Reception Newsletter 13th June 2019

Dear Parents,

We have had a lovely week despite the interesting June weather! Please don’t forget to bring a waterproof coat in for your child, even if the forecast isn’t bad. We don’t have enough spares sometimes when it rains unexpectedly.

Sports Day

Next Friday (21st June) is our school sports day. If you haven’t already, please fill in the second parentmail about lunchtime arrangements (the first one had many errors, apologies for that!) so that we know how many school packed lunches we need to order and who your child will be eating with on the day. Thank you.


This week the children have loved learning all about different sea creatures and writing their own facts for our class books. They have been able to remember some tricky information and really enjoyed being quizzed trying to match facts to the correct creature. The children were in awe of Blue Planet 2 (we watched the prequel clip) so if you have access to any clips then it would be wonderful to share this with your child (check for any sensitive content such as potentially upsetting animal deaths).

Next week we will be receiving an SOS letter from a pirate! We will be making up our own stories about how to save his ship, trying to use lots of story language to link our sentences, such as ‘suddenly’ and ‘but then’. Many children know and use these types of words naturally because they hear it in the stories we tell, so please do continue to share wonderful and new vocabulary in your daily lives.


Next week in Maths we will be talking about positional language and using electronic ‘Beebots’ to program and direct to different areas of the classroom. The children will need to learn the words ‘forwards’, ‘backwards’, ‘left’ and ‘right’ and know what they mean. They will learn how to ‘debug’ their Beebot if it goes the wrong way too. This links in well with the Technology strand of our curriculum.


In Phonics from now until the end of term, we will be selecting digraphs and tricky words that need practising the most and revisiting these with the children in a variety of ways. Reading lots at home will continue to support your child’s phonics progress.

Things you could try at home:

  • Pretend you are a robot and let your child direct you around. Take it in turns to do this, demonstrating the use of positional language such as left, right, forwards, backwards, turn.
  • Try out some tasks on our ‘Home Learning’ sheet (will be in your child’s bag tomorrow)

Dates for your diary

Friday 21st June – Sports Day (Parents invited, children’s races in the morning, picnic lunch and parent races in afternoon)

Friday 28th June – Reception beach trip (To be confirmed as this is currently sports day backup)

Saturday 6th July – Seaton Summer Fete

Wednesday 10th July – Reception Federation Sports Day (No parents, sorry!)

Friday 12th July – Reception Trip (information to follow)

Monday 15th July – Reception meet their Year 1 teachers

Wednesday 24th July – Break up for summer, 1pm


Have a great weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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