Reception 2018 - 2019

Miss Roberts

Reception class teacher


Dear parents/carers,

I hope that you have all enjoyed the Christmas break and are now looking forward to the Spring Term. Everyone in Reception has settled in very well this week and I can tell that after a well-deserved break they have returned ready to learn, making a positive impact already.

To start this term, we will begin with the topic ‘Space’ which will be linked to the story ‘Star in the Jar’ by Sam Hay and Sarah Massini. As usual, your child will be experiencing a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activities. These activities are planned to complement the Early Years Curriculum and will target the needs and interests of your child. As mentioned last term, continual assessments will be made through observations of your child’s independent play and through adult-led activities. These assessments will be used to direct future activities.

The daily teaching of phonics will continue and I am happy to note how well the children are applying their phonics knowledge in their reading and writing. We are coming towards the end of set 1 and will start to teach set 2 sounds in the next few weeks. We will continue to update the phonics window so you know which sounds your child is being taught.  

Please continue to read for 5 minutes (or longer, if possible) daily with your child. This reading time can be made very effective by looking carefully and describing the images to support the text, using and discussing the story pattern and in helping your child to notice and sound out familiar letters, sounds and words whilst reading. When your child has read 100 times they can choose a book from our special box to keep. If you need any help or are unsure of the best way to support your child to read, please come and speak to us.

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.

•        Please inform your child if they need to order a school dinner before they come into school. There is a poster on the classroom window that will help you to know what meals are available each day.

•        As your child will always have access to the outdoors, please ensure that they are supplied with suitable clothing for the weather.

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

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


If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to me.


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