Reception Class

Class teacher: Miss Raggio                     

Teaching Assistant: Ms Mason                                     


 Welcome to Reception! 

We have had fun this week - we have been learning all about Diwali. The children learnt the story about Diwali and were able to retell the story. The children were excited to say what they found out about Diwali and really enjoyed tasting the food traditionally eaten at this time. Thank you to all the parents who made food, read the story  and supported the celebration.

We have started to practice for our Christmas play and all of the children have been allocated parts. There is a note in all of the children's book bags with this information as well as other information regarding the play. 


We are continuing with our phase 2 phonics and have sent home a small book either red or purple with the sounds in (there are new sounds in the book for this week). We have also sent home the tricky words we would like you to continue to practice to write and read. you can do this by highlighting all the words in the newspaper or creating several copies and playing snap.  We have also begun to 'read' with your child. We have sent home books without words to encourage your children to infer meaning from the books. Please note that from the 29th October we will not change the books unless you have also reread/ read the books with your child. The below has also been put in your contact books:


An inference is “reading between the lines” to understand things not directly stated by the author. Inferences are based on information stated in text/ pictures as well as what is known from personal experience which relates to the passage being read or the pictures.


Making inferences means making a guess based on information. Prior knowledge and details are needed for inferences. Predictions are what the reader thinks will happen. Conclusions can be drawn from thinking about the facts or details in the text/ pictures.

Inference question starters

  • From the title/heading, you can predict that the text will be about …..?
  • Why do you think …..?
  • Why did …..?
  • How do you know that …..?
  • What might happen if …..?
  • What can you infer from the picture on the page?
  • Why do they …..? How do you know?
  • Do you think …..? Why do you think that?
  • Why does the author use the word/ picture …..?
  • What is the author implying?/What message is the author trying to give?
  • Can you infer the meaning of …..?
  • What probably caused …..?
  • How might ………….. feel ………………………



 We are learning how to correctly form the numerals and this week have been focusing on writing 4 and 5. Next week we will be practicing the numerals 6 and 7. You can support this at home by playing I spy with numbers.  We are also practicing to count objects to 10.

We are still looking for donations of thick cork tiles thank you to everyone that donated so far.  We are in desperate need of donations of tinfoil, salt and tissues.  A local school who we are linked with has lost all of their Christmas costumes if you know anyone who is willing to donate they would be very grateful


Next week we will be starting to learn about Space. This will involve reading stories about Space where we will be looking at different times of the day such as morning and afternoon. We will also be learning about remembrance day and making poppies. We will be having a one minute silence in remembrance. 

 Kim Raggio