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          Do you want to be friends?

Friends are the family you choose! Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? It’s time to find out more about friendship, being kind and working together.

This half term, we’ll learn all about the adults and children in our new class. We will play games and sing songs to learn everyone’s names. We’ll talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, loneliness, enemies, and the things we like. What is our most cherished possession? We’ll talk about the things that are special to us. In our literacy lessons we’ll discover new words to describe ourselves and read lots of traditional tales together. We’ll talk about the stories we enjoy and begin to explain why we liked it. We will explore the new routines of school life and work hard to follow The Cedars’ Way. We can’t wait to see where our first half term of Reception takes us!

Areas of learning Early Learning Goals
Communication and language Listening, attention and understanding; Speaking
Physical development Gross motor skills; Fine motor skills
Personal, social and emotional development Building relationships; Managing self; Self-regulation
Literacy Comprehension; Word reading; Writing
Mathematics Number; Numerical patterns
Understanding the world People, culture and communities; The natural world; Past and present
Expressive arts and design Creating with materials; Being imaginative and expressive

Ideas to help at home

Friends are fabulous! Why not create a ‘friends and family tree’ together out of photos? Use different coloured lines to draw links that represent family, friends or acquaintances. You could also create a ‘treasure chest’ out of the things that make you ‘you’. Which possessions couldn’t you cope without?


Please provide your child with only essential resources e.g. reading book (we will send home reading books within a couple of weeks of your child starting school) and named lunch box (if not having hot meals). Please provide your child with a named, refillable water bottle that is taken home each day for washing. Ensure your child has sun protection on prior to coming to school.

PE will take place on Wednesdays – please send your child to school wearing their PE kit.

The adults in Reception are: Mrs James (Ladybirds teacher), Miss Armitt and Mrs Jones (Butterflies teachers), Mrs Boateng (Student Teacher in Butterflies), Alison Smith, Sue Powell and Pauline Corbett (supporting across Reception).

Supporting Your Child at Home