EYFS Letter Link

Early Years Foundation Stage 2020 - 2021

 Miss Cheetham & Mrs Friend

 

Autumn Term

Newsletter Week Ending 18 December 2020

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 performing in the show – we hope that you enjoyed it too!

 

  • Please can we remind you that school closes on Friday 18th December at 3.30 p.m. School will re-open on Wednesday 6th January at 8.45a.m.   
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  • After the holiday, our topic will be ‘People Who Help Us.’ The children would love to find out about the jobs that you do – eg the place of work, the equipment that you use. We would love it if you would upload a little video/ some photographs of your work via Tapestry so that we can show the children.  
  • We would like to wish you all a safe and merry Christmas
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  • A healthy happy New Year  
  • The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 11 December 2020

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 used cubes to measure how long things are.

As part of the whole school topic, we have also found out about Manchester – learnt why trams are important to Manchester and listened to music from Manchester bands in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The children have also made some Christmas crafts which they will bring home next week.

The children loved the party on Monday – especially the visit from Santa.

 

From Monday 14th December 2020

 

  • In Phonics, we will revise the letter sounds taught already this half term.  
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  • The children are planning a special Christmas present for you. Please can all children come dressed in their own clothes on Monday 14th December. You may have guessed what the treat is by the new songs that the children are singing at home!

 

After the Christmas holidays, the children can come dressed in ‘sportswear’ every Friday ready for our PE session – eg t shirt/ joggers/ leggings/ trainers (no football kits please). School sweatshirts/ cardigans and fleeces must still be worn.

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  • Friday 18th December is Christmas Jumper Day in school. Children must still wear the rest of their school uniforms.
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  • Please can we remind you that school closes on Friday 18th December at 3.30 p.m. School will re-open on Wednesday 6th January at 8.45a.m.                                                 
  • Have a lovely weekend

          The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 4 December 2020

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 sink, float, nativity, compare.

 

Monday 7th December 2020

  • Our letter sounds for next week will be:
  • Monday – oi 
  • Tuesday – oo as in zoo
  • Wednesday – oo as in book 
  • Thursday – ow
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  • Christmas lunch will be served in school on Thursday 10th December. If your child brings a packed lunch to school, you can put a special treat eg chocolate into their lunchboxes.
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  • Our Christmas party will be on Monday 7th December. Children can come dressed in their own clothes on this day. The PTA have paid for all of the party food this year.
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  • The children are planning a special Christmas present for you. Please can all children come dressed in their own clothes on Monday 14th December. You may have guessed what the treat is by the new songs that the children are singing at home!
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  • After the Christmas holidays, the children can come dressed in ‘sportswear’ every Friday ready for our PE session – eg t shirt/ joggers/ leggings/ trainers (no football kits please). School sweatshirts/ cardigans and fleeces must still be worn. 
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  • The children have all brought home a whiteboard and a pen today. We use these everyday in school for maths, phonics and writing. Just in case (and we have everything crossed that it doesn’t happen) there is a lockdown and we have to use Tapestry for online home learning lessons, they will be useful for the children to have at home.  
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  • Have a nice weekend!
  •  The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 27 November 2020

 

This week the children have been doing more work on addition – adding 2 numbers and counting the total. The children enjoyed the Welly Walk on Wednesday – they followed a map to find the ‘treasure’ – a cup of hot chocolate at the end of the walk. We have also begun to practise songs for a special surprise that we are preparing for you for the end of term!

 

Monday 30th November 2020

  • Our letter sounds for next week will be: ai, ee, igh, oa
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  • The children have all brought home a piece of paper – tucked into their reading books. 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. 
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  • The EYFS Xmas party will be held on Monday 7th December. The children can wear their own party clothes to school all day.
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  • Christmas cards – children can bring – if they wish - one card to school addressed to all of their friends.  
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  • After the Christmas holidays, the children can come dressed in ‘sportswear’ every Friday ready for our PE session – eg t shirt/ joggers/ leggings/ trainers (no football kits please). School sweatshirts/ cardigans and fleeces must still be worn. 
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  • The Covid testing centre on Pinfold Lane have been in touch with school to ask whether any children would like to draw pictures/ posters with the theme of thanking our keyworkers, encouraging social distancing/staying safe for them to display in the centre. Any posters can be brought into school and we will arrange for them to be taken to the centre.  
  • Have a nice weekend!
  • The Reception Staff 

Newsletter Week Ending 20 November 2020

 

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 things with wheels and have made our models move using split pins. In the outdoor area we have set up a garage and a car wash, and made ramps to test which car went the furthest.

In maths, we have found different ways to make a total eg making 5: 4+1, 3+2 etc.

Our words of the week were altogether, mechanic, furthest, rangoli.

 

From Monday 23rd November

 

  • Our letter sounds for next week will be: ch, sh, th, ng
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  • Next week we will practising our map reading skills on a Welly Walk.   
  • Please can children bring their wellies to school in a bag on Wednesday 25th November.
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  • All children need a pump bag to put their pumps in for PE. They can hang this on their peg and keep it in school. 
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  • If your child is having a school dinner, please can you make sure that you have ordered their dinner for them.  
  • Have a nice weekend!
  • The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 13 November 2020

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 made paper aeroplanes and rockets.

The children also found out about the importance of Remembrance Day and have enjoyed wearing their own clothes today for Children in Need.

Our words of the week were fly, air, transport and poppy.

From Monday 16th November 2020

 

  • Our letter sounds for next week will be:
  • Monday - y
  • Tuesday – z
  • Wednesday - zz
  • Thursday – qu

 

  • 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! 
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  • Next week for our topic ‘On the Move’, we will be talking about vehicles with wheels. As a homework challenge, we would like the children to look around the house and or outside for things with wheels. They could send photos via Tapestry, write or draw a list, or even make a book. 

