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Weekly Newsletters

Friday 12th March 2021


Dear Parents and Carers,


First week back complete and the children have been amazing! We have loved seeing them all return to school and seeing how happy they have been to see their friends. They have all engaged with the activities we have provided and have surprised us at how well they have all transitioned back into the school routines.


We have had lots of fun this week for science week! The children (and staff!!) particularly enjoyed playing with cornflour and water. We experimented with pouring it, scooping it and getting extra messy! We were also amazed at the smartie rainbow experiment and how the smarties made the water into different colours. The children also enjoyed making bird feeders! 


The children loved being back in forest school and we were lucky enough to have missed the rain too. We even got outside to play some fun games at the start of the week!


PE will start again next week. Our new PE day, for both classes, is Monday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit at school, including trainers as we will be outside this term.


Have a restful weekend,


The Reception Team

18th December 2020


Dear Parents and carers,


The children have all had an amazing first term in school  and we are incredibly proud of all of their achievements. They have all come a long way in their learning journey since September and have done you proud! All of that learning has been exhausting and the children are definitely intitled to a well-earned rest!

This week we have enjoyed recapping all of our learning in sounds and number, the children have surprised themselves with all of their new skills! We also enjoyed our Christmas party week, watching the panto, watching the Nativity and singing our Christmas carols with the special guest –

THE LITTLE DONKEY!!! (Yes, a real one!!)

We as a team would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your overwhelming support this term and for the very generous gifts and heart-warming messages and emails you have given the reception team. We truly feel very supported! Many thanks.

We wish you a very relaxing but Happy Christmas and Happy New Year.

See you in 2021!

The Reception Team

11th December 2020


Dear parents/carers, 

We have had an extremely fun Christmas week! The children have been busy making lots of different Christmas crafts and cards. Today the children got to have their first (slightly different) Christmas lunch at the Greville followed by an amazing disco on the playground!

We have been recapping our set 1 sounds and our blending. Please continue to recap over these sounds during the next few weeks. We have been working on addition this week and recapping over our numbers.

We are excited to let you know that you will  be receiving the link for the reception nativity early next week. We hope you enjoy watching it just as much as we have!


Next week reminders:

  • Monday: Christmas party in the afternoon (the children can come in dressed in their own party clothes all day)
  • Tuesday: we will be watching the pantomime in class
  • Wednesday: We will be attending the carol service in the playground with infants
  • Friday: Infants finish at 2pm.

Have  a restful weekend and we look forward to celebrating with the children next week.

The Reception Team

20th November


Dear parents and carers,

We have really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with you all this week, albeit over zoom. Your children have all come so far since September and we are immensely proud of them. Should you have any further questions following your parent’s session, please do not hesitate to email us.

This week in phonics we have learnt: y, w, th, ch and z. The children have all done so well in learning their sounds so far and any support you can give them at home recapping would be extremely beneficial for them.

In maths we have been consolidating our learning of number 6 and have introduced ‘+’ and ‘=’. The children have had fun exploring number bonds to  6 as well as experimenting with addition using objects from the classroom.

With only 35 sleeps until Christmas day, rehearsals for the ‘Reception Nativity’ have begun. The children have started learning their Christmas songs and are really enjoying the excitement. Your child will have come home this week with a slip attached to their reading record, informing you what their part in the Nativity will be. We have asked for costumes to be brought into school, in a named carrier bag before Wednesday 25th November, as we will do a full-dress rehearsal before the filming takes place. Please let us know  asap if you would not like your child to be filmed. This film will only be accessible to the Reception parents via a password protected platform.

We wish you a very relaxing weekend!

All the best

The Reception Team

6th November 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,


The children have had an excellent first week back! We started off the week with forest school which all children thoroughly enjoyed, being able to explore our school field and woodland walk. As previously mentioned, this will be a weekly activity that the children have on a Monday, so please ensure they come to school with an appropriate coat.


They have all enjoyed making their own leaf people this week, learning all about bonfire night and creating our own firework pictures. We have been busy recapping our previous sounds and have also learnt three new sounds; l, h and r. Please can you support and encourage your child to complete their new sound sheets for this week at home.


In maths, we have also been thinking about missing numbers to five alongside looking at number bonds within 5. The children are developing their mathematical understanding of numbers and are beginning to develop their reasoning behind their ideas.


Next week reminders:

  • We will be thinking about Remembrance Day next week.
  • Appropriate clothing now the weather is getting colder
  • Please can you ensure you are reading with your child at home at least 4 times a week. When your child reads to you, please remember to write a short comment about how they got on with this book.
  • If you haven’t already sent in a photograph


Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

23rd October 2020 


Dear Parents/ Carers,


The children have now completed their first half term at big school! The whole reception team are so proud of how the children have settled into school and their attitudes to learning new things each day.


