Reception Newsletter 29th November 2018

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Dear Parents,

It has been wet, windy and wild this week and the children have coped extremely well with the outside being unavailable. Along with that we have squeezed in Nativity practices and our usual lessons, so we will all be very tired by tomorrow evening!

Nativity Costumes

Next week we are expecting all Nativity costumes to be in school. On Friday we will be putting them on in our groups to check that we have everything we need. If you are unsure of what you need to get for your child’s costume, please come and speak to us.

Parent Involvement

Don’t forget, we have Parent Involvement morning coming up on Monday 10th December. If you have not yet returned your attendance slip, please do let us know if you are able to attend.


This week we learnt the sounds ‘oa’, long and short ‘oo’, ‘ar’ and tomorrow we will be learning ‘or’. We have also learnt the tricky words ‘be’ and ‘all’. Next week we will be learning the sounds ‘ur’, ‘ow’, ‘oi’, ‘ear’ and ‘air’ and the tricky words ‘are’ and ‘we’.

If you are unsure of how to make some of the sounds we use in phonics, please take a look at this (old but useful) video: Phonics pronunciation


This week in Literacy we have been working on our sounding out and some sentence writing in our continuous provision.

Next week in Literacy we will be writing a sentence or Christmas list to Father Christmas telling him what we would like for Christmas this year.


This week in Maths we have been finding different ways of making 10, using the numicon and ‘part whole model’ to visually represent an addition sentence without using numbers. Some children have even stepped up to the challenge of writing numbers or even whole number sentences e.g. 7 + 3 = 10. The children have been really enthusiast about this activity and we are very pleased with how they approached the task.

Library Books

Please make sure you return your child’s library books to school on Mondays. We only visit on a Monday so this is the one opportunity to change it. We have many children who are disappointed when their book isn’t in school to change.

Christmas Bazaar Entries

If you have signed up to the Craft Competition, please make sure to bring your entries in to school tomorrow and give it to your child’s teacher.

Things to try at home

  • Try making some wintry snowflakes with your child. You need whitepaper and scissors. Cut out a circle, fold it into quarters and cut out little shapes. When you unfold it, you should have a snowflake!
  • Draw/paint and label an outfit appropriate for winter. This could include hat, scarf, boots etc.

Dates for the diary

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

Monday 10th December – Festive Parent Involvement Morning

Monday 17th December – Nativity 2pm and 6pm (details to follow)

Tuesday 18th December – Nativity 9:30am and 6pm (details to follow)

Wednesday 19th December – Christmas Lunch for children (and Christmas Jumpers/Accessories)

Friday 21st December – Last day of term, 1pm finish

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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