Sunday, 1 December 2019

Reception Newsletter Autumn 2 Week 6


Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you are having a lovely weekend. The children had an exciting week writing their letters to Father Christmas, they have been busy practising for our Christmas play and enjoyed hearing our story "The Jolly Christmas Postman".

This week our story focus will be "The Nativity", we will be discussing the celebration of Jesus' birth which will help prepare the children for our visit to St Pauls Church. As part of our learning we are asking children to talk about what they celebrate with their families and are asking for any photos to be sent in with them tomorrow to share during circle time. We have a busy week ahead with our reading morning and stay and play sessions taking place on Friday. Please remember to check our 'Diary dates' section within this newsletter to avoid missing out on anything!

If your child is an animal and part of our choir in the Christmas play, they would have brought home a note asking for black clothes to be brought into school in a named plastic bag no later than Friday 6th December:
Boys - Black trousers (these can be their school trouser) and a black top
Girls - black trousers/leggings and a black top.
Ideally we would prefer a plain black top. 

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.

School Uniform Reminder - 

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 
  • Plain tights

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.

We thank you again for your understanding and cooperation in leaving pushchairs at the door. Some of our children are asking to come into school independently and we appreciate you encouraging your child to with this.

As we have learnt all of our set 1 sounds, this week we will be consolidating our learning, practising correct letter formation and continuing to use our Fred talk to spell CVC words.

Our focus in maths this week we will be continuing to look at early addition work. The children will be putting 2 groups together and finding out what the total is. This will be done very practically so the children can see that by adding together you make more.

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. 

We will be using the Havering school menu which the children bought home. This week we are on Week 3 of the menu. Monday’s choices are:
Red - Chicken Fillet in a Bun with 1/2 Jacket Potato

Blue - Ravioli Pasta (VE)

Green - Vegetable Burger in a Bun with 1/2 Jacket Potato

 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 continuing to change for their PE sessions, as you can imagine this is still currently taking quite a while so all you can do to help your child be independent in dressing is greatly appreciated.

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

Friday 6th December
Stay and Play and reading morning
Monday 9th December
Reception Christmas play PM at 2.15pm
Tuesday 10th December
Reception Christmas play AM at 9.30am
Thursday 12th December
Friday 13th December
Christmas Jumper Day
Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th December
Reception visit Lidl
Tuesday 17th December
Class parties
Wednesday 18th December
St Pauls Church visit
Wednesday 18th December
Christmas dinner
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