Reception Weekly Newsletters

Dear Families                                                                                 15th February 2019


Thank you for your generous donations to ‘Pitch in a Pound’, raising much needed funds for the North Devon Hospice.  Once we have counted the coins we will put the total on our website.


This week the children have enjoyed learning about the Highway Rat. The children have been busy creating their own storybooks and wanted posters for the Rat. The children have also enjoyed creating collages and building lots of caves for the Rat to live in.


In phonics this week we have learned the sounds:


   igh  oa  oo


Please practise these at home.  Please remember to let your class teacher know when your child is confident with reading all of their teddy/ fish or boat words etc. 


We have attached some phonics resources to this letter, if you would like you could use them to practice your sounds over the half term. The children have worked their way through phase 2 and have worked to the sound oo in phase 3. There is also a list of helpful websites, the jolly phonics video on You Tube is a great place to hear all the sounds and actions that we do.


Forest School – These will start again on the week beginning 4th March. Miss Cawthorne class will continue to be on a Tuesday and Miss Boundy class on a Thursday, please bring your wellies on these days.


Wanted - After half term we are hoping to do some junk modelling with the children. If you have any empty boxes, bottles, kitchen/ toilet roll tubes then we would really appreciate them.


Lost shoes - A boy in Miss Cawthorne’s class managed to swap his shoes during P.E. on Monday. Could we ask parents of boys to double check their shoes. The ones we are looking for are Clarks Velcro, size 11. They are plain black with two straps, we have a pair of Clarks size 10 here ready to be swapped.


Our book after half term is ‘Tabby McTat’.


HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE – School Grounds Closed – 15th to 25th February

Please note the school grounds will be closed to the public from the end of school on Friday, 15th February, through the half term week, for essential maintenance work to be carried out. 


It will be reopened, ready for our return to school, on Monday, 25th February.

Public Health England (PHE) – Dental Health Survey – Thursday, 28th February

PHE have sent requests to parents of 5 year old children to allow their child to be part of its national survey.  PHE are collecting information about whether dental health is improving in this age group, to allow them to compare different areas of the country and to plan improvements in the dental health services. The examination will be carried out in school with staff members present and is purely a survey with no treatment being involved.  If you have received a letter please could you return this to your class teacher whether you are giving or withdrawing your permission.


World Book Day – Thursday, 7th March – Dress as your favourite book character

To celebrate World Book Day 2019 we would like the children to come to school dressed as their favourite book character and bring the book to school to share with their friends.  During the day we will be taking part in various fun activities.


Non-Uniform Day – Red Nose Day – Friday, 15th March

The School Council have organised a non-uniform day to celebrate Red Nose Day 2019.  They will be selling Red Noses in classrooms from Monday, 11th to Friday, 15th March at £1.25 each.


Wanted - After half term we will be making rockets and would be grateful for any junk modelling items suitable for making our crafts.  Please hand these to your class teacher.


Labelling - We have had several pieces of uniform and PE kit being mixed up or lost recently.  Please could we ask you to ensure all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their name to help them locate their own possessions. 


Lunch menu for next week is ‘Week Three”.


Diary Dates (don’t forget to check the school website, for up to date information)

Mon, 18th to Fri, 22nd Feb – HALF TERM

Mon, 25th Feb – back to school.

Tue, 5th Mar – FoOV Tuck shop

Thur, 14th  Fri, 15th, Mon, 18th and Tue, 19th March – Book Fair


Thank you for all of your support and we hope you all have a fantastic half term.



The Reception Team.

Phonics websites


You Tube- Jolly Phonics Sounds and actions.

Video of all the sounds with actions.

A good selection of resources including worksheets and some interactive games. Covers-

-     Phase 3 and 5 sounds

-     Phase 6 work such as prefixes and suffixes, plurals and tense worksheets.

-     extensive list of long vowel worksheets and games such as hangman.

A mix of very good interactive games and worksheets covering most phonic phases. Recommend Sandcastle quiz for phase 3 and 5.

A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.

Lots of information and guidance for parents/carers