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FS Update 14.07.17

Reception class newsletter ~ 14th July

Words of the week: lifecycle, chrysalis.

Personal, Social and Emotional development-This week we have been talking lots about the transition to year one and all the things that we are looking forward to. The children have also been reflecting on their year in foundation Stage and in particular thinking about all the things that they have achieved this year.

Communication and Language-
We have been talking non-stop this week about lots of things! The children have been talking about how excited they are about moving to year one. They have also been asking lots of questions and some have been answering them. We have also enjoyed talking about our caterpillars and noticing the changes, we are eagerly awaiting their transformation into butterflies.

Physical development-
Our preparation for sports day is well and truly underway. The children have been busy practising the following skills:

· Running
· Throwing bean bags into buckets
· Balancing quoits on their heads whilst walking.
· Practising for the egg and spoon race.

Literacy- This week we have enjoyed reading and exploring the story of ‘the bad tempered ladybird.’ I have been impressed with the children’s comments as we read through the book, they noticed that the pages got bigger each time and that this corresponded to the size of the animals. In our groups we have been looking at both fiction and non-fiction ladybird books and talking about the difference between the two. For our writing we have written our bad tempered sentences, thinking carefully about all the sounds we can hear in a word, using finger spaces and a full stop. Our writing targets for this term are:

Maths- We have been practising our number bonds to 10 this week. This has involved lots of quick fire maths questions and the children have had to respond as fast as they can. I am really impressed with their maths this week. Please could you continue to support your child at home with practising their number bonds to 10. In our ten minute maths sessions we have been counting on and back from a given number and counting things that cannot be moved.

Expressive art and design- The children have really enjoyed showing their creative side this week and have been producing some wonderful artwork. Much of their art has been inspired by our story of the week. We have also cut out and decorated our own butterflies.

Understanding the World- We have been learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly this week and have had some great discussions about this.

We will no longer be changing reading books. Please could all reading books and reading records be returned to school by Wednesday next week. If you have any class books that your child has borrowed then please return these as well.

Homework- There is no homework this week.

Year one holiday books-Mrs Perry and Mrs Flannery will be sending home holiday books for the children to complete during the summer holiday. These will be in your child’s book bag at some point next week and will need to be returned to year 1 in September.

Sports day-
Please could all children come to school in their PE kit on Tuesday morning. They can then stay in their kit all day. Don’t forget that there is a family picnic back at school after sports day.


Next week is health and safety week. Please join us for wake up shake up on the playground each morning.

Friday- School finishes at 1.15

Next week

Focus: Just Imagine

Thank you for your continued support.

Rebecca Honey