Reception Weekly Newsletters

Dear Families                                                                                                        5th April 2019.


The Children have loved our Easter Craft week. We have been busy making our own Easter bonnets, creating chocolate Easter Nests and decorating lots of Easter Egg pictures. The children also had a fantastic time egg hunting and playing egg and spoon races.


In phonics this week we have learned the sounds:


      cks dge  ve  wh


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. 


For your Easter holidays we would love if you could tell us about your Easter adventures, you could draw a picture, take photographs or write about what you have been up to.


Forest School – Miss Cawthorne’s class on a Tuesday and Miss Boundy’s class on a Thursday, please bring wellies on these days.


Our topic for next term is Animals Around the World. We will be covering a book linked to animals each week. Our first book will be Rumble in The Jungle.


FoOV Family Bingo Evening – Friday, 5th April – 6.30pm to 8.30pm (eyes down 7pm)

OV families and friends are invited to join us for a family bingo this evening. 

An adult book of 6 games = £5, flyer round = £1 (win an Easter treat, cash prize of £15 or £35)

Children ½ a book = £2.50, flyer £1 (win an Easter treat, local attraction ticket)

Refreshments will be available.  Thank you to everyone who made Easter cakes.


School Council – Sandcastle Competition – 29th April to 29th May

Over the break perhaps you can visit the beach and make a sandcastle for the School Council’s competition.  Please see attached for full information.


Reception trip to Exmoor Zoo – Tuesday, 7th May

Next term we will be studying Animals around the world and have arranged to take the children to Exmoor Zoo for the day.  Thanks to the Friends of Orchard Vale for subsidising this event.  Letters will be coming home today giving you full details.


School Angel – Fundraising initiative

If you shop with your favourite brands online through Orchard Vale’s School angel link the retailers will make a donation to the school.  Please see the poster on the attached sheet for details of which retailers take part in this initiative.


Lunch menu for next week is ‘Week One” (see attached new Summer Term menu)


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

Fri, 5th – Last day of school before Easter.

Mon, 8th to Mon 22nd April – Easter holidays.

Tues, 23rd April – Back to school after Easter.

Mon, 6th May – Spring Bank Holiday


Thank you for all of your support this term.


Have a fantastic Easter Holiday.       


Miss Cawthorne        Miss Boundy

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