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Autumn 2 - Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine

Reception Curriculum Newsletter

Term 2

Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine!


This term, Reception will be learning about light and how it is used in different ways. During this term the children will be investigating about light sources and what we need light for. We will also be finding out how light is an important and symbolic feature of many religious festivals and celebrations.


We need YOU!

 This term we are learning about different faiths and special occassions. If you and your family are celebrating an important event this season (e.g. Diwali, Hannukah, Christmas, Thanks Giving) then please consider coming in to school and sharing some information with the children about it. Please come and speak to Mrs Grant, Mrs Akrigg or Miss Hammond if you think you could help!


On Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of December at 10am the Reception children will be performing their Nativity:

‘Higgledy Piggledy Nativity’.


All the children will be given an acting part and many of them will have words to learn. When the script is sent home, please support your child in learning their words off by heart. There will be more information about the Nativity over the next few weeks.


Supporting your child at home:

Daily reading of their schemed reading book sent home from school. Please remember to comment in their yellow reading diary when they have read the book to you. Remind the children that they should put their reading book in the coloured basket every morning.

WOW slips: Please remember to acknowledge your child’s achievements at home by filling in a WOW slip. These slips will be shared with the class and then displayed on the class Wow wall. There will be extra blank wow slips in a plastic wallet in the cloakroom.


Forest School

The children will continue to go to Forest School in Term 2.

See below for the dates.

The groupings have been altered slightly so that the children may experience the sociable and exciting experience of Forest School or Outdoor Learning with a wide range of children. We will send a separate email with the new groups in

– please check this email to see which group your child is in.


5th November

Forest School – Ants


Outdoor Learning – Beetles

12th November

Forest School – Beetles


Outdoor Learning - Caterpillars

19th November

Forest School – Caterpillars


Outdoor Learning – Ants

26th November

Forest School - Ants

3rd December

Forest School – Beetles (in the afternoon)

10th December

Forest School – Caterpillars (in the afternoon)



Dates to remember:

Monday 4th November: the Book People Book Fair will be on all week

Monday 4th November: PTA meeting 7:30pm (Christmas Fair planning) – all welcome

Friday 8th November: Friendship Friday

Friday 8th November: PTA Bonfire Bingo Evening (5pm-7pm) – all families welcome

Monday 11th November: Anti-Bullying Week: Change Starts with Us

Tuesday 12th November/ Thursday 14th November: Parents’ Evening – please book a slot

Friday 15th November: PTA Costume Swap Donation drop off in the morning

Friday 15th November: Children in Need day – children may come to school dressed in their pyjamas and bring coins to cover a Pudsey template

Friday 22nd November: Non-uniform day in return for donations for the Christmas Fair tombolas (sweet jars or bottles)

Friday 29th November: Reception Vision Screening

Wednesday 4th December: Wizard Theatre Production to the children 2pm

Thursday 5th December: Flu immunisation

Friday 6th December: Christmas Fair 5pm – 7pm

Saturday 7th December: Wreath Making Workshop 1pm – 3pm

Wednesday 11th December: Nativity Dress Rehearsal to the school

Thursday 12th December and Friday 13th December: Nativity Performance at 10am

Tuesday 17th December: Early Years Christmas Party Day

Thursday 18th December: End of Term 2 – School finishes at 1:30pm.

We are looking forward to a fun and festive term.

Mrs Akrigg, Mrs Grant, Miss Hammond and the Reception Team