Reception Newsletter

Welcome back to Reception after a well-deserved two weeks off over the Christmas period. All of the children have definitely returned to school rested and ready to learn. We have had a fantastic first week back! The children have settled back into their routines with confidence. This term will be focused on giving children opportunities to start extending their learning either within continuous provision activities or when working with an adult. Concentration skills and listening skills are another key focus this term as we start to squeeze more learning into our day.

Our topics this term

Subject Half Term 1 Half Term 2
Literacy ‘Naughty Bus’


Using phonics to write words

‘The Journey Home’


Simple sentences

Numeracy Recognising numbers

Number Bonds

Addition and Subtraction


Knowledge of the World Community






Expressive Arts and Design Using different media to create Dance
PSED Listening to how others feel Resolving conflict and taking turns


Physical Balancing Ball skills
Communication & Language Confident talkers Asking questions

PE is on Wednesday. A huge thank you for all those parents who have been providing a PE kit for their child. If you have not already, please could you ensure your child has a PE kit in school, labelled with their name in all items, please. The PE kit should be a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps. It is easier to leave the PE kit in school and take it home at the end of each half term.

Book Bags

Reading is a key priority in school and vital within Early Years. Thank you for all of your support with the reading at home since September. Reading books, key words and sounds will continue to be sent home on a regular basis. We are happy to change reading books as often as your child reads their book, just sign the reading diary to let us know.


This term children will receive a homework book with a selection of open ended activities to complete. These activities will range from craft ideas, counting/phonics activities or simple experiences linking to topics covered in class such a baking or going on a bus. These will not be compulsory. The activities listed are to enhance learning and allow children to share what they have done at home with others in class.

Please can I remind parents that your child must bring a coat to wear everyday as we use our outdoor space in all weather. It will also be a huge help if all items of clothing are labelled with initials or full names, to help any confusion when jumpers and coats are removed.

Stay and Play is every day and is an opportunity for parents to stay for 10 minutes each morning to complete a short activity with their child. This is a great chance to ask any questions you may have about your child.

Thank you for your support and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask at the beginning or end of the day.

The EYFS Team