Reception 2016 - 2017

Miss Roberts

Reception class teacher

Dear parents/carers,


Welcome back to the new half term! It’s been lovely to hear about all of the exciting things that the children have been up to and have really enjoyed doing over the holidays. Yet again Reception have settled into their school routine well, and are refreshed and are very eager to learn.

To start this term, we will begin with the topic dinosaurs which will be linked to the story ‘The Little Green Dinosaur’. As usual, your child will be experiencing a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activities.

In our writing we are encouraging children to write with more independence. Firstly, we remind children to count the words that are in their sentence on their fingers to help them to remember what they are writing. We also encourage them to re-read their sentence after each word and use the phonics sounds that they have learnt, as well as features of sentence writing such as capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Children always have access to phonics sound mats to encourage them to use the skills they have learnt. If you would like a copy of the phonics sound mats for use at home, please let me know.

Our Number activities will be focusing on addition and subtraction and using objects or a number line to solve problems. We will also be working on doubling, halving, sharing, money and the order of numerals. In Shape, Space and Measure, we will be comparing, describing and solving problems for areas of measure such as capacity and weight. We will be using non-standard forms of measure (such as counting how many bricks tall your friend is). We will also be looking at the properties and names of 2d and 3d shapes, buying and selling items using money and sequencing familiar events and using time language (next, then…).

We continue to teach phonics daily, alongside encouraging children to apply what they have learnt in their reading and writing. We are currently teaching Phase 2, Phase 3 and we will be starting phase 4 very soon. This depends on where your child is at. Phase 2 teaches the majority of the letters of the alphabet and focuses on the segmenting and blending of 2 and 3 letter words. Phase 3 teaches the remaining 7 letters of the alphabet. Graphemes (two letters that when put together make one sound) such as ch, oo, th are also taught. In using these sounds, children will take part in reading and writing games and activities based on what they are learning. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language. Phase 4 teaches how 2-3 letters can blend together to make words easier and quicker to read. For example the ‘gr’ blend assists in the reading of words such as ‘green’ or ‘grab’.

Thank you for your continued support with reading at home with your child. Every Friday, we share which children have moved onto the different coloured reading stars. Children get a certificate for each reading star they land on and a special sticker which is given to them in front of the class. The children really enjoy this and get very excited when they move onto a new coloured star! Please continue to read for 5 minutes (or longer, if possible) daily with your child. If you need any guidance on how best to support your child reading, please speak to one of the reception team as we are all happy to help.


Key information:


• Please ensure that your child has a labelled PE kit in school at all times. We have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays.

• All children need to bring a labelled water bottle to school every day.

• Book bags need to be brought into school each day.

• Please keep all books (story, reading log and home school book) inside your child’s book bag.

• Buddy time will continue this term on Friday afternoons.


If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to me. Another option could be to write a note in your child’s book bag. Book bags are checked daily.



Kind regards,


Miss Roberts

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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750





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