Week of September 19th in Reception.

What a great week! The children continue to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings and routines. I’ve been amazed how quickly they are settling down to planned activities and working independently.

Thank you to those that attended the phonics talk. Please come to see me if you have any questions.

This week you were given the Teddy Word booklet.

This is an important tool to help your child to read common words, that they will see repeatedly in their reading books that they will be bringing home. Knowing them will help with reading fluency and their reading enjoyment. Please practise daily, so that Miss Boby and I can see the progress as we listen to them.

We are rolling out reading books this week as we also begin to teach the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. Some children will be able to sound out words to read them, others will need your support to read the words, but as they see them repeatedly they will begin to recognise key words. Praise! Praise! Praise!

Next week we will continue to ease the children into the reception day, with a key focus being using resources independently and putting them away. We have set out various resources that encourages the children to notice similarities and differences with their peers, and we will begin portrait drawing with the children.


The children have been making their own play dough.

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This week we began to show the children how to access games on the interactive whiteboard:

We provided a fine motor challenge to create Mr. Potato head characters, and noted lots of language about faces, emotions, families. The children have also enjoyed sharing books that talk about how we are all the same, but different.

This progressed to making faces on the light box.

The magnet theme continues to hold the children’s interest, with children exploring what is magnetic and what isn’t.

Slight problem when one of my little darlings said “Look, Mrs. Quinn, you’re laptop is magnetic!”  – Ooops!




The children were looking at sunflowers during Forest school, which led to lots of lovely representations.

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Fantastic model making too, which led to some mark making and label making.

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Looking forward to another great week tomorrow…

Mrs. Quinn.