Mrs Umpleby and Mrs Hearn

Spring Term 2018

Welcome to Reception Class. All the children have settled in very well, and are happy at school and learning lots! The children loved last term’s Bears Topic, enjoying finding out all about different bears and other animals which hibernate . We did lots of problem solving activities, had great times exploring the woods and also enjoyed our first Christmas at school. Well done everyone for a fantastic performance.

Thank you for all your help and support with reading, name writing and adding to Tapestry etc.

In Spring Term we will continue to work to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The learning is exciting and carefully planned to reflect your child’s unique needs, interests, and next steps of learning.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside in our lovely setting.

Reading: We will continue to focus on letters and sounds, recognising the letters and their sounds and reading simple words and captions.  Nearly all children now have a reading book. Please help your child learn and recognise the letters and sounds and share the books they bring home. Hearing your child read most days at home will really help them progress. Appleby Primary School follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme and the National Curriculum Letters and Sounds Programme for Phonics. In Reception we use Phonics Play to support this.

Forest School: please can children have named warm clothing, waterproofs and wellies in school every Monday as we go out and explore the woods whatever the weather!  Following the Forest School ethos we always have lots of fun the woods; trying new activities, challenging ourselves and working as a team.

We will continue to look at all kinds of exciting things and are planning to explore the topics Winter and Pirates and Princesses during the first half of this term.

Your child’s education and happiness is very important to us so please come and talk to us about your child’s needs, interests, and achievements at home.



Maria Hearn & Jane Umpleby