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Sharp Lane Primary School

Aspiration, Belief, Commitment & Discovery


Spring Newsletter Reception Thursday 1st April 2021


We have been so proud of the Reception children this term as we know as it has been difficult. We have been impressed with their resilience and determination towards their learning. We have two main focuses for summer term. Firstly, we will continue to work on the children’s PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional development). The children need to be able to take turns, play games and explain how they are feeling using ‘because…’.


Our other focus will be writing. In the summer term we will be developing the children’s resilience to “have a go,” use helpful words as well as their phonics knowledge. We understand that not all children may be at this level yet, however it is vital they mark-make using pictures and develop their fine motor skills before Year 1.


This term we have been focusing on children’s well-being at home and in school. We have explored texts such as The Colour Monster and The Ugly Duckling. We have focused on talk time where the children have been able to discuss their feelings openly with adults, and use language where they can explain how they are feeling. We have also been looking at the Easter story as well as completing some Easter egg challenges.


During this term the Reception team have been spending time with the children in provision to assess their learning. As part of our recovery curriculum we will use this information to plan for the Summer term. We have included a ‘top ten tips’ you can do over Easter and we have included a list of what we expect Reception children should be able to do now.


Reception children should to be able to:

  • Write their name
  • Form letters of the alphabet
  • Use helpful/tricky words to write sentences
  • Count 0-20 forwards and backwards
  • Name the days of the week
  • Recite the alphabet
  • Recognise and read all the phonics sounds we have learnt so far
  • Dress and undress independently in preparation for PE lessons


Websites you can look at, at home to support learning further:

Oxford Owl

Phonics play

Phonics Bloom

We hope you all have a lovely Easter break and we will see you all soon

The Reception Team


Top ten tips:

  • Retell 3 favourite stories
  • Read and write 6 helpful words the go to he she we
  • Read daily
  • Practise upper and lowercase letters
  • Fine motor skills Cutting, peeling, threading Phonics tiles and sound mats
  • Physical Walk, cycle, climb
  • Spring hunt Talk about differences between winter and spring
  • Easter Baking
  • Practise counting Forwards, backwards, different starting numbers

Spring Newsletter

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The children really enjoyed our maths Easter egg hunt where they had to work together to crack the code. We worked out that the code was 'Spring Chicken.' 
Here is just a few things we got up to during our first week back altogether. 

'Egg-speriments' in Maths

In Maths this week we have been doing loads of 'egg-speriments.' We sorted, weighed, compared and measure the distance eggs travelled when rolled. 

Mental Wellbeing Week 2021

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Mental Wellbeing Week


Websites for further advice and support for adults in supporting your children:

Mental Wellbeing Week activities


Mental Wellbeing Week 1st February 2021

Children's Mental Health Week 2021 - a message from our Royal Patron

Home Learning

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Good morning everyone,

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break. Welcome back to your first day back at school! Here is your first timetable of activities as mentioned in the video. There are also some really useful websites on the timetable too. I have also attached a photo of the timetable BBC have released today which has some great shows aimed at Reception children.

If you are having any issues please let us know. We will try our best to answer all your questions on here and you can also email us

Thank you for your patience and your support as always.

Have a lovely day!

The Reception Team


Celebration Assembly 18/12/2020

We Wish You a Merry Christmas From Freedman Class

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas from Fletcher Class

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We have loved learning the song 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' with Makaton! The children were AMAZING!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas From Carle Class

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Celebration Assembly 11/12/2020

Celebration assembly 4.12.2020 We have enjoyed having a zoom assembly together!

Christmas is coming...

NELI Letter

Hi everyone, 


Above is a letter we have sent home regarding a speech and language intervention called NELI. We are hoping to do with Reception after Christmas. If you could return the slip back to the class teachers by Monday 7th December 2020. 


Thank you!

Miss Home

Writing in Reception

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Here is a little video about how we are learning to write in Reception!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

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In Carle Class we came up with actions for the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt.'

Parents Consultation Evenings


Hi everyone, 


Parents consultation meetings are a little different this year.  We have taken some photos and videos of our provision for you to have a look at so you can see all the wonderful learning that Reception are doing. 


Thank you for all your support and patience this term. 


Reception Team

Freedman Class

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Photos of Freedman class

Fletcher Class

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Carle Class

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Parents Consultation Evening letter

Photos from Autumn 2

Number 4

This week we have been learning all about the number 4. We discussed what is importance about the number 4 to us in Reception. We watched the Numberblocks video (link below) and talked about the number 4. Could the children talk to you about what they know about the number 4?

This week we have been learning about the Number 3 and The Three Little Pigs. Here are a few examples of our story maps and how we have represented the number 3 in the classroom. 

Floppy's Phonics

You will find attached a short video about how to support your child completing the phonics sheets they are bringing home. Please do these sheets with your child so they get as much practice as possible to help them on their reading journey.
Also click on the link below for letter sounds pronunciations: 

Miss Home showing how we use our flashcards in school

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Mrs Hobson showing how we use the 'practise the sound' sheets at school

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Reception Newsletter


Welcome to the Reception class page. We are all so impressed how well the children have settled into their new school/class after a difficult time across the country. Please read the newsletter above to see what we will be focusing on this term.

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to settle into a very different and at the same time exciting new school year.

The Reception team.