Reception F 2019 - 2020

Mr Fuller

Reception teacher

 Reception Newsletter January 2020



Emma (Mrs Brayshaw), Mandy (Miss Ward), Emma (Miss Nicholson) Martin (Mr Fuller), Rena (Mrs Landell) and Harvinder (Miss Kaur) 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.


This half term our main topic is Animals. In English the children will be focusing on the book 'Handa's Surprise. This features different animals from Africa and will allow the children to make comparisons to the animals found where we live. The children will also be exploring the similarities and differences between animals that are existing and historical. In Art we will be focusing on African animal art and stippling. The children will also be using movement to imitate different animals.

As part of investigation Fridays the children will be looking at their habitats and how they have evolved and adapted to suit them. We will be learning about domestic and wild animals from around the world and how animals are used to help humans. We will be looking at farms and how animals help us survive E.G Cows give us milk. We will be also looking at how animals help humans with hearing or visual impairments such as guide dogs. When we are focusing on Dinosaurs the children will be making their own Dinosaur bones out of Salt- dough which will then become part of a great display enabling the children to become archaeologists.


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 and send their book back into school each day.


Outdoor play - Wellington boots and a waterproof coat are a must. We know how unpredictable the English weather can be... sunshine one-minute, rain the next! We go outside every day rain or shine.


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


School Lunch-NO NUTS please if you are providing a packed lunch or snack. We are a nut free school and have children with severe allergies within the school. Thank you for your cooperation.



Homework – children will have a daily homework sheet that supports the learning that the children are doing in class. These do not take long to do and it would be great to have your support. Your help at home really has such a positive impact on their progress. We will also be continuing with our weekly spellings. These will be sent home on a Monday with the intention of a small test on the Friday. The children get very excited as this is their chance to get a Dojo point! Please help them practise the spellings at home and we also practise them daily in school. Some children will receive a nursery rhyme, this will support their early phonics skills which are the foundations of beginning 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. 


Tapestry online learning journey- Please continue to upload your observations to Tapestry-we cannot stress how useful this is for us to see their learning at home! Thank you for those who have done this so far, we have loved seeing them.



Dates for your diary

  • EYFS celebration assembly: We will be holding our very own EYFS celebration assembly in the Studio on a Friday afternoon at 2.45pm for Star of the Week, Citizen of the Week and Lunchtime Sports Superstar. If you would like to attend please arrive at the office at 2.25pm prompt or you may not be able to get in.
  • Animal man: On the 30th of January the animal man will be coming in to show animals to the children in all the classes. A letter will be sent out nearer the time.


  Children celebrating their 5th birthday this half term are:  


 Rameen, Ellia, Evia, Kai-Zer, Mitaire, Viwaram, Liam, Fatima, Ameera, Matias, Yuchu.



A big happy birthday to you all. welcome to Reception Helping with reading What is EYFS Reception expectations risk taking Macmillan Coffee Morning Thursday 26th september

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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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