Reception B 2021 - 2022

Mrs Brayshaw

Reception Newsletter 2021

Mrs Brayshaw, Miss Ward, Mrs Grindrod, Mrs Evans- Reception Brayshaw

Mr Fuller, Miss Nicholson, Mrs Landell, Miss McHugh – Reception Fuller

We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and would like to wish you a happy new year.  It is going to be a busy term with lots of exciting activities planned up until February half term.

This half term our main topic is Animals. In English the children will be focusing on the book 'Handa's Surprise. This features different animals from Africa and will allow the children to make comparisons to the animals found where we live. The children will also be exploring the similarities and differences between animals that are existing and historical. In Art we will be focusing on African animal art and stippling. The children will also be using movement to imitate different animals.

As part of investigation Fridays the children will be looking at Animal habitats and how they have evolved and adapted to suit them. We will be learning about domestic and wild animals from around the world and how animals are used to help humans. The children will be looking at farms and how animals help us survive E.G Cows give us milk. We will be also looking at how animals help humans with hearing or visual impairments such as guide dogs. When we are focusing on Dinosaurs the children will be making their own Dinosaur bones out of Salt- dough which will then become part of a great display enabling the children to become archaeologists!


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. Book bags are to be returned on Monday and Friday and books will be changed twice a week on these days. If possible, please read any books that you may have at home or access the CollinsEBooks app to access online books that will support your child’s early reading. Every child has their own personal login for CollinsEBooks. This can be found in their reading record but if not please ask the class teacher. A new book will be put on the app every Friday. This will be the same book they have been reading throughout the previous week. Please tap to download it and continue to read this with your child.

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Outdoor play- please make sure your child has suitable clothing, waterproof coat, wellingtons, sunhat, gloves, etc.  We go outside every day rain or shine.

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

Homework – children will have homework set on a Monday and a Friday that supports the letter and sound they are learning in phonics or the number they are learning in maths. These do not take long to do and will reinforce their learning. It would be great to have your support in this as it is the foundation of starting to read and write and the acquisition of number. They will also have a weekly “Weekend diary” where the children will be asked to draw and write a sentence about their weekend. Please encourage them to draw pictures and label their drawing with initial sounds and words.


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.

Drop off and pick up- Please enter by the Myrtle Street entrance and keep a safe distance from other families. You will then be directed towards the gate where you will see a class teacher stood ready to welcome them into the classroom.

Tapestry online learning journey- At Ashbury Meadow we use the online learning journey called Tapestry. This will be something that you can use at home and see what your child has been learning about in school and to access homework and learning. You will be able to upload homework and observations of your child for the class teacher so it is important that any ‘log on’ issues are sorted ASAP. If your child was in Nursery at Ashbury- your log on details will the same. If you are new to the school- details will come in due course.

Looking forward to working with you over the coming year!

Children celebrating their 5th birthday this half term are

Raef, Layla, Clovis, Oliver and Grace.


A big happy birthday to you all!


Most importantly stay safe and healthy.


Reception Team


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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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