Reception 2017 - 2018

Miss Roberts

Reception class teacher

19 March 2018

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 ‘Aliens in Underpants Save the World’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. 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 currently teaching Phases 2 and 3, depending on which group your child is in. Phase 2 introduces the appearance and sound of letters and how letters can join together to make simple words (s-a-t = sat). Phase 3 teaches the remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, and graphemes (two letters that when put together make one sound) such as ch, oo, th are also taught. Phonics sessions incorporate reading and writing games aimed at the ability of your child.


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. A big congratulations to Saffron, Alexander and Samuel for reaching the 100 star! When your child has read 100 times they can choose a book from our special box to keep.


Thank you so much for all of your lovely reading challenge homework last term. All of the Reception team were amazed by the hard work you and your child had put it. It is now time for a new piece of reading challenge homework. Please can your child design a new front cover for their favourite book. Your child can design their new cover however they like, using whatever they like! Please see the separate letter for more information. The reading challenge homework needs to be bought into school for the 9th February.








Key information:


• Please ensure that your child has a labelled PE kit in school at all times. We now have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays, but this may be changeable depending on timetable changes.


• 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 home school book) 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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