Reception Newsletter 12th September 2019
Thank you for making us feel so welcome during our home visits. We have had a lovely first two weeks and the children are settling in really well. They have been fantastic at coming in and independently putting away their belongings, which really helps in settling them for the day. Thank you for your support with this when dropping your child off.
The children have really enjoyed staying for lunch this week and have impressed us with how eager they are to try their food. In this first week, we have been able to inform you if your child has not eaten much at lunch time so that you can give them something to eat at home. From next week, we will be teaching in the afternoons so will not be able to watch the children eat. If you are worried about your child not eating, perhaps consider a packed lunch on some days.
Snack and Water
Some children are arriving at school without a water bottle or a snack to eat. Having something to eat and drink during the morning session is really important for children’s health and often gives them a little boost of energy so that they are ready for more learning after their break. At school we do have free fruit each day but some children do not like what we have to offer and so often go without. We ask that you please send them in with some fresh fruit or vegetables to get their day off to a good start.
Please ensure that all school uniform and belongings such as snack pots and water bottles are named. We are still finding some unnamed items and are unable to return them.
We also expect children to get messy whilst here. A messy school uniform means that your child has been busy exploring the resources, being creative and learning and practising new skills. Aprons are provided for the messiest activities; however it is a learning curve for children to start taking care of their own clothing. We are only glad that they are not wearing their lovely clothes from home! Thank you for your understanding with this.
Next week we will start learning some letters and their sounds to help us to learn to read, which is called Phonics. We will introduce the children to our Phonics aliens, Roy and Arnold, who help us during our sessions. Children always show huge enthusiasm for these sessions and we know they will be very engaged. Next week we will learn the letters and sounds for s, a, t, p and i, as well as the tricky word ‘I’ which has to be sight read. We know this all may sound confusing to you, so will be holding some meetings to talk to you about Phonics in the near future.
We are lucky enough to have a few spare books in school. Tomorrow we will let each child choose a book to take home and keep as a welcome gift, so this does not need to be returned to school.
Dates for the Diary
Week beginning 16th September – Children in full time (3:15pm pick up)
Friday 20th September – Jeans for Genes day (Wear jeans instead of school uniform on bottom)
Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October – Reception Vision Screening
Monday 21st – Friday 25th – Half Term
Thank you for all of your support so far. We are looking forward to a great year in Reception!
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill