Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Swindley

Deputy Head

Dear Parents/Carers,


We hope that you have all had a wonderful summer holiday and are looking forward to the year ahead. Over the past few days, the children have been amazing and Reception have settled into the school routine excellently. They are forming some good friendships, as well as trying hard and being willing to give everything a go! We are so proud of them all.


In Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which has a strong emphasis on learning through play. Our learning will take place through different topics which will follow the interests of the class. These can last between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on the overall enthusiasm for the theme.


You will have noticed that your child has come home today with their book bag. The children do not need to bring any other bags or pencil cases with them but you might like to put a spare pair of knickers/pants inside the book bag just incase. All PE kits should now be in school and will remain here until we send them home at half term.


We will begin the term with the topic ‘Traditional Tales’, where we will be focusing on the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children will experience fun, independent learning activities as well as adult led learning. These activities will be aimed to suit the needs of your child at their level and encourage the children’s creativity, exploration skills, physical development and their abilities to interact with others. Adults will assess the children’s progress through observations of their play and the outcome of their adult led learning experiences. Assessments will then, in turn, direct future activities.


By the end of September your child will be sent home with a book and reading journal in their reading folder. Please aim to read with your child for 5 minutes each day. So that we can communicate with each other please fill out the reading journal every time your child has read. In preparation for this next week we will send home 5 key words for your child to practise reading. These words are all classed as tricky words which cannot be sounded out but the children need to know. As they become confident with these more words will be added.


Once the children have their reading books, we would like to celebrate their efforts by completing a Reading Star Challenge. Every Friday we will count up how many times your child has read and for every 10 times they have read, their picture goes on a different coloured star. When they have read 100 times they get to choose a special book which they can keep!


When the children’s books are sent home, we will include further information regarding reading procedures. We will also be organising a meeting where we will go through reading, writing and phonics with you as we know it can be very daunting so please do not worry! A text message and letter will be sent out in the next few weeks about this.


In the classroom, we use the rainbow, sunshine, raincloud and thunder cloud reward chart. Children have a chance to move onto the rainbow where they will receive a special sticker. We hope that all children will remain on the sunshine or rainbow, however if children need to think about their behaviour we ask them to take a time out and they will temporally be moved to the raincloud. If behaviour continues, they will be moved to the thundercloud and parents will be informed.


Next week we will introduce a ‘star of the week’. The ‘star of the week’ gets to take either Leo the Lion or Tilly the Tiger home with them. It would be great if you could fill in their diary with pictures and explain what adventures you have been up to together. They will need to return to school by the following Wednesday.


The children have access to the outdoor area at all times, therefore please ensure that they bring a suitable coat with them everyday. We also have a mud kitchen that children can use. In order for the children to access this fully we would like them to wear a pair of welly boots that will remain in school. Please could you send a pair into school as soon as possible, with the children’s name inside.


As part of our school routine, from Monday 9th September we would like all children to come into class by themselves. This will help your child to further settle into their morning routine and encourage their sense of independence.


To keep up to date with what is happening in the classroom don’t forget to check out the school twitter page. We will start adding posts next week.


Key information:

  • Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
  • All children need to bring a water bottle to school every day.
  • Please inform your child if they need to order a school dinner before they come into school.
  • Please send your child’s book bag into school every day, with your child’s reading book and diary inside.
  • Don’t forget if your child would like snack, and you haven’t ordered for the half term ahead, all money and orders need to be in school on a Monday morning. Unfortunately, we will not be able to take any requests on a daily basis.



We know that this is a lot of information, so if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to the fun year ahead!


Kind regards,


Amanda Robinson and Clare Swindley


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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750