EYFS Letter Link

Early Years Foundation Stage 2019 - 2020

 Miss Cheetham & Mrs Gray

 

Spring Term

Newsletter Week Ending 17 January 2020

This week in Maths, the children have been subtracting an amount from a number and counting how many are left. They have also used the subtraction sign – and have recorded their own sums. We have found out about how the fire service helps us, and what we can do to keep safe. We have made a fire station in our outdoor area and have responded to lots of emergencies!

We had a visit from Mr Manjra who told us lots of information about water – how it is made safe for us to drink, and what happens when we flush the toilet!

 

From Monday 20th January 2020

 

Thank you to all the parents that were able to come to our Stay and Play sessions. The Powerpoint is on the EYFS webpage of the schools website.

 

When the children complete work at school that they are proud of, we stick it it into their ‘Learning Journeys.’ If you would like to add any achievements that the children complete at home to this book – e.g. can now swim without armbands, please complete the ‘Wow’ sheet on the back of this letter, or alternatively send it to us via Tapestry – we love to find out what the children can do at home too.

Next week, a paramedic and the school nurses will be visiting us to tell us about how they can help us. We will also have a visit from Olympian Steven Burke – once he has opened Aldi!

                              

If someone different is picking up your child at hometime, please inform the class teacher or the office.

 

  Have a lovely weekend

 The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 10 January 2020

Happy New Year!!

The children have all settled back into school very quickly this week. They have been excited to start our new topic ‘Who can I ask for help?’ and have used non-fiction books to research some of the jobs that people do. We had a visit the school caretaker who told us all about his job.

In maths, we have been subtracting from a number and finding out how many are left.

 

From Monday 13th January 2020

 

Our new topic is ‘Who can I ask for help?’ If your child has any books that they would like to share with their friends, we would love to read them in school.

 

If you have not already signed up to access the online Learning Journal ‘Tapestry’, please check your child’s bag for a letter, and return to school as soon as possible.

 

Please can you ensure that all children have their P.E. bags back in school after the holiday.

 

Foundation Stage Fund

Thank you to all who sent in donations last term.

This enabled us to enhance the provision and learning opportunities for the children further by purchasing consumable resources including ingredients for cooking and foods for tasting. The contribution we are asking for is £5 per term. This can be placed in an envelope and given to the class teacher.

 

Next week we will talk about how firefighters could help us and what we can do to

keep safe.

 

Diary Dates

Stay and Play RC – Friday 17th January at 9 – 9.40am

Sponsored Event – Friday 17th January – CHILDREN CAN WEAR SPORTS WEAR TO SCHOOL ON THIS DAY

Have a lovely weekend

  The Reception Staff

Autumn Term

Newsletter Week Ending 20 December 2019

This week the children have been practising using all the digraphs that they have learnt so far. They have played lots of Christmas maths games and really enjoyed the party on Thursday – especially the special visitor!

 

  • If you have not signed and returned the letter about the online learning journal ‘Tapestry’ that the children brought home last night, please do so after the holiday. 
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    • Please can we remind you that school closes on Friday 20th December at 3.30 p.m. School will re-open on Monday 6th January at 8.45a.m.        
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    • Diary Dates
  • Stay and Play RG – Friday 10th January at 9 – 9.45am
  • Stay and Play RC – Friday 17th January at 9 – 9.45am  
  • After the holiday, our topic will be ‘People Who Help Us.’ If your child has any books about the topic that they would like to share, please send them into school. 

 

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year            

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 13 December 2019

This week the children have been learning the names of letters as well as the sounds. In maths, we have found things longer and shorter than an object, and we have measured how long things are. The children have also made some Christmas crafts which they will bring home next week.

Our words of the week were stage, audience, applause and measure.

 

From Monday 16th December 2019

In Phonics, we will revise the letter sounds taught already this half term.

