Sunday, 2 June 2019

Reception Newsletter Summer 2 Week 1

                                                                                                                Summer 2 02.06.19

Dear Parents/Carers,
We hope you have had a lovely half term break and we look forward to welcoming our children back to school on Tuesday for what will be another busy half term. Please remember tomorrow (Monday) is an inset day and the school is closed for children.

As we enter into our final half term of Reception we will be learning about the World. This week we will be reading the book `Handa`s Surprise' and learning about Africa and how it is different from Harold Hill. The children will be looking at and tasting a range of fruits.

They will also be given the opportunity to grow their own butterflies. Learning about their life cycle and watching them as they enter into their chrysalis state before emerging as butterflies and we release them into our outside area.

Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation in encouraging your child to come in of a morning independently, it is much appreciated and will help in their transition into Year 1. The majority of children are now managing this very well and enjoying the satisfaction of being able to do this.

A little reminder Wednesday is our PE day, please ensure your child has their named PE kit in school. We have a lot of lost property accumulating in school which cannot be returned to their rightful owner as they are unnamed.

When/if we have warmer weather could you please ensure your child comes to school with a sun hat and water bottle.

If your child has needed a change of clothes, could you please ensure these are sent back into school as we now have no spare clothes in school!

This week is Week 2 of the Havering catering services. Tuesday's choices are:
Marinated Chicken Tikka with Rice 
Topped Jacket Potato
Macaroni Cheese


If your child attends breakfast club, breakfast costs from £1.50. Thank you

Messages –

  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child. We are still accumulating a large number of items. 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.

  • 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.

  • Please can you ensure that if your child is not in school for any reason you call the school to report the absence. This saves the office staff a lot of time spent in making phone calls.

Please remember the homework expectation in Reception is to read every day and learn the red words. If you would like further homework please complete the Learning Challenge.

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.

Nursery Rhyme:
A Sailor went to sea
Captain Hook or Tinkebell
Piece of music:
George Frideric Handel
  1. Learn it off by heart.
  2. Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
  3. Find out about the rhyme
  1. Draw a portrait of the person.
  2. Find out facts about the person.
  3. Watch the person in action.
  1. Listen to the piece of music
  2. Create some movements to the music
  3. Draw an illustration to represent their feelings
  4. Able to name the piece of music when they hear it

Dates for your Diary:
Tuesday 4th June - School returns
Friday 14th June - Stay and read morning
Friday 14th June - Stay and play further details to follow
Tuesday 18th June - Class photos
Tuesday 25th - Bug man visit
Thursday 4th July 13:30-15:00pm Reception Sports Day

INSET Dates and Polling day for 2018-19

3rd September
4th September
7th January
29th April
3rd 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:
ELG: They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules.

ELG: Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others.

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.                       

Communication and Language:
ELG: They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.

ELG: They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.

Physical Development:

ELG: Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

ELG: To move confidently in a range of ways.

Practices some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision.

ELG: They also write some irregular common words.

ELG: To write simple sentences which can be read by them and others.


ELG: Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.
ELG: They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
ELG: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.

Expressive Art and Design:

ELG: They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.

ELG: The children sing songs, make music, dance and experiment with ways of making them.

Understanding the World:

ELG: They know that other children don't always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this.

ELG: Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.

They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is
We look forward to seeing you all Tuesday,

Kind regards
The Reception Team