Reception Newsletter 30th January 2020

30 January 2020Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents,

It has been another fun week in Reception and the children have enjoyed learning more about Little Red Riding Hood and exploring our activities. The children have been enjoying learning about different fairy-tales and have been great at identifying similarities and differences between stories or versions of stories.


This week we have been teaching the children how to decode CCVC (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant) words, such as frog, plum, swim, crab etc. We have also learnt the tricky words like and so.

Next week we will be teaching the tricky words do and some. We will also be teaching how to read CCVCC words (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant) such as frost, twist, drink, crisp etc.


This week we shared the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We picked our favourite characters and described them, and now need to draw a picture to match. Some of our work from the last two weeks will be chosen for a whole school display and we are sure that the rest of the school will be impressed.

Next week we will be looking at the story of Goldilocks. We will be exploring who made the wrong choice in the story, talking about setting and characters and thinking about how Goldilocks can make Baby Bear feel better. We will attempt to write a letter of apology from Goldilocks.


This week we have been combining two groups of spots on dominoes to explore addition. This has been as part of a paired game and the child who had the most spots won a point. The children used number lines to compare who had the largest number, and then independently recorded their scores as a tally.

Next week we will continue to combine two groups, but by using two dice and playing a game of snakes and ladders. We will also be encouraging the children to subitise (this means that they can instantly recognise how many spots/objects are in a small group without the need to count them) and count on from the largest number. For example, if they rolled a 5 and a 3, they would start at 5, then count on 3 more to 8.

Things to try at home this week

  • Complete the pattern sheets in children’s bags tomorrow (Friday 31st January) This will help to improve their fine motor control and handwriting.
  • Play a game involving dice with your child. Encourage them to recognise the amount of spots without counting.

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 6th February – ‘Inside Out’ day (Wear clothes inside out for mental health)

February 17th – 21st – Half Term


Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill

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