Reception/Year 1 2017 - 2018

Mrs Crabbe

A very warm welcome to our Reception and Year 1 children!

 We are looking forward to enjoying a term full of exciting learning opportunities in and out-of-school.

Our topic this term is The Place Where I Live, and the following newsletter will inform you of our house-keeping rules, the learning that will take place in different curriculum areas, as well as the ways in which you can support your child's learning.

Reception/Year 1 Newsletter

Date: 14th September 2017

Dear parents/carers,                                                                          

A very warm welcome to you and your child to our first school term, which will be full of fun and exciting learning experiences. We are looking forward to a successful and enjoyable year ahead and to working with you in ensuring your child receives the best possible start in their education. We would also like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to some housekeeping matters:


School Time

Every morning, children need to line up on the playground for 8:55 am, unless the school doors are open prior that time due to heavy rainfall, in which case your child can walk straight into his/her classroom. To reduce the congestion of children at home time, we are going to release our Reception/Year 1 children at 3pm and the Year 1/2 children at 3.05pm. 


Being Prepared for School

  • Could you please ensure that, every day, your child arrives to school on time, wearing the correct school uniform and shoes, carrying their blue school bag (including their reading book and reading journal, snack money, any reply slips requested and having completed their homework).
  • Your child’s PE kit should include the white school PE t-shirt, blue shorts and black pumps, clearly labelled with your child’s name on. The PE kit will remain in school until the last day of the half-term, which is when they will return it home to be washed to bring it back to school on the first day of the new school term.
  • Remind your child not to bring any toys/objects from home (unless requested by school), as not only do they distract children from their learning but could be easily misplaced or damaged.



Could you also ensure that your child’s school uniform, school bag, PE kit and bag, coats, hats, scarfs and shoes have your child’s name on, so we can return any lost items to their rightful owners. Also, to ensure that your child’s outdoor learning is not inhibited by the weather, we would ask to send a pair of wellies for your child to use when needed.

Snack Money

If your child is in Year 1, they need to bring their snack money for the week (£1.50), either every Monday or pay for the term in advance. If your child is in Reception, we would ask for a weekly donation of £1.00 per week, which could also be paid in advance for the term. Please send all the money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on.


In order to set up the parents’ account for our new Tapestry programme, which will regularly inform you of your child’s learning journey in school, we need you to sign the Tapestry agreement slip, including your up-to-date e-mail address. If you have not returned the Tapestry reply slip to school already, please do so as soon as possible but no later than Friday, 22nd September 2017.


Every week your child will be given a reading book, which initially might only include pictures for you to discuss with your child. Please ensure that you read/discuss a book with your child every day for at least 10-15 min, as children who read at home make much better progress in reading in comparison to children who do not.

Also, every Friday your child will be given a Homework book with activities for him/her to complete with your support. Please ensure you help your child with those activities as parental support is extremely important for children’s progress in school.

Please read on to find out more about our Curriculum Topic this Autumn term!

Maths – This half-term we will focus on the Maths topics of place value, addition and subtraction.

Place Value - Count to ten, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

Count in multiples of twos; Count, read and write numbers to 10 in numerals and words; Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least; Given a number - identify one more or one less.

Addition and Subtraction - Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts (within 10); Add and subtract one digit numbers (to 10), including zero; Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs; Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.


 In reading we will: Listen to a range of stories and information texts; Sequence and discuss the main events in stories; Identify, discuss and collect favourite words and phrases; Make predictions using evidence from the text; Demonstrate understanding of texts by asking and answering questions related to who, what, where, when, why, how; Make inferences about characters and events using evidence from the text e.g. what is a character thinking, saying and feeling.

In writing we will: Learn how to segment words into their constituent sounds when spelling words and writing sentences. We will learn how to hold the pencils correctly and form the letters of the sounds we know (graphemes). We will learn how to begin our sentences with capital letters, to leave finger spaces between words and to end our sentences with a full stop.


RE - Out topic this term is God’s Great Plan

“As the first action of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, creation is the first step towards the covenant relationship God seeks with every human being”

Religious Education Curriculum Directory

The children will learn about the beauty of God’s world and explore and respond to the wonders of creation e.g. the seasons. They will also hear about the story of Creation from Genesis and talk about its meaning.

Children will be reflecting on the knowledge that God made us because he loves us and develop their understanding that we show God we love him by looking after the world and each other. They will learn that we can spoil God’s creation and that we have a responsibility to look after it, as well as hearing an appropriate part of the story of Noah and the Flood and its message of salvation and hope.

At home, you could help your children by:

• talking about how we can look after the world, e.g. recycling, not dropping litter, conserving energy and how we can care for plants and animals

• look at the trees during the autumn season and talk about the different colours. You could collect leaves to make a collage or painting.


Cross-curricular TopicThe Place Where I Live

During this topic, children will learn more about their locality – Halton Brook, including our school, church, local parks etc. We will talk about the things we like and dislike about our local area and what we could do to change it. We will discuss if the places we know now have always looked like this and if not – how have they changed over time. We will ask and answer questions about the past through observing and handling objects, pictures, listening to people talking about their past, looking at buildings and written sources.  Children will begin to understand the reasons why people in the past acted as they did from a range of sources (pictures, plays, films, written accounts, songs, museum displays, stories).


The Arts - Children will explore the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from different times and cultures for differences and similarities. We will experiment with a variety of media - pencils, rubbers, crayons, pastels, felt tips, charcoal, ballpoints, chalk and learn to control the types of marks we have made with them on a range of surfaces. Children will learn to recognise patterns in the environment, to build repeating patterns and to make rubbings to collect textures and patterns. They will also investigate tone by drawing light/dark lines, light/dark patterns, light/dark shapes. We will go on a sound walk in our local area, listen to and record sounds around us and discuss what they mean, as well as listen to music for various purposes and suggest what music is used for and why. We will explore sounds that we can make using our bodies, express our feelings through movement and make our own musical instruments out of recyclable materials.


Kind regards,

Mrs Crabbe


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The Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Halton Brook, Runcorn

Main Contact: Mrs Caroline Dineley

Tel: 01928 563148
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