Reception B 2019 - 2020

Miss Brayshaw

Reception Newsletter November 2019


Emma (Mrs Brayshaw), Mandy (Miss Ward), Martin (Mr Fuller), Rena (Mrs Landell) and Harvinder (Miss Kaur) hope you all had a lovely half term. It is going to be a busy term with lots of exciting activities planned up until Christmas!


This half term our main topic is Light and Dark. We will be exploring the differences between them and how with the help of torches we can change dark into light, make shadows and silhouettes. Light and Dark are important when celebrating the many festivals over the Autumn term. The children will be learning about different celebrations from all over the world such as Diwali, Bonfire Night, Hanukkah and Christmas.


During Friday’s Investigations we will be looking at wide variety of buildings from around the world. We will be learning how buildings are made, what they are made from and more importantly what activities take place in buildings. We will be going on a walk around the local area to look at all the different types of building that can be found close to school. Buildings such as houses – traditional and new – shops and churches as well as buildings we use for leisure and entertainment. During this topic we will also look briefly at animals and their homes. This is because our literacy book is going to be “Mouse House” where the children get the chance to learn about nocturnal animals and their homes.


A few quick reminders

Reading books please make sure you listen to your child read each night. Talk about the pictures, practise any letters/words that are sent home and please make comments in the reading log and send their book back into school each day.

Outdoor play - Wellington boots and a waterproof coat are a must. We know how unpredictable the English weather can be... sunshine one-minute, rain the next! We go outside every day rain or shine.


Please remember to put names in all clothes, shoes, bags, lunch boxes, etc.


School Lunch-NO NUTS please if you are providing a packed lunch or snack. We have children with severe allergies in the school.


Homework – children will have a daily homework sheet that supports the learning that the children are doing in class. These do not take long to do and it would be great to have your support. Your help at home really has such a positive impact on their progress. We will also be continuing with our weekly spellings. These will be sent home on a Monday with the intention of a small test on the Friday. The children get very excited as this is their chance to get a Dojo point! Please help them practise the spellings at home and we also practise them daily in school. Some children will receive a nursery rhyme, this will support their early phonics skills which are the foundations of beginning to read and write.

Attendance and Punctuality – if your child is not in school on time or off school altogether, they miss out on so much learning – please make sure your child is in school, on time, every day. 

Tapestry online learning journey- Please continue to upload your observations to Tapestry-we cannot stress how useful this is for us to see their learning at home! Thank you for those who have done this so far, we have loved seeing them.


Dates for your diary

  • Parent’s evening: Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 14th November. Please be aware that you have a 10minute time slot with the teacher, this is to discuss how your child has settled into Reception and a chance to ask any questions. Please be mindful of other parents who also have a time slot to speak to the teacher. It can impact greatly if you are late or if you take up time of another parent’s slot. Ask for a further meeting with your teacher if you feel like there are any further urgent matters.  
  • EYFS celebration assembly: We will be holding our very own EYFS celebration assembly in the Studio on a Friday afternoon at 2.45pm for Star of the Week, Citizen of the Week and Lunchtime Sports Superstar. If you would like to attend please arrive at the office at 2.25pm prompt or you may not be able to get in.
  • EYFS Nativity Play will be on the 18th December and a separate letter will be sent out in due course.

Children celebrating their 5th birthday this half term are:

Lamya, Ava, Cohen, Tansi, Aaron, Evan

A big happy birthday to you all!



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Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School

Rylance St
M11 3NA

Main Contact: Mrs Eve Peters

Tel: 0161 989 2999

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