Welcome to Year R

                                         At Milton Park we have two reception classes who operate together in one room, the children are supported by 2 Early Years teachers, 2 full- time qualified Early Years teaching assistants and 1 part-time support assistant. Ahlberg and Donaldson class can be found in the Acorn building.

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Ahlberg Class – Mrs Garnett

TA – Miss Atrill


Donaldson – Mrs Heal

TA – Miss Smith


Interventions support assistant (Year R and Year 1) – Mrs Vaughan

Our Topic this half-term – Autumn 1

Marvellous Me

This half-term we will be learning all about ourselves and relationships. We will be talking about starting school, how we are different and what makes us special. We will be learning how to play and work together, taking turns and sharing fairly. We will be exploring our new classroom environment and learning how to select and use resources independently. We will learn about friendship, how to make friends and how to be a good friend.  By thinking about the special people in our lives, we will talk about why they are so important to us.

Additionally, we will be exploring how to use our bodies to move with pleasure and confidence,such as slithering, skipping and  jumping. We will learn how to run skillfully and negotiate space successfully, adjusting speed and direction to avoid obstacles.

In addition to learning all about ourselves, we will be…

  • Listening to others in small groups in circle time and start to ask ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions.
  • Listening to stories and join in with words and actions.
  • Practising following simple directions and instructions.
  • Using different language and vocabulary to imagine and create different roles within our role-play area.
  • Using our experiences and familiar stories, with our friends, to introduce a storyline to our play.

In phonics, we will be beginning to learn Phase 2 sounds and the grapheme (written) – phoneme (sound) correspondences. At the same time, we will be learning common exception words which we call ‘tricky words’.

Here is the list of common exception words that Reception children should know by the end of the year.

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Useful information

PE days: Both classes have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Homework: Due in on Thursdays.

Ways to support your children

Read with or to your child at least 4 times a week

 Ask them about their day

Make sure they eat healthily and have a good night’s sleep so that they are ready for their learning

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