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Swiss Gardens Primary School

Welcome To Reception


Cygnets Class – Mrs Davies and Mrs Stansfield


Ducklings Class – Miss Knee

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Haven't we grown!

For the second part of this half term we will be focusing on our amazing bodies and thinking about how we have grown and changed. We will think about what it means to be healthy and explore ways to look after our bodies. 

We have now learnt all of the sounds in the stage one Song of Sounds and we will be building our fluency to recognise, read and write them and develop stamina to write at greater length. We will be learning the final set of tricky words and by the end of the year should be able to read and write many independently.

In maths we will be building on our knowledge of the numbers 0-10 and looking at teen numbers and beyond. We will continue to develop understanding of concepts such as addition and apply our maths to real world maths problems. We will begin to have a go at recording in simple ways. 



Our Key Texts - Haven't We Grown

Reading is at the centre of all of our learning. Below are the key books that we will be sharing with the children. If you have any books about the human body or stories around how we develop as we grow please do send them in to share! 

Home Learning

-Talk to your child about how they have grown and changed. You could make a time line together using drawings or photos. You could look back at photos of yourself as a child and see what similarities you can spot.

-Talk about hhow we keep our bodies healthy and clean and why it is important.

-Talk about what your child will be able to do in the future- what are they looking forward to as they grow.

-Think about how other living things grow and change. You might like to take a visit to the farm and see what babies you can spot- do they need the same things as human babies?

-Keep building fine motor skills- cutting, painting, playdough

-Practice counting everything

-Practice number bonds of 10

-Have a go at adding and taking away with numbers up to 10.

-Read- every day if you can

-Practice reading tricky words

-Look for meaningful places to have a go at writing e.g. witing a shopping list to create a healthy lunch box 


Reading is one of the very best ways to support your child's learning across all areas! Just a little every day increases their vocabulary, enhances their understanding of the world and develops their comprehension. Children will continue to bring home a reading book matched to their phonic level, these books should not challenge them but instead cover sounds they know and enable them to build confidence and fluency to segment and blend. These books will also contain some of the 'tricky words' we have learnt (you can find a list of these below).

How can you help with reading?

- Choose a convenient time; for many children 5-10 minutes may be long enough.

-Use pictures and characters to engage their attention.

-Give plenty of praise!

-Stop if they are bored or become uninterested.

- Use your child's reading record to note down some comments - we love hearing how they are getting on!

      You might consider-

-What they enjoyed/did not enjoy about the book and why.

-Any comparisons they made to other stories or their own lives.

-Comments about the events of the story.

-Ideas for what could happen next.

-Comments about what they notice from the pictures.

The most important thing is to enjoy reading together! 

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Handwriting and Letter Formation

The children have now been introduced to each of the letters. We have looked at the formation family and practised forming the letters in sand, foam, in large scale. In the summer term we begin daily handwriting sessions. These are short and focus on one letter each day, on its own and for those who are ready within short words. Children begin practicing in books and we think about sitting on the line and having uniform size letters. We continue to have lots of opportunities to build our hand strength in the finger gym as well as opportunities to keep practicing letter shapes on larger scale e.g. in sand. 

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Song of Sounds formation ditties can be found here.

Song of Sounds

We have now started to learn the stage one song of Song of Sounds. You can find the video with actions below to practise at home. 

song of sounds.mp4

Song of Sounds Phonics meeting- Autumn term

song of sounds

Tricky Words

Tricky words are words which we cannot use phonics to decode. Many are words we use frequently so it is important to learn how to read and write them. Below you will find all of the reception words. By the end of the year our aim in that children will be able to read all of the words and write some of them independently. Please practise them regularly at home. 

tricky words set 1tricky words set 2
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