Oak Class

 Class Teacher: Mrs Pierce
Nursery Nurses: Miss Riley (Mon-Thur) & Mrs Heald (Fri am)

Teaching Assistant: Miss Rusch (Thurs/Fri pm) 

 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 'Toys'.  For the first few weeks in school we will be learning all about how we/others celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night and alongside this we will investigate the changes that occur during autumn.  After that our learning will be based around the story of 'The Naughty Bus' and as well as being our literacy focus we will also be investigating how toys work, what they are made of and how toys were different in the past.  During December our learning will all be linked to Christmas and we will have our own toy workshop.  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:

5th-9th November: Art Week (whole school) - linked to Armistice Day

 12th (evening) /13th (afternoon) December - Nativity performances

Friday 14th December - Christmas dinner

Friday 14th December 2.30pm - Carols Around the Tree

w/c 17th December - Christmas party


Class Reward - Fancy Dress Party - 8th November, 2018

Well done Reception class for earning 20 reward points!  We had lots of fun and games at our fancy dress party and disco!


 A few photographs of our recent learning:





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 to practise reading and writing words and sentences.


To link with our topic, our focus book this half term will be The Naughty Bus.  We will be reading many other books linked to our topic: Traction Man, Leaf Man, Jake Bakes a Halloween Cake and The Nativity.

We will focus on talking about story events, characters and settings.  We will be sequencing and retelling stories using puppets, story maps and role play.  We will then create new stoies based on our focus text by changing one aspect of the original e.g The Naughty Train.

In our written work we will be having a go at writing simple words and captions using our phonics and giving more meaning to our marks.



This half term we will be concentrating on counting, recognising, ordering and writing numbers to 10 and beyond to 20.  We will be finding and saying 1 more and 1 less than numbers to 10 and then to 20.  We will begin investigating addition using a variety of resources.

Linked to our topic we will be investigating weight and 2d shapes.



Our PE day is Friday.  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 and record what you have done in their reading record. It is also important that you also read to your child. 

You can also practise their phoneme flashcards and reading and spelling the tricky words that can be found on the inside of their yellow reading record.

We will send home a workbook each Friday to consolidate the week's phonics learning.

Project 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