Reception Newsletter 12th January

12 January 2017Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a fantastic week at school learning all about Italy. The children have really impressed us with their attitudes to work and we have been attempting to write sentences. We have also been thinking about ordinal numbers and the children have enjoyed lots of racing games.


This week the children have designed their own pizzas, labelled them and even tried writing a sentence. We have discussed capital letters, finger spaces and full stops – wow! Next week we will be focusing on our new country – china. We will be thinking about some famous Chinese landmarks and describing them.


This week we have started to learn the sounds: long oo (zoo), short oo (look), or, oa and ar. Next week we will be focusing on the graphemes: ur, oi, ow, er and air. We have been really impressed with the children’s effort in phonics. Thank you for supporting your child’s reading at home – it really makes a difference!


We have focused on ordinal numbers and counting sounds and actions using lots of fun, practical resources. The children have loved singing our “I can hear a number…” song – maybe ask them to sing it to you at home. Next week we will be learning more about 2D shapes. We will be thinking about their properties and using the correct mathematical language to describe them.

Spare Clothes

  • In Reception we have a severe shortage of girl’s pants, tights, skirts and boy’s trousers (aged 4-6). If you have any spare at home that you would be able to donate then please bring them in. Please also remember to return all items if we have sent your child home in our spare clothes. Thank you.


  • Please do let us know if someone else is picking up your child. It is our duty of care to ensure all our children are sent home safely with the correct adults. A message in the morning or call to the school office is sufficient notice.
  • Please try and read with your child at least 3 times a week and record in their reading diary. We have such a busy timetable that we find it difficult to read individually with each child more than once a week. We notice huge differences between children who do and do not read at home regularly. Thank you for your support.

Things to try at home this week:

  • You could look at a map of the world. Have a discussion with your child about different countries and how they may be the same or different to our country.
  • Make some number cards up to 20 with your child. Practise reading these and putting them in the correct order. You might also like to match these to different quantities.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill


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