Reception Newsletter 19th January

19 January 2017Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been extremely busy this week. Today, we were treated to a performance of Cinderella by the fantastic theatre group M and M Productions. The children enjoyed singing along to some popular songs and had a wonderful time. We have been learning lots about China this week. The children were fascinated to look at lots of famous Chinese landmarks. They all worked really hard drawing their favourite things and writing about them.


Next week we will be focusing on Chinese New Year. The children will be busy making lots of Chinese themed crafts and thinking about why and how Chinese New Year is celebrated. We will also attempt to write some wishes, using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.


This week we have started to learn the sounds: ur, oi, ow, er and air. Next week we will be completing our Phase 3 journey! We will be focusing on the graphemes: ear and ure and will be recapping our other recent sounds. During Phase 4 we will be thinking about how to read and spell more complicated words e.g. stamp, lunchbox, laptop etc. As mentioned last week, thank you again for supporting your child’s reading at home – it really makes a difference! Please remember to write in your child’s reading record diary when you read school books at home.


We have focused naming and describing 2D (flat) shapes – circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. The children have worked hard to use the correct mathematical vocabulary. Next week we will be thinking about addition and adding 1 and 2 more (up to 20). We will be using number lines to help us and will look closely at addition number sentences.

Spare Clothes

  • In Reception we have a severe shortage of girl’s tights and skirts and boy’s trousers (aged 4-6). If you have any spare at home that you would be able to donate then please bring them in. Please also remember to return all items if we have sent your child home in our spare clothes. Thank you.

Things to try at home this week:

  • Go on a shape hunt with your child around your house or whilst you are out and about. Talk with your child about the names of different shapes and their properties e.g. curved or straight sides, number of sides and corners etc.
  • Visit the local library with your child and find some books about China and Chinese New Year. We would love to share these in class!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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