By / 5th January, 2017 / Reception / Off

Newsletter – Spring 2017

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you back after the holidays and wish you a Happy New Year. I thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you this year. Please look at our school website at www.lsj.org.uk for all the latest news. To find out about our learning look at our class page- ‘Reception’ under ‘Year Groups’. Visit our page regularly for the latest information.

So far the children have all settled down well and continue to enjoy learning in reception.

Please remember that if your child achieves something at home or visits somewhere interesting to ask a member of staff for a ‘WOW moment’. This allows parents to make a brief note of your child’s learning and we can then add it to their Learning Journey. We value the home-school link and wish to recognise things that happen outside of school.

May I take this opportunity to remind you of a few important things:

Drink Bottles

All children should have a named water bottle (not juice) that is left in school.

Snack Money and Dinner Money

Snack money is £1.50 each week and should be sent in a named envelope on a Monday morning. You may pay half termly if this is more convenient. The children have a snack provided in the morning such as yoghurts, crackers and cheese, toast. All children will receive a piece of fruit during the afternoon. Children are not allowed to bring their own snack into reception and we try to encourage the children to try a variety of healthy foods.

Reading bags

Reading bags should be brought to school every day. We encourage children to be independent and to put any letters for home in them. Please check your child’s bag each day for any information being sent home. We try to hear children read twice a week and have weekly guided reading sessions as well. We would ask that you hear your child read daily and sign their reading diary each time. Regular practise of such a vital skill really does make a difference to your child.

PE Kit

Children need a named PE kit that is to be left in school on their coat peg. Dance is on a Tuesday and PE is on a Wednesday but kits should be left in school all week in case of any changes to the timetable. The kit is a white t-shirt, purple shorts and pumps. If your child has their ears pierced please remove the earrings or cover them with plasters. Plasters for earrings can be put in their PE bag. May I remind you that the only earrings allowed at school are small studs, this is due to the health and safety of all children.

Uniform

Please ensure that all uniform is named. All children should bring a waterproof coat to school each day as we do play outside in all weathers whenever possible.

During this term we will be studying the following:

English

In our English work we will be looking at stories with familiar settings and experiencing different kinds of writing from these stories, e.g. writing lists, descriptions, invitations, recounts.

We will be learning to write our names and learning to form our letters correctly with no reversals.

We will have daily phonics lessons to learn new sounds, practise these sounds and be able to apply them in our reading and writing. Our homework will be linked to our phonics.

Maths

We will be learning to count, order and write numbers to 10 and beyond. We will then begin to use these numbers practically in addition and subtraction. Whenever we write our numbers we will learn to form them correctly with no reversals.

Also we will look at measuring, capacity and weighing. In our maths we will be learning to use lots of different maths vocabulary correctly.

RE

In our RE we will cover the topics of ‘Stories Jesus heard’ and ‘Stories Jesus told’ and Easter.

Homework

During the term the children will continue to bring home a small amount of homework. Every child will have homework to do which will be sent home on a Thursday and will need returning by the next Wednesday. This homework is in addition to the reading books that your child will bring home. Please read with your child every night, even if only for a few minutes. The children are responsible for putting their completed work in the homework tray and reading books in the reading basket.

If you ever have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to speak to us, as it is vital that we work together to help your child have a happy and successful year in school. If you are unable to speak to us at school please ring and leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Mrs K Yates- Class Teacher and EYFS Phase Leader

Miss Peever and Mrs Hardman- Teaching Assistants