Year R — 04 January 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and are feeling ready for 2018! We would just like to say another huge ‘Thank You’ for all our Christmas cards and presents. You were very generous and they were much appreciated!

The children all had a fantastic first term: we looked at 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 made progress in Maths. This term we hope to build on those successes with some more great topics.

We will start the term by looking at ‘Winter’. We will be going on a Winter walk and discussing the changes the season brings to the weather, as well as looking at how we and other animals adapt to colder temperatures. We will follow this with a topic on Animals and their Habitats and finish the half term with a focus on Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year which this year both fall during the half term holiday on the 13th and 16th February respectively.

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 will be sent home shortly in book bags.

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.

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

12th Jan 19th Jan 26th Jan 2nd Feb 9th Feb 16th Feb
Bourbons Cookies Custard
Digestives Jammie


23rd Feb 2nd Mar 9th Mar 16th Mar 23rd Mar 29th Mar
Bourbons Cookies Custard
Digestives Jammie


Now that the children are settled, we are looking for additional parent helpers to listen to children read, as well as any volunteers to help with the preparation of resources (printing, cutting, laminating etc) on Fridays. If you would be willing to help, please let us know and we will make arrangements.

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

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