Reception Newsletter 23rd November

23 November 2017Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents,

This week we have finished packing and labelling our space cases. The children have also been very busy exploring our continuous provision and making paper chains to decorate our classrooms for the Christmas Bazaar tomorrow. We will be at the chocolate tombola stall in Mrs Burkill’s classroom; we look forward to giving out lots of prizes!


This week we have continued our Phase 3 phonics learning. So far, we have learnt the phase 3 sounds ‘j’, ‘w’, ‘v’, ‘x’, ‘y’, ‘z’, and ‘zz’. Tomorrow we will learn ‘qu’. Next week, our graphemes are ‘ch’, ‘sh’, and hard/soft ‘th’. We will learn some more tricky words too. So far, we have learnt the following tricky words: I, to, the, no, go, me, my.

Open Day

Next week on Wednesday we are holding an open day for both current and prospective parents. This is a great chance to see your child engaged in their learning and to see the progress of children’s learning throughout the school. Feel free to pop along between 9:30am-11am or 2pm-3pm. We look forward to welcoming lots of you into our classrooms.

Nativity Letter

The letter regarding Nativity tickets and arrangements will come home with your child today. Please check your child’s bookbag. A parentmail will also be sent out at approximately 4pm. Don’t forget, costumes are due in next week!

Upcoming dates to remember:

Friday 24th November – Christmas Bazaar after school (5:30pm – 7:30pm)

Wednesday 29th November – Open Day for current and prospective parents (9:30 – 11am) and (2-3pm)

Monday 11th/Tuesday 12th December – Nativity performances (details out today)

Thursday 14th December – Parent Involvement (9am – 11:15am) Details next week.

Friday 15th December – Break up from school for Christmas at 1pm

Wednesday 3rd January – Children return to school

Things to try at home this week

  • Have a go at making some playdough with your child. You can find a simple recipe on our website (click here) or search ‘the imagination tree’ for lots of ideas. You might also like to add glitter or a festive scent! Playdough is particularly good for developing hand and finger strength, which has a big impact on writing. Making your own is much more meaningful to children and cost effective. It’s also a wonderful creative resource and lots of fun.
  • Talk to your child about their school day. There are a great list of alternative questions to ask your child (available here) instead of ‘How was school today?’ – which usually results in ‘fine’ being the answer!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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