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February 2018

Reception Newsletter Spring half term 2

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely half term break. Time is flying and we are now half way through the school year!

We will be continuing with phase 3 phonics for part of this half term before moving on to phase 4.

As always, phonics home learning will be sent home on a Friday this will now be accompanied by maths challenge cards. There will be an additional letter with the first one to explain this further. Please continue to practise the sounds with your child and in particular focus on the correct letter formation. Remember if your child is struggling allow them to write on a larger scale.

When your child reads their reading book to you please write a comment into their reading record book.


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Special Events


Chinese New Year

Mother’s Day




Ways to help your child at home



Other areas of learning

  • Continue to practise counting carefully using objects, spoonfulls of food as they eat, hops, jumps, cars as they pass, anything!
  • Expose your child to numerals 0-20, point them out at every opportunity.
  • Focus particularly on numbers 11-20 as this is where the children naturally get caught out when learning to count.
  • Look for patterns in the environment eg red car, blue car, red care, ble car
  • Help your child to notice things which are the same or different (if they are secure on similarities and differences they have a strong foundation on which to build an understanding of what ‘equals’ means)
  • Continue to read your child’s school book regularly.
  • Read a range of books as often as possible
  • Encourage your child to mark make for their own enjoyment.
  • Once your child has read a book, remember, more practise with a text leads to greater fluency and deeper understanding.
  • Practise learning the names of letters as well as the sounds they make. In school we say “It’s name is… it’s sound is…)
  • Take your child outdoors to look at environmental and seasonal changes
  • Allow your child regular opportunities to run, jump and balance as possible. Strong gross motor skills provide firm foundations for writing skills believe it or not!

Useful Websites/apps

Pocket phonics /Phonics street/Alphablocks

Useful apps for consolidating phoneme/grapheme correspondence and letter formation.

Maths (age3-5/4-6)

A good app for a variety of mathematical concepts with the facility to print off a certificate when a level is completed.

Endless Alphabet

A useful app for reinforcing letter names, plus their capital equivalents as well as explaining the meaning of words to extend vocabulary.



We are looking for volunteers to help support learning through play / reading in reception classes. If you are interested please mention it to a member of staff. A huge thank you to those who already volunteer, it is always appreciated.

As we are a healthy school please ensure your child brings only water in their water bottles.

Finally, hopefully you will have seen a letter explaining that we will now hold our ‘stay and play’ sessions on the first Friday of each month. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Thank you for your continued support

The Early Years Team