Reception Spring 2019

A very warm welcome back to all children, parents and carers. We hope you enjoyed your Christmas break. It has been lovely seeing the children again and hearing all of their exciting Christmas news.

We would like to say a huge thank you for all the lovely gifts and cards that the children brought in for us before Christmas. We are very grateful and enormously touched by your kind thoughts and generosity.

This term promises to be yet another busy time for us in Reception and we are pleased to see the children excited about their new learning already.


Our topic this half term is called ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’ When introducing this topic the children will spend some time deciding what they would like to know about bears, for example different types of bears, where bears live, what bears eat etc. and this will be included within our planning. After starting this topic the children will realise that our class bear has gone missing after finding that the reception door has been left open with clues to investigate, this will give the children the chance to use their creative imaginations. During this time the children will have the opportunity to design wanted posters, interview members of staff and other children and finally, go on our very own bear hunt in the school grounds after receiving a mystery letter. Our topic will continue with the popular story ‘Paddington Bear’ as a launch pad for exploring the setting of London as well as British Values. As always we shall follow the children’s natural curiosity and wonder which as we know enables purposeful learning. Our fantastic finish for this topic will involve a teddy bears tea party where all parents will be invited. This event will be planned and organised by the children themselves and we shall let you know soon when this shall be.

After half term we will let our imaginations run wild as we enter our new topic called ‘Once Upon a Time’ and begin to learn about traditional tales. How exciting! We can’t wait to find out which stories the children would like to learn about and how our new role play area might look. Watch this Space!


Please continue to practise reading and writing any new sounds that appear in your child’s sound book, as well as the green words (which can be decoded using their sounds) and red words (tricky words). Remember that tricky words

cannot be sounded out – we just have to remember them and say the letter names.

Children will also continue to bring home reading scheme books. All of the above constitutes as ‘reading’ and can be written in their yellow reading record and will count towards gaining merits. Please do not feel that your child has to do all of these each night.

Reading books and class picture books are not expected to be changed daily as reading a book more than once can help with fluency and confidence. All children should continue to read as regularly as possible to an adult at home and we ask for this to be recorded in their reading diary. This helps us to pick up on anything your child might be struggling with at home. It is amazing how far they progress with regular, short reading sessions! Please try to ask your child lots of questions as they read to you and ensure they understand the story and any new words they may come across.

In maths we will be exploring addition and subtraction calculations, continuing to practise our careful counting, recognising and ordering number, ordering and comparing objects by length and revisiting our work on 2D and 3D shape. During our core maths sessions we will also be continuing to develop our basic maths and number skills in order to allow us to become super mathematicians!

Learning Journals

The children also have a Learning Journal Book which includes any work that the children have done independently at home or/and school and are proud of. The children’s writing targets are present at the front of these books and the children are now talking about what they need to remember in their writing. These books will be available for you to see at parents evening. Please feel free to ask for a wow bubble (formally known as the Good News Tree) to record your child’s achievements.


The children will have PE on a Tuesday in Squirrels and on a Thursday in Hedgehogs and as the weather gets warmer all lessons may take place outdoors but we recommend tracksuit/jogging bottoms and a warm fleece/jumper remain in PE bags as the weather can still be cold.

Little feet have grown since September so please could you check that your child’s plimsolls still fit as lots of them are squeezing toes into them.

Please ensure your child has a named, full PE kit in school including their shoes and plimsolls. Please also double check that their regular school uniform is named.

Water bottles

Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle to keep in the classroom. It is very important for them to have access to water when they need it and trips to the water fountain can be disruptive. This is especially important this term as we will take the bottles outdoors during PE when the weather warms and we do not wish the children to go into school unsupervised to use the water fountain. We ask for only water in the water bottles as any spilt juice or squash attracts ants and we have some fruit allergies to consider.

Show and Tell

We will be continuing with our very popular Show and Tell sessions on a Wednesday afternoon. Please refer to the timetable below:

9th January Girls
16th January Boys
23rd January Girls
30th January Boys
6th February Girls
13th February Boys
20th February Half Term
27th February Girls
6th March Boys
13th March Girls

20th March


We hope all the children enjoy their second term in Reception – the year is certainly flying by!

We thank you for your continued support with your child’s learning and development.

If you have anything else you would like to discuss with us or if you have any questions please come and speak to us at the end of the school day.

If you would like to offer help with reading in class, please send us a note of availability and we will get back to you.

The Reception Team

Miss Harman, Mrs Horton and Mr Marriner