Reception Newsletter 17th November

17 November 2016Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a very busy week with Nativity rehearsals beginning. The children have been excited to begin to learn their group song and dance, as well as the rest of the songs from our show. Your child will have brought home a costume information letter today with what they need to wear for the show. It has also been wonderful to see so many children sharing their school reading books at home. Please remember that it is also important to share other books and written material with your child.


This week the children have enjoyed learning more about the role of Doctors. They have all been busy exploring our new Doctors’ Surgery role play area and making their ‘poorly’ friends feel better! Next week we will be focusing on the work of the police. We will try and solve a ‘crime’ that has happened in class and record the clues that we find.


This week in Phonics we have started our Phase 3 journey! We have started to learn the sounds: j, v, w and x. Next week we will be focusing on the graphemes: y, z, zz, qu and ch.


We have been very busy this week investigating length and measuring. Making and measuring play dough snakes and racing to make the longest brick lines have been very popular activities this week. Next week we will be learning more about height with some very messy jobs planned for the children to investigate this.


  • Our library times have changed for the foreseeable future. Mrs Burkill’s class will change their books on Mondays. Miss Mabin’s class will change their books on Tuesdays.

Upcoming dates to remember:

18th November – INSET day – non-pupil day

21st/22nd November – Parent Evenings (time and date reminder slips sent home today)

29th November – Parent Involvement morning 9am – 11am (please return reply slips)

1st December – Christmas Bazaar after school (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

7th December – Exeter pantomime trip (details to follow)

12th/13th December – Nativity performances (details to follow)

Things to try at home this week:

  • Measure the heights of different family members and talk about who is the tallest and who is the shortest
  • Practise forming the letters c, a and o (we have focused on these so far). You could do this in lots of different ways – tracing in sand, with paint and brushes, in the air with fingers or a magic wand, or even with a plain old pen and pencil!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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