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Puffin Class


Class Teachers: Mrs Hafford and Mrs Potterton

Nursery Nurse: Mrs Goodman


Welcome to Autumn 1

Maths focus

Week beginning 17.9.18 - counting to 10, understanding the value of numbers to 5 through counting using one-to-one correspondence

Week beginning 24.9.,18 - counting to 10, counting objects using 1:1 correspondence, ordering numbers 1 - 5 and extending to 1 - 10. We will also start to use the vocabulary of doubling; double 1, 2 and 3 using our fingers.


We are looking forward to welcoming our new starters into school on Tuesday, 4th September. Please remember that for this week the children will finish school at 12 noon, for the week beginning Monday, 10th September they will finish at 1:15pm and then from week beginning Monday, 17th September they will be in for full days, therefore finishing at 3:30pm.

This term we will focus on getting to know the children and them getting to know us. The focus for our Talking and Thinking Floorbook will be 'Who am I?'

The children will begin their phonics learning with distinguishing between different sounds they hear around them, before moving onto learning the sounds that they will later use to segment and blend words in order to read them. When this learning begins the children will bring home a yellow sound book to inform you of what they have learnt so far. Please look at this book with your child to reinforce learning at school. 

During this first term the children will begin to bring home wordless books. These books are extremely important as it is where children start to sequence events in a story and identify information in a book. Please look at these books with your child and talk about them. Reading to your child, and talking about what has been read, is of upmost importance and continues to be so throughout their school life.

In maths, the children will start to look at numbers to 10, through songs and their play, understanding the value of numbers, not solely the rhyme of counting. This is an important base to which build their mathematics skills and understanding on.

We hope your children enjoy this first term in school as much as we will enjoy having them. Please remember that if at anytime you have a question to ask or a concern to raise, however trivial it may seem at the time, please do speak to us. There will always be a member of staff on the Reception gate in a morning and if they can't answer your question or concern at the time they will take note of it and someone will contact you during the day. Good luck to all the new Reception starters! 

Please note: 

  • The chidren will need to bring their PE kit (t-shirt and shorts) into school. They will leave their PE kit in school until we send them home with it at the end of the half term. 
  • Please can we take this opportunity to ask parents to ensure all their child's clothing is labelled with their name. 
  • Drinking water throughout the day is really important so can children please ensure they bring their named school water bottle in everyday.
  • Please check this page and our school's Facebook page for regular updates on what we are learning about and important messages.
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