Spring Term in Reception

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and are feeling ready for 2020! Firstly, we would like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to you all for our Christmas cards and presents. You were extremely generous and they were very much appreciated!

The children had a fantastic first term: we looked at (and met) some of the people who help to keep us healthy and safe, studied Autumn, and performed our Nativity play, as well as making an excellent start in Read, Write Inc to learn our letter sounds, and progress with Maths. This term we hope to build on those successes with some more great topics.

We have started start this week by looking at ‘Winter’. We went on a Winter walk and discussed the changes the season brings to the weather (usually!), as well as how we and other animals adapt to colder temperatures. We also made some bird cakes and wrote a wintry poem. We will follow this next week by beginning our topic on Animals and their Habitats, taking a break midway through to look at the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year (which this year falls on 25th January). In addition, we will continue with our daily sessions of Read, Write Inc. but will also be introducing weekly spelling tests to help the children with their blending and segmenting skills. Further details, along with spelling books have been sent home in book bags.

To help us with all of this, we are lucky enough to have BEd student Chloe Milne joining us in Reception from Monday 13th January until Easter. She will become a familiar face around the classroom and we are sure she will be a great addition to the team.

Some weekly reminders:

– Reading books are changed on Mondays and Fridays.

– P.E. takes place on Mondays. Please ensure the children have kits in school on this day although it is helpful if they remain in school throughout the week in case we need to reschedule. If girls are wearing tights in the colder weather, you may wish to provide socks in P.E. bags for them to wear with their plimsolls.

– Show & Tell takes place on Friday afternoons on a rota system. The dates for each biscuit group are as follows:

10th Jan17th Jan24th Jan30th Jan6th Jan14th Feb
BourbonsCookiesNo Show
& Tell

28th Feb6th Mar13th Mar20th Mar27th Mar3rd Apr
Last day
of term

Now that the children are settled, we are looking for parent helpers to listen to children read. If you would be willing to help, please let us know and we can make arrangements to best suit you.

We are also coming to the end of the mountain of resources we were using for junk modelling. We would therefore be grateful for any small plastic containers, small cardboard boxes, toilet/kitchen roll tubes, bottle tops or anything else we could recycle – and that might make an interesting part of a child’s model! We would only ask that the materials are clean and ready for use (no meat packaging, milk cartons or cereal boxes please). Any donations can be handed in to us at the door. Thank you!

We are looking forward to a busy and productive term. As always, if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Jenny Kerr and Mrs Jane Carmichael