Reception Newsletter 2nd November

2 November 2017Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a very exciting first week back exploring the story ‘Room on the Broom’ and creating potions. All the children have been keen to draw and write in their own cauldrons. You will be able to see these in their Learning Journey books at Parents Evenings. Parent Evenings reminders will be sent home tomorrow.

Reading Books

Tomorrow your child will bring home a reading book and a ‘tricky word ladder’ to practise. We encourage you to read this book as often as possible, but this doesn’t need to be read all the way through at once. Some of the books are longer with activities to try – this can be read over several days, ideally when your child isn’t tired or hungry! Try and make the experience fun and relaxing. Encourage your child to spot sounds and talk about the pictures. In the middle of your child’s reading record is a handy guide to phonics and reading, as well as the graphemes we are learning. School reading books should be read as much as possible by your child with some guidance and support from you.

We also encourage you to read other texts with your child – your local library has many exciting books to borrow for free! It is very important that books are re-read many times, so that your child can become familiar with the text and begin to recognise some words by sight. Comprehension (understanding) of books is also very important, so discussing stories and events is a great way to develop this.

‘Tricky word ladders’ are for sight reading (words that cannot be sounded out). You can tell your child what they say and try reading them each day, in different orders. You could also write these words on paper and hide around the house to find and read or play bingo! We will change your child’s books and tricky word ladders when we feel it is necessary. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please do come and speak to us.


The swimming pool is now closed until after Easter. We will inform you of swimming lessons days nearer the time.


This week in Phonics we have recapped all of our Phase 2 sounds and checked children’s recognition in preparation for sending home reading books. We will be revisiting these sounds and practise reading them in words next week.


Next week we will be focusing on 2D shape. We will be creating pictures and describing the shapes by names and properties in a fun Bingo game.


We will be blasting up, up and away into space! We will be using a short film clip to inspire ideas about other planets and life forms. The children will be having lots of class and group discussions with a focus on developing our descriptive language. We will be drawing a picture of our own imaginary planets and what they contain. We will attempt to add labels to these using our phonic knowledge.

Things to try at home this week

  • Share your child’s first school reading book. Please remember to write in the reading record book when you have read together (school books only).
  • Go on a shape hunt around your home. Name and describe some shapes that you find.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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