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Reception Owlets' Newsletter – Summer Term April 2018

We hope you had a lovely Easter and a warm welcome back to the summer term at

Dry Sandford Primary School.  Together Everyone Achieves More!

This term’s topic focuses on, looking in more depth about mini beasts following the poems the children wrote at the end of last term for the Somerset Literacy competition. We have started this week with looking at the Superworm story by Julia Donaldson. We will also be looking and comparing stories by Eric Carle such as 'The Very Busy Spider, The Very Hungry Caterpillar to name a couple. We will be investigating mini beast in science and during Forest School and will be planning an exciting trip linked to our learning. Watch this space for more details! After the half term we will be moving on to an under the sea topic.


We will also be covering St George's day with a mini topic on knights and dragons

for the week beginning 23rd April! 

There will be opportunities for cooking this term as well as getting ready for our up and coming summer fete which promises some very exciting activities including forest school crafts giving you an opportunity to also see the developments of the site so far! Please do let us know if you think you can help even for a short while on any of the stalls or with the setting up, etc. There is a meeting in school Tuesday 24th April at 5:30 pm where you can find out more. It would be lovely to see you there.

As you know we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide sunhats etc. particularly on Tuesday for Forest School days!


We will also have a focus on transition this term helping the Owlets getting ready for moving forwards with their learning journeys into year 1. As part of this transition the children will have a PE session every Friday which will be on the field or in the hall. Please provide a named PE bag with shorts and a T-shirt along with plimsolls or trainers. The children will have class swaps and begin to attend Assemblies as well as using the big field for playtimes.

Helping your child at home

The children have now each got a homework folder which will be sent home on a Thursday.  The homework folder will have fun literacy or maths challenges and may include optional extras such as art and craft ideas or links to Purple Mash. Please return it by the following Thursday so it can be updated and see Mrs Taylor if you have any questions. Continue to hear your child read preferably a little bit every day. Talk about the book and ask questions about what is happening and what might happen next.

You may also be lucky enough to have Henretta, our soft toy Forest School mascot, come to stay with you for the weekend! She comes with full instructions and a record book so you can help you child to draw and write about the hedgehog's visit.

Thank you to those who already donated money towards cooking and arts and crafts. We ask if you can give £2 in autumn, spring, and summer, which some people have given for the whole year. We are also always grateful to receive materials for pictures and model making, den making in the garden etc., for example, large material, cardboard boxes, carpet tiles, cartons, wool, old Birthday cards, plant pots etc.

We will be sending out letters to keep you informed of what is happening as it comes up so look out for these, and feel free to talk to staff if you have any questions or concerns. Please check and share our wonderful website where you will find copies of letters, OFSTED reports, photos and all the latest excitement!

Thank you supporting your children’s learning!  Together Everyone Achieves More!

Mrs Friday, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Ross