St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

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St Matthew’s C of E Primary School

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News and Updates

April 2019

Reception Newsletter Summer Half Term 1


Dear Parents,


Welcome back, we hope you had a lovely Easter Break. Thank you for all the effort you put into helping your children make their Easter Bonnets, they were fantastic and we were amazed by them! I think the children all enjoyed the parade and the raffle helped us to raise just under £70. We intend to use this to buy resources to enhance our outdoor provision!

Thank you to all who donated and bought tickets!


We had a wonderful time on a trip to Smithills Open Farm. The children, parent helpers and weather were all fantastic! A great day had by all!



We are moving into phase 4 phonics. The children are learning how to read and write CCVC and CVCC words such as milk, tent, trip and drop.


As always, maths and phonics homework will be sent home on a Friday.


New Life and Growth

What’s In an Egg?

Spring turning to Summer




The Odd Egg

Tiny Seed

Selection of Non Fiction books relating to New life and Growth

Special Events

Trip to Smithills Farm Thursday 16th May



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!

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.



Could we please ask that toys from home are not brought into school. Children are becoming upset when they are lost or broken and they are a distraction from learning.


Can we ask that when you hear your child read their reading book that you write a comment in their reading record book so we know how your child read.


Finally, with the recent unusual sunny weather, a number of parents have asked about sun cream. If the weather does turn sunny (fingers crossed) can you please ensure your child has sun cream applied before they come to school. I’m sure you can appreciate how time consuming it would be to apply sun cream to 60 children!


Thank you for your continued support

The Early Years Team