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Badsey First School

Badsey First School


Reception - Class Owl

Autumn Term 2021

 Welcome to the Reception Class Owl web page!

Welcome to the brand new Autumn term little owls! We are so excited and thrilled to welcome you to the wonderful world of school! Here you should find lots of information about the first term. We will remind you of key information that should help you sail through the first few days too!

Take a look at some photographs of our time in school so far! Click here!


Communication & Language





In literacy sessions we will be encouraging the development of language skills.  This will involve many listening activities and opportunities to speak with increasing confidence in front of others. There will be a focus on phase 1 phonics listening skills during our settling in period. Once all children are in school full time we will be introducing the Jolly Phonics scheme, which teaches children their letters and sounds for writing. We will be learning some traditional nursery rhymes and learning traditional stories and books with patterned text such as " The Enormous Turnip".

Click here to access nursery rhyme material.

Physical development



Initially, we will be exploring our outdoor area, enjoying playing in the playground and practicing fine motor control in readiness for writing.  Later in the Autumn term we will begin to do some PE sessions in the hall, exploring different ways of travelling. Please bring in PE kits early on in the term so we can check we all have everything we need.

Forest School will be known as "Muddy Monday" and we will begin these on Monday 27th September. Children will need to wear jogging bottoms/leggings on the bottom and their school t-shirt, jumper/cardigan on top. A clean pair of trainers on their feet and bring a pair of named wellington boots in a named bag. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather that day eg: warm/waterproof coat, hat, scarf, gloves if needed.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development




This is a huge focus for us as we get to know one another and settle into school life.  We will be playing lots of games, and enjoying lots of circle times to talk about ourselves, how we can be a good friend and deciding on rules for our classrooms. Please bring your "all about me" stars and your bags with your special items to school on Monday 6th September.




During the Autumn term, we will concentrate on recognising and ordering numbers, and counting reliably. We will also have a single number as a focus each week and we will help children understand and deepen their knowledge of this number.  We will introduce addition and subtraction, and children will also learn to name various flat and solid shapes, and describe them using everyday language.

Understanding the World



This term we will be celebrating several special days from varying cultures and traditions, including Diwali, Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night and of course, Christmas!  We will also be introducing the children to various forms of technology around the classroom, including the class computer and interactive whiteboard, laptops and programmable toys. We will also be starting ‘forest school’ and exploring the outside environment more.

Expressive Arts & Design



From the very start of term we will encourage the children to express themselves creatively using a variety of media, for example painting, collage, music, song and dance.  Specifically we will be singing and acting out lots of nursery rhymes, creating artwork of ourselves, creating Bonfire Night pictures, Diwali decorations and Christmas cards amongst others.




Once the children begin Jolly Phonics, we will be sending home copies of the sounds that they have learnt in their "Fantastic Phonics" book. We will suggest a few short activities to support their learning.  This is optional, although recommended.

Usually, we begin to send reading books home once the children are I school full time and assessments have been completed. We will typically start by sending home picture books and there will be some information provided around this time in order to help you support your child when they embark on their very own journey of reading! We hope to guide you through this journey and introduce you as adults to the phonics journey through our curriculum sessions and online material.


If there are any questions then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. We appreciate an honest and open communication and we we always be happy to help. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Badsey First School. Kind regards, Mrs Williams, Mrs Elsdon and Mrs Appleyard (The EYFS Team).


Early Reading videos


Video 1- Reading a picture book and asking questions about the story, character and their thoughts and feelings here

Video 2-Reading a picture book and asking questions about the story, character and their thoughts and feelings here

Video 3-Reading a book that explores initial sounds here.

Video 4- Reading a book that explores initial sounds here.

Video 5- Reading a book that explores initial sounds here.





Helpful Website Links to access if you at home.

Education City- can be accessed here or through the Quick-Links side bar.  Your child will need their individual log in to use this website
Topmarks is a great website for maths activities and can be accessed here
Phonics Play has many useful phonics games and can be accessed here
Our favourite counting song can be accessed here

Excellent site built around the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. You can access a free 7 day trial but you need to subscribe after this period to access the content – various subscription packages available.

Great site with some free phonics games

Practise your phonics whilst reading simple comics

Many games often recognised by children from their favourite programmes.

Links to particular cbeebies games from areas of learning. 

Cbeebies stories and rhymes.

Interactive books and reading activities to share with your child at home.

New and improved! Try creating your own Spot story.

Listen to a story together.

Books for reading together with links to understanding of the world (good for natural science).

Some excellent numeracy and literacy resources

Good for spelling high frequency and tricky words!

Lots of maths and literacy games

Many games and songs including those relating to festivals.

Many delightful games. Spend some time exploring!

Games of varying quality to support different areas of learning.

The Little animals’ activity centre - plenty of good quality activities to support learning

The Little animals’ activity centre – stories

Various educational games, videos and craft ideas

British Council “Learn English” – songs and stories,index

Good quality games from a range of websites such as BBC. Supports communication, language and literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy as well as other areas of learning.

Problem solving reasoning and numeracy

Visit the world with Barnaby Bear!