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Reception – Elm

Welcome to Reception - Elm Class!

On this page you will find lots of information about what the children have been getting up to.



Summer 1

This half term our theme is 'Where in the world?' We will discuss the different places we have travelled to as a class and locate these on maps and a globe. We will compare what life is like where we live compared with different towns and cities within Kenya. (For example, weather, traditions, landscape, animals etc) We will also spend some time looking into the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr. For our friends that celebrate Eid we wish you all "Eid Mubarak!"

Spring 2

This half term we have been thinking about 'How things grow and change.' We have looked at what living things such as humans, animals and plants need to survive. We have enjoyed reading several versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and were amazed when a beanstalk grew in our classroom from some strange beans we found on the carpet!

Forest Hall Reception Yearly Overview 2023-24

Copies of our Early Years Noticeboard

For Your Information...

Read, Write, Inc.

Read, Write Inc letter sound mat

This is what the children use in the classroom to support them with their writing. When saying the sounds they can hear in words, they look for the sound on the mat before writing it down.


NCETM Mastering Number

In school this year Reception and Key Stage 1 are following the NCETM Mastering Number programme. The Reception programme promotes a 'hands on' approach to maths, using various types of equipment that the children can manipulate, in order to be able 'to see' the maths they are exploring. This programme also promotes the idea of 'digging deeper' into mathematical concepts and promoting number sense.

Early Number Sense

You may have wondered why there has been a large focus on the numbers 0-10 in Reception. Particularly if your child has been able to count to 10 and/or recognise the numerals 0-10 since they were in Nursery or even younger. The truth is there is more to the numbers 0-10 than counting and recognising them. What these numbers represent, knowing the number order, the relationship between each of these numbers and the number bonds within 10 all provide the foundations for future maths learning. The video below discusses this in more detail.

Number Blocks

 The NCETM Mastering Number programme uses some 'Number Blocks' videos to explain ideas and mathematical thinking. This link will take you to various 'Number Blocks' videos on YouTube.

Books Mrs Getlevog and Mrs Lee recommend

Click on the document below to see a selection of books we recommend for Reception age children. The list includes books that we have enjoyed sharing with children and books that we know children of this age enjoy!

If you do not have any of these books at home you will most likely be able to find it being read aloud online.

X (Formally known as Twitter)

Just a reminder that if you ask to follow us on our X page you will be able to share your child's work and achievements with us. It is also a great way of keeping in touch and receiving updates about activities and the work we have set. We would love to see what you have all been getting up to!

If you are waiting a while to be accepted on our X page it may be because we don't recognise your picture or name on the account. Please ring the school office and let us know its you. We don't accept anyone we don't recognise to follow our secure X account.

 Activities and games we think you might enjoy.