Reception newsletter 25th November 2021

25 November 2021Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have had a hoot continuing our learning about owls this week and have really enjoyed crafting owls in our workshop. Our Reception blog has some photos of some of the children’s work and we are sure they will be bringing some of their creations home with them too.

Next week we will be discussing winter and the seasonal changes, as well as introducing children to our class advents and learning our Nativity song! We are very excited to be starting Christmas activities soon!

Parent Involvement

We will be holding a Reception parent involvement morning on Wednesday 15th December 2021. Parents are invited in to take part in some Christmas activities with your child from 9:15am – 11am. Christmas jumpers or accessories are encouraged for children and parents on the day! We are asking that parents wear masks if possible please.


We have finished teaching our single letter sounds and the children have been taught (in this order): m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, r, j, v, y, w, z and x.

Mrs Geraghty’s group are revisiting the sounds from the beginning to ensure that the children can remember every sound, develop their letter formation for each letter and being to recognise words with the sounds in.

Miss Mabin’s group are revisiting a few of the single letter sounds and continuing to read and build words using our magnetic letter tiles to ensure that their blending is secure before moving on.

Mrs Trott’s group have been learning the first set of ‘special friends’ which feature in the green speed sound book. These are sh, th, ch, qu, and tomorrow, ng.

It is really important that parents supporting at home know how to say each sound and to use ‘pure sounds’ only. If you aren’t sure what we mean by this, please watch the following video: How to say the sounds.

We recommend practising the sounds daily using your child’s speed sound book. If your child cannot remember a sound, spend a few minutes flicking from the picture to the letter. Show them, for example, that they need to say ‘apple’ for the picture on the back of the letter a and the sound ‘a’ when they see the letter. Do this with them for 1 minute, then flick through the book from the beginning to see if they can remember ‘a’ when they get to it (or whichever letter you are focusing on). Always start with the first sound gap that they have by following the order above. By this we mean, if they cannot remember ‘s’ or ‘k’, begin by practising ‘s’ in the way explained above before moving on to ‘k’. This means they will be able to access our early words featuring ‘s’ as soon as they can recognise it.


This week in Maths we have been practicing our counting, addition and subtraction skills with numbers up to 5. We have been singing lots of number songs and using physical resources to represent numbers to 5 in different ways and work out the answer to our problems.

Next week in Maths we will be learning about four-sided shapes. We will be looking at the properties of squares and rectangles and the differences between them and exploring this in the continuous provision too.

For more information about some of our maths concepts, you can watch the home learning videos provided from White Rose Maths hereThese videos do not need to be watched with your child as we cover the lessons at school, but they are useful for parents to understand the methods, vocabulary and types of questions we use with the children.

Reception Reading Challenge

Tomorrow the children will bring home their first Reception Reading Challenge book! Reading challenge books are a selection of stories for you to read to your child at home. Each time you read a reading challenge story, you can mark this off on the reading challenge sheet (which has been stuck into your child’s Reading Record book if your child had this in school today). When your child has shared 3, 7 and 10 reading challenge books at home, they will receive the appropriate certificate (3 = bronze, 7 = silver and 10 = gold). There is also a Superstar certificate for those children who have read all of the books! On the reading challenge tick list, there is a space for your child to draw a picture if they wish to personalise it. If your child did not bring their Reading Record book in today, please ensure that it is in tomorrow and every day. Thank you!

Reading challenge books will be changed on Mondays (during PE) so please ensure that they are returned in bookbags on this day.


Please remember that children are not allowed to bring in toys from home. Thank you.

Key days of the week

PE kit needs to be worn on Mondays.

Reading challenge books are changed on Mondays.

Woods sessions are on Tuesday and Friday for the rest of term.

Library books are changed on Thursdays.

Things to try at home

  • Maths – Look for squares and rectangles in your home and the local environment.
  • Winter walk – Take a winter walk and talk about the changes in the trees, temperature, clothes people are wearing etc.
  • Cooking – Try making one of your favourite childhood recipes together as a family! Gingerbread biscuits to decorate are a good one to choose for this time of year.

Don’t forget to upload all of your wonderful home learning to Evidence Me so that we can talk about this with your child in school!

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 8th December – School Christmas Lunch and Christmas jumper day

Tuesday 14th December – Possible theatre trip (details to be confirmed)

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas parent involvement (9:15am – 11am)

Friday 17th December – Last day of term and Reception Christmas party


Have a great weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Geraghty

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