Spring Bank Primary School

Reception Category

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all enjoying the half term holiday. 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). Mrs Ryan will be in school but non-class based allowing time for her Early Years Lead and SENDCo roles.
  • Miss Duly, full time Teaching Assistant (Monday-Friday).

As you are aware Mrs Ryan is getting closer and closer to her due date, she is due on Saturday 15th June. Mrs Ryan plans to be in school until Friday 14th June, Mrs Ryan will be in class on Friday 14th June to spend her last working day with your children. Of course if the baby arrives early, Mrs Ryan will not be in school. Mrs Ryan hopes to come in and visit with her new baby before the academic year ends. We will keep you updated.

As of Monday 17th June, Mrs McAdam will be in school full time until the end of the academic year.

Play and Learn

There will be no Play and Learn sessions this half term. This is to help support your child with the transition into Year 1. As Year 1 do not have Play and Learn sessions. Thank you to all parents who have attended Play and Learn sessions throughout the year.

School Trips

Please keep a look out for further information regarding our upcoming school trips to Temple Newsam House on Thursday 6th June and to Headingley library on Tuesday 23rd July.

Transition into Year 1

Your child will spend 2 afternoons in Year 1 during the week beginning 15th July. They will be split into 2 groups for transition. The whole class will also spend a morning session in Year 1 during this week.  

Teddy Bear End of Year Picnic

You are invited to join Reception on Monday 22nd 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 the amazing year we have had in Reception. Younger siblings are welcome, we will also invite any siblings in school to come along if they would like to, they can attend once they have had their lunch in the school hall or they can come and have lunch with us! Lunch will be provided by school for children in Reception. Please bring your own lunch, snacks and treats for yourself and for any younger siblings who attend. Please bring picnic blankets. Keep a look out for more information nearer the time.

Morning Drop off

Thank you to everyone who has really tried to drop their children off at the main door.

Please encourage your child to come into class (the cloakroom) by themselves, please refrain from coming into the cloakroom, please say your good byes at the main Reception door and do not come into the class or into the cloakroom at all. We appreciate this may be difficult but this will really support your child in getting ready for Year 1. If your child can come into school independently, it will make their transition into Year 1 every morning much smoother and relaxed.

Outdoor Area

Please ensure that you 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.

Warmer Weather

As the weather is improving (hopefully) 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. 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.

Milk

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 find out if your child is drinking milk during the school day, please ask. Children are able to have their milk at any point in the day, they are encouraged to drink it in the morning.

Snacks

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 we may even now get some strawberries!  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.

Circle Time

We will be reflecting on the year we have had in Reception, how we have changed and grown, as well as focusing on our plans, activities and goals for the future. We will also be sharing our worries and hopes for Year 1 and how we can make the transition as smooth and relaxed as possible.

Maths

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

Phonics, reading books and library visits

This half term we will complete the final section of Stage 3 of Floppy Phonics. Once we have learnt all the sounds, we will recap all the sounds we have learnt throughout the whole 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 Monday. 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.

Book Bags

  • Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day.
  • 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 the only things in your child’s book bag are 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.

PE

PE will continue to be on a Wednesday afternoon. We will start PE lessons on Wednesday 5th June. During our PE lessons we will be preparing for Health and Sports week, this will include moving a mile around school, basketball shooting, javelin, long jump, relay races and the famous egg and spoon race! 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.

PE Kit is compulsory at Spring Bank Primary School. Your child will not be able to take part in PE lessons if they do not have a complete PE Kit. Please ensure your child has a complete 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). You can buy PE kit at the main school office.

  • Please ensure that your child wears clothes that are easy for to take off and put on independently (no buttons at the back).
  • Please ensure that if your child wears tights or sandals (no socks) 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.
  • Please ensure that your child has no jewellery on, only stud earrings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please ensure that all belongings are clearly named – If you are missing any clothes, please check the pink lost property bin.

Availability

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 (Mrs Ryan)

e.mcadam@springbankprimary.org (Mrs McAdam).

A final Thank you

We 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 we continue to be impressed by their growing maturity and ability to adapt to school life. We will be sad to say goodbye to them, but they are ready for the challenge of Year 1!

Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher

Mrs McAdam, Reception Class Teacher

Miss Duly, Teaching Assistant.

Dates for your diary

  • Monday 3rd June: Teacher Training Day: School is closed, do not bring your child to school.
  • Tuesday 4th June: Back to school.
  • PE Day: Wednesday
  • Thursday 6th June: School trip to Temple Newsam House.
  • Wednesday 12th June: Whole class photos.
  • Friday 14th June: Mrs Ryan’s last day.
  • Monday 17th June: Mrs McAdam in class full time for the rest of the academic year.
  • Thursday 11th July: Sports Day, from 1:10pm.
  • Saturday 13th July: Summer Fair, 12-2.
  • Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, Thursday 18th and Friday 20th July: Transition afternoons to Year 1.
  • W.C 15th July, AM: Whole Class transition to Year 1.
  • Monday 22nd July: Teddy Bear End of Year Picnic.
  • Tuesday 23rd July: School Trip to Headingley library (Afternoon only).
  • Wednesday 24th July: Last day in Reception. Break up for the summer holidays.

