Sunday, 7 October 2018

Reception Newsletter Autumn Term 1 08.10.18

Autumn Term 1 08.10.18

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. What a fantastic week the children had, listening to and acting out the story “We’re going on a bear hunt”. They fully immersed themselves in the story and especially enjoyed our very own bear hunt.

As a reminder the school day begins at 8.30am and for safety reasons the gates need to be shut by 8.55am. In the mornings the children need to walk through the main gate and enter through the Reception area doors.  If you arrive after the gate has closed, you will need to enter the main office where you will be recorded as late. At 3.00pm Gate 3 is also open for parents and the children will be released through the Reception area doors.
Thank you to everybody for their continued support in leaving their push chairs outside and not bringing them into the corridors.

Thank you again for all those parents who were able to attend our Read, write inc workshop on Wednesday, it was lovely to see so many of you attend. If you do have any questions regarding your child’s learning please remember you can always speak to a member of the Reception team who will be happy to assist you.

We will continue our topic “All about me” by reading the story ‘The Rainbow fish’ by Marcus Pfister. We will begin our introduction of the story by welcoming the freshwater theatre company, who will be bringing the story alive through their workshop encouraging the children to act out the story. There will be lots of creative opportunities available for the children to decorate and make their very own rainbow fishes. The story will also be used as the focus for our circle time discussions about what makes a good friend.

 If you have not yet returned your child’s ‘all about me’ sheet there is still time to return it this week!

The children have enjoyed learning their new sounds and we will be continuing our phonics programme Read, write inc this week by learning the sounds t,i,n,p. The children will bring some practise formation sheets home at the weekend.

We will also be continuing our Maths programme Ten Town this week. The programme teaches number formation, ordering, patterns and measuring in a very animated way. The children have been enjoying the stories and songs associated with the numbers.

Your child will continue to bring home a reading book (which is changed weekly) and a set of sight words this week. The expectation is your child reads at least 3 times or more each week. As we are promoting a love of reading we encourage your child to read a range of books and is not limited to the one we send home with them.

On Wednesdays we have our weekly P.E session. Please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school which is clearly labelled as we have started changing the children for this session. As you can imagine this is currently taking quite a while so all you can do to help your child be independent in dressing is greatly appreciated.

The Learning Federation parents association are running a firework night on Friday 2nd November.
Tickets are available now.

We are on Week 1 of the Havering school menu. Monday’s choices are:
Pork sausages with mash potato
Tuna and sweetcorn baguette
Cheesy leek pasta

Messages – 
  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child. We have accumulated a number of clothes already. Please check your child’s class if they are missing something.
  • Our PE days are Wednesday. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school. If they wear earrings they need to be removed on this day.
  •  Thank you to all those parents who have sent in a named set of spare clothes. If you haven’t yet could you please ensure your child has a named set of spare clothes and underwear on their peg as soon as possible. Please note this does not need to be school uniform.
  •  Children can also bring in a pair of named wellies to leave in school. This would be great for use in the mud kitchen and on rainy days.  
  •   If your child suffers with asthma please ensure their pump is in school and you have completed the relevant paperwork at the main office. 
  • Thank you to all of those parents who have signed up for parents evening. Your child will bring home a slip confirming your appointment time tomorrow (Monday).
  • Please actively encourage your child to put away their book bag and hang up their coat in the morning. It would also be really helpful if you could discuss the menu choices with your child the previous night to help them independently find their cupcake and make their lunch choice.
Family news
We are delighted to share that Sam in Jamaica class was promoted to big brother last Friday. He and his family welcomed a baby girl called Sophie. Congratulations to all the family.

Important dates:

Autumn 1

Tuesday 9th October
Rainbow fish workshop
Monday 15th October
Parents Evening 1
Tuesday 16th October
Parents Evening 2
Friday 19th October
Last day of half term

Autumn 2
Monday 29th October
Pupil return to school
Tuesday 6th November
Stay and read morning
Friday 7th December
Stay and Play
Monday 10th December
Visit to St Paul’s church
Wednesday 12th December
Reception Christmas play at 2.15pm
Thursday 13th December
Reception Christmas play at 9.15am
Thursday 13th December
Christmas jumper day
Wednesday 19th December
Last day of the Autumn term

INSET Dates and Polling day for 2018-19
3rd September
4th September
7th January
29th April
5th June
Please note that the final day of the summer term will be on Friday 19th July, 2019.

Our learning objectives this term will be listed under these headings:

Personal, Social and Emotional

Can select and use activities and resources with help
Shows confidence in asking adults for help 

Communication and Language
To follow directions
To use talk to connect ideas 

To sometimes give meanings to the marks they draw and paint
Listens to and joins in with stories 

Physical Development:
Runs skilfully and negotiates space
Mounts stairs, steps or climbing equipment 

Beginning to recite numbers in order to 10
Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set 

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is:

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Reception Team