 

In our Reception classes we now use an online learning journal, so that you can access what your child is doing in school on a more regular basis. The software is called ‘Tapestry’ and every child has their own individual learning journal. By logging on with a secure username and password you are able to access your child’s journal. Parents are only able to view their own child’s journal and all information is stored on a highly secure server, which is monitored closely.

Please read the letter attached to letter Link, then complete and send back the information needed to give you access to your child’s learning journey.

 

Thursday 19th December is party day! The children are allowed to wear their own clothes all day. The children will still be playing outside during the morning and at lunchtime, so please ensure that they bring their warm coats to school.

Please send some party food in with your child on the day for our buffet – e.g a packet of biscuits, a packet of mini rolls etc.

 

Friday 20th December is Christmas Jumper Day in school. Children must still wear the rest of their school uniforms.

 

Please can we remind you that school closes on Friday 20th December at 3.30 p.m. School will re-open on Monday 6th January at 8.45a.m.

 

Diary Dates

Stay and Play RG – Friday 10th January at 9 – 9.45am

Stay and Play RC – Friday 17th January at 9 – 9.45am

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 6 December 2019

This week the children have been working on length. They have made tall and short towers, long and short paper chains and have found out how much taller one tower is than another. In writing, the children have written labels – drawing arrows to show what they are labelling.

Our words of the week were advent, decorate, message, compare.

 

Monday 9th December 2019

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – oi

Tuesday – oo as in zoo

Wednesday – oo as in book

Thursday – ow

 

Christmas lunch will be served in school on Thursday 12th December. If your child brings a packed lunch to school, you can put a special treat eg chocolate into their lunchboxes.

 

Our Christmas show ‘Everyone loves a baby’ will be performed in the Main Hall on Friday 13h December at 2.15pm – doors open 2.00pm. Entry is through the main entrance at the office. No tickets are needed but due to space, a limit of 2 adults are allowed per child. Younger siblings are welcome, but if they are noisy we would appreciate you taking them out of the hall for a while so that the children on stage are not distracted.

 

The PTA have organised a Christmas week next week- beginning 9th December.

There will be a ……

Christmas Market for the children to buy gifts for family and friends – prices range from £1 to £4.

Raffle – tickets 50p each

Name the teddy

Please send money for these in a named envelope or purse.

Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 20th December – children can wear a Christmas jumper for the day.

 

The EYFS Xmas party will be held on Thursday 19th December. The children can wear their own party clothes all day. Please can each child bring to school some party food on this day – e.g. a packet of biscuits, a packet of fairy cakes, crisps - no nuts please etc. (Children will already have had their lunch!!) Please do not send drinks – school will provide them.

 

Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 29 November 2019

This week the children have been finding 1 more or 1 less than a number. We have been practising writing captions too – counting our words before we start to write. The children enjoyed the Welly Walk on Wednesday – especially the hot chocolate at the end of the walk. We have also begun to practise songs for our Christmas show – you too will be word perfect on the day!!

 

Monday 2nd December 2019

Our letter sounds for next week will be: ai, ee, igh, oa

 

Thank-you to all the children who returned their winter pictures to school. They have made a lovely display, and we are turning over one picture a day on the countdown to Christmas. If your child has not yet made their picture, they can still bring it in next week.

 

Our Christmas Show is on Friday 13th December at 2.15pm. Entrance will be through the main door at the school office. No tickets are required, but seats are restricted to a maximum of 2 adults per child. We have plenty of costumes in school for this – you don’t need to worry about getting one for your child!

 

The EYFS Xmas party will be held on Thursday 19th December. The children can wear their own party clothes all day. Please can each child bring to school some party food on this day – e.g. a packet of biscuits, a packet of fairy cakes, crisps etc. Please do not send drinks – school will provide them.

 

PTA Christmas week – begins Monday 9th December – more details to follow.

Wear A Christmas Jumper to School Day – Friday 20th December.

EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 13th December at 2.15pm.

