Reception Newsletter - 7th January 2022

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to Spring term in Reception! We have had a busy week settling back in to school life and seeing all of our friends again! This week we have been learning about Stick Man and are making a class book with our own Stick Man writing and photographs inside! We will continue this next week.


We still have not had all of the children’s wellies returned to school. Please could you return them by Tuesday as we are planning to go to the woods that afternoon. Thank you.

School bugs

We spent some time this week watching some fun videos on how to wash our hands thoroughly to try to reduce the amount of illnesses that spread in school. Unfortunately, sickness bugs in your child’s first year of school are quite commonplace, particularly after a year or so of social distancing and extra measures to protect ourselves. Please continue to support your child with hand-washing and the correct use and disposal of tissues at home.


This week we have continued with our phonics groups and next week we will be reassessing the children to make sure that they are in the correct group and being challenged or supported as necessary.


This week in Maths we have continued to explore time. We monitored the days of the week and counted how many sleeps until certain days. We explored what activities we could do in 30 seconds (we could not complete a lap of the daily mile in this time!) and compared sand timers for 30 seconds, 3 minutes and 5 minutes. The children were surprised at how long 5 minutes felt!

Next week in Maths we will be exploring composition to 5 and learning how to record our maths using pictures and/or numbers. We will explore number bonds to 5 and have lots of activities available in the provision to support independent exploration of this concept.

For more information about some of our maths concepts, you can watch the home learning videos provided from White Rose Maths here. Next week’s learning is under the section ‘Alive in Five’. These 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

This week we handed out our first set of Reading Challenge certificates to those children that have read 4 or 7 books from the list already! Thank you for reading these books to your child at home. Reading Challenge books are changed on Mondays so please make sure that your child’s book is returned on this day and that you have signed the sheet in the back of your child’s reading record book to say that it has been read.

Key days of the week

PE kit needs to be worn on Mondays.

Reading challenge books are changed on Mondays.

Woods sessions are on Tuesdays.

Library books are changed on Thursdays.

Things to try at home

  • Maths – Use a phone timer to see what activities you can do in 30 seconds. For example how many star jumps? Can you get socks on in 30 seconds?
  • Stick Man – You could read or watch Stick Man with your child or go for a walk and collect the perfect stick to make Stick Man or Lady Love. Your child might even want to write a sentence about Stick Man, such as “I am not a bat! I am Stick Man!”
  • Make time to relax – It has been a long and tiring week for many of the children and some time to relax and reset is especially important this week. Perhaps a duvet day and a film is needed on a rainy day this weekend!

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

Monday 31st January – Flu nasal vaccinations in school

Monday 21st February – Friday 25th February – Half term


Have a great weekend!

Miss Mabin and Mrs Geraghty


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