Hook Norton C of E

Primary School

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Reception Times 2 December 2016

This Week:

The children were very excited today as we have been building and decorating our Christmas tree. They have been working hard this week making salt dough and decoupage decorations. This week we have been focusing on The Gingerbread Man and have been reading lots of different versions of the story. Some children have been putting on puppet shows of the story! Can your child tell you the story of The Gingerbread Man? We also have made some posters for the Teddy Tombola which will be happening tonight at the Christmas Fair. We have been  learning some Christmas carols, including one in sign language, ready for the Christmas carol concert! Outside the children have been focusing on birds. We have made pine cone bird feeders, learnt the names of some different English birds, painted bird watercolours and used our binoculars to search for birds.


In phonics we have been learning how to use magnet boards to make words using different sounds. We have also started learning letter names and writing capital letters (A and B so far).


This week we have been learning about coins and money. Can your child recognise 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and £1 coins?Why don’t you practice using coins at our Christmas Fair tonight?! (Worth a try…?!)

Learning Journeys:

Next week’s Learning Journeys will be Izzy and Jayden.


Head lice!Thank you for checking your child’s hair. Please do continue to do so. Girls should keep their hair up at school to avoid catching head lice. See advice on how to tackle the problem.

Reminder: Please make sure your child’s clothing is named. We will be continuing to lay out lost property outside next week. Any unclaimed items at the end of term will be donated to FOHNs for their Second Hand Uniform shop.

TONIGHT – Christmas Fair – 4:30-7pm See you there!

Tuesday 13th December Reception Christmas party- we have spoken to the kitchen who are providing a small party lunch for the children but we would love for this to be supplemented with some party treats. We have put up a list of items we would like donated including paper plates and cups. We would also welcome some volunteers to help out from 11:30am-2pm. Please sign up on the classroom door.

Thursday 15th Dec – Christmas Carol Concert at St Peter’s Church – 9.30-10.30am. Please let us know if you can walk with us to and from church.

Next week:

We will be writing to Father Christmas and thinking about why we celebrate Christmas, starting with watching Key Stage 1’s nativity play.

Please check the Forest School board for up to date information. Group 2 children will need their full kit on Tuesday. If there is a problem with your child’s forest school kit, please let us know before Tuesday morning to avoid a delayed departure.This will be the last Forest School of this term.

Looking forward to seeing you later at the Christmas Fair!

The Reception Team