Sunday, 4 November 2018

Reception Newsletter Autumn 2 Week 2

Autumn 2 04.11.18

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope those of you that attended enjoyed the wonderful firework display on Friday evening.Thank you very much for your support. 

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We will be continuibg our  topic on ‘Celebrations and patterns’. This is a wonderful topic and the children thoroughly enjoy learning about the way different religions celebrate. On Monday we will be talking about the children`s firework experiences and asking them to use descriptive language to describe the fireworks that they have seen.We will then be moving onto our theme of Diwali and will hear the story of Rama and Sita and creating rangoli and mendi patterns.

On Wednesday we will be having a special visit from Pudsey Bear. Pudsey will be selling Children in Need merchandise. All children should have brought home a letter with details of what your child can buy. Please bring all money in a named envelope.
We will also be having another of our parent coffee mornings on Friday 16th November.
This is an opportunity to socialise with other parents and have a well desrved drink and a piece of cake.

On Friday the whole school will have a themed day celebrating 100 years of Remembrance day.
Image result for poppyEvery child will make a poppy and we will watch short Early Years clip showing the reason we wear poppies and we have a 2 minute silence.We will be displaying all poppies so if you would like to make one at home we would be pleased to add it to our display.We would be pleased with large water bottles or soda bottles as some of the children are going to make their poppies out of the end of a bottle.

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 1 will be open for parents and the children will be released through the Reception area doors.

We thank you again for your understanding and cooperation in leaving pushchairs at the door.

We will continue with our phonics programme, teaching the sounds At the end of the week the children will bring some practise formation sheets. Please try and make some time to help your child with this formation. Learning to write is a tricky skill but an important one. 

This week in maths we will be continuing our  teaching and learning about 3D shapes. The children will continue to name and recognise 3d shapes. 

Your child will continue to bring home a reading book (which is changed weekly) and a set of sight words. 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.

If your child has any comics at home that they have finished with we would be grateful for them in school.Children enjoy sharing these and any reading helps their development.

Learning Challenge     

Each half term we will be setting our pupils a challenge related to their learning. We believe that it is important for us to provide guidance for parents on how their children's learning can be extended at home.

       The learning challenge will include either a nursery rhyme, famous person, illustration or a piece of music. Please talk to your child about the challenge and help them to engage in their learning. The children can choose how they present their learning challenge outcomes to their teacher or class.

Poem/Song to learn: Five Little Men in a flying saucer
Person: Mr Maker
Composer/Piece of music: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Five little Men in a flying saucer.
Flew around the world one day,
They looked left and right,
But they didn’t like the sight,
So one man flew away,

Nursery RhymePiece of musicPerson
1.    Learn it off by heart.
     2.    Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
3.    Find out about stars.
  1. Listen to the piece of music.
  2. Create some movements to the music
  3. Draw an illustration to represent their feelings.
 1. Draw a portrait of the person.
     2.  Find out facts about the person.
3. Watch the person in action.

On Wednesdays we have our weekly P.E session. Please ensure your child’s P.E kit is returned to school and is clearly labelled.  Children are starting to change for their PE sessions, 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.

We will be using the new Havering school menu which the children bought home before half term. We are on Week 2 of this menu. Monday’s choices are:
Hot Dog with Wedges

Creamy Cheese Pasta Pot

Veggie Hot Dog with Wedges

Important Information
Just a reminder, unfortunately due to the building work that is bringing improvements to the school building Gate 3 will be closed until the middle of February at all times. The work is aimed at extending the Nursery. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your cooperation at this time.

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. 
  • 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.
Important dates:
Autumn 2
Tuesday 6th November
Stay and read morning
Wednesday 7th November
Pudsey Visiting School
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

      Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others.

Can usually tolerate delay when needs are not immediately met, and understands wishes may not always be met.

       Initiates play, offering cues to peers to join them.

Communication and Language

Shows understanding of prepositions by carrying out an action or selecting correct picture.

Can retell a simple past event in correct order.

Questions why things happen and gives explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how.


Enjoys an increasing range of books.

       Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.

       Hears and says initial sounds in words.

Physical Development:

Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.

      Experiments with different ways of moving.

       Moves with confidence in a range of ways, negotiating space.


Shows interest in shape by sustained construction activity or by talking about shapes or arrangements.

Selects a particular named shape.

Can describe their relative position such as 'behind' or 'next to'.

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