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Autumn Term 

Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to Reception’s Autumn Term newsletter.


Enclosed you will find a copy of:

· Your child’s timetable

· The topic web for the term

· Reception high frequency word list

· Useful websites list

· Important dates for your diary



The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:


RM Mrs Melbourne   Class Teacher & Year Group Leader

      Mrs Alexander   Class Teacher

      Miss Tracy         Nursery Nurse

      Miss Kerry         Learning Support Assistant


RD  Miss Debert     Class Teacher

      Mrs Boyle          Nursery Nurse

      Miss Cattini       Learning Support Assistant

      Mrs Uri             Learning Support Assistant


RV Mrs Vilaisak      Class Teacher

Mrs Charalambous  Nursery Nurse


If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please make an appointment at the school office, or for a brief, informal chat speak to the teacher at 3.30pm.

Attendance and Punctuality

It is imperative that your child attends school punctually every day, unless they are ill. The school gates are open from 8.30am and the children can come into their classroom from 8.45am. Children will come into class to self register and start the day.



In order to encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school it is expected that children come to school each day with healthy snacks and lunch. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts, including biscuits and chocolate. We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes and snacks are placed in your child’s lunch.



It is very important that your child comes to school each day in correct school uniform. Please note that children are not permitted to wear jumpers or pullovers which are not school uniform.


On days when we have PE, children are expected to come to school in full uniform and are given the opportunity to change before and after their PE sessions. Please note that jewellery (apart from simple stud earrings for girls) is not part of the uniform and therefore not permitted. Any inappropriate item of jewellery worn to school will be confiscated and kept in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the week when it will be sent home. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately every day.


Please note that failure to comply to the Uniform Policy will result in your child missing their playtime and being sent to reflection.


Children will receive ‘Dojos’ for outstanding work/behaviour.


Children should also be aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a warning before a negative dojo is issued. If a child receives 2 negatives in a session they will be sent for time out in another class for 5 / 10 minutes and if a child receives three negatives in a day they are placed on the 369 sheet and you will be informed.


Class Bears

Each class will have a class bear. This class bear will be sent home with a different child every Fridays to spend the weekend with them. The bear then comes back to school with the child on Mondays. The children will bring home a recording sheet for them to record what they have done with the bear.


Class Trips

Wherever possible, class trips will be organised to assist in developing the children’s understanding of class topics. Some parental assistance will be required on outings, so if you are able to help in some way please let your child’s teacher know.


Superhero Home Learning

Children will receive their superhero home learning every Wednesday. This will give parents an overview of what the children have been learning during the week. It will have ideas for activities that can be done at home to help reinforce their learning. Any home learning that is brought into class will be celebrated and displayed by the class teacher.



We will celebrate your child’s birthday in class by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to them and making cards. If you wish to bring in some fruit, we will share it with the class. Unfortunately due to the number of allergies, we cannot share cakes or biscuits.



All the children in Reception will be given an individual reading book at their personal reading level. These books are matched to your child’s phonic and reading abilities.


We recommend that children read and be read to once a day. When your child is reading their individual reading book, ask them to explore the book first. Look at the front cover, discuss the title and picture, can your child suggest what the story may be about?


When reading encourage children to point to one word at a time, use phonics as a tool of reading de-codable words, point out tricky words and encourage children to discuss the context of the story.


Remember to write a comment in your child’s reading record on how your child has found the book; this is a great way of communicating with staff about your child’s experiences at home.


The individual reading books will be changed weekly by your child’s class teacher. The teacher will hear your child read their book, give them a new book and comment in the reading record book.


Please leave the book inside your child’s book bag.


It is important to ensure reading is fun and an enjoyable time with your child. Introducing a love for reading is paramount to children’s attainment and progress throughout school.


I hope the children will enjoy their learning and very much look forward to seeing you this term.


Kind regards,


Mrs Melbourne

Useful websites


These games allow children to practise counting, number facts to and within 20, and addition and subtraction with smaller numbers.


Numbers and Counting

Underwater Counting:

Teddy Numbers:

Gingerbread Man:

Understanding Numbers:

Connect the dots (counting in 2s):

Connect the dots (counting in 5s and 10s):

Camel Times Tables:


Addition and Subtraction

Cross the Swamp:

Fruit Splat Addition:

Hit the Button:

Number Fact Families:

Number Bond Machine:



Phonics Play:



 Important dates for your diary



Tuesday 31st October 2017

Back to school (8:45)

Thursday 9th November 2017

Individual Class Photographs

Monday 13th-Friday 17th Nov 2017

Judaism Week

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Flu Vaccinations

Monday 27th November 2017

Panto Visit at Millfield Theatre

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Reception Nativity

Thursday 7th December 2017

Reception Nativity

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Christmas lunch

Thursday 21st December 2017

Own clothes day and Christmas party

Friday 22nd December 2017

Mass Service. Last day of school 1pm.