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Welcome to Reception

Autumn 2018

Welcome to our Early Years Newsletter


A warm welcome to North Farnborough from the Early Years team. This is the first of several newsletters that you will receive during the coming year. We hope this information will enable you to support your child at home through discussion and many practical fun activities.


We are very proud of how the children have settled in this week. They have learnt routines quickly and we have enjoyed getting to know them.


The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage Curriculum forms the basis of each topic we cover. On a typical day, the children will participate in activities involving all seven areas of learning which are:

  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the World
  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Communication and Language


We aim to do this by providing many opportunities for learning through play, which is a key principle of Early Years practice.


Our topic for the first half term is “This is me!” which includes our getting to know each other, growing, our bodies, families, homes and much more.

During these first few weeks we will give the children opportunities to familiarise themselves with the school by experiencing all that we have on offer.

All of our activities have a variety of purposes to support their development:

  • The children will be able to get to know each other and learn to play and share.
  • By working with the children and observing them we will be able to build a complete picture of each child along with the records provided by pre schools. This will enable us to ensure we continue each child’s individual learning at the appropriate stage.


Whatever the weather, come rain or shine the children will have opportunities on a daily basis for outside play, so please ensure they come to school with a warm coat. We do not want any children missing the fun!


Useful Information

Labelling clothes - Please make sure all the children’s clothes and shoes are named so they are able to find them independently. It also makes it much easier for others’ to return the items to their owners!


Water bottles - must be brought into school daily and it should only contain WATER.


Snack - All children are provided with a free snack of fruit or vegetables. If you would like your child to have milk please remember to register. Milk is free until your child’s fifth birthday.


Please ensure that children leave their own toys, jewellery and other special items at home. We do not want them to get lost or broken. If we need them to bring anything in from home, we will let you know.


Library - Every Wednesday afternoon your child has the opportunity to choose a book from the school library and return it the following week. We encourage the children to choose a variety of books to share with you at home.


There will be an Early Years Information Evening this half term where you will receive more information about how you can support your child at home more information will be provided on this soon. We will let you know the date as soon as possible.


We are looking forward to getting to know you and ensuring your children all enjoy their first year at school.


Do not forget if there is anything you would like to ask us, feel free to come in and speak to any member of the team.

Autumn 1 Topic Web - Year R

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What's happening this week in YR