Have a nice weekend!

The Reception Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 6 November 2020

 

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

We have done lots of work on patterns – making 2 and 3 step patterns with cubes and Autumn objects.

Thank you to all of the children who brought their ‘Jigsaw piece’ back to school this week. The children were all able to talk to and show their friends the things that are important to them and make them unique.

Our words of the week were firework, unique, repeat and pattern.

 

From Monday 9th November 2020

 

  • Our letter sounds for this week will be: j,v,w,x.
  • This half term, our topic will be ‘On the Move.’ Next week we will look at things that fly.
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  • The children have brought home a free school tie today. Please write their names on the label before they wear them in school.

 

  • We will swap the children’s home reading books every week, so please ensure that they are in their school bags along with the reading record on TUESDAYS.
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  • 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.
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  • Poppies and poppy merchandise will be on sale in school next week. Prices range from 50p for the poppy key rings to £1 for the snap bands.
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  • On Friday 13th November, we are having a non-uniform day for Children in Need. Children can wear their own clothes to school on this day and if you want to, you can make a donation of £1 through ParentPay to the charity.   
  • Have a nice weekend!

EYFS Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 22 October 2020

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 loved looking for signs of autumn on our Welly Walk too. In Maths, the children have been practising writing numerals on their whiteboards.

Our words of the week have been season, seed, hibernate and changes.

From Monday 2nd November 2020

 

Our letter sounds for after half-term will be:

Monday – l

Tuesday – ll

Wednesday – ss

 

The children have all brought home a pack tonight. This contains –

  • School Report
  • Home reading books - 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 need to be returned every Tuesday so please ensure that they are in their book bags on this day. It would be appreciated if you could write in the reading record when the children have read at home.
  • A phonic card to help the children with any writing that they do at home.
  • A reading leaflet to explain how we teach reading at school and how you can help at home
  • Half=term homework – a jigsaw ‘All about me’ piece – instructions are on the back of the jigsaw piece. Please return this to school after half term.  
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  • 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 8 weeks!

 

  • School closes for half-term today and reopens on Monday 2nd November at 8.45am.  
  • Have a lovely half-term! 

Newsletter Week Ending 16 October 2020

This week we have done lots of work about family and friends. The children have drawn their family and enjoyed talking about the photographs that they brought into school. In Maths, the children have been using their knowledge of more and less to estimate an amount.

Our words of the week have been special, estimate, friend, total and lonely.

 

From Monday 19th October 2020

 

Our letter sounds for next week will be:

Monday – h

Tuesday – b

Wednesday - f

Thursday – ff

 

  • Next week we will be talking about Autumn. If you are out and about at the weekend and spot any ‘Autumn’ objects – colourful leaves, acorns, conkers etc, please send some into school for our Investigation table.  
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  • 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. 
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  • On Wednesday we will go on an Autumn Welly Walk around the school grounds. Please can the children bring their wellies o school in a named carrier bag on Wednesday 21st October. 
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  • The children will finish for half term on Thursday 22nd October, and school will reopen on Monday 2nd November at 8.45am.

 

Newsletter Week Ending 9 October 2020

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 used a 1 minute timer to count how many star jumps/ hops/ balances we could do before the timer ran out. Our words of the week were exercise, healthy, true and false.

 

From Monday 12th 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 (a digraph – 2 letters make 1 sound)
  • Tuesday - e
  • Wednesday – u
  • Thursday – r

 

  • Next week, we are going to talk about friends and families, and how they are important to keep us healthy and happy. We would like the children to bring in a photograph of their family if possible to share with the other children in the class. We will do this activity on Thursday so please just put the photo in your child’s book bag to bring into school.

 

  • The children will finish for half term on Thursday 22nd October, and school will reopen on Monday 2nd November at 8.45am.

 

 Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 2 October 2020

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 used the vocabulary more, fewer and equals to compare 2 amounts and have also made a chart to show which was their favourite flavour of crisps.

Our words of the week have been more, fewer, equal, taste and smell.

 

From Monday 5th October 2020

  • 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  

 

  • We are encouraging the children to fasten their own coats when they go outside at playtime or a lunchtime. It would be very helpful if they could practise at home too.  
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  • You may have received an email from SchoolGrid (school lunches) saying your pre-orders have been cancelled. The reason for this is that the menu has changed, and there will be different hot food choices, so you will have to re order for those dates.  

 

Have a lovely weekend

     The EYFS Staff

Newsletter Week Ending 25 September 2020

 

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 sorting objects and telling us how they have sorted them.

Our words of the week have been see, hear, touch, sort, match.

From Monday 28th September 2020

  • 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 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.

 Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 18 September 2020

 

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 made BIG 2d shape pictures.

From Monday 21st September 2020

 

  • Every week in class we focus on some new words - 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, curved, straight and skeleton.

 

  • 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

 

  • The children have been set a little homework task on Tapestry this weekend. It is to spot 2d shapes at home. We would love to see photos of things that they see via Tapestry.

 

  • 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 23rd September.   

 

  • The children have chosen a school library book to bring home. Please return the books each Friday - they can then be ‘quarantined’ and there will be a new selection for the children to choose from each week.  

 

  • Have a lovely weekend
  •    The Reception Staff

 

Newsletter Week Ending 11 September 2020 

 

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

We send a Letter Link home each Friday on Tapestry 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.

 

  • Please can you make sure that your child brings a water bottle to school every day filled with either water or flavoured water. Could you also please label the bottle with your child’s name.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • A message from the school office:

This week we will be launching our new Arbor App.  You will receive a letter by email explaining about the app and how to log on.  All communication will now go via Arbor either through the app or via email as we have been using throughout the last few months.

 

If anyone has any problems please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Staff