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We hope that you and your family have had a great summer

and we can’t wait to see you all again and hear all about it!

For our first term together the whole school topic is…

The first story we will be sharing is…

We will be using this story as a starting point to celebrate differences and what makes us special as well as using it to inspire some colour mixing, painting and printing! It will also kick off our Africa topic as we learn about African Elephants and explore where Africa is and what their habitats are like.

This week we will start our phonics sessions.

The first letter sounds we will learn are ‘s’ and ‘a’.

We have a phonics workshop coming up. Date to be confirmed.

We will also be adding useful information regarding our approach to teaching phonics to this website throughout the Autumn term. So watch this space!

In maths this week our focus is recognising numbers and counting.

We will do this through songs and games linked to our theme and using this as an opportunity for children to show us what they know so that we can plan their next steps.

During this early period, we will also be supporting your child in settling into school life, planning in greater opportunities for your child to make/reinforce friendships and become more familiar with their new school and class. Here are a couple of books we will be sharing.

Click on the link below to have a look at our topic web…

Elmer topic web week 2

We will also be trying to find out more about the children, including their backgrounds and interests, so that we can use this information to plan for them across the year. To help us learn more about your children, next week we are inviting the children to bring in their Shoeboxes.

We can’t wait!

Teachers throughout the week

Your child’s class teachers will be Mrs Seddon and Mrs Barnett who will be supported by Maggie, Paula and Tash throughout the week. Mrs Martin will also be teaching PE regularly. Please see the plan below for more details.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Mrs Seddon


Mrs Seddon


Mrs Seddon


Mrs Barnett &

 PE with Mrs Martin


Mrs Barnett

Forest School


PE with Mrs Martin


Mrs Barnett




We have an open-door policy in school and we welcome parents bringing their children into the classroom at the beginning of the day as it is an important part of transition. Please be aware that all teachers are involved in morning briefing meetings until 8.40am. Children can come into classes before this time but only if you stay with your child until the teacher arrives.

  • We would like to invite you all to our Welcome Meeting on Wednesday 12th September @ 2:30pm in the Reception class. Please do not worry if you are unable to make it – We will give each child a document that summarises all the things that were discussed.
  • 11th October: Harvest Festival at St Sabinus, 1.30 – 3
  • 6th December: KS1 Christmas Production (reception will be part of this performance)
  • 20th December: Christmas Service at St Sabinus, 1.30 – 3

Junk Modelling (a request!)

Our junk modelling area will require a steady supply of small boxes, plastic containers, lids, bottles etc. So please think of us before you pop these items in your recycling box.


Keeping you Informed

We will be updating this webpage with what we have been learning in class as well us what is coming up so please check it out regularly.

Thank you for your support – we are looking forward to an exciting year together!


The Reception Team