Reception B 2020 - 2021

Mrs Brayshaw


Reception Newsletter January 2021

Emma (Mrs Brayshaw), Mandy (Miss Ward) and Olivia- Reception Brayshaw

Martin (Mr Fuller), Kerry (Mrs Quayle-Sutcliffe), Rena (Mrs Landell) – Reception Fuller

We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and would like to wish you a Happy New Year!  It is going to be a busy term with lots of exciting activities planned up until February half term.


Home learning and Tapestry

A quick reminder- Each day there will be a piece of work uploaded by the teachers onto the MEMO area on Tapestry. You can only access this through the website and not the app! There will be daily phonics, maths, literacy and PSED lessons and on Friday’s only there will be an investigation lesson! There will also be a daily live story time which you can access via Zoom. The relevant teacher will post the link on the MEMO. Please complete these lessons with your child daily and upload the tasks to Tapestry for your class teacher to view. Also, please do not forget to read with your child at least once a day even if it something practical like a recipe or a comic. It is so important that the children maintain their reading skills as much as possible during this time.

Here are some useful websites and resources- 



Art and Design



There are still some children that have not submitted any work yet so please if you have any questions or you are struggling to access the learning please get in contact.

We are all happy to help!


This half term our main topic is Animals. In Literacy, the children will be focusing on the books 'Handa's Surprise’ and ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs Go Wild’. Handa’s Surprise features different animals from Africa and will allow the children to make comparisons to the animals found where we live. We will focus on difference between wild and domesticated animals. We are going to learn the names that we give to young animals and talk about which animals provide us with food. As we learn about caring for pets, we will also be looking at how we care for ourselves through healthy eating and exercise.

We will also be looking at the different habitats that animals live in and the children will also be creating maps and routes of the local area and journeys made in the texts they are reading in class. The children will also be exploring the similarities and differences between animals that are existing and historical which links to our Investigation topic. In Art, we will be focusing on African animal art and their patterns. The children will also be using movement in PE and music to imitate different animals and ways that they move – through flight, swimming, crawling and slithering. 

As part of investigation Fridays, the children will be looking at Dinosaurs! We will be talking about their size, the differences between them and trying to learn some of their wonderful names. We will talk about the past and present and how animals and the environment have both changed over time. We will learn new vocabulary and be able to talk about the difference between the words endangered and extinct.

A few quick reminders

Reading books please make sure you listen to your child read each night. Talk about the pictures, practise any letters/words that are sent home and please make comments in the reading log. Due to Covid-19, we are going to be sending out reading books on Mondays only. Please can you return these books on Friday to allow the books to decontaminate over the weekend. Usually, books would be changed twice a week- we will let you know as soon as there are any updates. If possible, please read any books that you may have at home or access the websites below for online books and games that will support your child’s early reading.

Useful websites- – Information about being “Reception Ready”

Outdoor play- please make sure your child has suitable clothing, waterproof coat, wellingtons, sunhat, gloves, etc.  We go outside every day rain or shine.


Please remember to put names in all clothes, shoes, bags, lunch boxes, etc.


Homework – children will have a weekly homework sheets sent home along with their weekend diaries. Some of this work is through the online learning journey Tapestry. These do not take long to do and will reinforce their learning. It would be great to have your support in this as it is the foundation of starting to read and write.

Attendance and Punctuality – if your child is not in school on time or off school altogether, they miss out on so much learning – please make sure your child is in school, on time, every day.

Drop off and pick up- Please enter by the Myrtle Street entrance and keep a safe distance from other families. You will then be directed towards the Rylance street exit. Unfortunately, there will be no opportunity to stop and talk to others (including teachers) as it is important that there is a good flow of entering and exiting the school.

*  Please ensure you are wearing a mask during drop off/pick up and following the one-way system arrows. We do not want to be breaking/bursting bubbles and safety is a priority during these unprecedented times. * Children celebrating their 5th birthday this half term are:   


Sultan, Azrael, Alyan, Aaradhya, Isabella, Aiden, Aki, Aubree-Leigh, Jay, Kamari, Lincoln, Marios, Musab, Myra

A big happy birthday to you all!


Most importantly stay safe and healthy.


Reception Team

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Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School

Rylance St
M11 3NA

Main Contact: Mrs Eve Peters

Tel: 0161 989 2999

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