cream) in the summer.



In reception class we ask that you try and listen to your child read on a daily basis, either their reading book, phonics flashcards/tricky words or both and record what you have done in their reading record. It is also important that you also read to your child.  

The children will also have a writing book where they can practice their cursive writing.  At the end of each week your child will be given between 2 and 4 letters that they have learnt at school to practice writing at home.  

Project based homework will be given later in the year.   



If you have any questions or concerns please speak to a member of staff when you drop off or collect your child and we will do our very best to help.

 Thank you!
The Reception Team