Reception S News letter

Reception s Newsletter


Dear Parents,

We hope you had an enjoyable summer. It is with great pleasure that we offer you and your children a very warm welcome to our new Reception. We have been delighted to watch your children settle into school, making friends and enjoying a wide rage of activities. I am happy to report the children are all settling in very well. Thank you for working with us to encourage your children to come into class by themselves as it really builds their self-confidence and independence.


We hope this information helps you to support your child and give them a positive start in Reception.


Your child will be appointed a key worker. Your Key Workers main duties are:
• To help your child settle to Reception.
• Talk with you about your child and share information.
• Keeping an extra special eye open to how your child is settling during the transition from Nursery to Reception.
• Assisting your child to integrate into the class if necessary.
• To provide emotional needs to your child if required.
• To make sure that your child’s race, culture and family values are being met.
• To observe, keep records and monitor your child’s progress.

.On request, give advice to parents about things they can do to help and support their child’s learning at school.
• To feedback information that might be important to you or any worries the key worker has come across.
• To continue to respect that you and your child’s information remains confidential.


She/he will not be with your child every minute of the day as we encourage interaction between all staff and children - but she/he will keep a watchful eye on him/her.


However, please feel free to speak to any member of the team regarding your child.


Personal, Social and Emotional Throughout the day, the children will be encouraged to play co-operatively, take turns with others,  take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity, show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings and form positive relationships with adults and other children. Our children will be supported to grow in confidence by trying new activities saying why they like some activities more than others. They will take part in activities that will give them the opportunity to speak confidently in a familiar group, talk about their ideas, and choose the resources they need for their chosen activities.

During circle time and through role-play the children will talk about how they and others show their feelings. They will role-paly scenarios about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and recognise that some behaviour is unacceptable. Throughout the day they will work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the school rules.

Numbers: Your child will begin to recognise numbers to 20 by reading, writing, counting and comparing numbers up to 20. (Please note that counting back is a skill the children need to practice just as much as counting on.) They will be learning which number is one more or one less than a given number to 20. They will be using quantities and objects to add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They will be solving problems, including doubling, halving and sharing in practical hands on activities.


Shape Space and Measures: The children will be using everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects to solve problems.  They will be taught to recognise, create and describe patterns as well as explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


You can help your child recognise numbers and shapes by working with them to find as many numbers and shapes in the environment. Playing games such as Snakes and Ladders (an early prerequisite to using a number line) or Pairs will also help number recognition. Singing counting songs e.g. Ten Green Bottles. Please also help them to recognise the names of coins. you can use  mathematical language such as more than, less than e.g. ‘what is one less than 6?’ Addition and subtraction language such as, how many altogether, add, minus, subtract. This will help your child to extend their understanding of mathematical language. Playing simple games such as, asking them to use their fingers to show you 5, 8, 3 etc once they are confident with that game you can extend their understanding by asking them to show you double 3, half of 6 etc.



The children will be encouraged to express themselves effectively by showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They will be encouraged to use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.

It is often said, ‘If you can’t say it then you can’t write it’. That is why we encourage our children to retell their favourite stories in their own words using ‘story language’ e.g. Once upon a time, the next day, suddenly, and they all lived happily ever after.’ Eventually when the children start to write independently they will already have a bank of story ideas and language with which to write their stories. The children especially enjoy and benefit from role-playing different characters in their stories, this helps them develop a sense of empathy for the characters and connect ideas and events.


Phonics: The children will eventually be placed into ability sets for the school’s phonics programme, Read, Write, Inc.  The children will bring home handwriting letter formation sheets for the sounds they are learning. Can you please ensure your child is starting and finishing each letter in the correct place and that the orientation is correct (bad habits are hard to undo!) Please also encourage your child to write in lower case letters as opposed to capital letters.


Reading: Please share a book with your child every day if you can. Before you start reading, look at the pictures in the book and ask your child to help you predict what the story might be about using the pictures as a clue and most importantly ask them to give reasons for their answers and ideas. If they find this difficult you can model responses by pretending to think out loud e.g.’ I think the dog wants to eat the gingerbread man because he is licking his lips.’ Ask them questions about the story to help develop their understanding of words and comprehension. As with maths, your child will benefit by reading words in the environment. Help them to hear and say sounds in words. Ask them to retell familiar stories. Sing nursery rhymes and recite poems with them.  In a few weeks your child will bring home books with just pictures in at first. Encourage your child to retell the story using the pictures. Help them to use story language when retelling their story


Topics for this term are:

Families: the children will be exploring the love and care shown in the family and God’s love and care for every family. You can help by talking to your child about past and present events in their own life, and in those of family members and other people s/he knows.