This week the children have enjoyed going on a shape hunt around the school and have become experts in spotting different shapes in the environment. They were also very excited when making their clay hedgehogs!


Please can we ask that you email over one photo of your child from something they have been up to in half term, to your child’s class teacher. This can be a photo of just themselves or a photo with their friends and family, perhaps somewhere they visited over half term. We are going to use these photos for a writing activity when the children return.


In the children’s book bags we have sent home a name writing sheet for your child to practise over the half term. Additionally, we have sent home a sound mat with all of the sounds on it. This is a great resource that will help support the children with their cursive formation of their sounds. 


After half term:

  • We are very excited to Every Monday afternoon (starting from the first week back) Reception will have forest school activities. To make sure that the children get their full amount of time in the woods, it will mean that we won’t get back until 3pm on a Monday. So please be aware that on a Monday afternoon pick up might take a little longer than usual.


  • We will be completing the woodland walk activities every week no matter the weather. Please ensure that your child has a warm and waterproof coat and wellington boots with them at school all year round.


  • PE kits have gone home. Whilst washing them over the holidays, please can you check everything is named and is not another child’s. Please return these on the first day back.


  • Our new topic after half term will be celebrations. We look forward to exploring different occasions and how we celebrate them.


Have a restful week off and we look forward to welcoming the children back in soon! 


The Reception Team

16th October 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,


The children have really enjoyed this week, especially learning about Harvest festival. They even had a mini harvest festival tray to explore. We have talked about what autumn means and have thought about the different signs of autumn. We went on an autumn scavenger hunt around the school woodland walk to see what we could find. As we will be continuing to learn about all things autumn next week, please feel free to collect some dry, autumn coloured leaves which will then be used for a range of activities.

This week we have learnt the sounds; g, o, c and k. Please can you encourage your child to use the correct pronunciation whilst completing sound activities and reading at home. We have linked a short video below which you and your child can watch together to check you are saying the sounds correctly. Each week on the Read Write Inc reception page, the new sound videos will be uploaded. Please feel free to watch these each week with your child.


Additionally, children must bring in their reading books daily to school, even if they have not finished reading their book. This is to ensure we can read with your child regularly.


Next week we are very lucky to be participating in an outdoor MAD Education (Military Activity Day) session. Your child will need to come into school on Tuesday 20th October wearing old weather appropriate clothing and footwear, which they do not mind getting wet and muddy. Due to our session being first thing in the morning, we would like your child to come to school ready in these clothes and bring their school uniform to change into afterwards in a named bag.


One more week until half term!


Have a restful weekend,


The Reception Team.

Friday 9th October


Wow, what a week!

The children have all really enjoyed bringing home books to share with you and are excited to share their stories at school. Please can we ask that you continue to pop a small comment in their reading records once you have shared a book with them so that we can ensure they are changing their books regularly.


We have learnt 4new sounds in phonics ‘t’, ‘I’, ‘n’ and ‘p’. Each week we will link the sound we are learning to the Read, Write, Inc clips on the website, so do remember to take a look under the Read, Write, Inc tab.


This week in maths we have been looking at how many different ways different items can be sorted, through size, colour, shape, species etc. We have even sorted ourselves: hair colour, gender, hairstyles and yes ages! (although some of the adults in the room got quite lonely in their groups of 1! 😉). Whist participating in these activities the children have focussed on their reasoning skills and ways to explain what they are thinking e.g. “I have put this item in that group because…..” . This is a very grown up thing to do!


The children also brought home their Christmas cards designs to share with you. If you want to order them, please do this online and remember to send them back into school.

Due to a number of reasons, all children across the school are now only be having outdoor PE sessions. Therefore, can we ask that every child has a pair of trainers as well as plimsolls in their PE bags. Many thanks. To finish off, can we please ask that you continue to encourage independent changing at home, as it really does help us get a slightly longer PE lesson.


Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                                                                                         2nd October 2020


We can’t believe that the children have already done three full weeks at school! They have continued to impress us with how well they have adapted to school life and how they have handled all of the new experiences this week.


Thank you to everyone who brought in conkers this week (we had lots!). The children have absolutely loved counting them and filling different sized containers with them. We have also developed our knowledge of numbers to 5 and have been busy ordering numbers and practising our number formation too.


This week we have learnt our first four phonic sounds; m, a, s and d. Your child will come home with their new sound sheet each day  in their book bag, so please encourage your child to complete these at home to help support their letter formation. Additionally, please can you ensure that your child is reading to you at least four times a week. They will not be able to change their reading books until someone at home has written a short comment into their reading record about how they got on.


We had our first PE lesson this week which the children really enjoyed. As you can imagine, changing 30 reception children can be a challenge. We would greatly appreciate it if you can help you child to become independent with changing at home.


