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Come and find out what Reception have been up to this week!


This week in Reception we celebrated ‘Odd Socks Day’ by talking about what makes us unique and special. The children then used their sounds and knowledge of the red word ‘I’ to write sentences about themselves.  In Maths, we have been learning the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Ask your child what subitising means! The children really enjoyed listening to some of The Vineyard’s families’ experiences of Diwali in a special assembly on Monday and it was lovely to be able to connect it to our learning last week. We learnt about the Zones of Regulation as part of our topic lessons and talked about what it means to feel green, blue, yellow or red and discussed strategies to help us stay or get back to the green zone. In phonics we have been learning the sounds v, y and w, thank you for continuing to practise the sounds at home- it really makes a difference! With much excitement, we have begun our Nativity rehearsals and the children have received their roles. If your child has a speaking part, they will have received their lines, please can you practise these at home. Please see below for the dates of times of the performances.

Key messages 

  • Please practise writing and saying the sounds at home, using the sheets and phonics website to help you; the sheets do not need to be returned. 

  • We would also appreciate any donations of compost to make our ‘mud kitchen’ even more fun for the children!

  • To review the phonics sounds that your child has been learning, please visit the phonics website: 

  • Reading books: please note we don’t expect children to be able to read the story books that they have chosen to bring home. They are for you to read to them. The decodable books are the small rectangular books.

  • A gentle reminder: only a navy book bag will be allowed in school. These do not have to have the Vineyard logo on, but they do need to be the same size as the Vineyard book bags.

  • Please remember to check your child’s bag every day in case they have brought home anything from school, or in case they have a first aid slip.

  • We’ve begun our Nativity rehearsals. Please check your child’s bag to see if they have any lines, and what costume should be provided.

  • The Nativity performances are at 9.30am: 5th December (Topaz), 6th December (Opal), 7th December (Jade).