Reception Parents Newsletter
Welcome! We are really
enjoying getting to know you and your children - they are settling in very well.
The key staff working in Reception this year will
be: Tracey (Rainbow Reception Class Teacher), Helen (Sunshine Reception Class Teacher),
Kirsty (Learning Support Assistant), Lucy (Learning Support Assistant). If you
have any worries or concerns please feel free to approach any member of the
team. It is usually best to speak to us at the end of the school day but
anything urgent please speak to us in the morning.
In Reception we have activities set up that cover
all of the areas of learning, some activities the children can explore
independently and others are focused tasks that require adult input. Each class
has appropriately levelled focused adult tasks that the children must complete
during the course of the day.
Everyday the children will be
having a phonics session usually straight after the morning register. We use
the Letters and Sounds guidance. We will be starting phase 2 which are the
letter sounds s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,ff,l,ll and ss. We will be
sending home the sound songs that we use in class and there is a website www.focusonphonics.co.uk which
demonstrates how each letter should sound. Phase 3 sounds will be sent out when
you child is secure at phase 2.
There are some good websites
with phonic games for the children to play at home:
Reception we have 45 key words which all children should try and learn to read
before going to Year 1. To help us achieve this we will be sending home 4 words
a week for your child to learn. Word train 1 a word recognition and sentence
making game, will also be sent home. We will check on the words they have
learnt every week usually on their reading day.
can help your child to learn these words by playing snap and making sentences.
We will also be playing these games in class. More details about this will be
given out at the individual parents meeting in October.
Pact Folders (reading book
ask that the Reception children bring in their pact folders everyday so that we
can put letters or any work that need to go home in the bag.
class will have their reading books changed once the reading record has been
signed by an adult to say the book has been read. We make an entry in your
child’s home school book to record the books that are sent home. We ask that
you make entries, comments and observations about your child’s reading and
their enjoyment of books that are sent home. The home school book also contains
useful tips regarding supporting your child’s learning.Library
will be going to Southfields library every three weeks on a Friday to choose
class homework will be sent home on a Friday
and is to be returned on Wednesday
Snack time and noses!
ask that all parents/ carers pay either £1 a week or £6 each half term as a
contribution towards paying for the children’s snacks and for any cooking
ingredients that may be required.
also request that each child bring in a box of tissues at the beginning of each
term to help to mop up the runny noses!
is on a Tuesday and your child will
need a swimming costume, towel and swimming hat on that day. Swimming will
start on Tuesday 16th September.
who are having pack lunch are able to bring in yoghurt drinks but fruit juice
or flavoured drinks are not allowed. We can provide water for the children at
lunch time if they have not brought in their own water bottle.
your child is ill please ring the school office in the morning-0208 874 6904. If your child has had
sickness or diarrhoea they cannot come back to school until 48 hours has passed
from them being ill. If your child needs to take medication please take it to
the school office where you will be asked to fill out a consent form.
Requests for time off school
during term time have to be made to the Head teacher. Term time holidays will
not usually be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Forms are
available from the office.Topic
topic this half term is Superheroes and
ourselves and as part of this topic we will be looking at getting to know each
other, settling in (separating from parents / carers), my routines and my
family. We will be looking at story books linked to the topic including ‘Max’,
‘Superhero ABC’, ‘Super Daisy’ as well as non fiction books about our bodies
and our senses. In Maths we will be singing number rhymes, recognising numbers
and using numbers in play, recognising 2D shapes and sizes, introducing
vocabulary to describe shapes and sizes, measuring our height and looking at
pairs-arms, legs, feet, eyes etc.
Mornings/Stay and Play
This is a chance to meet and
have a chat with other parents and an opportunity to see what the children are
learning in school. The date for the
first coffee morning will be confirmed shortly. The focus will be on
We look forward to having a fun packed year of
learning with you and your child!
Kirsty and Lucy