Mrs Millichap's Class 2022 - 2023

Mrs Millichap

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Welcome to reception!


Welcome to the second half of the Autumn term. The children have had a brilliant first six weeks in school and have learnt so much already. They have made a flying start with their phonics and will now have sessions in small groups according to their sound knowledge. Thank you for your support at home in helping them progress, it really does make a big difference. This half term, children will take part in a range of activities relating to the themes of seasonal change Autumn to Winter, nocturnal animals, Julia Donaldson stories and Christmas. These themes will be explored through a series of key texts shared with the children in class. The overarching focus of the term will be in supporting children in the prime areas of learning building on from last term - communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. Activities supporting these areas of learning will be part of the children's daily routine and be embedded in everything that happens within the classroom.  Children will continue to embedd their understanding about the golden rules and our good to be green behaviour system. Towards the end of the term, the children will take part in their first Nativity performance which we are all excited about and looking forward to.

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Throughout the term there will be continue to be a strong emphasis on building up finger strength for writing using a variety of activities for example, using scissors for cutting, using a range of mark making materials, using small construction and other fine motor control based resources. Any activity of this type strengthens the hands and fingers and is essential for the development of good pencil control and handwriting. Doing these activities at home is very beneficial in helping your child to write. 


In Literacy, the children will be continue to learn the sounds of the alphabet in a specific order. We will be learning these sounds in our phonics lessons through the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. This half term children will be learning special friends (two letters which together make one sound) along with consolidating the single sounds. The children will also learn to form the letters correctly, ensuring they use the correct pencil grip. As we move through the term we will progress to using these sounds for spelling and sounding out simple words. Please see the links below for more information about the read, write inc scheme.

RWI - Read Write Inc. | - William Reynolds English - Phonics Fred Frog - Nunney First School

In maths we will be going into a deep exploration of the of numbers up to 5. Children will learn about cardinality and counting, comparison, pattern and shape and space across the term. We will be using mastery materials from NCETM including resources relating to the cbeebies numerblocks programme. Learning will be embedded in play and practical carefully planned maths games and activites that have a deep maths mastery focus. 

Numberblocks - Wikipedia     Home | NCETM   Maths – No Problem!


Week beginning 5.12.22


In literacy this week we will be learning to write 'went' and writing simple recounts of our weekend news.


In maths this week we will ordering, writing and matching amounts within numbers 1-5 and finding one more and one less.

Understanding of the world

Children will continue to make a simple map of their route to school.


Make a maze using leaves and use positional language to navigate through the maze.

Expressive art and design

Children will begin to make Christmas decorations.


Children will begin to learn about the Christmas story.


Children will learn to stop safely in a space and develop control when using equipment.


Learning to sing along to action rhymes, listening and responding to different styles of music.


This half term we will meet the character 'Charlie' from my happy mind who will help the children understand about their character strengths and how to nurture them.


Green Book Bags 
Book bags should be brought to school every day. These are for any letters, reading books and reading records. Until children can read simple words they will be bringing home a quality picture book. This is for you to read to your child at home encouraging listening and responding and building up that important routine of a quiet 10 minutes reading time daily.

The wooden gate to the reception area will be open each morning at 8.45am ready for lessons to begin at 8.50am. Please ensure your child is brought to school promtly. School finshes at 3.05pm and children will need to be collected by an adult known to staff. If you need to make a change to who is collecting your children please contact school prior to collection to let us know.

Water bottles

Children are provided with a water bottle which is cleaned and refilled daily. They are encouraged to access these independently throughout the day. Children are also offered milk and fruit throughout the morning and therefore no other snacks are needed to be brought in from home.

Seesaw/Class Webpage 
Please check the class webpage regularly. Information will be added as we progress through the year and I will more provide more details of our class learning. Please accept the invitation sent to you to connect to seesaw. During the day we may send you photos of your child at school so you can see what they have been learning. There is also a message feature where you can message myself and through which I will be sending videos and tips on how to support your child's learning in class.

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Spare clothes
If your child  has regular accidents please send spare clothes in their book bag. 
Coats and Hats 
Please ensure your child has their coat in school every day. Depending on the weather, the children may also need sun hats or woolly hats. Please remember to label everything (even shoes!).



PE days for this term will be Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days children will need to come to school dressed in their outdoor PE kits and wearing trainers.


Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.


Mrs Millichap



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