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Newsletter - 5th April 2019


Welcome to Reception!

The Reception year is incredibly important as it is the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage. It  is  a chance for children to continue their learning through play, develop interests and skills and foster  a love of learning. Children are working towards reading and writing sentences by the end of the year,  and will take away and add in practical ways.  

The Reception Team

In Reception we have three classes. Barn Owls are taught by Miss Granger, Snowy Owls by Mrs Rowe and Miss Berner, and Tawny Owls by Miss Bundy. Our support staff are Ms Adams, Ms Swan, Ms Maher, Ms Buchanan, Ms E and Ms Dennis. 



What we are learning this half term

This half term our topic is 'Magical Lands.' You can see our curriculum map for the topic here. We will be exploring different real and imagined places, including lands with dragons, princesses, pirates and monsters. We will also consider the real magical land around us by exploring the natural environment and going on a nature walk outside of school, linked to our work on the book 'The Lost Words.'


In our maths lessons we will be consolidating number work on addition and subtraction and thinking about sharing, doubling and halving. We will learn to name and describe 3D shapes.


In our phonics lessons we will be introducing new digraphs such as sh, ch, th to allow children to write more words independently. We will also be developing sentence writing.  In literacy we will be using our high quality texts to develop children's story writing and narrative, using a range of dramatic approaches.

How you can help at home

Please keep us updated on Tapestry about your learning at home. We love to see photos of what you have been up to and hear about fantastic experiences. We really enjoy seeing you comment on what your child has been learning at school. We will also post phonics videos to show you how you can support with phonics at home.


Please read with your child every day, whether this is before or after school. It makes a huge difference when this happens. You can also read books on Bug Club using your child's login.


We encourage you to practise writing in purposeful ways, such as writing diaries over the holidays and writing shopping lists or letters. We have put together the key words covered in Reception on a one page sheet and as a printable resource. Please get your child to practise reading and writing these.


Maths is part of everyday life, so make the most of opportunities to solve problems involving sharing, grouping, adding or taking away. Cooking is a fantastic way to learn about different types of measure. There are also some great activities on ICTgames. CBBC's Numberblocks is a fantastic programme for showing a range of number skills.

Important Dates

- WB 4th March - Local area visit

- Parents evening - 27th March and 2nd April

- Spring Concert - Dates TBC


New dates will be added throughout the term.

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