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w/b 22.02.21

Welcome to term 4!

Hi everyone,
We hope that you have stayed well and had a good rest over half-term and managed to do some lovely things despite the lockdown restrictions! It's strange to think that we are now half-way through this Reception year! What a strange year it has been so far!

School and home learning begins again tomorrow (Monday).

For those of you who are learning at home, we will continue to post the daily home learning activities each morning at 8am.


This term, I will post the video links for the phonics lessons all in one go for the week and will do this on a Sunday. You will only receive the Tapestry post with information for the group that your child is in.

Some groups also have reading material attached too which will last for the week.

This week Mrs Aslett will be teaching in school with Mrs W and Miss Russell. Mrs Rawson and Mrs Herdman will be working at home and will be in contact with you very soon about your child's group time on Teams. Please do log in to your child's Teams account from Monday and look at the calendar to see when their group time will be.


We have a new member of our Reception team who will be supporting the home learners. Her name is Miss Sullivan and she worked in Reception last year. She will be responding to some of your Tapestry posts, so I wanted to make you aware as it will probably be a name that you don't recognise. I have added a photo of her so you can see who she is! She is also a mum to two children in our school.


This term our topic will be Journeys and Transport, but we will start this week by focusing on rhymes and poetry in our literacy sessions. I have attached our plan for the term with broad ideas for learning, but these are subject to change if other things crop up or if we have to adapt because of home learning.

Teaching children to recognise and create rhymes is very important to help develop the literacy skills of reading and spelling. This is because children will become familiar with patterns of sounds in words. These skills develop from a very young age when children first learn nursery rhymes and there is evidence to show that children who are able to recite 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the age of 4 are usually one of the best at reading and spelling in their class by the age of 8. Sadly, many children these days start school without knowing any nursery rhymes and this really does have an impact on their ability to hear and say sounds in words.


We really are hoping that we can all return to school very soon, but I believe that Boris should be letting us know how this will happen on Monday. In the meantime, please do let us know of any changes in your circumstances and if there is anything that we can do to help. If you need any resources of paper, books, pencils etc, please do contact us as we may be able to arrange for them to be left at the school office for you collect (by appointment only).

In special circumstances, we may be able to deliver them to you at home.


For those of you who's child or children are part of the school bubble, please remember that Monday is our day for Forest School, so please dress your child in warm, old clothes and wellie boots and send a full change of clothes and a plastic bag to put the muddy ones in! Children should bring their book bags every day and please don't forget to order their lunches if they are having a school one. This term, we are moving back to the Reception classrooms and your child will enter and leave each day through the Reception Kennet door. 

This week's home learning activities:



Phonics for each group

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