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Summer 1

Reception Newsletter                    

Dear Parents,

What an exciting term we have had! The Whole School Performance was certainly the highlight. The children were amazing and their performance showed how much confidence they have gained throughout the year, they are certainly great little movers. The children also really enjoyed celebrating Mother’s day and sharing lots of activities in school. Please share with us all the things you celebrate at home too, any observations will be greatly appreciated.

The children have worked hard in language and literacy particularly with their letter formation. I’m sure you appreciated how far the children have come when you looked at their Easter cards. Children have been busy reading their books, if you can keep practising this at home it will really help with their fluency.

The children have really enjoyed our topics this half term. We began with Superheroes. We found out about the features of lots of different Superheroes and even created our own.

The launch of our whole school topic on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, really excited the children. We read the story and enjoyed parts of the film. We also enjoyed creating our own stories. The children made sweet wrappers and chocolate bars and certainly enjoyed learning their dance. The children were able to negotiate space independently and move to the music.

In maths we looked at money, counting in 2’s and shape. The children showed us their number skills and they are certainly confident with addition. We are still working on number formation so any practice at home would be greatly appreciated.

We have been revisiting 1 less and 1 more of a given number and the children are showing greater confidence with this.

Next term we are beginning our learning journey with work on celebrating ourselves and looking at different cultures around the world. Following this we will be looking at Minibeasts and Plants.  

Can I remind parents that we would like children to change their book twice a week. The children are now ready for 2 reading sessions and then the book should be changed.

Here are the targets we are working towards this term:

  • To read and write CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words e.g. mad, tap, dad, bin
  • To count 1- 20  forwards and backwards reliably and recognise and write numbers 1-20
  • To recognise and talk about 2D and 3D shape
  • To count using money, 1p, 2p , 5p and 10p coins
  • Halving and doubling to 10
  • Counting in 2’s and 10’s
  • To practise retelling stories of their making.
  • Reading at home

If you feel your child has already achieved these you could support us by:

  • Halving and doubling to 20
  • Number sentences with missing numbers e.g.   ? +? =10   or   ? +3 =15   or    ? +? +? =12
  • Writing short descriptions and stories
  • Shapes such as hexagons, pentagons, square based pyramids, triangular based pyramids, prisms
  • Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s


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Changes to morning routine

After Easter we want the children to start coming into the classroom on their own. This is in preparation for Year 1. Miss Greenwood or I will be on the cloakroom door to hand over any messages and the children will then make their way into the cloakroom and will be supported to hang up their coat and put their things away.

Finally, can I remind parents that the children need PE kit in school all week. We will be going outside next term, so tracksuit bottoms, trainers or plimsolls and sweatshirts would be helpful.

Thank you for all your support