Bawnmore Community

Infant school

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Autumn Term 1 - 2018

'What do I know about me?'



Welcome to Reception !


We enjoyed meeting you and your children during our home visits and look forward to helping your children to settle happily into the life of our school.


We would also like to invite you to our new parent’s meeting on 1st October at 2.15pm when we will describe to you what your children do during a normal school day and show you photographs of their first weeks at school.


Our first topic will be “What do I know about me?”


During our activities we will be concentrating on settling the children into school so that they feel safe and secure, know the daily routines, where equipment is stored, and begin to make new friends. We will also be encouraging the children to take care of their own belongings and needs.


We will be talking about what the children enjoy doing, how they spend their spare time, their families, and what makes them special.


Our daily literacy lessons will begin by introducing the children to the characters and stories from our Reading scheme “The Oxford Reading Tree” and they will learn how to read the first “key” words including all the character’s names. They will also begin to learn new phonemes (letter sounds) as part of Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds, as well as consolidating Phase 1. We will start our “Funky Fingers” and “Dough Gym” activities to develop pencil control and letter formation and we will work on hearing sounds and recognising their different letter shapes.


Our maths activities will focus on counting, recognising and ordering numbers, as well as starting to find one more/less. The children will use shapes to explore patterns and they will be involved in problem solving activities to practically develop their understanding of number and number operations. We will also encourage them to explain their mathematical thinking to an adult.


Towards the end of the half term will see the children taking part in their first Harvest Assembly on Friday 19th October at 2.30pm.

P.E sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons for both classes and Thursday morning for RS, Friday morning for RD.


If you have any concerns or queries regarding your child we are always happy to speak to you, but unless it may affect your child in school that day, we would prefer to speak to you after school when we have more time.

Thank you!




Phonics - Phase 3 grapheme stack 2