Reception Summer 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that everyone had a good Easter break and it has been great to see the children back in school and hearing all about their holidays. The school has been a great place to be this week with the beautiful weather and everyone refreshed after their well needed break.

At the end of last term, we said a sad goodbye to Mrs Brackstone our Home School Link Worker and Mrs White who worked closely with Year 2. We wish them well in their future endeavours. Mrs East has taken on Mrs Brackstone’s role and she will be available during school hours, Monday to Friday, to speak to parents ,either face to face or over the phone. However, we are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Messem, Mrs Williams and Miss Birks from maternity leave as well later this term.

It was fantastic to celebrate our colours of inclusion on Rainbow day last term and we raised an amazing £375. Thank you for the many cake donations and it was a hard judging decision to pick a winner! The Class Ambassadors are going to decide how we spend the money although we have already voted to donate some of it to the Downs Syndrome Association.

SATs fever is about to hit the school and I hope that Parents will continue to support their children as they go through this time, lots of early nights and plenty of encouragement.

Keep an eye on the blogs for news of other forthcoming parent events.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Zoë Dudley

Head of School


What happened last term?

The children have had a very unpredictable spring term with just about every weather scenario possible! They enjoyed exploring in the snow and looking at the changes in the environment when we experienced ‘The Beast from the East’.

They had also worked really hard rehearsing for their Mother’s Day afternoon tea, which had a fantastic attendance from parents. The children sang songs, told their mothers why they love them and presented them with gifts. The gluten-free scones the children made also went down well!

mothers day

As spring is the time for planting, the children have been busy in the Reception garden area clearing out the weeds and planting new flowers and vegetables.


They have also grown ‘cress hair’ using seeds in cotton wool. They each cut out a picture of themselves and stuck it on to a clear plastic cup. The children enjoyed watching the cress grow and looking after it each day. They will be taking them home to keep for the Easter Holiday. Please upload photos to tapestry if your child has any to eat with their meals!

cress 1
It’s growing!


cress 2

Summer Term

So what is planned for the summer term?!

The children will continue to look at the changes in the environment as spring turns to summer. The children will also have the opportunity to witness the beginning of the life cycle of a duck. Duck eggs will be arriving in Reception on Monday 16th April and we expect them to hatch into ducklings later that week!

Following on from that, they will be learning about superheroes, both real and pretend, with a superhero dress up day on Friday 27th April. They will be reading various superhero stories including, Supertato and Super Daisy.

Later on in the term the children also have a planned trip to Longdown Farm with the Reception classes from Bedenham school. The experiences they will have on the farm will help towards gathering evidence to achieving their Early Learning Goals.

REMINDER Parent’s Evening:

Seahorse class – Tuesday 24th April

Starfish class – Thursday 26th April

Please book an appointment.

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