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Reception Owlets Newsletter – Spring Term  January 2019

Welcome back and Happy New Year from Dry Sandford Primary School.

We hope you all enjoyed the festive holidays.

This term we will be learning about weather and opposites. We will be sharing Elmer the elephant stories, thinking about light and dark and learning about dinosaurs later in the term plus lots more!


Last term we asked the children to help us decide what we might have in our role play areas and so we are going to have an ice castle/den as it was a popular choice! If you have any soft polar animals, we could borrow, we would be very grateful. Meanwhile sticking to our ‘opposites’ theme we thought we would make a jungle explorer den in one of the play houses in our outside area. Within our topic as always there will be lots of fun activities to develop other areas such as, maths, literacy, social and communication skills, phonics just to name a few!

We have outdoor learning in all weathers so please try to bring in named wellies, waterproofs etc and will be continuing with our successful Forest School sessions every Monday. Please make sure you bring old warm clothes for the children to change into and plenty of layers, gloves, two pair of socks a thin and thick pair etc. The site is very muddy at the moment!

Helping your child at home

Children can continue to take a picture book home to share together which they can change every day in the morning from the boxes which on the carpet and pop into book bags.  The Reception Owlets will have two reading books sent home once week, which will be change on a Friday. Please initial and comment if you wish in the reading record book to let us know you have worked on the books. Top tips for reading together:

A little and often approach to reading works best talking about the pictures, taking it in turns to read, modelling sounding out and blending the words. Show how to follow or track the words in the book with your finger and when you have sounded out the words in a sentence re-read the sentence together to help to get meaning from the text. Look for repeated words and talk about what is happening in the pictures. Think about how the characters are feeling and try to predict what will happen next. Talk about likes and dislikes and the type of text, is it an information book or a story for example. Spend around 10 minutes a day sharing books together, which could include sharing picture books or retelling favourite traditional tales.

 Children may also be chosen to borrow one of our special Golden Books to take home.

Keep going with giving the children lots of opportunities to write or draw or make letters and numbers out of paint or play dough reminding them to hold writing tools using a pincer grip.

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. Thank you to those who already gave us the money in September it is much appreciated. The children enjoyed helping to make the play dough, making salt dough Christmas decorations and icing firework biscuits last term.


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.

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

Thank you!

Mrs Friday and Team