Spring Bank Primary School

Reception Spring Term 2 Newsletter


Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to second half term of the Spring Term! Your child is now half way through their first year at primary school! We hope you had a lovely week off and are ready for the next half term. 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 my roles as Early Years Lead and school SENDCo.
  • Miss Duly, full time Teaching Assistant (Monday-Friday).

Circle Time

This half term we will be talking about how we can try and find solutions to problems that we may have when playing and learning with others, we will talk about finding ways to ensure that everyone is being treated fairly and will start thinking about how it makes others feel when they are treated unfairly or in a mean manner. We will also be talking about trying new activities and about how that can make us feel, as well as thinking about all the things we can already do and how we can talk about ourselves and others positively.


This half term we will complete Stage 2 of Floppy Phonics. We will continue to send home phonics challenges so you can see how your child is doing in school, as well as being able to support your child with alternative ways of learning the sounds through different home challenges. All 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 earlier in this year, hope it was helpful.

We will have our third and final phonics evening after the Easter holidays, so please keep a look out for information regarding that nearer the time. This will introduce you to the sounds in the final Phonics Stage 3 for Reception, it will also provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and 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 books home, book bags are checked at lunchtime. 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 you have read the whole book, we can then provide a new book. If you are in the middle of a book, please indicate which page number you have reached.
  • 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, fluency and understanding.
  • Please be aware that your child may receive what appears to be a ‘too easy’ book, however this is again to support your child in terms of revision, fluency and understanding.
  • 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. We cannot do this if they do not bring their book bag in or if one of the books are missing.
  • 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 their reading book, reading log and library book, nothing else.
  • Please ensure that your child only has one keyring on their book bag, please encourage them to select a small keyring.


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 the library book. We recommend that you keep a library book for no longer than 2 weeks.


We will finding out all about numbers 8 and 9 this half term. We will use all our knowledge of the previous numbers to help support our learning and to further deepen our knowledge of numbers. 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. As well as this please encourage your child to identify numbers in the environment, once identified can they can on or back from that number? Can they tell which number is one more or less than the number they have found?


PE will continue to be on a Wednesday afternoon. We will start PE lessons on Wednesday 27th February.

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

Although we are moving in to Spring, we imagine that the weather may continue to be wet and chilly. 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. This is school policy.


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 1st March 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.

Morning Drop off

As we are now half way through the year, you will hear us talking more and more about the transition into Year 1. Whilst it may feel too early to think about moving into Year 1, it will come around very quickly and we want to ensure a smooth transition. As part of this we will be asking that after half term you say good bye to child at the main Reception door and do not come into the class or into the cloakroom. We appreciate this may be difficult but this will really support your child in getting ready for Year 1.

Outdoor Area

Thank you to everyone who has refrained from entering the outdoor area on a morning. Please ensure that close the gates as 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 only. 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 child does not use the Reception area to play in and that you have left the Reception area by 3:40pm. Thank you.

Parents Evening

Parents Evenings will be on Wednesday 13th March and Thursday 14th March, please keep a look out for a message on parent mail informing you of how to make an appointment. We would ask you to make every effort to try and attend parents evening, as we will be sharing your child’s progress and development throughout the year, our expectations for your child for the rest of the year, the transition into Year 1 and how you can support your child through the final term of their Reception year. If for any reason you are not able at all to attend please speak to us, we will try and make alternative arrangements, however this is usually not possible, so we must stress the importance of making an appointment for one of the allocated evenings.

Reception Cake Sale

Thank you to all of you who have kindly donated towards funding our growing activities. To try and further reduce costs we will be having a cake sale on Friday 22nd March at 3:25pm. Any donations of cakes, biscuits would be much appreciated, please bring these in on the morning of the 22nd. You may also like to join us for Play and Learn that afternoon, as we will be busy making and decorating cakes and biscuits ready for us to sell. The more help we can get the better.


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).

We would just like to say that we continue to be impressed by your children and their growing maturity and ability to adapt to school life, this would not be possible without your continued support and understanding. Thank you.

Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher

Mrs McAdam, Reception Class Teacher

Miss Duly, Teaching Assistant.

Dates for your diary

  • School will re-open on Tuesday 25th
  • PE Day: Wednesday.
  • Friday 1st March: Play and Learn, 2:30-3:30pm.
  • Monday 4th March: Teacher Training Day. School will be closed, please do not bring your children to school on this day.
  • Friday 8th March: Author Harry Heape to visit Reception.
  • Wednesday 13th March: Parents Evening 4-6:30pm.
  • Thursday 14th March: Parents Evening 4-6:30pm.
  • Thursday 21st March: Reception School Trip to Meanwood Valley Farm.
  • Friday 22nd March: Reception cake sale, 3:25pm
  • Friday 29th March: We break up for the Easter Holidays.
  • School will re-open on Monday 15th

Next Term

  • Phonics Parents Evening: Thursday 18th April, 5pm.





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