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Reception Pupils 2022/2023

Following our Welcome to Reception meeting last term, please find the presentation from the meeting.  We look forward to welcoming our new families to Reception in September 2022. 

Boats, boats, boats!

Dear Parents and Carers,

In the final week of term the children will be making boats using junk modelling material. This activity links to our Learning Challenge: Who will you meet in the deep blue sea. The children will be working in pairs to make their boat and they will also be asked to think about what materials will float or sink. Once the boats are made we will be testing them to see which boats float and sink. (No boats will be coming home after this activity!)

Each class will need lots of recycling material to make the boats.


Please start collecting and saving these resources and hand them to your class teacher on Monday 27th March not before.

Here are some examples of what we will need:

  • boxes
  • tubs
  • yogurt pots
  • bottle tops
  • egg boxes
  • foil
  • any paper/ wrapping paper
  • empty food containers
  • bottles
  • kitchen rolls


Thank you in advance.

The Reception Team


Readathon (27.2.23-5.3.23)

During the week of World Book Day 2023 (Monday 27.2.23- Monday 5.3.23), pupils will also be taking part in Readathon. Since its first Readathon in 2000, Fielding has raised a grand total of £5381. This has led to many books being donated to much-needed schools and hospitals. During the week after half term (week commencing  20th February), your child will receive a sponsor card, book mark and details on how to take part and start raising money. Please see the link below for further information.



Coats, hats and scarfs

As the weather changes and the children start to wear coats, hats, scarves and gloves, here are a few reminders and polite requests:

  • Please name all items of clothing.
  • Teach your child how to put on their coat and gloves (mittens are best at this age for many) etc.
  • Remind your child to look after their belongings.

Forest school

Please ensure your child has a coat and boots for these sessions.

Please make sure these items are named.

The timetable is as follows:

RP - Tuesday am

RH - Tuesday pm

RS - Friday am

RF - Friday pm

Please be aware sometimes our days and timings can change due to the weather or other events going on in school.

Fresh fruit or vegetable snack, water, packed lunch

As a healthy school we would like to remind parents that children should only be bringing in a fresh piece of fruit or vegetable for their snack each day. 


Children should bring in a bottle of water.

Children are welcome to bring in a packed lunch and this will be saved until they are in the lunch hall and replaces the school lunch option. 

Class teachers stay with their classes in the dining hall each day and will continue to inform and work with parents if they have concerns with a child not eating enough.   Pupils are also offered a fruit snack from school in the afternoon session. 

Our Outside Classroom 

Please can you help us to promote to pupils that they should not use the Reception equipment or provision in our outside classroom before or after school. 

We have been teaching the children to tidy up the provision at the end of each session and how the resources are for learning time during the school day. 

The outside classroom is used by after school club each day, so it would be greatly appreciated if parents/carers exit the area straight after collection

Reading Books, Key Words, Home Learning and Book Bags

We have completed the phonics assessments with your child and will send book bags home with a reading book, picture book and reading record. Please see below for more details.


At Fielding we follow the Read Write Inc programme.

The assessment will provide us with your child’s reading level.


The type of ‘book’ your child receives will depend on their phonic knowledge.

  • Some children will focus on learning the sounds of the alphabet.
  • Some children will receive a sound blending book to help develop their blending skills.
  • Some children will receive a book called ‘My Phonics Book’. A letter will be sent home with information of how this works.
  • Some children will receive a reading book.


In addition to this, your child will choose their own picture book.

Your child is not expected to read this book, this book is to be shared with an adult for enjoyment and to help develop a child's comprehension skills.


All books will be changed once a week.

Please make sure your child brings their book bag to school every day.

Help your child to get into this routine.


Inside their book bag please make sure that you always have:

  • picture book
  • reading book
  • reading record


Please look through the reading record, there is lots of useful information inside.

Please sign the reading record every week and write a comment about how your child is progressing with their reading.


Key words

On page 15 there is the list of key words that the children need to learn to read over the year. Every two weeks we will check how your child is progressing with the reading of these words and let you know in their reading record. Please help your child to learn these words.

We will write what key word list your child is on in their reading record.


Guidance on reading books that come home: 


Capturing 'Wow moments' at home

Early Years compromises of seventeen aspects of learning with skills that pupils need to achieve before the end of their year in Reception.  We value contributions from parents/carers of moments of achievement that have happened outside of school.  Click on the link below to access our wow moments cards.  If you observe your child achieving something new or wonderful then cut out the card, record the moment and pass it onto your child’s class teacher.  The wow moments are stuck in your child’s learning journey and support assessments throughout the year.  Feel free to send in as many as you would like, parents/carers usually complete a page of wow moments each half term. 


    Our Learning

    Phonics home learning

    Every Friday, your child will receive some phonics home learning from their phonics teacher. This is to be completed at home and does not need to be returned to school


    Phonics is the way we teach children to recognise the sounds in words. It helps your child to learn to read and is an essential part of your child’s education.

    In school we teach children to read through linking letters and sounds using a published programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI).  There are a range of online resources you can use to support the teaching of phonics at home. 

    Find our more here

    Weekly Learning in Reception


    Week commencing: 27.3.23

    This week we continue with our Helicopter Story sessions.


    Helicopter Stories are when children make up a story and the teacher scribes.

