Combe Down Primary School

Combe DownChurch of England Primary School

Select Language
Working Together Aiming High

Welcome to Reception (aka Foundation Stage)

Willow 1 - Mr Roy, Mrs Slator and Mrs Desai   
Willow 2 - Mr Wainer, Mrs Imrie, Mrs Riley and Mrs Selway

This blog is a great way of keeping up to date with the work of the Foundation Stage each week. You will find here information about events coming up and what the children are/have been doing in class. Hopefully with the nightly twitter updates, the blog each week and the daily drop offs, you will feel that you know what your child has been up to at School.

W/E 19th July 2019

Here we are at the end of our final full week in Reception. Can you believe it?!

This week we wrote postcards to the children beginning in Foundation Stage next year.  This will help with the transition for both older and younger groups of children, and is a lovely way to welcome the new starters into the school community!  We will also continue to support our children with the transition into Year 1 by discussing excitement, addressing queries and reading relevant stories.

Also this week, we have been getting more prepared for Monday afternoon's graduation.  Please wait at the top gate as per usual, which will be opened at 2.30 for you to make your way to the Lower Playground.

Another event to look forward to will be our Reception visit to Beech Woods on Tuesday morning.  That afternoon, we are ending the year with an ice cream party!

Otherwise we are keeping very busy by continuing Maths and Phonics inputs, reading stories and having a range of activities available to the children.  We have been very luck to have had such fair weather, which has opened up the outside space for us as well.

In Phonics, we are recapping some of the taught digraphs (like 'or' and 'oa') and trigraphs ('igh', 'ear', 'air') from Phase 3. This term we will also be looking more formally at Phase 4, which involves blending consonants together at the beginning or end of words (e.g. 'cast', 'trap', 'spring') for reading and writing.  We have continued to look at how to join our taught digraphs and trigraphs, which the children are really enjoying. We are even doing so in our new handwriting books! Joining letters together really helps children remember the order of letters in their spelling, and also leads to the handwriting skills required by the National Curriculum.

We have been continuing our P.E. as normal on Fridays with our P.E. teacher Ms. Martin! The children have been learning ball skills this term.

Keep up the great work on the Duck, Dinosaur, Rocket and Ladybird words!  Even if your child has read all of the previous words before, they are still very worth revisiting! Please support your child's reading on a daily basis.  Remember, try to save time to read stories to your children, as well.

As always, please do not hesitate to bring any questions or concerns our way.

The Foundation Stage Team