Sunday, 15 March 2020

Reception Newsletter Spring 2 Week 4



We hope you are having a lovely weekend so far. The children had a great time on our trip to Waterstones exchanging their book vouchers we hope the children have enjoyed sharing their books with you. As part of British science week and to bring our topic on dinosaurs to a close, the children enjoyed being scientists creating their own erupting volcano.

This week we will begin our new topic on 'Superheroes'. To help celebrate Mother's Day we will be reading the story "My mum is a supermum" and other themed Mum books, to talk about all of the things our mums do and why we love them. On Friday we will be hoping to hold our 'Mother's day themed stay and play', this will depend on any updates we receive about the coronavirus ensuring we are in line with government guidelines but we would love for you to be able to come and join us and complete some activities with your child.

Can we remind you that our school council are working to reduce the use of single waste plastic bottles. If you can try and send your child in with a refillable bottle instead, we would be grateful. School council are running a competition to encourage the children to design posters to encourage the children to bring in refillable bottles.

In Read, write inc the children are settling into their new groups and progressing well at their own level.

In maths this week we will be learning about 2D shapes and reinforcing our 3D shape names. Please continue to send in any maths challenges your child completes at home, it is lovely for them to share their learning with their peers.

We thank your continued understanding and cooperation in leaving pushchairs at the door. We are now seeing quite a few of our children coming into school independently. Thank you for supporting your child`s independence. We will continue to praise the children that manage to do this on their own.

Coronavirus Update

We are receiving daily updates about the coronavirus implication for schools.

We will keep you informed about any developments and ensure we are keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

We are encouraging more thorough handwashing for the children.

In order to prevent the spread of infection make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education and early years.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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 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

A little reminder we have our PE sessions every Thursday. Could you please ensure your child has their P.E kits back in school ready for their lesson and if your child wears earrings they are removed on PE days.

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 2

Friday 20th March
Mother’s Day stay and play
Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st
Parents evening – more details to follow
Thursday 2nd April
Easter bonnet parade
Thursday 2nd April
School closes for Easter at 3pm
Monday 20th April
School reopens for Summer Term

Our learning objectives this term will be listed under these headings:

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 confidently count to 20 and beyond demonstrating place value.
Says the number which is 1 more than a given number.
Finds 1 more or 1 less from a group of up to 5 objects and then 10 objects.

Understanding the World:

Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experiences.
Shows an interest 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.
Explores colour and how colour can be changed

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