Reception Newsletter 10th November

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We had a very dramatic start to our week, with a performance in assembly of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ by some of the teachers. The video can be viewed on our website. All the children have enjoyed learning the story and taking part in lots of themed activities, such as a treasure hunt in the woods and pinning the nose on Grandma. Remember to dress up tomorrow as one of the characters. Children do not need to arrive in school uniform – costumes all day are fine!

Reading Books

Today your child will bring home a reading book and a ‘tricky word ladder’ to practise. We encourage you to read this book as often as possible, but this doesn’t need to be read all the way through at once. Some of the books are longer with activities to try – this can be read over several days, ideally when your child isn’t tired or hungry! Try and make the experience fun and relaxing. Encourage your child to spot sounds and talk about the pictures. In the middle of your child’s reading record is a handy guide to phonics and reading, as well as the graphemes we are learning. School reading books should be read as much as possible by your child with some guidance and support from you.

We also encourage you to read other texts with your child – your local library has many exciting books to borrow for free! It is very important that books are re-read many times, so that your child can become familiar with the text and begin to recognise some words by sight. Comprehension (understanding) of books is also very important, so discussing stories and events is a great way to develop this.

‘Tricky word ladders’ are for sight reading (words that cannot be sounded out). You can tell your child what they say and try reading them each day, in different orders. You could also write these words on paper and hide around the house to find and read or play bingo! We will change your child’s books and tricky word ladders when we feel it is necessary. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please do come and speak to us.


This week in Phonics we have recapped all of our Phase 2 sounds and checked children’s recognition in preparation for sending home reading books. We will start Phase 3 next week!


Next week we will be thinking about length and different ways of measuring. The children will have lots of practical activities to support this.


  • Our library times have changed for the foreseeable future. Mrs Burkill’s class will change their books on Mondays. Miss Mabin’s class will change their books on Tuesdays.
  • Christmas card orders and artwork need to be returned by Monday 14th November.
  • Parent evenings will take place on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd November. Sign-up sheets will be displayed outside the classrooms next week (Monday 14th) for you to select a slot.
  • Individual photos will be taken on Tuesday 15th November.

Upcoming dates to remember:

11th November – ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ dressing up day

15th November – Individual school photos

17th November – Wear Pyjamas for Children in Need (suggested 50p donation)

18th November – INSET day – non-pupil day

21st/22nd November – Parent Evenings

29th November – Parent Involvement morning 9am – 11am (please return reply slips)

1st December – Christmas Bazaar after school (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

7th December – Exeter pantomime trip (details to follow)

12th/13th December – Nativity performances (details to follow)

Things to try at home this week

  • Enjoy sharing your child’s first school reading books and ‘tricky word ladders’
  • Teach your child their home address (we will be trying to remember them during our emergency topic starting next week)

Have a relaxing weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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