 

 

 

I hope you are all enjoying the Easter holidays, and ensuring that you and your children are getting a well-deserved rest before we start back for our third and final term in Reception! 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: We will be focusing on how to work as a team, take turns and follow rules, as well as thinking about how to take responsibility for our actions including taking care of the world we live in.

Phonics: This half term we will complete Stage 3 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 on Thursday 18th April, thank you to all of you who have confirmed if you can attend or not. This workshop 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.

Library: 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.

Maths: We will finding out all about number 10 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 be making sure that we are secure in our knowledge of numbers within 20, as well as working on our addition and subtraction skills to help us work on our number bonds to 5 and 10, doubling, halving and sharing. We will also start counting aloud in 2’s to 20, in 5’s to 50 and in 10’s to 100! We will use our counting to support our grouping in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

PE: PE will continue to be on a Wednesday afternoon. We will start PE lessons on Wednesday 24th March. 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.

During our PE lessons we will be preparing for Health and Sports week, this will include moving a mile around school, basketball shooting, javelin, long jump, relay races and the famous egg and spoon race! 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.

Extra Clothing: Although we are now well into Spring, it is possible that there may still be some wet and chilly days. 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.

Milk: 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.

Snacks: 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.

Reception Assembly: You are invited to attend Celebration Assembly on Friday 26th April. After assembly we will be looking at how we can enthuse our children in reading. We look forward to seeing lots of you there.

 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 start on Friday 3rd May at 2:30-3:25pm, and will continue to be on each Friday unless stated otherwise. Our last play and learn for the year will be on Friday 24th May. This is to help to support your child with the transition into Year 1, as no weekly Play and Learn sessions take place. 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. We will have a whole class picnic at the end of the year, where we can all come together to reflect and celebrate your child’s year in Reception.

Visitors: I will be collecting our chick eggs on Thursday 18th April as part of our growing project this half term. Reception will be learning all about how to nurture them and look after the chicks once they have hatched. As well as this, we will also have some caterpillars in class, which we will look after until they become butterflies. Thank you for everyone who supported the cake sale, without these donations we could not have bought the chick eggs or caterpillars.

School Trips: Please keep a look out for information regarding our school trip to Temple Newsam House on Thursday 6th June.

Morning Drop off: Thank you to everyone who has really tried to drop their children off at the main door. As we are becoming increasingly closer to the end of this academic year, you will hear us talking more and more about the transition into Year 1. Whilst it still may feel too soon to think about moving into Year 1, it is now only one term away, and we want to ensure a smooth transition. As part of this we will be asking that you say good bye to child at the main Reception door and do not come into the class or into the cloakroom at all. 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.

Availability: 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

  • Monday 15th April: Back to School.
  • PE Day: Wednesday
  • Thursday 18th April: Arrival of chick eggs.
  • Thursday 18th April: Phonics Parents Evening, 5pm.
  • Friday 19th April: School is closed.
  • Monday 22nd April: School is closed.
  • Tuesday 23rd April: Back to school.
  • Friday 26th April: Reception Assembly, 9-10:30am.
  • Friday 3rd May: Play and Learn, 2:30-3:30pm. Will continue every Friday, unless stated otherwise.
  • Monday 6th May: School is closed.
  • Friday 24th May: Last Play and Learn.
  • Friday 24th May: We break up for Half Term. School will be closed for a week.
  • Monday 3rd June: School is closed, as it is a teacher training day.

Next Half Term

  • Tuesday 4th June: Back to school.
  • Thursday 6th June: Reception School Trip to Temple Newsam House – more information to follow.

 

 

Reception had a wonderful day at the farm last week. We started at the pond, where we worked in pairs and used nets to find lots of different creepy crawlies. We found blood worms, leeches and lots of pond snails! We then used magnifying glasses and pipettes to have a closer look.

After lunch we went on a tour of the farm, we got to hold a rabbit, feed the rams and goats and have a wander around the chicken coop alongside the chickens! We even found some freshly laid eggs!

The highlight for lots of the children (and staff) was getting to feed the lambs using baby bottles filled with warm milk. The children really enjoyed this experience.

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the cost of this school trip, without your support this trip could not have gone ahead.

Please have a look at the photos below, which help show what a fantastic experience the whole day was.

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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.

Phonics

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.

Library

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.

Maths

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

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.

Milk

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.

Snacks

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.

Availability

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Today Reception went on their first school trip to Pizza Express! We all had a fantastic morning, learning how to make pizza and remembering the 5 special ingredients that you need to make pizza dough (yeast, flour, salt, sugar and water). The children all received a Junior Pizzaiolo certificate and a member of the public stopped us on the street to say how wonderful she thought our children were.

Have a look at the photos below.

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We will continue to use our pizza making skills in class this week. Next week we will be writing instructions on how to make a pizza! Maybe you could have a go at making a pizza at home too?!

