Autumn 1 2017

A huge welcome to Reception at South Rise!

This term we will be focussing on getting the children settled and introducing them to new routines. For example, getting changed for P.E, having lunch in the hall, forest school etc.  In Reception we want them to become independent learners and therefore always encourage them to have a try; this may be to have a go at putting on their own jumper, apron etc.

This term our topic is based on ‘Celebrating Us’ and ‘Traditional Tales’.  We will be reading the books The Birthday Invitation, Little Red Riding Hood and The Gigantic Turnip.  Some exciting activities we will be taking part in are: deciding what lunch we could take to Grandma and thinking about who might help us pull up the enormous turnip.


Phonics and Reading

Phonics sessions will begin next week. We follow the governments ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme which advocates a 20 minute daily phonics lesson.  We use a variety of engaging and interactive activities to ensure the children have fun whilst they learn. Some useful web sites are; , Alphablocks, Jolly Phonics Phase Two song on YouTube and

Everyday your child will choose a reading book suitable to their reading level which you should share with them.  Once you have shared this book can you please make a comment in their home learning journal.  They will change their book every day.



  • Please ensure all uniform including PE kits and outdoor clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
  • School gates open at 8.30am.  Reception gates open at 8.45 am. Please do not enter the Reception playground  before 8.45 am for health and safety reasons.  If it is raining, you may take your child into the hall where you will need to supervise your child until it is time to go into class.
  • If you have any cardboard boxes, cereal sized or smaller, please bring them in for the children to make models with.  Kitchen rolls would be particularly welcome and any yoghurt pots and bottle lids would be greatly appreciated.
  • Now that the weather is changing will you please make sure your child wears a suitable coat to school; at certain times during the day we have an open door policy where children can choose to play outside in the garden.


Reading Morning

We will be inviting parents to reading mornings which will take place every Friday 8.45am-9.10am. A chance for you to come in and share a story from our book corner with your child.  Just a polite reminder that when you leave the classrooms please can you leave via the reception gate.

And finally…We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming year. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and speak with a member of the team. Thank you for your support!

Kate Purbrick, Kate Barton, Peri Hannabus-Penn


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Posted: Wednesday 17th May 2017, 5:55pm

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Posted: Wednesday 10th May 2017, 5:41pm
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