Spring Bank Primary School

Summer 2 Newsletter


Summer 2 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all enjoying the half term holiday, here is some general information about Reception and an overview of the learning we will be doing for the final half term in Reception! The year has gone so fast!

 Staff in Reception this half term

  • Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher.
  • Marcella, Full time Teaching Assistant.
  • Miss Milburn, Learning Mentor (All day Tuesday and Thursday, plus Friday morning).
  • Miss Chudzik, Part time Teaching Assistant.

Miss Luney

We would like this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to Miss Luney for all her support, commitment and enthusiasm. She has now completed her teacher placement with us and with be starting a new job in Lower Wortley as a Reception Class Teacher. We wish her all the very best and all the luck in the world, we know she will be amazing and her new class are very lucky. Miss Luney’s last day wil be Tuesday 5th June, we will miss her lots.

Morning drop off

Please encourage your child to come into class (the cloakroom) by themselves, please refrain from coming into the cloakroom, we are now preparing the your child for the transition into Year 1. If your child can come into school independently, it will make their transition into Year 1 every morning much smoother and relaxed.


Phase 3 sounds this half term – digraphs (2 letters than make one sound): er, ue, ue and trigraphs (3 letters that make one sound): ure.

This will conclude all the sounds we learn in Reception, we will spend the rest of the half term consolidating all the sounds we have learnt throughout the year.

Please continue to read with your child every day and practise their new sounds. Remember to write in their reading journal once you have read with your child, we can then change their book.

We will continue to visit the school library on a Friday.

Circle Time

We will be focusing on reflection, of our plans, activities and goals, of how we have developed over the year and what our hopes and fears are for Year 1 and how we can make the transition smooth and relaxed.


We will be revisiting EVERYTHING! Just to make sure we are ready for Year 1.


PE lessons will start on Wednesday 6th June. We will be having PE lessons outside (weather dependent) where we will be perfecting our skills for Health and Sports week. We will continue to learn about the effects that exercise and being active has on our bodies and how to make healthy food choices. We will also be practising buttoning and tying laces, please support your child with this at home.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times

– white t-shirt, dark blue/black shorts, socks, trainers. Optional: Dark blue/black joggers and a dark blue/black hoodie.

 Without a PE kit your child will not be able to take part in PE.

Please make sure that your child wears clothes that are easy for them to take off and put on independently (no buttons at the back). Please encourage your child to get dressed/undressed at home independently as this will support them when getting ready for PE. Please do not send your child to school in their PE kit, part of our PE lessons, is getting changed.

Children with long hair should come to school with their hair tied up on a Wednesday.

Please make sure all clothes are named, including the clothes that your child wears on a Wednesday. It is very difficult for us to keep track of 30 PE kits and 30 outfits when they are not named. If you are missing any clothes from before the holidays, please check the pink lost property bin, we have only kept clothes that were named in the cloak room.


As the weather is improving (hopefully) please make sure that your child has a water bottle in school. They will need to take this home at the end of each day for it to be washed and refilled. You may also wish to provide a sunhat/cap for your child. Please make sure this is named. On particularly sunny days you may want to put sun cream on your child, this is something that we are unable to do in school.

At the end of the day when collecting your child, please leave the outdoor reception area as soon as you have collected your child. I realise that the weather is better and the children want to continue playing but the outdoor learning area is set up and ready for the following day each afternoon.


As you are aware Rose is receiving medical treatment for Leukaemia, this means that she will be at serious risk if exposed to measles, chicken pox or shingles. Please let us know immediately if you suspect that your child has chicken pox or measles. It is also very important that you let us know if anyone in your household has shingles. May we also remind you that your child should not attend school if they have diarrhoea or vomiting. Thank you for your co-operation, we know we can rely on your help with this.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored myself and Rose’s mum, Emily in taking part in the Race for Life 10k on Sunday 3rd June, if you would like more information or like to donate you can use this link –


Transition into Year 1

Your child will spend 2 afternoons in Year 1 during the week beginning 16th July. They will be split into 2 groups for this transition. They will all spend the morning in Year 1 as a whole class on Thursday 19th July.

Teddy Bear End of Year Picnic

You are invited to join Reception on Monday 23rd July for an end of year picnic, 12:10-1:10pm. This is a chance for parents, carers, Reception staff and children to chat and celebrate an amazing year in Reception, you will be given the chance to look at your child’s learning journeys and can take them home.

Lunch will be provided for children in Reception, please bring your own lunch, snacks an treats for yourself and any younger siblings who attend. We will also invite older siblings in school, who will be able to attend once they have had their lunch in the school hall.

If you have a picnic blanket, please bring that also. Keep a look out for more information nearer the time.

A Final Thank you

I would like to say thank you for your support and understanding throughout the year, it has been a pleasure you work with your children throughout the year and I will be sad to say goodbye to them at the end of term but they are ready for the challenge of Year 1 and I wish them all the best!

 If you have any questions, as always I am happy to have a brief chat before or after school, if you need longer, please arrange a time with me so we can discuss things fully. My email address is n.hussain@springbankprimary.org

Mrs Ryan

Reception Class Teacher

Dates for your diary

Sunday 3rd June: Race for Life, Temple Newsam, 9am. Come and cheer us on!

Monday 4th June: Back to school.

Tuesday 5th June: School trip to Temple Newsam House.

Miss Luney’s last day.

Monday 18th June: Teacher Training Day. School will be closed.

Tuesday 19th June: Whole class photos.

Saturday 7th July: Summer Fair.

Thursday 12th July: Sports Day, from 1:10pm.

Monday 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th  July: Transition afternoons in Year 1.

Thursday 19th  July, AM: Whole Class transition to Year 1.

Monday 23rd July: Teddy Bear End of Year Picnic.

Wednesday 25th  July: Last day in Reception. Break up for the summer holidays.


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