Reception Newsletter 31st January 2019

31 January 2019Latest News Parent Year R

Dear Parents,

The children have been doing some more fantastic work this week and have enjoyed finding ice in the playground today. They are all quite excited about the weather forecast and hoping for snow, which is always a great addition to our provision and useful for colour mixing, small world play and in helping us talk about the world.

Reading Challenge Books

Please ensure that you have signed the sheet in the back of your child’s Reading Record once you have read the story together. This helps us to know when to give out certificates. Your child may not be given a new book if we see that their current one has not been read. Don’t forget, Reading Challenge books are due to be changed on Wednesdays.


This week in Phonics we have started working on Phase 4 skills. Phase 4 phonics builds on the children’s blending and segmenting skills with the graphemes they have previously learnt. Children have been practising CVCC words this week, such as ‘tent’, ‘chimp’ and ‘paint’. We have also been practising our spelling of our Phase 2 tricky words ‘to’ and ‘no.

Next week in Phonics we will be continuing our work on Phase 4 skills, this time looking at CCVC words, such as ‘snap’ and ‘brick’. We will also be learning how to spell the phase 2 words ‘the’ and ‘and’.


This week we have been exploring the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and creating ‘Wanted’ posters for the troll under the bridge. Some of us have labelled our posters with descriptive words too.

Next week we will be doing some non-fiction writing about Bears, linked to the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We will be creating a class fact book with facts and illustrations written and drawn by the children.


This week in Maths we have been exploring weight using sets of balance scales. These tip over to the side with the heaviest object in it, much like a seesaw. The children have been comparing objects and identifying the heaviest and lightest by looking at what has happened to the scales. Some children were unsure of the term ‘lighter’ or ‘lightest’ so any use of this vocabulary in context at home would be beneficial and much appreciated.

Next week in Maths we will be revisiting length, this time measuring using a ruler and looking at how many centimetres long. We will be measuring each other’s hands and feet and finding out who has the longest.

Things to try at home

  • Make some porridge together (like the Three Bears!) and try some different toppings. Talk about healthy food choices and unhealthy food choices.
  • Enjoy some Phonics games on Phonics Bloom (found here). Lots of them are free to access. The children particularly enjoy ‘Yes/No Yeti’.

Dates for the diary

14th February – Sign2Sing performance

15th – 24th February – Half Term holiday


Have a great weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill



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