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Sounds of the English Phonic Code

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with Synthetic Phonics. http://www.phonicbooks.co.uk

13th October 2017 - Dress up as your favourite book character! 

Children had a fantastic day today dressing up and celebrating National Libraries Week. We had lots of different characters in Reception, including Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Horrid Henry, Willy Wonka, and the witch from Room on the Broom! Well done to Safiye and Albie, who both won a book for their costumes. 

Curriculum Information for Parents / Carers

Autumn 1 - 2017



Key books

This half term our key books will be ‘A Bit Lost’ by Chris Haughton and ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.



Much of the focus this half term will involve settling children and ensuring that children are happy, engaged and ready for learning (Personal, Social and Emotional Development).


Some of the things we will also be concentrating on are:

  • Practising writing our name (Literacy)
  • Storytelling. Can children remember and retell the stories that they have been listening to? (Communication and Language)
  • Ensuring that children eat their lunch each day, and have a go at trying new foods (Physical Development)
  • Introducing phonics (Literacy)
  • Counting from 1-10, and beyond. Being able to recognise and name numbers (Maths)
  • Talking to the children about their families, customs and their lives outside of school (Understanding of the World)
  • Singing songs, dancing, making music and experimenting with different instruments (Expressive Arts and Design)



In Maple Class we will have a bakery role-play area and in Birch Class we will have a home-corner.  All children can access both of these role-play areas which will give them the opportunity to use their own experiences to develop their imagination and language.





Soon your child will be given a school library book to take home. Reception classes will change their book every Friday. If you would like to change your child’s book more regularly, the school library is open after school Monday-Thursday and a member of staff is available to scan out your child’s new book. 


Home Learning

Reading with your child each evening is the best homework! At Malmesbury we expect parents/carers to read with their child for 10 minutes each evening. Reading a familiar book can help to develop speaking and listening skills, imagination and vocabulary, so we encourage parents to read the same book each evening, and encourage their child to join in.



For European Day of Languages on September 26th, we have a very exciting trip planned for Reception to the South Pole! We will be learning all about penguins and reading the story of ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers, and thinking about what we might need to pack for a visit there.

Welcome Back!


Welcome back to a new and exciting school year!


The children in both Reception classes are settling well. It has been a big change for many children coming from Nursery who are now spending a whole day in Reception but the children are doing fantastically! We have some children who are new to the school who are doing very well and already making lots of new friends.


Some information which may be useful to you:


Times: At the beginning of the day Reception doors open at 8.45am and close at 8.55am. At the end of the day children can be collected between at 3.00pm and 3.10pm - please ensure that your child arrives to school on time so that they don't miss out on important learning.


PE: Reception have PE on a Tuesday. Children do not need a PE kit until the Spring Term. We will remind you closer to the time.


Library books: Friday is our library day and soon children will choose a book from the school library to take home. Please ensure that your child's book is returned in their book bag each Friday so they can choose a new one.


Contact: If you need to speak urgently to any of the Reception teachers, a brief message can be given in the morning or at the end of the day. If you need more time, please let the office know and make an appointment.



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