EYFS Christmas party will be on Thursday 19th December

School closes for Christmas on Friday 20th December

 

Stay and Play RG – Friday 10th January at 9 – 9.45am

Stay and Play RC – Friday 17th January at 9 – 9.45am

 

Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 22 November 2019

This week the children have been doing more work on addition – adding 2 numbers and counting the total. The children have also found out about boats and have made and tested their own boats in the water tray.

Our words of the week have been captain, float, sink and ferry.

Monday 25th November 2019

Our letter sounds for next week will be the consonant digraphs ch, sh, th, ng.

 

On Monday 25th November a sports coach will be in school to teach the children how to skip. The children can come to school in their own ‘sporty’ clothes on this day.

 

On Wednesday 27th November we will go on our last welly walk of the year. Please can children bring their wellies to school on the day in a plastic bag.

 

A reminder that the EYFS Christmas show ‘Everyone loves a baby’ will be on Friday 13th December at 2.15pm. No tickets are required for you to come and watch the show.

 

Attached to Letter Link is a piece of card. Please could your child decorate it as a Christmas/ winter picture – you can use whatever materials you have – glitter, paint, cotton wool, sequins etc and return it to school next week – this will be used for our class advent calendar.

PTA News

If anyone can help on the stalls at the Christmas Market between 10am and 11am on either 9th/10th/11th/12th December, please contact the PTA via their facebook page.

If anyone can donate any new / unused toys or games for the PTA to use in the Christmas raffle, please bring them to the school office.

 

Diary dates

PTA Christmas Market – 9th – 13th December

   EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 13th December at 2.15pm.

   EYFS Christmas party will be on Thursday 19th December

   Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 20th December

 

Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 15 November 2019

This week the children have been finding out about the United Kingdom. We have discussed where we live, looked at photographs of the Queen, and have voted for our favourite stories. We have also talked about being proud of ourselves and thought about what we are good at doing. We have talked about things that fly and have made and tested rockets, helicopters and aeroplanes. In maths, we have added 2 amounts together to find a total.

Our words of the week were pilot, wing, propeller, rocket and cockpit.

 

From Monday 18th November

 

Our letter sounds for next week will be: y, z, zz, qu

 

A reminder that the bus design competition closes on Monday 18th November – please return the designs to class.

 

On Monday 25th November a sports coach will be in school to teach the children how to skip. The children can come to school in their own ‘sporty’ clothes on this day.

  

Now that the weather is getting much colder, please can your child practise fastening their coats by themselves. They can bring hats, scarves and gloves to school to keep them extra warm too!

 

Diary Dates

 

   PTA Christmas Market – 9th – 13th December

   EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 13th December at 2.15pm.

   EYFS Christmas party will be on Thursday 19th December

Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 20th December

  

Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 8 November 2019

This week the children enjoyed doing some more work on patterns. They have made size patterns and number patterns. We have begun our new topic ‘On the Move’ and looked around the school for objects with wheels.

The children also took part in our Remembrance Day Service in the garden.

From Monday 11th November 2019

 

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – j

Tuesday – v

Wednesday – w

Thursday – x

 

Thank you to all the parents who attended our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. The children really enjoyed you coming to work with them in the classroom. We will hold further ‘Stay and Play’ sessions throughout the year – the next ones will be:

RG – Fri 10th Jan   at 9 – 9.45am

RC - Fri 17th Jan at 9 – 9.45am

 

To support ‘Children in Need’, we will be having a non-uniform day on Friday 15th November. Children can wear their own clothes for the day – the ‘fine’ for this is £1 which will go to BBC Children in Need.

 

Diary Dates

   Parents Evening – Wednesday 13th November – 4 – 7pm – please see the letter in your child’s bag to make an appt.

   EYFS Christmas show will be on Friday 13th December at 2.15pm.

   EYFS Christmas party will be on Thursday 20th December

 

Have a nice weekend! 

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 1 November 2019

The children have settled very well back into school after their half-term break.

