Sunday, 3 November 2019

Reception Newsletter Autumn 2 Week 2



We hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. We would like to extend our thanks for all of your donations towards our Harvest Festival, your donations were greatly received by the food bank.

The children thoroughly enjoyed our learning about Diwali last week and impressed us all with how they expanded their taste buds by trying the different foods. We are continuing our topic of "Celebrations and patterns" by learning about Guy Fawkes, the history of firework night and firework safety. As part of our learning the children will be given the opportunity to make their own firework models and create editable firework sparklers and rockets.

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 l,h,r,j. 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 have an opportunity to make their own 3D models. If you have any junk modelling materials, we would greatly appreciate these being brought into school as the children will use these to make their own firework models.

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.


Pudsey will be visiting us this Wednesday. Please remember to bring any money in a named envelope and hand to your child's class teacher.

Poppy merchandise is continuing to be sold, please remember to put your child's money in a named envelope.

There have been a few forms sent out and we are still waiting for parents/carers to return them. Please return them this week:
Dental forms
Nhs form
Flu Vaccination form 

This Thursday we will be holding our monthly stay and read sessions, followed by our reading workshop. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. 

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:
Red - Beef Burger in a Bun with Potato Curls
Blue - Cheesy Tomato Pasta
Green - Quorn Burger in a Bun with Potato Curls


 On Thursdays 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.

School Uniform - 
Please be reminded that children are expected to continue to wear the appropriate uniform of:

  • Black or grey trousers (Joggers in Nursery)
  • White polo shirt with a bottle green jumper or cardigan
  • Black shoes or plain black trainers (no boots)
  • Black or grey skirt/dress 

Children will not be permitted to wear Hoodies.

Only plain school coloured head bands can be worn- no oversized bows.

Only studs can we worn in school, please make sure these are removed for PE.

Please ensure children do not have makeup on or acrylic/painted nails.

Uniform will be given to those children who do not wear the correct uniform in the morning and will need to be returned before the end of school.

Messages – 
  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child.
  • If your child has had any clothes from school could you please ensure these are washed and returned to back.
  • Our PE day is Thursday. 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.
  •  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.
  •  If your child is unwell, please remember to call the school office on 01708 343616 and notify them of your child's absence.

Breakfast club is open from 7.45 am. Please make sure there is sufficient money on your child's sQuid account to make payment.

Important dates:

  INSET Dates and Polling day for 2019-20

4th September
3rd April
20th July
21st July
22nd July

Last day of the summer term will be Friday 17th July 2020.

You can access Havering term dates for 2019-2010 here:

Dates for your diary
Autumn 2
Thursday 7th November
Reception Reading workshop
Thursday 7th November
Reception stay and read
Monday 11th November
Armistice Day – Parents are invited for a short service in the KS2 playground at 10.40am
Tuesday 12th November
Friendship workshop for pupils
Tuesday 12th November
Odd sock day to support Anti-bullying week – children can come to school wearing odd socks
Friday 6th December
Stay and Play
Monday 9th December
Reception Christmas play PM (time to be confirmed)
Tuesday 10th December
Reception Christmas play AM (time to be confirmed)
Thursday 12th December
Friday 13th December
Christmas Jumper Day
Wednesday 18th December
St Pauls Church visit
Friday 20th December
Last day of term

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 welcoming you back to school tomorrow.

Reception Team