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Reception Year Owlets Newsletter – Autumn  September 2018 - Mrs Friday

Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting year at Dry Sandford Primary School.

We are all very impressed with how well the children are settling in to their new class.

This term’s topic is Traditional Tales and Festivals. We will be learning ‘The Little Red Hen’ and we will be thinking about harvest. We will also be exploring other stories, for example we will be having the three bears’ cottage in our home corner. Within our topic there will be lots of fun activities to develop other areas such as, maths, literacy, social and communication skills, just to name a few!


The children are enjoying making new friends, learning daily routines and learning through play. We have outdoor learning in all weathers so please try to bring in named wellies, waterproofs etc. and try to apply suncream before they come to school for those warmer Autumn days. We will also be starting Forest School around week three and we will let you know more details about this as soon as possible.


Helping your child at home

Children can take a picture book home to share together which you can change together every day from the box which will be on the carpet and pop into book bags. Children may also be chosen to take home one of our special Golden Books to borrow. Later this term the children will also receive a reading book to encourage them in recognising sight words and sounding out and blending words which we will be doing in school as part of our phonics sessions.


Children learn from real life experiences and you can help your child by involving them in activities at home.

Here are some examples:

  • Counting things such as toys, cutlery, anything they can find at home, and recognising numbers they can see around them.
  • Writing their first name
  • Practising phonics- letter sounds they might see out and about and playing games such as Alphablocks:
  • Telling stories together and making them up.
  • Counting forwards and also backwards like a rocket count down!
  • Using paints, play dough and threading to help strengthen their pencil control.
  • Helping to write or draw pictures of their favourite things, or for your shopping list.

We believe that cooking, tasting and special creative activities are valuable learning experiences and in order to make this a regular activity we would appreciate a contribution of £2:00 in September, January and April to help to cover the cost.


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. These can also all be found on our website.

Thank you for your help and support in your children’s learning!

There will be a sign-up sheet going up this week, on the class room door for individual parent meetings next Thursday 13th September giving an opportunity to meet with me and talk more about your child and answer any questions you may have. Do come and see me if you would like an alternative day or time.

Thank you!

Mrs Friday and The Early Years Team