On our Welly Walk, the challenge was to collect 5 different Autumn leaves – it was very tricky but the children looked carefully at the shape of each leaf to help them. We enjoyed our visit to the Life Education Bus – especially meeting Harold the Giraffe. The children have also done some work on patterns – they have made 2 and 3 step patterns with cubes and Autumn objects.

 

From Monday 4th November 2019

 

Our letter sounds for this week will be: l, ll, ss.

This half term, our topic will be ‘On the Move.’ Next week we will look at wheels – if your child has any photos / books that they would like to bring into school about this, we would love to see them.

 

We will swap the children’s home reading books every Thursday, so please ensure that they are in their school bags along with the reading record.

 

Please can you ensure that hats, scarves etc are named so that it easier for us to reunite them with their owners at the end of the day.

 

Poppies and poppy merchandise will be on sale each day in school next week. Prices range from      50p for the poppy key rings to £1 for the snap bands.

 

In school, we keep a record of your child’s achievements in their ‘Learning Journey.’ If your child has done anything out of school that you are proud of and would like us to include in their learning journey books, please complete a ‘WOW’ letter (on the reverse of the weekly Letter Link) and send it into school with your child. We would also love to see certificates, photographs, models etc. This information will enable us to plan the next steps for learning for your child, as well as giving them a great sense of pride to share their achievements with their friends and teachers.

 

Diary Dates

RG Phonics Stay and Play – Friday 8th November at 9am

For Stay and Play - Please bring your child to school as normal and then go to the KS1 hall for a brief talk about phonics and reading.

You will then have the opportunity to go to the classroom and play with your child until 9.45am.      

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

  

PTA Disco for EYFS / KS1 –Wednesday 6th November 4.30-5.45pm

Parents evening- Wednesday 13th November 4 – 7pm          

EYFS Xmas show – Friday 13th December 2 15pm

EYFS Xmas party Thursday 19th December – during school time

Have a nice weekend!

EYFS Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 17 October 2019

This week we have done lots of work about autumn. The children have used photographs and non-fiction books to find out information and made hedgehogs in the dough area. They have also made Autumn faces and made them talk using the Chatterpix app. In Maths, the children have been using their knowledge of more and less to estimate an amount.

Our words of the week have been sapling, hibernate, store and tuck.

From Monday 28th October 2019

Our letter sounds for after half-term will be:

Monday – h

Tuesday – b

Wednesday - f

Thursday – ff

 

Home reading books have been given out this week. These books are for the children to read to you at home. Please encourage them to talk about the pictures and to point to each word as they read it. The books will be changed every Thursday so please ensure that they are in their book bags along with their library books. It would be appreciated if you could write in the reading record when the children have read at home.

 

Please can you make sure that your child’s name is still in jumpers/cardigans/fleeces etc. Some may have rubbed out / peeled off over the half-term.

 

Stay and Play

  • RC Phonics Stay and Play – Friday 1st November at 9am
  • RG Phonics Stay and Play – Friday 8th November at 9am
  • For Stay and Play: please bring your child to school as normal and then go to the KS1 hall for a brief talk about phonics and reading.We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
  • You will then have the opportunity to go to the classroom and play with your child until 9.40am.

 

Diary Dates:

Welly Walk – Wednesday 30th October – please send wellies in a named carrier bag

PTA Disco for EYFS / KS1 –Wednesday 6th November 4.30-5.45pm

           Parents evening- Wednesday 13th November 4 – 7pm

           EYFS Xmas show – Friday 13th December 2 15pm

           EYFS Xmas party Thursday 19th December – during school time

 

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all for helping the children settle so well and so quickly into school; we can’t believe that we have only known them for 7 weeks!

 

School closes for half-term today Friday 17th October at 3.30pm and reopens on Monday 28th October at 8.45am.

Have a lovely half-term!

Newsletter Week Ending 11 October 2019

This week we have done lots of work around keeping healthy. We have sorted food into that we can eat lots of, and food we should eat as treats. We have made exercise trails in our Outdoor Area, and practised washing our hands. Our words of the week were exercise, clean, sort, domino and photographer.