Belonging: the children will come to know and understand about belonging to different groups and learning that Baptism is an invitation to belong to God’s family. Again you can talk to your children about their baptism. Who was at the celebration, what special clothes they wore and who their godparents are.

Waiting: the children will come to know and understand about the times that it is necessary to wait and the use of that time and learning That Advent is a time of waiting to celebrate Jesus’ coming at Christmas


Wednesday Word

Every Wednesday your child will bring home the ‘Wednesday Word’. This is a link between home, school and parish and shares the Sunday Gospel. There are also some fun activities that you can share with your child related to the Gospel.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. If there is anything you can send in from home (photos, books, baptism candles etc) to support your child's learning with any of our topics please feel free!

Thank you for your continued support.


Understanding of the world. The children will talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They will make observations of animals and plants. People who help us in the community will be invited into school to talk to the children about various issues such as road safety, school nurse etc. They will select and use technology for particular purposes. You can help by continuing to encourage your child to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. The children will be learning about healthy eating, nutrition and making various tasty dishes using the vegetables and herbs harvested from our garden throughout the year. 


Please make sure your child has their kit in for the whole term. They can leave their kit in school and take them home to wash during the holidays. As the winter months creep closer please send in tracksuit bottoms and tops. (please ensure all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child’s name.)

P.E. times:

Mrs Smith: Monday


Health and self care: Children will learn the importance for good health, physical exercise, and a healthy diet and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They will be encouraged to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently. You can help by encouraging your child to dress and undress independently.


Expressive Arts and Design: They will learn songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They will be taught to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. They will use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They will be encouraged to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.


General Information.



Please make sure book bags are brought in every day so the children can put any letters and homework safely away as well as be heard read. Please also note we aim to hear your child read at least once a week on a one to one basis. 


 Please continue to hear your child read daily, only 10 minutes each night, it really does make a difference! Encourage them to share books with you and read their own books too.



Reading books will be changed once a week on a Thursday night and returned the next day.


Can I also remind you that all clothes, shoes bags need your child’s name clearly marked on.


Science Sack Every week a child is chosen to take home the class science sack. You can keep the science sack for a week and do as many activities from the sack as you like. You can help your child record their experiences and learning using drawings, writing and photographs. We just ask if you could complete the parents comments in the small book provided at the end. If your child is given the science sack then they are excused from doing any other homework during the week.


Snack money remains at £1 a week for a healthy snack and baking and art activities.


School trips: For our trip this year we hope to visit Blue Planet Aquarium. Don’t worry about providing your child with a packed lunch for the trip we will do that for you. However, if you prefer to send your child with their own packed lunch please make sure it is in a disposable bag for convenience of disposal with your child’s name clearly marked on.



Fund raising

We will be holding a sponsored wellie walk on the 9th October for our children and if parents or family wish to take part they are most welcome. We will be sending home a sponsor form for you. 

Soon we will be starting a weekly cake sale. The proceeds from our fundraising activities go towards various resources for our outdoor learning environment. This year we hope to raise money for playground markings and an outdoor writing table. We will let you know how we are doing with the fund raising.                                                 


Volunteers needed!

  • We need parent readers to come and hear the children read and if you would like to help out, please tell your child’s teacher.
  • If you are available to accompany us on any future school trips then please let your child’s teacher know.
  • You may be handy at dress making, carpentry, art and design or would like to help out with the football team.  


Any feedback is appreciated and if you think we may have left any relevant information out of the newsletter that you feel would be useful in our next newsletter please don’t hesitate to tell us.


If you have anything that you need to discuss with your child’s teacher at length then please make an appointment and we will be only too happy to discuss any concerns.


Finally we would like to thank you for your continued support.


Mrs L Smith

Mrs E McCombs

Contact the School

St Edmunds & St Thomas' Primary School

Oxford Road
L22 8QF

Main Contact: Mrs Sue Blackwell Mrs Annie Hoban

Tel: 0151 928 5586

SEN Contact: Mrs Pauline Clayton

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