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Early Years Fundraising


Thank you for all of your support with our Early Years Outdoor Fundraising. So far we have raised over £100 from our coin trail and Beauty Hamper Raffle. The winner of our Beauty Hamper was Ava C from Nursery! Well done!


We are holding our sponsored sports event on Tuesday 11th July - Don't forget to return your sponsor forms and any sponsor money to school by Monday 17th July. Many Thanks! If you need a new sponsor form please ask one of the staff.


We will be holding our raffle during Harvest Festival in the Autumn Term instead of during transition week. If you have sent in raffle ticket money we will keep your tickets safe for you until then!


Comments from parents at open evening in November.

Good at motivating children in Reception.  Child always aiming to be on gold, loves the incentive and tries hard to get Scamp to go home.

Absolutely thrilled with the way the setting is structured – have no concerns.

Welcome to Reception





Welcome back to the final term of the year, we hope you had an enjoyable holiday.  Yet again we have been busy transforming the classroom for our new topic and we have two exciting new role play areas, a submarine and a fish and chip shop. The children have loved accessing these areas today. 



Our topic this half term is...

"Who lives under the sea?"

Our main text is Sharing a Shell. We will also explore a range of non-fiction books about sea creatures. 


In maths we are going to have a focus on saying one less of numbers to 20 and taking away two single digit numbers. We will also be working on doubling, halving and sharing. As well as problems linked to distance. 


Please see the links below for a range of useful sites and resources to use at home with your children.

Reception Sports Day

Parent workshops

Mrs Schofield's class Friday 16th June 10.30 

Miss McGinley's class Friday 16th June 2.15

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to our Father's Day workshop on Friday 16th June.  We hope you all had as much fun as we did!



Important Dates and Workshops


Transition week - 3rd July - 7th July

During transition week children who are going into Year 1 will enter school at the usual time through the Key Stage 1 doors and will be collected from the main school gates at 3pm.


Whole school Beach Day - 19th July


Library books and Reading Books


Please ensure that reading books and reading records are in school every day so that Reception staff can hear your child read. Reading is an extremely important part of our learning, your child will be heard to read at school and we appreciate your support by regularly reading at home with your child.


Many of you have received certificates for reading at home and are on their way up the reading rocket in the hall. We award special certificates or prizes for 10, 20, 50, 70, 90 and 150 reads at home. Keep reading at home to get your name on the rocket!

Reading books will be checked everyday and will be changed when your child has read their book at home.

Library books will be changed every Friday.



In Reception we have daily phonics sessions this are vital to encourage your child's reading and writing skills. Please see below regarding the sounds that your child has been working on within their phonics group.


Miss McGinleys Group: s a t p i n g o c k ck e u r h ff l ll ss 

Miss Sowerby's Group: s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff ll ss qu ch sh th ng                                        nk ai ee

Miss Fenwick's Group: s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff ll ss qu ch sh th ng 

                                            nk ai ee

Mrs Schofield's Group: s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f l ll j v w x y z qu

                                                                   ch sh th ng ai ee igh oa oo or er ur oi oy



Children will review these sounds as they learn new sounds and digraphs. They will learn to blend and segment words containing these sounds as well as learning correct letter formation and spelling simple words.


Tricky Words


This half term we are doing lots of focus on tricky words. These are words that can not be sounded out, we encourage children to simply recognise these on sight using flashcards. We begin by recognising and reading the tricky words and then begin to write them. The tricky words that we are working on are.


Set 1 :I go no to the into

Set 2: he she we be me you are all her my they

Set 3: said have like so do some come little there one were there out when what


Forest School and Outdoor Learning


Reception will be doing Forest School every Monday afternoon.


During this half term our Forest School sessions will focus mainly on looking after our woodland, litter picking, learning how to care for our trees and wildlife that lives within our woodland. 


Feel free to pop in and have a look at our Forest School Floor book in the Reception Classroom.


Outdoor learning is a huge part of the Early Years curriculum, as you all know we are outdoors daily in all weathers, please ensure your child's is dressed appropriately.


Book Bags


Reminder: Book bags should be in school every day so that we can put important letters, homework library books and reading records into them as required.



Homework is sent home every Friday in your child's homework book. It reinforces work we have carried out during the week at school. Please take the time to support your child in completing their homework. It should be returned to school no later than Wednesday so that it can be marked and new homework set for the following week.


Notes from Home


We love to hear what the children have been doing with you at home. If something exciting or special happens at home  don't forget to pop it in a message from home sheet available in the porch or ask a member of staff.



                                                   School Fund                                                       
School fund is a donation of  50p per week.
This can be brought into school in your child's book bag on a Monday. School fund contributions allow us to buy resources to support your child's specific interests, enhance our curriculum and substitute the cost of school trips.


You may wish to pay for this half termly or termly - more information about this can be found on the school newsletter.

Thank you to all parents and carers who regularly donate school fund.


P.E and Physical Development


Physical Development is a very important part of our Early Years curriculum. In Reception we have a physical development session in the school hall on a Tuesday morning, our focus for this half term is throwing and catching, and avoiding obstacles and changing direction whilst moving.  


We are very lucky to have an extra session with Sunderland AFC "Little Dribblers" every Friday afternoon


Please remember to return P.E. kits after each holiday period. Please check that plimsolls still fit after the holidays as some PE may be carried out outdoors.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any comments or questions!

Thank you frown

Reception Contact

Please send Miss Cooke a message if you have any questions about life in Reception.

Topic Theme and Learning Challenge Questions

Links for learning at home - please click to open