 

From Monday 14th October

In phonics we have been listening to the first sound in words, and also practised reading and writing words with 3 letters.

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – ck

Tuesday – e

Wednesday – u

Thursday – r

 

Next week, we are going to talk about Autumn. If your child has any books, conkers, acorns, colourful leaves etc that they would like to bring to our investigation table, we would love to see them.

 

On Monday 14th October, the school will be planting 250 trees on the field with the help of ‘City of Trees.’ Please can the children bring their wellies to school on the day in a named carrier bag.

 

The PTA will be having a tuck shop on Thursday 17th October. Children can bring £1 to buy a drink and a chocolate bar / crisps.

 

The children will finish for half term on Thursday 17th October, and school will reopen on Monday 28th October at 8.45am.

 

Diary Dates: ‘Stay and Play’ sessions in school for EYFS parents.

Our first session will be on Phonics.

RC – Friday 1st November at 9am

RG – Friday 8th November at 9am

 

Welly Walk – Wednesday 30th October

PTA Disco for EYFS / KS1 –Wednesday 6th November 4.30-5.45pm

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 4 October 2019

This week we have done more work on our senses. The children have talked about and painted food that they like to eat. In Maths, the children have recorded a number in different ways

and have also made a chart to show which was their favourite flavour of crisps.

Our words of the week have been hob, flavour, swap, complete and assembly.

 

From Monday 7th October 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended our open afternoon last Friday. It was lovely to meet you all and to have the chance to chat about how your child has settled in school. The children enjoyed being able to show you around their classroom, and we were very proud of them.

 

The children are doing very well with their phonics. They have been listening to the first sound in words, and also practised reading and making words with 3 letters.

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – g

Tuesday – o

Wednesday - c

Thursday - k

 

The children can buy a drink of sugar free juice at lunchtime. If your child would like juice, the cost is 10p each day. Your child can bring the money into school and keep it in their drawer until lunchtime.

 

On Friday 11th October, the photographer will be in school to take individual/ family photos. If you have younger children who are not yet in school and would like them to be photographed together with your children of school age, the photographer will be in school from 8.30am so please go to the Main Hall before school.

All other family or individual photos will be taken during the school day.

 

Each half term we will be holding ‘Stay and Play’ sessions in school for EYFS parents. This is a chance for you to find out what we are doing in class, and then play some games with your child.

Our first session will be on Phonics.

RC – Friday 1st November at 9 – 9 40am

RG – Friday 8th November at 9 – 9 40am

 

Have a lovely weekend

The EYFS Staff 

Newsletter Week Ending 27 September 2019

 

The children really enjoyed the welly walk this week. They used their senses and recorded what they heard, saw and touched on the walk. In Maths, the children have been grabbing as many cubes as they can in 1 hand, and then counting how many they have on a ten frame.

Our words of the week have been smooth, sight, field, dice and squash.

 

From Monday 30th September 2019

 

The children have been telling us how much they are enjoying doing their homework.

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – i

Tuesday – n

Wednesday – m

Thursday – d

 Please check the school website for updates on what is happening in school. You can also follow us on twitter where we regularly post photographs of what we are doing during the day @higher_lane.

 

Please can you ensure that your child has a coat in school each day. In EYFS, children are able to play outside whatever the weather, so a waterproof coat is really useful.

 

Diary Dates

11th October – Family / individual photos – from 8.30am in the school hall

  

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 20 September 2019

 

This week we have done lots of work about our body parts. We have labelled bodies, and painted pictures of ourselves. We have also been working on 2d shapes – naming and describing them, and have played shape games and made shape pictures. In the outdoor area, the children have dug for shaped ‘treasure’, then sorted it into sets.

