Reception Weekly News - 25/01/2019

Dear parents/carers,

We are now well established into the new Spring term and our children have settled back into the routine very quickly. There is a lot of lovely learning taking place and this term we have started our formal handwriting lessons. From next week we will notify you of the letter formation we are looking at during that week via our outdoor information board, so you can practise alongside your child at home if you would like to help them. In our Literacy work we are focusing on writing labels and captions rather than individual words in preparation for your child to be able to write independently in sentences.

Maths monsters

Next week as part of our learning in maths, the children will be making MATHS MONSTERS. These are monsters made out of boxes who ‘eat’ numbers to help children solve addition, subtraction and counting problems. In order to be able to make these, please can you provide a box for your child to decorate (this can be a cereal box, shoe box, tea bag box or any box you have as part of packaging from your shopping.) We will be collecting these from Monday and making the monsters throughout the week.

Reception Garden

Over the next two or three weeks we will be having lots of new shrubs and plants arriving which the children will help us to plant to help our outdoor area look a little more inviting. Soon it will be time for us to start growing flowers and vegetables so this is a great introduction to make the children aware of how to care for plants. In order to make this easier, I will be digging over the garden in preparation on FRIDAY between 3.15 and 4pm – if anybody would like to bring a spade to help me you will be very welcome!


We are being very mindful of the cold weather at present, and reducing the length of time the children are outside on the colder days. However, we still think it is important for all our children to access outdoor learning on a daily basis, so please can you make sure you provide your children with a warm coat every day. Thank you.

Keeping Healthy

As you will be aware from the information sent out to all parents last week, there have been some unpleasant bugs going around our school recently. At the end of last week, we did a full deep clean in our Early Years department, disinfecting every toy and surface, every shared area, and washing all equipment thoroughly, in addition to our everyday cleaning regime. This week our staff have been re-teaching the children about the best way to wash our hands and when to do so, and about personal hygiene.

Obviously, at this time of year everybody is more susceptible to illness and it is especially important to reduce the spread of infection. If you think your child is unwell, please do not bring them in – they need to be wrapped up warm and resting until they are better. If you spot any signs of a rash or other symptoms which may be Scarlet Fever, please take your child to the doctor before returning to school.



Home Learning

This term, we are introducing something new to Reception and Nursery – Home Learning projects. The idea behind this is to give your child a task to complete with the rest of the family at home. This may be to make something, find out about something or to find something. There will be one home learning project per half term, and we will share what we have done and make a display showing our learning at the end of the time given to do it. This is of course an optional activity, but we encourage all children to take part as it is a lovely opportunity to work together as a family and to become engaged with the learning taking place in school. Hopefully you will have received or will shortly be receiving this half term’s project home.


Thank you for your continued support. Please remember that we are always available at the beginning and end of the day if you have any questions or concerns, or you can make an appointment to see me.

Have a lovely weekend,

Julie Simpson