Tuesday, 30 October 2018


On Wednesday 7th November Pudsey Bear will be in school selling some exciting Children In Need merchandise.  The following items will be for sale:

Pudsey ears - £2.50
Blush ears - £2.50
LED keyring - £2.00
Gold and rose gold Pudsey and Blush badges - £1.00 each
Colour changing wristband - £1.00

If you wish to purchase any items please send your child in with the money in a named envelope on Wednesday 7th November. Children can wear any item they have purchased on Children in Need day (Friday 16th November).
Thank you for your support.

Children in need coffee morning

After the success of our Macmillan coffee morning we would like to invite all our Nursery and Reception parents to a coffee morning on  Friday 16th November in the KS2 hall to support Children in need.

We will set up the hall ready for when you drop your child off in the morning and you are free to stay until 10.00am.  

This will be a good opportunity for you to meet and get to know other parents while supporting a really good cause.

All donations will go to BBC Children in need in supporting the wonderful work that the charity provides to children across the UK. 

We would be grateful for any donations of cakes or biscuits to support this really good cause. Please send these in any time before 16th November.

We look forward to seeing you there.

With Thanks
The Foundation Stage Team

Monday, 29 October 2018

Just a Reminder
Tomorrow our school photographer is in school to take individual and family photos. The school will be open from 8.00 if you wish your child to have a photo with siblings or younger brothers and sisters. 
We look forward to seeing all our children looking photo ready Tomorrow.
Thank you.
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Year 2 Maths Challenge

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Reception Newsletter Autumn 2 29.10.18

Autumn 2 29.10.18

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you all had a lovely half term and we look forward to welcoming you back to what will be another busy half term. 

We will begin our new topic ‘Celebrations and patterns’. This is a wonderful topic and the children thoroughly enjoy learning about the way different religions celebrate. We will start this term off 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.

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 u,b,f,e. 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 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.

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.

Poem/Song to learn: Five Little Men in a flying saucer
Person: Mr Maker
Composer/Piece of music: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Five little Men in a flying saucer.
Flew around the world one day,
They looked left and right,
But they didn’t like the sight,
So one man flew away,

Nursery RhymePiece of musicPerson
1.    Learn it off by heart.
     2.    Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
3.    Find out about stars.
  1. Listen to the piece of music.
  2. Create some movements to the music
  3. Draw an illustration to represent their feelings.
 1. Draw a portrait of the person.
     2.  Find out facts about the person.
3. Watch the person in action.

On Wednesdays 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.

We will be using the new Havering school menu which the children bought home before half term. We are on Week 1 of this menu. Monday’s choices are:
Beef burger with wedges

Cheesy tomato pasta pot

Vegetable burger with wedges

Important Information
Just a reminder, unfortunately due to the building work that is bringing improvements to the school building Gate 3 will be closed until the middle of February at all times. The work is aimed at extending the Nursery. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your cooperation at this time.

Messages – 
  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child. We have accumulated a number of clothes already. 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.  
  •   If your child suffers with asthma please ensure their pump is in school and you have completed the relevant paperwork at the main office. 
  • 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.
Important dates:
Autumn 2
Monday 29th October
Pupil return to school
Friday 2nd November
Learning Federation Firework extravaganza
Tuesday 6th November
Stay and read morning
Friday 7th December
Stay and Play
Monday 10th December
Visit to St Paul’s church
Wednesday 12th December
Reception Christmas play at 2.15pm
Thursday 13th December
Reception Christmas play at 9.15am
Thursday 13th December
Christmas jumper day
Wednesday 19th December
Last day of the Autumn term

INSET Dates and Polling day for 2018-19
3rd September
4th September
7th January
29th April
5th 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

      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 seeing you all tomorrow.

Reception Team