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 The children enjoyed performing their Christmas nativity yesterday to a packed audience and are looking forward to the final show today. We hope you enjoy 'The Fairytale Land Nativity Show'.  

Our elf... yet to be named!

Our elf... yet to be named!  1 What a naughty elf!

Our visit from Mrs Peace from the road safety team

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Today, we were able to practise crossing a road safely when we took part in a role play activity with Mrs Peace. We have been thinking about what we can do to keep ourselves safe outside. 

More pictures and videos will be on tapestry very soon! 

Road Safety Week

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Ways of making _____

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We have been investigating the different ways to make a single digit number. For example, using the number 4, we found out that we could have...

4 and 0

3 and 1

2 and 2

We used the numicon to show how we could separate a group of objects in different ways, seeing that the amount still stays the same.

At home, try this using counters or pennies. For example, how many ways can you separate 10 pennies? 

Your child may wish to record this using pictures or numerals.

Below is a link to online games practising number bonds to 10.

Anti-bullying week

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We used this story last week to discuss how the duckling felt and how the actions of the other animals in the story made him feel upset, heartbroken and sad.

We had a visit from an early years advisor last week and one of the (many) positive comments she made was how well the children all got along. I certainly agreed! 

Children have been listening to and joining in with lots of nursery rhymes last week. We had a great time using nursery rhymes, which provided lots of learning opportunities for us to enjoy. Children particularly loved 'Miss Polly's house' where they engaged in imaginative play as Miss Polly, Miss Polly's dolly or the doctor from the nursery rhyme. 

Someone has taken a great fall at Fairhaven today!

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Christmas production

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Well done reception class! You raised money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. 

World Nursery Rhyme Week

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Next week, we will be enjoying a range of nursery rhymes and using these to enhance our learning in maths, reading, writing and in our enriched provision activities. 

Can your child recite nursery rhymes? What is their favourite? Share your favourite nursery rhymes together and investigate the rhyming words. 

You could change the words of your favourite rhyme...

Twinkle, twinkle little star, I love eating a mars... BAR! 

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We've been going on a bear hunt!

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We had a 'beary' good day celebrating 'hug a bear day' on Tuesday and have been continuing this theme by using the well-known book 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' in our lessons.

Don't forget to look at your child's tapestry account to see them performing this dance today! 

Hug a Bear Day

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Autumn 2 Newsletter

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We look forward to welcoming reception children back after half term. 

Maths area

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We will be learning about 2D shapes next week and continuing our work on counting, numbers and 1 more / 1 less. 

Don't forget to encourage your child to practise counting backwards from 5, 10 or 15. Count forwards too. What number can they reach? 

Reading area

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Superhero writing area

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Halloween role play

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Children have already been enjoying dressing up and being imaginative in the Halloween role play area. HUBBLE BUBBLE...

Happy Diwali!

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We have enjoyed learning about the Hindu faith and Diwali - The Festival of Lights.

We hope that the children liked their coconut ice treat and that everyone loved their Diwali card and diva.  

Sound and word tins

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We can't stress enough how important it is that children practise the sounds and words in their tin EVERY day. Please spend a few minutes each day encouraging your child to say each sound and each word. 

If your child is struggling to remember a sound or word, put it up around the house, have it to hand as a larger flash card to practise at regular intervals, find it in books or newspapers, play online games (see below).

Practise blending (to read) and segmenting (to spell). For example -

Make a word (sap, am, it, not) and encourage your child to say each sound and blend them to say the WHOLE word.

Ask your child to make a word. They will need to segment the word on their fingers first and then find the right sounds and put them in the right order to make the word.

Keep practising! 

Harvest festival

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We were so proud of all of the children in reception yesterday! They performed with confidence in the church and behaved impeccably. Well done RG and RB! 
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On Thursday 19th October, children in reception will be learning about Diwali. If you would like to help your child to find out about this Hindu festival beforehand, you could:

  • create rangoli patterns

  • create a diva lamp

  • make and write a Diwali card

  • make a Diwali craft

These websites may be useful.

If your child does make anything for Diwali, they are welcome to bring it into school to share with their class mates on this day.

Thank You!



Numbers and Numicon

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Counting ✅

Recognising numbers ✅

Let's really understand numbers...

