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June 2017
Reception Newsletter Summer Half Term 2 Dear Parents,

We can’t believe we have reached the final half term of the school year. For the last seven weeks we will be making the most of the precious time we have left with the children before they move on to year one! They have all come such a long way in terms of learning and development and continue to amaze us by becoming more kind, caring, curious and determined to learn every day! Amongst our learning, we will be preparing the children for their transition into year one by visiting the teachers and the classrooms and trying to incorporate some of the year one routines into our day.

The children have enjoyed learning about minibeasts, they have explored our new bug hotel using the insect viewers, collected worms from the wooded area to go in our home made wormery. We had to charm the worms using water and dancing on the soil, we got muddy but it was fun!

Many of the children have expressed an interest in sea creatures so we have decided to base our final topic on ‘Under the Sea’. As part of this we are planning a trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium. A separate letter will be sent out with further details. As ever we will need extra adult support, so if you can spare a day to help it would be greatly appreciated.

We are embedding phase 4 letters and sounds and have moved on to reading and writing words with more than once syllable whilst still practising ccvc/cvcc/ccvcc words. As your child becomes more confident with word reading, it is important that they begin to show an understanding of what they have read. Please aim to read your child’s reading book more than once and talk about it...lots!

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Under the Sea Moving on



Commotion in the Ocean Tiddler
The Snail and The Whale

Special Events


Sports Day - 19th June
Reception trip to Blue Planet Aquarium - 3rd July Reception children spend the morning in year 1 - 5th July Summer Social – 7th July
Reports – 14th July


Ways to help your child at home



Other areas of learning

  • Focus particularly on numbers 11-20 as this is where the children naturally get caught out when learning to count.

  • Play games involving counting eg snakes and ladders/dominoes

  • Reinforce addition and subtraction in everyday situations eg I have ...peas on my plate, if I eat... how many will be left?

  • Play doubling games eg show your child so many fingers, ask them to double and count the total.

  • 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, don’t be too quick to change it, more practise with a text leads to greater fluency and deeper understanding. We would recommend changing a reading book no more than twice a week.

  • 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!

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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.

As the weather seems to be warming up, (fingers crossed it stays!) can we please ask that you apply sun cream to your child before they come to school and send them with a sun hat.

Thank you for your continued support The Early Years Team