Reception Newsletter 14th January 2022

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had another wonderful week making Stick Man and Stick Lady Love and writing the pages for our class books! The children have loved the topic these past two weeks and have shown some great storytelling, imagination and creativity throughout their play.

For the next two weeks we will be learning about The Gingerbread Man story, baking gingerbread men (dairy free) and exploring the story in lots of different ways. We will be talking about recipes and using our phonic knowledge to write some words next to the photos for our recipe steps. We are going to hunt for gingerbread men in the woods and design our own gingerbread men too!


We have assessed most of the children and will be regrouping them next week. When the groups are organised, we will let you know your child’s new phonics group so that you are aware of the learning that your child will be doing and with which adult.


This week in Maths we have been exploring composition to 5 and learning how to record our maths using pictures and numbers. We have enjoyed exploring number bonds to 5 and will be looking more at this next week by introducing a part-whole model.

For more information about some of our maths concepts, you can watch the home learning videos provided from White Rose Maths here. Next week’s learning is under the section ‘Alive in Five’. These videos do not need to be watched with your child as we cover the lessons at school, but they are useful for parents to understand the methods, vocabulary and types of questions we use with the children.

Key days of the week

PE kit needs to be worn on Mondays.

Reading challenge books are changed on Mondays.

Woods sessions are on Tuesdays.

Library books are changed on Thursdays.

Things to try at home

  • Maths – Play a game with objects to 5! The children have loved our bean bag throwing game where we throw bean bags into a target and record how many went in and how missed. Your child might even want to write the number sentence, e.g 2 + 3 = 5 (2 bean bags in and 3 missed). You could also hide some – how many does your child think is missing? Hiding objects or creating a word problem can be a great challenge for children who seem confident working with these numbers. Word problems tell a story without using the objects first, for example: “I throw 5 bean bags and only 2 hit the target. How many missed the target?” Your child could then use objects or their fingers to work out the answer.
  • Fine motor skills – Fine motor is any movement involving your child’s hand, fingers and thumbs. Practicing fine motor movements is extremely important for emerging writers. It equates to stronger hands and fingers, better control over movements and eventually good pencil grip and letter formation, as well as improved letter size. We would encourage lots of activities involving cutting, tweezing, pegging, threading, ripping, squeezing and pinching to help develop fine motor skills.
  • Enjoy the sun! – It seems like the sun is here to stay for a while, hooray! We gain so much information about children’s development through talking to them. Visiting new places or going out for walks gives your child a lot to talk about and lots of opportunity to showcase new vocabulary, sequencing of events, understanding of the world and different communities and much more!  All research indicates that children who have lots of talk and interaction with adults and peers have great outcomes, so we will always encourage you to talk to your child about anything and everything!

Don’t forget to upload all of your wonderful home learning to Evidence Me so that we can talk about this with your child in school!

Dates for the Diary

Monday 31st January – Nasal Flu vaccinations in school

Monday 21st February – Friday 25th February – Half term


Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Geraghty

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