    The child then gets the opportunity to do some writing linked to their story.

    The story is then acted out with some of the class watching and others performing.

    The children have experienced this once before and really enjoyed telling their stories and listening to their friends stories.

    There is much laughter in these sessions and it gives children the opportunity to see themselves as authors and their stories come to life!


    We will begin the week by recapping some familiar stories that have been read to the class many times before. We will use these stories to discuss the features of a story.


    A story has:

    • Characters – person, animal or object
    • Setting – where the story takes place
    • Plot – what happens in the story, this may include a problem and resolution


    We will also use a ‘Story S’ to remind the children that every story has a:

    • beginning
    • middle
    • end


    The children are familiar with a ‘Story S’ and helps to remind them that every story has a beginning, middle and an end.

    We have used these to retell a story and sequence the events in a story with the children. The ‘Story S’ helps children to visually see a story from start to finish and how there is an order to a story.


    By the end of the week children will start writing their own stories, we encourage them to use their imagination and make up their own stories. Some children find this harder and will copy a familiar story.


    Supporting your child at home:

    Encourage your child to make up stories using things that interest them.

    Your child can start by drawing pictures of character and a setting they like.

    Discuss the plot with them – What is going to happen in your story?

    Ask your child:

    • What happens at the beginning of your story?
    • What happens in the middle of your story?
    • What happens at the end of your story?


    Your child can write a sentence about their story and act it out with the family!

    Have an alphabet chart available for your child to refer to when writing:

    Next week in English:

    Next week we will continue writing ‘Helicopter Stories’.



    Week commencing: 27.3.23


    In maths we continue learning to take away and subtract, focusing on numbers within 5.

    The Early Learning Goal states, that by the end of the year, children must be able to automatically recall some subtraction facts up to 5.


    We will begin by subtracting practically and use the language of subtraction.

    In lessons we will explain that when we subtract the total will get smaller because we are taking some away. This needs to be made explicit to the children and reinforced, children often find it harder to subtract than to add.

    We will explain that subtraction is the opposite of addition, some children may begin to see the links between the two e.g. 2 + 1 = 3  and  3 – 1 = 2.


    The children will be taught a range of strategies:

    • subtracting using objects and fingers
    • subtracting by crossing out
    • subtracting by counting back on a number line
    • subtracting mentally by using knowledge of other number facts

    e.g. if 3+ 2 = 5  then  I know 5 – 3 = 2 or 5 – 2 = 3


    Children will be encouraged to use the strategy they feel more confident with, this may change as they develop their subtraction skills.


    The mathematical vocabulary for subtraction is:

    • subtract
    • take away
    • minus
    • less/ less than


    We will use all of these words with the children and encourage them to develop their mathematical vocabulary.


    We will be writing number sentences e.g. 5-3=2,  to show how we record a subtraction, however children in Reception do not need to be able to write a number sentence at this stage.

    Some children will be ready to understand that when we write a subtraction number sentence, the first number must be bigger unlike in addition where the numbers can be written in any order.


    For example:

    Addition can be done in any order.

    3 + 2 = 5

    2 + 3 = 5


    When we subtract, we must start with the larger number.

    5 – 3 = 2

    5 – 2 = 3


    We cannot write:

    3 - 5 =   or   2 – 5 =


    Once the children are confident with subtracting we will work on developing their knowledge of subtraction facts and help them to recall some facts independently.


    Subtraction facts:


    5 – 0 = 5              4 – 0 = 4          3 – 0 = 3           2 – 0 = 2         1 – 0 = 1

    5 – 1 = 4              4 – 1 = 3          3 – 1 = 2           2 – 1 = 1         1 – 1 = 0

    5 – 2 = 3              4 – 2 = 2          3 – 2 = 1           2 – 2 = 0

    5 – 3 = 2              4 – 3 = 1          3 – 3 = 0

    5 – 4 = 1              4 – 4 = 0

    5 – 5 = 0


    Supporting your child at home:

    Practice subtracting with your child at home.

    What strategy are they using? Do they have a preference?

    Can your child record their subtracting in some way? E.g. by crossing out pictures they have drawn or by writing numbers.

    Can your child recall some subtraction facts?

    Are they making links between addition facts and subtraction facts to help them know the answer?

    For example:

    • If 3 + 2 = 5  then  I know 5 – 3 = 2 or 5 – 2 = 3


    • If 3 + 1 = 4 then  I know 4 – 1 = 3 or 4 – 3 = 1


    • If 2 + 1 = 3  then  I know 3 – 2 = 1 or 3 – 1 = 2


    Next week in maths:

    We will continue learning to take away.



    In our recent RSHE/ PSED lesson we discussed the NSPCC’s PANTS rules.

    These are designed to teach pupils how to stay safe from sexual abuse, without giving explicit information or telling scary stories or even using the term “sexual abuse”. We will start the lesson by introducing the children to a character called Pantosaurus.


    We will show them this clip:

    NSPCC Pantosaurus (2 mins)

    This is a film featuring NSPCC’s  friendly mascot Pantosaurus.

    His catchy song covers the main points of PANTS and  introduce the topic to the children.

    In the lesson, children learnt about the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which stands for:

    • Privates are private.
    • Always remember your body belongs to you.
    • No means no.
    • Talk about secrets that upset you.
    • Speak up, someone can help.



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