Spring Bank Primary School

Reception Newsletter Spring 1


Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the start of the Spring Term! It is your child’s second term in school! We hope you had a lovely winter break and are ready for the next school term. Thank you for your continued support, we are hopeful that the transition back in to school life will run smoothly.

We have outlined some key information about Reception and the half term ahead, if you have any questions, please ask.

Staff in Reception:

  • Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
  • Mrs McAdam, Reception Class Teacher (Thursday and Friday). I will still be in school but will be non-class based to allow time for me to fulfil my responsibilities as lead of Early Years and school SENDCo.
  • Miss Duly, full time Teaching Assistant (Monday-Friday).

Circle Time

This half term we will be making goals and plans, understanding how to make good choices and understanding what can happen if we make a bad choice. As well as thinking about the feelings and needs of other people and how we can be sensitive towards those needs and feelings.


This term we will be learning sounds in Stage 2 of Floppy Phonics. We will continue to send home phonics challenges for you to complete at home and also for you to see the work your child has completed in school. These challenges are for you to complete and practise with your child at home, you do not need to return them to school.

Thank you to those parents who attended the phonics parents evening last term, we hope it was helpful. Please find attached some information regarding phonics that may be helpful. We will also be holding a phonics evening for parents on Thursday 10th January at 5pm. This will introduce you to the sounds in Stage 2 and will also provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. You will also have the opportunity to talk to other parents and share ideas on how you can support your children at home.

Reading Books

We will continue to send reading book home. We check books at lunchtime each day. Your child will receive a reading book as soon as they have read the previous book sent home.

Things to note:

  • Please read with your child as often as possible, ideally every day.
  • You do not need to read the whole book in one sitting.
  • Please sign/initial or comment in your child’s reading record to indicate if we need to give your child a new book or not.
  • We will not change your child’s book unless you indicate that they have read the original book given.
  • Please be aware that your child may receive the same book more than once, this is to support them in terms of revision and fluency.
  • Please ensure that your child’s reading book and reading log are in their book bag every day, as we will be reading with your child in school also.
  • Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day.
  • Please ensure that the only things in your child’s book bag is there reading book, reading log and library book, nothing else.


On a Monday your child will visit the school library, they will choose a story book for you to read together. Your child can keep this book for as long as they wish, once returned, they can take a new book home. These books will go home in book bags and can be returned by being put back into book bags. Please use your child’s reading record to let us know if you have finished with the library book. We recommend that you keep a library book for no longer than 2 weeks.


We will be recapping all our work on numerals 1-5 and then moving on to numerals 6 and 7. We will continue to focus on the ‘numberness’ of each number and find out everything there is to know about each number. We will also be practising counting on and back within 20, making sure that we do not miss any numbers out and that we count accurately when counting amounts. Please support your child by counting slowly and accurately with them, ensuring that no numbers are missed.


PE will continue to be on a Wednesday afternoon. We will start PE lessons on Wednesday 9th January.

Please ensure your child has a complete PE kit in school at all times. PE Kit is compulsory at Spring Bank Primary School. Please leave your child’s PE kit in school on their peg. You only need to take PE kits home when we break up for the holidays.

Compulsory PE KIT: Dark blue/black shorts, white t-shirt and trainers. When the weather gets colder you may like to also include dark blue/black jogging bottoms, and a dark blue/black hoodie. You can buy PE kit at the main school office.

Your child will not be able to take part in PE lessons if they do not have a complete PE Kit.

Please ensure that if your child wears tights to school that they also have a pair of socks in their PE kit. For children with long hair, please ensure that your child’s hair is tied up on a Wednesday morning. Please ensure that your child has no jewellery on, only stud earrings. If you have any questions or issues please ask.

Please ensure that all belongings are clearly named.

Extra Clothing

As it is more than likely that the weather will continue to be cold and wet this half term, you may want to leave a pair of wellies and a raincoat in school for your child. You may even want to provide a full set of spare clothes (including underwear, socks and shoes) in case of accidents or very messy play!

Please ensure that all belongings are clearly named. Clothes can very easily get misplaced or lost in a class of 30 children!

Water bottles

Please provide a named water bottle for your child, this will allow your child to independently access water throughout the day ensuring that they are hydrated.

Only water can be brought into school, no other drinks.


If your child is now 5 years old, you will be sent a letter asking if you would like to pay £4 a term for your child to continue having milk every day at school. If you do not want your child to have milk for any reason or you would like to speak to us about if you should pay for your child to have milk, please come and ask.

Children are able to have their milk at any point in the day, they are encouraged to drink it in the morning.


Children in Reception are entitled to one piece of fresh fruit or vegetable everyday as part of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. There is a choice of bananas, apples, pears, carrots, raisins, tomatoes, satsumas and strawberries in the summer! Your child will be able to have their snack at any point in the day. There is no need for you to provide any snacks for your child.

Play and Learn

You are invited to join in with our learning activities and to explore our learning environments both inside and out.

Play and Learn will now be on a Friday at 2:30-3:25pm for this half term. The first Play and Learn session will be on Friday 25th January 2019. These sessions will run every week, if a session is cancelled we will let you know. Please arrive at school at the main entrance, you will be asked to sign in and then be directed to the Reception classroom.

Please be aware that your child will still go home at the usual time of 3:25pm. We cannot allow children to leave early.

Outdoor Area

Thank you to everyone who has refrained from entering the outdoor area on a morning. Please could we ask that you ensure that the gates are closed behind you when you leave and/or enter the area.

We will open the main gate at 8:55am, please refrain from using the side gate, this is for access to breakfast club.

If the Reception gates are closed please refrain from coming into the Reception outdoor area. This is for health and safety reasons. At home time, please ensure that your children do not use the Reception area to play in, this is again for health and safety reasons and because we have packed away for the day. Please ensure that you have left the Reception area by 3:40pm. Thank you.


All members of the Reception team are always available and happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Please do not hesitate to talk to us. If it is easier you can also email n.hussain@springbankprimary.org (That’s my email address, it is still in my maiden name).

Thank you for all your support so far. We are all very excited about getting to know you and your children.

Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher

Mrs McAdam, Reception Class Teacher

Miss Duly, Teaching Assistant.

Dates for your diary

  • School will reopen on Tuesday 8th
  • Phonics Parents Evening: Thursday 10th January, 5pm.
  • PE Day: Wednesday.
  • School Trip to Pizza Express: Tuesday 22nd
  • Play and Learn: Friday, 2:30-3:30pm. Starting Friday 25th January 2019.
  • Friday 15th February: We break up for half term. Please do not bring your child into school.
  • School will re-open on Monday 25th


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