Reception Weekly Letter - 14/09/18

Friday 14th September 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well, we’ve survived our first full week! The children have been absolutely delightful and have all settled in incredibly well. We are amazed at how quickly they have adapted to new routines and are ready to learn! The first two full weeks are our “Baseline” weeks, where we work alongside the children, observing and interacting with them to help us establish starting points for their learning. This will inform our future planning to make sure we know the strengths and needs of each individual child.


We would like to give a warm welcome to Mrs Sonya Rodrigues who has joined our team as an early Years Practitioner – another wonderful, hard-working and experienced lady to add to our already fantastic team.


We have started to send a range of books home with your child, and from next week, as we begin our structured phonics programme, we will be regularly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) be sending a reading book home. Don’t be surprised if the books still have no words – we would like you to spend time with your child looking at the pictures and talking about the story. This is hugely important in early reading as it develops skills which will help children question and predict as readers, and helps them to develop their love of books.

Please try to read with your child at least three times each week (more if you can!) Please write in your child’s reading record every time you read together as we record this on our class “Reading Road.” Children receive a sticker in their reading record if they have read three times during the week, to celebrate this achievement.


Every Friday, once our phonics teaching has started, your child will bring home a phonics book containing the new sounds and words we have learned. Please help your child by looking at this with them so they can practise their phonics. There will be a meeting for parents to explain how we teach reading and phonics in Reception – this will take place in school on MONDAY 24th SEPTEMBER at 2.30-3pm. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible, and there will be information notes available for those of you who cannot attend. Further details of this event will be on the outdoor parent information board next week.

A few little helpful bits…….

  • Ideally, can you please make sure your child brings water in their drinks bottle for during the day, as we are promoting healthy living in school. Milk and water are both available at snack and lunchtime, and you are obviously welcome to add an extra drink with children’s packed lunches. Your child does not need to bring a snack as these are provided.
  • As the weather starts to be a little less predictable can you please send a waterproof coat to school each day as we will be learning outside whatever the weather!
  • Thank you to those who have brought wellies to school, we will be using the forest area from next week so please make sure they are in every day. They can be kept in school.
  • A HUGE thank you for labelling your child’s clothes – this saves us so much time!

And finally

It has been a really great start to the year and has been lovely getting to know you and your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me (Julie Simpson) or your child’s teacher. Thank you for all the lovely feedback we have had, and for your continued support.

Have a great weekend.

The Reception team