Reception Newsletter 16th March

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another busy week at school, with the children working on their independent writing skills. We have been super impressed with all of their efforts this week and hope they all feel proud of their work. If you could, please mention that you have heard about their super writing so that our praise is reinforced. Thank you!


This week the children have been writing some super sentences without our help, after receiving another letter from Super Stan and his pals. They worked really hard and we were very proud. Next week we will be thinking about people who are special to us and why they are so super. We will be labelling our drawings and writing some more super sentences!


This week the children have had lots of fun estimating, counting and comparing different objects in our provision. Next week we will be gathering lots of data and introducing pictograms, block graphs and tally charts to record our findings. We will also continue to use language around estimating, counting and comparing to consolidate our learning from this week.


We are still working on Phase 4, learning to read words of four or more sounds. We are really impressed with the children’s application of their phonics knowledge in their writing and reading. Keep up the reading practise at home!

Parent Involvement Morning

We will hold another Parent Involvement morning later this term. This will be on Friday 31st March. As we are learning about superheroes, we invite parents and carers to join us in dressing up as a superhero (real or made up) along with your child. We will hold a morning of different superhero ‘challenges’, where you can work with your child and as part of a team to complete different, fun activities. We really hope you can join us for the morning, from 9am – 11:30am, and will send a sign-up sheet out tomorrow (Friday 17th March).

Reading Challenge

Today we have handed out some Reading Challenge certificates. Congratulations to those children who have read 4, 7 or 10 books already. Keep up the enthusiasm! We aim to change these books on a Friday, so please ensure that they are returned on this day. Due to limited supply please be aware that your child might not get a challenge book every week, especially if they have already ticked many off of the list. We thank you for your understanding with this and are happy to hear many parents are sharing their personal books when possible – this is extremely generous of you.

Sports for Schools

Tomorrow Paralympic swimmer and Paralympic Triathlete, David Hill, will be coming into school to talk to the children about his career and cheer on the children taking part in the ‘Sports For Schools’ exercise circuit. Children are encouraged to come to school in ‘sportswear’. This can be PE kit, jogging bottoms, football kit and trainers, whatever your child feels comfortable wearing for sporting activities. PE kits will be sent home today so that children have these available for the morning.

Red Nose Day

On the 24th of March, children are invited to dress up in something funny for Red Nose Day, with a suggested donation of 50p to raise money for the cause. We look forward to having lots to laugh at on the day.

Things to try at home:

  • Play some estimating games with your child (e.g. How many steps to get to the kitchen? How many books do you think we have about princesses/superheroes/animals?)
  • Share some traditional nursery rhymes with your child. We will be watching the Year 3 and 4 play soon, which is ‘Humpty Dumpty’ with a twist and features lots of traditional nursery rhymes such as ‘Three Blind Mice’.

Dates for the diary:

Friday 17th March – ‘Sports for Schools’ circuits challenge

Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st March – Reception Parent Evenings

Friday 24th March – Red Nose Day

Thursday 30th March – Reception & Key Stage 1 Parent Easter Assembly, 9:15 –10:30am

Friday 31st March – Reception Parent Involvement, 9am – 11:30am (Superhero dress up)


Have a great weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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