Early Years

 Celebrating Chinese New Year with Butterflies, Reception Class

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January 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! The children have settled back well and we look forward to a busy and exciting year ahead. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to the new Nursery children and parents that have joined us this term.

Our topic for this half term will be based around the theme of ‘Once upon a time’. We have chosen this as it allows us the freedom to follow a number of different avenues that arise from the children’s own interests.  Initially, we are starting off with storytelling and for the next few weeks will be focusing on rhyme. The children have enjoyed sharing various stories written in rhyme and we have had fun making up our own nonsense nursery rhymes as well as rhyming strings.

For the next few weeks we will be looking at ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be making our own gigantic Superworm and making up our own rhymes about the Superhero ourselves. Amongst other exciting activities, we will be exploring the outdoors, finding out about worms, exploring their habitats and also making our own wormery,

The children continue to make good progress with their phonics and reading and we would like to thank you for your help with this. We appreciate that they are often tired after a long day at school and may be reluctant to read but please remember it is just as valuable to read to them , maybe encouraging them to find tricky words, certain letter sounds etc.

The children are now heard read once a week rather than twice. We feel it is important at this stage to spend time focusing on building their phonic skills and encouraging them to implement them in their writing. The phonics and writing workshops enable us to develop these skills which in turn will move their reading on.

On a Monday Group 1 (surnames A-L) will be heard read and on a Friday Group 2 (surnames M-Z).

We really enjoy looking at their Home Journals together too! They have done some super work and we hope you enjoy sharing them with your child. Don’t forget, if you have any lovely things to share with us such as photos, pictures, writing connected with our topic do bring them into school and we will share it on our Learning Wall.

Just a few reminders to help your child in school:

  • Please could you make sure all items of clothing including shoes and PE kit are named.   This will encourage your child to be more independent in that they can find their own clothes and obviously prevents them getting distressed when items get misplaced such as PE time.  PE for the Butterflies will be on a Friday morning.
  • Please provide your child with a named water bottle each day.  The children are not allowed juice/squash, just water please.
  • A waterproof coat is needed as the children will be outside at times in light rain.
  • Could Nursery children please keep a pair of soft shoes and Wellingtons in school as well as a change of clothes for when needed.

 Once again if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff, we are always available.

Foundation Team

Curriculum EYFS April - May 2016


A very warm welcome to Butterflies and Caterpillars!

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