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Autumn 1
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 is time to find out more about friendship, being kind and working together.

This half term, we will learn all about the adults and children in our new class. We will play games and sing songs to learn everyone’s names. We will talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, loneliness, enemies, and the things we like. What is our most cherished possession? We will talk about the things that are special to us. In our literacy lessons we will discover new words to describe ourselves and read lots of traditional tales together. We will 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 cannot 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
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Building Relationships; Self-Regulation; Managing Self
Physical Development Gross Motor Skills; Fine Motor Skills
Literacy Comprehension; Word Reading; Writing
Mathematics Numbers; Numerical Patterns
Understanding the World Past and Present; People, Culture and Communities; The Natural World
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 live without?


Reading with your child and your child reading aloud to you at least 5 times a week (please write daily in the yellow reading record book).

Autumn term

  • Practise weekly sounds taught in school and ditty sheets
  • Practise writing your name (capital letter at the beginning and the rest lower case).
  • Practise counting objects to 10 with one-to-one correspondence
  • Practise counting (reciting) from 1 to 20



Please provide your child with only essential resources e.g. reading book (we will send home reading books or reading resources, 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 Mondays – please send your child to school wearing their PE kit and sport shoes, which they will continue to wear throughout the day.

The adults in Reception are:

Ms Leung (Ladybirds teacher/ EYFS Leader)

Miss Armitt (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Jones (Wednesday-Friday)

(Butterflies’ teachers)

Pauline Corbett and Sarah Hall (teaching assistants supporting across Reception).

Starting Reception in September 2021

Supporting Your Child at Home