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            Antarctica Reception Class Newsletter for Autumn 2 term 


It’s a very exciting time of year for people around the world and we want to learn more about these celebrations.

Diwali (Hindu festival of light) –

  • A den to explore light with torches/kaleidoscopes, a workshop to make lanterns and child led ideas
  • Malleable resources to make thumb pots/diya (Diwali candle holders)

The story Handa’s Surprise to enable the children to try some exotic foods and learn where in the world they come from and food printing. A greengrocer’s shop to promote healthy foods

Christmas – Lots of fun activities and songs to link to the Nativity.

Activities will be set up but child led initiatives will drive the learning too!


Wednesday 11th November – School Remembrance Service

Thursday 12th November - Children in Need - Odd Socks Day please if you can send £1 donation for this worthwhile cause.

Friday 13th November – Individual Photos

Wednesday 25th November  - No Pens Day!

Friday 4th December – Non-uniform day (£1 donation)

Tuesday 8th December – Science Day!

Wednesday 16th December – Christmas Jumper & Christmas Dinner Day

Thursday 17th December – Non-uniform day & Last day of Autumn Term 2

Friday 18th December – School closed


  • order and compare sizes
  • become more confident with numbers to 20
  • estimate a set of numbers
  • say if there is more or less than a given number
  • compare and order numbers to 10 and beyond
  • recognise and order the days of the week
  • begin to learn to count to 100!!

Class information:

  • Children will bring home phonics work on a Friday and maths sometimes too. This work stays at home and does not need returning.
  • Reading books will be sent home when your child is ready to tackle their first reading book. Each book will be decodable or may be picture based depending on the stage your child is at with their reading. In the meantime, please continue reading to your child as this is so important.
  • Book bags do not need to come home every night (unless you specifically request it). They will be sent home with homework and/or pictures on a Friday.  Nothing should be brought into school to fit in with the Government guidelines on keeping safe.

We are continuing to learn our letter sounds. There are a lot to learn so the more you do at home the easier this will be! The website https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/ is really helpful and goes through the sounds in the order we are learning them. The centre pages of your reading record also has the order of the sounds.


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