Sunday, 5 January 2020

Reception Newsletter Spring 1 Week 1

We would like to wish all our families a very Happy New Year. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Thank you so much for all the wonderful cards and gifts that we received. We were overwhelmed by your generosity and really do appreciate your kindness.

As we enter our Spring term we know this is the term that we really see the children's early skills start to develop. The children begin to start decoding words and early writing starts to emerge, please support your child by ensuring you hear your child read at least 3 times a week. This really will make a big difference in their progress.

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This week we will be starting our topic on Traditional tales with the story of "The Little Red Hen".
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The children will be talking about the concept of helping each other to get a job done and making bread ,watching the changes that occur.
In maths the children will be returning to their favourite 10 town to learn about the teen numbers.

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In Read,write inc the children will now work in small groups according to where they are up to with learning to blend. This will help the children to progress at their own level.

We will be starting our P.E sessions again on Thursday so please ensure that the children have their P.E kits back in school ready for their lesson. Please could you check that your child has the right P.E clothes in their bag as we do have some missing items. Maisy Sayers in Barbados is missing a whole bag so we would appreciate you checking at home for us. Thank you.
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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.

Polite reminder - If your child has had a change of clothes from school, could you please ensure these are washed and returned back to us.

We thank your continued 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.

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

 INSET Dates 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

Spring 1
Monday 6th January
Children return to school for start of new term
Tuesday 14th January
Charlie Wilson storyteller in school for        Reception  children
Thursday 16th January
Stay and Read session 8.30-9.00am
Friday  14th February
Break up for half Term

The learning objectives for this half term are:

Personal, Social and Emotional:

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

Can describe self in positive terms and talk about abilities 

Can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.

Communication and Language:

Joins in with repeated refrains.

Can retell a simple story.

Builds up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences.


Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.

Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured.

Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipated key events and phrases in rhymes and stories.

Physical Development: 

Forms recognisable letters.

Can usually manage washing and drying hands.

Runs skilfully and negotiates spaces successfully.


To recap number recognition 0-10.

To recap number formation 0-10.

To confidently count to 20 and beyond demonstrating place value.

Understanding the World:

Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experiences.

Shows an interests in different ways of life.

Can talk about some of the things they have observed.

Expressive arts and design:

Constructs with a purpose in mind.

Manipulates material to achieve a planned effect.

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

Kind Regards

The Reception Team