Reception W/B 19th October 2020

Hello Reception Parents,

Can you believe the final week is here! Your children have almost completed their first half term here at Four Oaks. We are very proud with how well they’ve settled, taken on the routine, made new friends and engaged in so many learning opportunities. The children have had a fabulous week getting stuck into all the activities linked to the Three Billy Goats Gruff. If you haven’t already, check out our school twitter page to see your children in action!

We would like to say a big thank you for your continued support at home with the children’s learning, it is really reflecting in the classroom. Another thank you for sorting out suitable water bottles and sending children in with no laces.

Next week’s learning:

Topic- Autumn

This week, we will be providing the children with a variety of activities linked to Autumn. Our Maths focus this week for the children will be number recognition, number ordering, matching numeral and quantity, showing interest in number in the environment and recognising quantity of sets. Our Literacy focus this week will be based around recognising and reading key words, sounding out initial sounds and blending sounds to read and write letters to form words. We will be teaching children the vowels and in order to build cvc words, they must include a vowel sound in the middle.

HELP…We need you!! Over the weekend, could the children collect as many conkers and acorns as they can and bring them into school on Monday to use as part of our Autumn theme this week. The more we have, the better, as we will be sharing these across the year group! Thank you, it would be much appreciated! 

On Friday 23rd October, we will be celebrating Halloween in school and therefore children can come come dressed in a Halloween costume. The children will be enjoying lots of Halloween themed activities, a party-food lunch and some fun party games. We can’t wait to see your costumes- we wonder if any of you will scare your teachers!

Phonics: y, z, qu

Reading sight words: recap and consolidate- is, it, in, at, to, the, I, no, go, he, she


  1. Revise all phonic sounds as well as names.
  2. Revise key words and record the date next to the words the children can read on sight ready for their class teacher in the week. 
  3. Revise all sight words (see above).
  4. Reading book- let your child practise segmenting and blending sounds to read words. Read the book several times to build confidence and fluency.
  5. Create an Autumn art picture/collage- you may even wish to go on an Autumn hunt to collect nature objects. Be as creative as you like! (See pictures below for some inspiration). Please bring this in on Tuesday and we will form a display.

Bug Club:

We hope the children are having lots of fun on Bug club, reading the books, answering the bugs and playing the games. Any animal book you complete on Bug Club can count towards your child’s reading challenge. Please look out for more allocated games linked to the phonic sounds we have learned so far.


Letter join is a website which we use in school as it supports our handwriting policy. Your child has been given a new log-on which you will find on your child’s password sheet. Some children have this written on a post it note attached to the front of their diary. Please can you take this off and add to the password sheet. Letter-join can be used at home as an extra tool to help and support with pencil control and letter formation as you wish.


We are going to reset all the children’s learning level so we can monitor this accordingly. Please can your child complete the driving test independently so they can begin at the appropriate level to support their learning. As much as you would love to help them when they get stuck, if we provide help and they do not understand the concept, the children’s learning level will be too high. Thank you.

Reading challenge:

We have sent out the Reading challenge passports and it is fantastic to see some of the children already getting started so a huge well done! The Reading Challenge is something the children are encouraged to work on throughout the academic year so please don’t think this is something you have to race through. We try and encourage children to aim for their silver award by Christmas (50 books), their Gold award by Easter (100 books) and Platinum award by the end of the Summer Term (150 books).

Parents’ Evening:

Your child has been sent home with a letter regarding Parents’ Evening this year. We would usually have face-to-face meetings but due to current circumstances and restrictions, we will be speaking to you via telephone calls. You have been given an allocated date and time, which is written on your letter so please keep this safe. Please can you return the slip back no later than Friday 23rd October.

Virtual Book Fair:

The Book Fair has been extended until Monday 19th October. Please follow the link below and have a look at some of the amazing books you are able to purchase. You will find instructions on how the Book Fair will work this year and the order form if you would like to purchase any books. Let’s continue to grow our love for reading!


  1. Reading folders to be in bags every day please. Can you ensure the blue diary, reading book, homework, key word sheet and password sheet remains inside the reading folder. Anything else we have sent home, you are welcome to keep at home.
  2. Please ensure your child brings in their blue diary, book and homework every Tuesday as we collect these in. We will then give the children their diaries back on Thursday with a new book and a new piece of homework.
  3. Please can you ensure homework has your child’s name and date on.
  4. Water only in water bottles please.
  5. No laces in shoes please as some children struggle to do these up themselves.
  6. P.E day is Friday so please send your child to school on this day dressed in P.E Kit with trainers.
  7. The email addresses for Bumblebees and Ladybirds are only to be used for remote learning. If you wish to contact us, you can get in touch either through sending an email to and reference your child’s class or write a message in your child’s blue diary (we collect these in on Tuesdays).
  8. Unfortunately Flu vaccinations were cancelled this week. You will be informed as to when these will take place once we have been given a new date.

A fantastic learning week, full of fun and laughter. We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will see you all next week! 

The Reception Team

Mrs Bambury, Miss Glynn, Mrs Goldspink, Mrs Bissett and Mrs. Todd

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