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Story of the Week: Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson


BHSA Christmas Card Project 2019

This year, children will be creating their Christmas Card designs at home. We will be sending home a design information guide leaflet. Please read it carefully so that you know which materials can be used, the sizing etc. If you would like to take part, please get your child to design a Christmas picture at home. You must return the artwork to school by Tuesday 29th October at the very latest as the designs are sent off the next morning, Wednesday 30th October. A letter from the BHSA is being emailed via parentmail, which will give more details.

If you are out and about over the next few weeks we are looking for some Autumn things for our Potions Lab.  We would also love some pine cones so that we can make some bird feeders.  

Reception are looking for puzzles, games, digital cameras, dressing up costumes, construction (Lego, Mobilo) or small world characters. If you have any of these at home and do not need them any more, we would appreciate the donation to our year group. 

If you have not already done so, please can you make sure all forms have been completed on the New Starters page on the website. 

Thank you to those who have returned their child's Reception Profile Booklet. If you have not, please can you return it ASAP.  

Home School Partnership Presentation

Learning next week:

This will be where you will find the children's school challenges for the week. 

The children’s learning challenges for the next week:

  • To match rhyming pairs and make a rhyming string
  • I can combine two groups to find how many there are altogether
  • I can make a halloween decoration

Diary and Observation Record Sheets:

Please complete the sheets below so that we can add them to your child's Learning Journal. If you have additional photos, please use a seperate sheet. Thank You. 

Look What I Can Do

September Diary

October Diary

Your teachers are:

Apples - Miss Dunk and Miss Bright

Oranges - Miss Skinner and Mrs Colgan


Timetable for the week

Monday - Book bags to be returned with reading books and library books.

Tuesday - Books bags sent home

Wednesday - Oranges - Library

Thursday - Book bags to be returned with reading books and library books.

                      Apples PE - PM - Please can we have NAMED PE kits in a bag at school

Friday - Wake up, Shake up (Last Friday of each half term @ 8.45am for parents and carers to join in)

                Apples - Library

               Oranges  PE - PM -  Please can we have NAMED PE kits in a bag at school


Please ensure your children bring their book bag to school every Monday and Thursday.  The book bag should contain their library book on the appropriate day for their class, their reading book and reading record book.  The reading record book should have comments about your child's reading or simply initial the title to let us know that the book has been read.  We will then change the books and return the book bags to you on a Tuesday and Friday.


Show and Tell Rota



Home School Communication Book

This book is intended to be an additional way for parents and school staff to communicate information.  If you have something that you would like to tell us, please write in the Home School Book and post it in the red post box on the fence by our entrance. We will read your comments and reply either in writing or in person.  If there is something that we need to communicate to you, we will also use this book so please ensure that it is in your child’s bag daily. Please note that this book is not for communication about going home arrangements.

Names on clothes

Please name ALL of your child’s uniform, including coats and shoes. As I’m sure you are aware, the children do have a tendency to leave jumpers and cardigans around. If they are not named, it becomes very difficult for us to reunite lost items with the correct child.

Visible Learning

As you may be aware, the school is engaged in the Visible Learning.  As part of this process all staff have undertaken projects within their year groups.  The characteristics of effective learning are a key element in the early year's foundation stage. They detail the ways in which children should be learning from their environment, experiences and activities. Children will be displaying the characteristics of effective learning every day.  We would like the children to become more familiar with these so have created alien characters for each characteristic. 


Characteristics of Effective Learning Aliens

You can support us with the project by:

1. Using the language of learning with the children. For instance, rather than asking “what work have you done?” you could ask “what have you learnt?”

2. Talking to the children at the beginning of the week about the learning that we will be focusing on. This is always on the weekly letter that comes home.

3. When the children are engaged in learning outside of school, make this explicit to the children. For instance, “you have been learning how to write your name.”  

4. Become familiar with the alien characters and encourage the children to think about which characteristics they have been using in their learning. For example, “I loved how you kept on trying to learn to ride your bike.  You have been a real Trying Trip.” 


We will be having a reflection time at the end of each session and awarding certificates and stickers to the children to help familiarise them with this language of learning.  Please do come and talk to us if you have any questions around this.  


Calendar /Key dates

School Diary




Reading Prompt - Level 1

Reading Prompt - Level 2


Home Learning

Recent and extensive educational research has found that homework for primary aged children has minimal impact unless it reinforces learning and regularly allows children to rehearse and practise skills and facts e.g. times tables and spellings. Below are some of the things that you can do to support your children at home.



Children are expected to read, or be read to, at home regularly (at least 10 minutes daily) and to discuss their book with an adult at home to develop language and comprehension.  Reading books and Reading Record books are changed every Tuesday and Friday.  Also children may borrow books from the Infant Library. We encourage the children to share their library book with an adult at home as well.


Helping your child with reading 

Nurturing young readers

Oxford Owl


Key words/ Spelling

Phase 2 Tricky words

I, the, to, no, go, into 


Phase 3 Tricky Words

he, she, me, we, be, was, you, are, they, all


Blending and segmenting

These are the terms used for the way we break down and put together individual letters/sounds into words for reading and writing. It is a skill that comes with practice, so the more they are exposed to it the better.


Blending – putting sounds together to make a word

This is the first stage of reading.  This can easily be done whilst walking along the road or sitting in the car.  You tell the children that you are thinking of a word and they have to try and guess what it is.  We have been using 2/3/4 sound words e.g. on, cat and tent.  You then break the word down into its individual sounds, for instance, o-n /c-a-t /t-e-n-t.  It might be that you still need to practically say the word before the children can guess it!  When the children have got the word, you need to model the blending back to them and say the completed word.  For instance, “that’s right, well done, c-a-t, cat.”  It is very important that you always reiterate the sounds and the word.


Segmenting – breaking a word down into it’s individual sounds

The first stage of segmenting is to hear the initial sounds in words.  You could go on a sound hunt around your home to find things beginning with a particular sound or play games such as Eye Spy whilst looking at a picture in a book.  Once the children are confidently hearing initial sounds, emphasise final sounds in words for them to hear.  Then move onto CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words and ask them to work out the sounds in the word, for instance, “I can see a bus, what sounds can you hear in bus?"  Magnetic letters or letter cards are also very useful for reinforcing letter recognition at this stage.  Give the children the 3 letters that they need for a word and ask them to put them into the right order. 


To understand a little more about phonics or if you would like to check how the sounds are pronounced, you could use the links below:






The children should be encouraged, when appropriate, to begin to write letters using the correct formation.

Handwriting Guidelines


Mathematical development

The children will be working on counting objects and movements accurately, recognising numbers when they see them in the environment and understanding place value. 



Reception Learning Tree