Sunday, 5 May 2019

Reception Newsletter -Summer 1 Week 2

 Summer 1     05.05.19

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you are having a lovely weekend.It is a shame the weather is not being too kind to us.

We look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday (a little reminder school is closed tomorrow due to the May Day Bank holiday.)  This term we will be working on our new topic 'Growing and changing', where we will be looking at humans, creatures and plants.

We will be reading and exploring various texts. This week we will start with 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.  The children will be planting beans and watching their development.We will also be retelling the story and writing about what they might find at the top of the Beanstalk.Image result for jack and the beanstalk book

Thank you to all the families that have sent in amazing Minibeast homework.We have been overwhelmed by the high quality of the work. If you haven`t sent your child in there is still plenty of time.

Thank you to all the parents that have paid for the trip to Paradise Park.We still have some forms and payments outstanding so we would kindly ask for your cooperation with this.Image result for paradise park broxbourne

We will continue with our phonics programme Read, Write Inc, recapping our sounds and practising to blend and write words using their set 1 sounds. In maths we will be looking at recognising and ordering numbers to 20.

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. Please also remember to make a note of the title of the book your child has read to help them achieve their reading awards.

As we enter into our final term in Early Years we are asking all parents to now actively encourage their child to come into school by themselves. The children are able to do this confidently and we would really like the children to show skills in independence so please support your child in doing this. We will have a lunch menu by the door so you can help your child with this before they go in. Members of staff will of course be there to greet your child and assist where necessary and be available should you need to speak with them.


  • If your child has any comics at home that they have finished with we would be grateful for them in school. Children enjoy sharing these and having a variety of reading material helps their development.
  • We would also be grateful for any dressing up clothes that your child may no longer wear. Some of ours are looking a little over loved.
  • If you have any junk materials for the children to create mini beast environments we would really appreciate it.

We are on Week 2 of our new havering menu. Tuesday's choices are:
Red - Chicken Fillet in a Bun with Wedges
Blue -Cheesy Tomato Pasta Pot
Green - Quorn Burger in a Bun with Wedges


If your child attends breakfast club, breakfast costs from £1.50. Thank you

Messages –

  • PLEASE NAME all items of clothing. This will help when returning lost items, particularly jumpers and cardigans with the right child. We are still accumulating a large number of items. 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.

  • 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.

  • Please can you ensure that if your child is not in school for any reason you call the school to report the absence. This saves the office staff a lot of time spent in making phone calls.

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.

Person: Mr Bloom
Illustration by Eric Carle

1. Draw a portrait of the person.

2. Find out facts about the person.

3. Watch the person in action

1. To find out facts about the illustrator.

2. To make a collage of one of his illustrations.

3. To choose a favourite illustration and talk/write about why you like it.

Dates for your diary:

Summer Term

Monday 6th May
May Day Bank Holiday
Tuesday 7th May
Return lunch forms for trip
Friday 10th May
Reading morning
Monday 20th May
Paradise Wildlife park trip
Thursday 23rd May
School closed for Polling

Monday 27th-Friday 31st May
May Half Term School Closed

INSET Dates and Polling day for 2018-19

Please Note that the school will now be used for voting for European elections on Thursday 23rd May

Sorry for the late notice for this, this is due to the fact that BREXIT still hasn`t yet been sorted.

3rd September
4th September
7th January
29th April
3rd 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:

Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.

Aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting.

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

Communication and Language:

Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.

ELG: They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Physical Development:

Practices some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision. Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials.

Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements.


Uses phonetic knowledge to write simple cvc words.

Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books.

Attempts to write short sentences, which they can then read back.


Count reliably from 1-20.

Order numbers from 1-20.

Identify 1 more or less of a given number.

Expressive Art and Design:

Experiment with changing songs.

Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.

Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources.

Understanding the World:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to living things.

Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.

They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

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

We look forward to welcoming you back Tuesday.

Kind regards

The Reception Team