"Tell me about the number 3."

• 3 is one more than 2

• 3 is between 2 and 4

• 3 is bigger than 1

• 3 is less than 10

• 3 and 2 make 5

• 3 is how many sides a triangle has

• 3 is 2 and 1

• 3 is one less than 4

Let's help our children get to grips with numbers! Start with 1 and work your way up! 

The Little Red Hen

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We'll be sharing this story next week as a mini topic. Children will be writing CVC words, writing captions, weighing and much more. 

Practise continuing a rhyming string with your child...

hen, pen, _______

dog, log, _______

Have fun!

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Reception's sunflowers 🌻

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Lots of children tasted the sunflower seeds from our wilting sunflower head. There was a real interest in cracking open the shells and trying the seed inside. 

Next week, we'll be looking more closely at the lifecycle of a sunflower so that we can find out what will happen now our sunflowers are wilting away. 

Links to our favourite YouTube brain breaks! 

Thank you for supporting our 'Humphrey's Pyjama Day'! 

Children (and staff) enjoyed stories from 'Humphrey's Corner' and activities centred around Humphrey and his toy box. 🐘

Wednesday 4th October

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RSPB visit

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RSPB visit 3 I spy with my little eye...
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Stick Man

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What a wonderful story! What's not so wonderful however is that whilst the children have been in their beds sleeping, Stick Man has been into reception and left autumn objects all over the tables! I wonder if the children will notice anything about how these objects have been left  when they come into school in the morning. We will see! 


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We have been busy capturing your child's journey through reception using our new online learning journals. 
Very soon, you will be able to track your child's progress - as well as have special memories to treasure from their first year of primary school. 

If you haven't already, please send in your email addresses so that we can begin to share your child's daily experiences with you! 

Greengrocers role play area

Greengrocers role play area 1 Fruit or vegetables anyone?
Greengrocers role play area 2 When does the shop open?
Greengrocers role play area 3 Enjoy reading themed books while you shop!
Greengrocers role play area 4 Very competitive prices!
Greengrocers role play area 5 1lb of apples please!
Greengrocers role play area 6 Fresh eggs anyone?

Autumn is here!

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Thank you for taking your child on an autumn scavenger hunt!

The children have brought in lots of exciting things to explore and use in and around the classroom and outside area. 


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Fun with Phonics!

Children in reception are now enjoying daily phonic sessions and have been learning s, a, t, p, i, n, m and d. Help your child to say these letter sounds clearly and don't forget to practise blending (t i n = tin!) and segmenting (pat = p a t). Have fun!

Children have been sharing their all 'about me bags' and it's been wonderful to gain more insight into their likes and interests outside of school! These bags will be coming home as soon as your child has had the opportunity to tell us all about themselves so please bear with us! 

If there is anything your child needs or would like to take home in the meantime from their bag, just let us know and of course that's absolutely fine! 

All about me bags

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Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day 1 Children in Reception raised £35! Well done!

Don't forget to send your child in with a tin for their sounds and words by Friday!

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The Enormous Crocodile bisuits... YUM!

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Roald Dahl Day


What a wonderful day we've had today celebrating Roald Dahl day in reception! 

The children looked absolutely amazing dressed up and they embraced the day with smiles upon their faces! smiley

We based the day on the Roald Dahl story 'The Enormous Crocodile' and after listening to the story, children enjoyed making crocodile biscuits, concertina crocodiles and engaging in imaginary play using the mud kitchen and jungle animals, just to name a couple! 

Don't worry if your child hasn't made a biscuit today as we'll be continuing our Roald Dahl day tomorrow! 

Thank you for you ongoing support! 

Pencil grip

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Don't forget... Dress up for Roald Dahl's birthday on Wednesday 13th September!

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Exploring outdoors

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Exploring outdoors 2 Water and mud!
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Day one went extremely well and children settled beautifully into school life at Fairhaven! Here's hoping the novelty won't wear off by the end of week 1!

     This week, we will be getting to know the children and helping them to explore their new surroundings.

     Next week, we will be starting our mini topic 'All about me!'. Look out for 'all about me' bags coming home soon with your child! 


Welcome to our new reception classroom!

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