Welcome to Longridge CofE Primary School, you’re journey starts here! We can’t wait to welcome you all into school on Thursday, 2nd September.
As you are aware, we are easing our new class into school life gently this year, with 2 days of part-time school. You should already know if your child will be attending in the morning, or the afternoon. Please email school if you aren’t sure which session your child is attending. By having 2 days of half-days, we hope to introduce the children into school in smaller groups, meaning we can spend more quality time together. It will also make new friendships easier to form.
The whole class will start on Monday, 6th September at 8.50am.
We look forward to seeing you on the playground!
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions before we meet.
Meet Our Staff:
Class Teacher: Miss Hennedy
I have taught across all Key Stages with the majority of my teaching career focused on working in Early Years and Key Stage 1. I am very excited to be teaching Reception this year and it is lovely to welcome the new cohort into school. I am looking forward to supporting all children in their learning.
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lock
Mrs Lock has been working in education for many years. She has extensive experience in Early Years, working in Reception classes and Special Schools. She works full time in our Reception class. Mrs Lock is responsible for the class every Thursday afternoon whilst I am out of class.
Our theme this half term is… Who Are We?
This half term we will be learning all about who we are and the people around us. We will be talking about ourselves and looking closely at the world directly around us. We will be enjoying new stories, and meeting the characters we will be seeing a lot of over the next 6 years.’ Our theme will run through many areas of our learning and we will also follow children’s interests to enhance learning in the classroom.
In Maths we will begin to investigate number, exploring sequencing and finding patterns in numbers.
Our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE topic this half term is ‘Being Me In My World’. Our activities will be based around ourselves and our feelings. We will talk about what it was like at Pre-School and what we hope to learn in our new school. We will continue to develop a Growth Mindset and set the Golden Rules for our classroom.
We will regularly take our learning outside and will be following seasonal change in our school grounds. We will be looking after our plants and hopefully harvesting some produce in our outdoor area.
We begin our reading journey here in Reception and Children will soon be bringing reading books to share with you at home. In school we have a range of reading opportunities. We read together as a class, in small groups and individually. At home, we ask for your support to help your child practice their reading. You can also help your child by exposing them to a range of different reading experiences. You might share a story, look at a magazine or newspaper together.
In class, children will read at least twice each week with an adult. This may happen at different points in the week so please make sure reading books come into school each day. Books will be changed once and this will be either on a Monday or Thursday. The children will also take part in Guided Reading as a group to develop word reading and comprehension skills.
We are very active in Reception and love using our outdoor area. We will also use our daily mile track to keep fit and active. We have two Physical Development lessons which take place on Tuesday and Friday. Please have a full P.E. kit on school for our Tuesday sessions. We will send the kits home at the end of each half term to be washed.
In Reception all children are offered a fruit snack and drink of milk during the morning session. All children have access to their water bottles throughout the day. Water bottles must contain water- no juice please!
Children are able to bring a snack from home to eat in the afternoon. Please try to make sure this is a healthy snack.
At the end of each week your child will bring home a newsheet giving information about the learning which has been focussed on in class during the week. It will give ideas of how to support your child at home and also any important notices. At times there may be some activities posted on a OneDrive file which families can access at home. Further information on this will be sent via the weekly newsheet as appropriate. You may also choose to access the following websites to support your child’s learning at home.
If your child is unwell and will not be attending school you need to inform school as soon as possible, you can ring or email. If you child has an appointment to attend and needs to be out of school, please let us know in advance.
www.oxfordowl.co.uk – This Website has ebooks which can be accessed freely and may provide other books to read with your child at home.
www.teachyourmonstertoread.com – This is also avaliable as an App. Both have a range of reading games which will be helpful to the children as we progress through the Reception year and learn new sounds to support reading.
Look out for a personal Log-in for Education City and Mini-Mash for your child in their Reading Record.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk, www.phonicsbloom.com – These site has a range of Phonics games and activities. We will be focussing on Phase 1 Phonics intitially in school.
www.ictgames.com – This site has a range of Maths and Literacy activities which can accessed freely to support your child’s learning.