Reception Newsletter 24th November

24 November 2016Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been busying ourselves with Nativity practise this week and the children in Reception got to experience being on the stage for the first time. They are all very excited to perform in front of you, but have some more practising to do first. Don’t forget that costumes are due in on Monday!


This week the children have been extremely excited after a serious crime was committed in Reception. Another teacher had crept in and eaten lots of chocolate and sweets from Mrs Burkill’s cupboard. We have been busy searching for clues and recording these. We will hopefully find the culprit soon.


This week we have started to learn the sounds: y, z, zz, qu and ch, as well as the tricky words ‘me’ and ‘my’. Next week we will be focusing on the graphemes: sh, th and ng and the tricky words ‘he’ and ‘she’. We have been really impressed with the children’s effort in phonics and with their new reading books. Keep up the good work everyone!


We have continued our measuring work this week, instead focusing on height. The children have absolutely loved being challenged to make the tallest tower and jumping the highest to splat a handprint on the wall, then measuring how high they got; it has been a lot of fun! Next week we will be learning to order days of the week and will think about some events that happen on each day, like music on a Thursday.


  • Please don’t forget to donate an item for our Reception Christmas PTA hamper. We could win £50 to spend on resources for your child!
  • 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:

25th November – Non-uniform day in exchange for chocolate for our tombola

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

12th/13th December – Nativity performances

Things to try at home this week:

  • Plan which emergency vehicle you are going to build for parent involvement. Even if you are not able to attend, your child will feel more comfortable if they come in with an idea. Your vehicle can be as imaginative and unique as you like!
  • Make some number cards up to 20 with your child. Practise reading these and putting them in the correct order. You might also like to match these to different quantities.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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