From Monday 23rd September 2019

Everyday in class we focus on a new word - these are usually related to some work that we are doing in class, but may also be words that the children are interested in and want to know what they mean. This week our words have been corner, zig-zag, tall, short and solid.

   On Monday the children will bring home a ‘homework’ book that they can keep at home and complete with you. This is a phonic book, and the children can practise writing and recognising the letter sounds that we have covered in school. We will learn one letter a day in school:

Monday – s

Tuesday – a

Wednesday – t

Thursday - p 

Next week we will be going on a Welly Walk around the school grounds. Please can you send your child’s wellies (named please!!) in a carrier bag on Wednesday 25th September.

 

Next week we will be making musical instruments with the children. If you have any empty yoghurt pots at home, please send them into school for us to transform!

 

A reminder that we are having an EYFS open afternoon next Friday – 27th September - at 3pm. This is a chance for you to look around our unit with your child as the guide!! Please come into school via the KS1 playground – the entrance that the children use in the morning.

 

The PTA are holding their first meeting of the new school year on Tuesday 24th September at 7pm. This one will be held in school. They will be discussing fundraising ideas and planning future events. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Thank you for the contributions to the EYFS fund. This week we have used it to buy ingredients for smiley face biscuits.

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 13 September 2019

This week the children have had lots of opportunities to explore the classroom and to try out the different resources in the room. We have also thought of some class rules that will help us to make friends and to keep safe. The children have also visited the school library and chosen a book to share with you at home.

 

From Monday 16th September 2019

 

If your child brings a water bottle to school, please make sure that this is filled with either water or flavoured water before they bring it to school.

 

The children have visited the school library today and have chosen a book to bring home. Please return the books each Friday, so that they can exchange them for a different book.

 

Parents are not allowed in school at the end of the day for health and safety reasons. If your child needs to get something from the classroom, please ask a member of staff in the playground who will be happy to accompany your child.

 

The PTA are holding their first meeting of the year to discuss events and fundraising ideas for the year ahead on Tuesday 24th September. This is held in school at 7pm – everyone is welcome to attend.

 

On Friday 27th September at 3pm, we are having an EYFS open afternoon in school. This is a chance for you to look around our unit with your child as the guide! Please come into school via the KS1 playground – the entrance that the children use in the morning.

 

Please check the school website for updates on what is happening in school. You can also follow us on twitter where we regularly post photographs of what we are doing during the day @higher_lane.

 

Foundation Stage Fund

This year we would like to ask our parents and carers to support us by donating a voluntary contribution to the unit.

This will enable us to enhance the provision and learning opportunities for the children further by purchasing consumable resources including ingredients for cooking, bulbs and seeds for planting, foods for tasting. The contribution we are asking for is £5 per term. This can be placed in an envelope and given to the class teacher.

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 6 September 2019

The children are settling into school very well. They have been busy exploring the EYFS unit, and making new friends.

Please check your child’s bag every Friday for any letters. We send a Letter Link home each Friday to tell you about our week in EYFS and to inform you what we will be doing in the future. Newsletters can also be found on the school website.

 

From Monday 9th September 2019

 

Please could you make sure that all clothing is named, including P.E. kits and book bags. It makes it much easier for us to reunite lost clothing when it has a name in it.

 

Children only need to bring their book bags to school each day. They can leave their pump bags on their pegs and we will send them home at the end of each half term to be washed. Children do not need to bring their own pencils/pens etc – we have plenty of them in school.

            

Children can bring a water bottle to school each day filled with either tap water or flavoured water. Please make sure that the bottles are labelled so that we can give them out again each night.

 

Our school day starts at 8.45am and the children can line up in the playground with their friends. For the first few weeks, we will bring the children out into the playground at 3.25pm, so that it is easier for them to see you.

 

Book bags are available to buy from the school office. Please attach a key ring to your child’s book bag to make it easier for them to identify.

 

We will be holding a ‘drop in’ session at the end of school for you to come and see our EYFS unit. This will be on Friday 27th September at 3pm.

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff