Welcome back everybody! It’s so great to be back in school after having such a strange year. It has been difficult this year not being able to meet the children before they start school but we are so proud of how well they have settled in. They are an absolute credit to you all!

We will spend the first couple of weeks settling into reception and getting to know the children and their interests. Our main focus for this half term is the children’s well-being and we will be doing lots of lovely circle times.

We love Autumn and all of the amazing opportunities for learning that it brings, so you can imagine our joy when we discovered our very own fox den in our Reception garden. We have set up our very own wildlife camera and plan to keep a visual diary of our new visitor. We will be finding out lots of amazing facts about foxes and lots of other wildlife that live in Manchester.

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In maths we will be developing our one to one counting skills. You can support your child by doing lots of counting wherever you go. Can they count how many steps you take up the stairs? Can they count how many pieces of fruit are in the fruit bowl? Make sure you use real objects so they can count each object one by one.

In phonics we will be learning our letter sounds, you can learn with your child by watching the Jolly Phonics songs together on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx4Jj69J1-I  It’s really fun!

We will also be starting our Guided Reading where we will begin to recognise familiar letter shapes in our reading books.

Please don’t forget to send a water bottle in for your child (water only please). Can you also make sure that your child has a bag of spare clothes on their peg. Please remember to put your child’s name in everything. Also, please remember to keep an eye on the weather forecast. If cold weather is predicted then please dress your child in warm clothes and a coat. We will be spending lots of time exploring outside this term so our clothing will be important.

If you have any questions please just pop in and see us. We are always happy to help.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Neil, Miss O’Toole and the Reception team.