 

 

 

Thank you to all the parents who came to our whole school assembly this morning, and another thank you to all the parents who were able to stay and join in with our maths activities on pattern. The children (and grown ups!) all had a great time exploring different ways to create patterns and explaining the rules of the patterns to each other. Take a look at the photos to see some of the fun that was had this morning. Thank you all the positive feedback, we have displayed this in our classroom cloak room so please do have a look. If you were unable to attend, we have sent some information out via parentmail and in your children’s book bag, so you can take part in some pattern creating and spotting at home. We are looking forward to having another parent assembly next term and seeing lots of you there!

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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.

Phonics

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.

Library

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.

Maths

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

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.

Milk

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.

Snacks

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.

Availability

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

 

 

Welcome to Reception! We hope you had a lovely summer and are ready for your child’s first year at Spring Bank Primary School. We have had a fantastic first full week with all 30 children in class. Thank you for all your hard work and support in preparing your child for school.

This year in Reception working with your children will be:

  • Mrs Ryan, me, Reception Class Teacher on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Mrs McAdam, Reception Class Teacher on a Thursday and Friday. I will still be in school but I will have time out of class to be able to complete my responsibilities as lead of Early Years and as school SENDCo.
  • Miss Duly, Full time Teaching Assistant.
  • Miss Chudzik, additional support on a Monday and Tuesday morning.

This half term we will be learning about ourselves and others, focusing on becoming independent and expressing our feelings and emotions. You can help your child by encouraging them to get ready in the morning independently, carrying their own book bag, water bottle etc. to school, finding their own peg and putting their own belongings away at the start of the day (they are already very good at this!).

Phonics

We have already started learning phonics in class, we will learn two new sounds a week. A phonics challenge will be sent home on Tuesday and Thursday for you to complete and practise with your child at home.

On Thursday 27th September, 6pm we will be holding a Phonics meeting for parents. Please come along to find out how your child is learning phonics and to ask any questions you may have. There will be an additional letter in regards to this.

Book Bags

Thank you to all of you who have already purchased a book bag for their child. Book bags can be purchased for £5 at the main school office.

Reading Books

Your child will receive a reading book as soon as they have read the previous book sent home. 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 or comment in your child’s reading record, as this will indicate if we need to give your child a new book or not and will help us to see that your child is reading at home. 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 ask if you have any questions in relation to this process.

Library

On a Monday your child will visit the 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 to the library, they can take a new book home. These books will go home in book bags and can be returned by be put back into book bags. Please use your child’s reading record to let us know if you have finished with the library book.

Maths

We will be focusing on numbers 1-5 this term. We will be really looking at the numberness of each number and finding out everything there is to know about each number. We will also be practising counting and making sure that we don’t miss out any numbers and that we count accurately when counting amounts. Keep a look out for maths challenges throughout the year for you and your child to explore outside of school!

Circle Time

All children will take part in circle time on a Friday afternoon with Mrs McAdam, we will focus on:

  • Getting to know one another.
  • Understanding how to share and take turns.
  • Discussing the Superhero Rules and learning why they are important.
  • Learning about our emotions and feelings, how to recognise them, how to cope with them and how to share them.
  • Becoming confident to share our thoughts, feelings and ideas with others.

PE

We will be starting PE on Wednesday 26th September. 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.

Extra Clothing

In preparation for the wet weather, you may also 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.

Milk

For the first term in Reception all children are entitled to free milk every day. Your child will be able to have their milk at any point in the day, preferably in the morning. After Christmas in the term your child turns 5, 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 please let us know.

Snacks

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

We will start Play and Learn sessions on Monday 22nd October, 9am-10am. You are invited to join in with our learning activities and to explore our learning environments both inside and out. We will run these sessions every week on a Monday from now until June. If a session is cancelled we will let you know.

Outdoor Area

Please refrain from entering the outdoor area on a morning. We will come out and open the gate and welcome you and your child into class at 8:50am. If the Reception gates are closed please refrain from coming into the Reception outdoor area. This is for health and safety reasons but also because we will soon be hiding things in our outdoor area ready for ‘treasure hunts’ during our morning lessons. We would like to keep the ‘treasure’ hidden so that your child can discover it for themselves during their learning time. Also at home time, if you could please ensure that your children do not use the Reception area to play in, this is again for health and safety reasons and also because we have packed away for the day. Please ensure that you have left the Reception area by 3:40pm.

Availability

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

  • Wednesday 26th September: PE starts
  • Thursday 27th September: Parents Phonics Evening, 6-7pm
  • Friday 28th September: Teacher Training Day. Please do not bring your child into school. School will reopen on Monday 1st
  • Saturday 6th October: Open Morning for new pupils starting in September 2019, 10am-12noon.
  • Wednesday 17th October and Thursday 18th October: Parents Evening.
  • Monday 22nd October: Play and Learn, 9-10am.
  • Friday 26th October: We break up for a week for half term. Please do not bring your child into school. School will reopen on Monday 5th