Lastly, every Friday the children have show and tell. This can be an excellent opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills. We do ask that if children are going to show something that it either links to our sounds of the week, to our topic or about something special to them.


Have a lovely weekend, 


The Reception Team

Friday 25th September 2020


Dear parents/carers,


Yet again, we have had a fabulous week!


In maths the children have learnt numbers 4 and 5 and have been working very hard on ordering them correctly. We have been matching the numeral to quantities of objects and learning how to write them using the correct number formation. Our topic ‘All about me’ continues to be a focus and this week we have concentrated on families and have created some beautiful family portraits. The children have also really enjoyed their very first music lesson with Mrs Heyward.  


Next week, is also going to be full of firsts! It sees us begin our phonics lessons. The children will be taught new sounds, together with learning the correct cursive formation (including those lead ins and outs!). From next week, we will be uploading new phonics videos to our reception Read Write Inc phonic page, so that you can support this learning at home. Please look out next week in the book bags for some handouts which will include the letter formation alongside the rhymes for each new sound. Additionally, we will start sending home picture books.  These are great for getting the children to retell their own stories and become familiar with books, before they begin reading.


Our first PE lessons will also feature next week - although changing 30 children, into and out of, PE kits may consume a part (if not all) of the lesson 😊!


As the summer season is clearly  coming to an end, we are beginning to look forward into our autumn planning, we would really appreciate you collecting any conkers or pine cones that you may come across on family walks or weekend activities. They will be used across the curriculum from creative activities to mathematical conundrums! On this note please can you ensure your child comes to school with appropriate coats.


We have been asked to remind ALL parents/carers/childminders that there is a one-way system in operation around the school for drop off and pick up. This is to ensure that everybody is following the COVID risk assessment that is in place.  Thank you for your understanding.


We hope you have a lovely weekend!


The Reception Team


Friday 18th September 2020


Dear parent/ carers,


Week 2 has been incredibly exciting! Staying for lunch every day has been an adventure but one that all the children have risen to beautifully. We have really enjoyed getting to know their individual characters as they develop new and existing friendships.  We have shared our individual likes and dislikes, including favourite colours and animals. We have also begun to look at numbers in more depth and will continue this next week. This week we focussed on 1, 2, & 3. You might like to challenge your child with these numbers at home by collecting various objects from around the house.  The children have also really enjoyed drawing and painting their portraits.


Little reminders:

  • If your child would like milk at school, please collect a registration form from the office and send it directly to Cool Milk. Without them being registered the correct quantity will not be delivered and we can no longer just give your child milk.  Every child is entitled to free milk up until their 5th birthday.
  • All children are provided with a piece of fruit at school during our  afternoon snack time, so there is no need for you to send one in daily.
  • Please could everyone check jumpers, we have had several go missing in the last few days so would appreciate if any jumpers that do not belong to your child to be returned.


Thank you to those who have already sent in an individual photo of your child, if you haven’t, please could you email it to us asap!


Junk modelling has proven to be extremely popular, so we would welcome any spare recycling you may have. Due to us being a nut free school please can we ask that no nut product boxes are sent in.


Lastly, please could the parent reps for each class please let the class teacher know, so we know who to contact.

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday 11th Septmeber 2020


Dear parents and carers,


Wow! What an amazing week!


We have been so impressed with how the children have all settled and adapted to life in ‘big’ school. This week has been full of new experiences for them (and us!); making new friends, exploring new environments, learning new routines and staying for lunch. The children have been very busy, getting stuck into various activities; painting and drawing activities, building with Duplo, singing nursery rhymes and making pasta necklaces, naming just a few.


Next week, the children will all start school full-time:

  • Drop-off at the pencil gate between 8.30-8.55
  • Pick up at the pencil gate between 3.00 – 3.15 (siblings can be collected immediately afterwards to prevent crowding in the other playgrounds)


Out topic for this half term is ‘All about me’. We will start our topic by looking closely at ourselves and use different medias to paint and draw our portraits. With this in mind, we are asking everyone to send in an individual photo of your child(via email please). If this is an issue please get in touch!





Gentle reminders:

  • Every child needs to bring in a named water bottle and their book bag everyday
  • Every child needs to have a pair of named wellies in school
  • PE kits to be brought in and left in school
  • Also, please note that children are not allowed to use the playground equipment before or after school hours, due to health and safety regulations/COVID restrictions.


On Tuesday 15th September the professional photographer will be in school to take individual photos of the reception children. Please ensure that they are in correct uniform on this day (and ready to smile!).


The children’s resilience has shone through in their first week at school and we are incredibly proud of every single  one of them.

Have a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing you all Monday.


The Reception Team smiley


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