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Week beginning 1st April 


This week we have been visiting the chicks every day and we have noticed and talked about the changes in them - the feathers on their wings started growing, etc. We also looked at the life cycle of a chicken. 


Children have made Easter cards and designed their own Easter eggs. On Friday they have made a chocolate nest with Easter eggs.


We break up for Easter and on our first day back (23rd of April) we are going to celebrate St George's Day and British Values Day. We are going to revise British Values and what they mean to us.

Children are welcome to come to school on the first day back in Red, White and Blue home clothes.

No money is needed – it is simply a positive way to start the new term.

The kitchen will also be serving a typical British meal, as follows:

Red = Fish & Chips

Green = Omelette

 Yellow = Jacket Potato & Cheese

 Blue = Cheese Roll


Enjoy the Easter Break and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Have a lovely Easter.


The Reception Team

Week beginning 25th March


We have had another exciting week at Reception - this week our topic was Animals and looking after them. On Monday we went to see the Ark Farm animals at our Nursery.


This week in Phonics we have been practising all the phase 3 sounds we have learnt so far. 

In Maths we have been practising adding and subtracting numbers up to 20. 

In Art children made lovely Mother's Day cards. 


New Arrivals

Also on Monday 10 eggs arrived at Summerswood and across the week we’ve been delighted to watch them hatch. The children will continue to watch them grow and change until we finish for the Easter break next Friday. Thank you to Mrs Norman and Mrs Freeman for organising for the chicks to be in school. They really do bring so much joy.


Comic Relief

We are pleased to announce that we raised £316 for Comic Relief!

Thank you to all families that took part in Crazy Hair day to raise money for this worthy cause.


Next week the school finishes on Friday 5th April at 1.30pm (last day of Spring term).


Have a lovely weekend.

Reception Team

Week beginning 18th March 


This week our topic theme was Animals and their babies. As you know the farm animals are coming to school on Monday (25th March) and all children are already very excited.

We also turned our role play area into a shop and the children enjoyed selling and buying fruits, vegetables and other products. If you have empty and clean food boxes please send them with your child/ren.


In Phonics we have learnt the following sounds and tricky words: URE, HER, ALL and ARE.

In Maths we have been practising doubling and halving numbers up to 10 and 20..


Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

Week beginning 11th March


Parents’ Evening


Thank you to all the families who made arrangements to come and see their child’s class teacher. There was a lovely atmosphere in school with proud parents and happy children all around. If you didn’t manage to make an appointment to discuss the progress of your child, please do speak to the class teacher to get an appointment organised. We hope that you are pleased and proud of the progress your child/ren made so far.


We hope you enjoyed the exhibition in the school hall on Friday. It was a real delight to see the variety of high quality work from children across the school.


This week we have been looking at how things change and grow (undrestanding of the world). 

We have read the books 'The Trouble with Todpoles' and 'Growing Frogs' and discussed the life cycle of a frog. Children had an activity to cut out and put all the stages of a frog life cycle in the right order and they all done really well. 

In Maths we have introduced doubling numbers and discussed what happens to numbers when we double them.

In Phonics we have learnt the trigraphs AIR, EAR and tricky words YOU and THEY.


Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

Week beginning 4th March


This week we have celebrated World Book Day on Thursday.

We had a huge variety of costumes and the children looked wonderful. The whole school went outside and had a World Book Day Parade – it was a great opportunity to get to see everyone’s costumes. Thank you so much for putting in such a great effort. All children received a world book day £1 token – these can be exchanged for special £1 books or used for a £1 discount off a book of your choice.

Our topic this week was based on the book The Whisperer by Nick Butterworth. All children made cat’s masks, coloured their cats and wrote sentenced to describe them.

On Friday (8th March) Nick Butterworth came to school and visited both Reception classes. He read his new book to the children and they had the opportunity to ask him questions.


In Maths this week we have been practising subtracting numbers up to 10 and then beyond 10.

In Phonics we have learnt the following sounds – OW, OI, ER, and tricky word MY.


Parents’ Evenings – 12th and 13th March 2019

Every parent needs to access the Parents Evening System to sign up for an appointment to meet their child’s teacher. This is a key time to share information and to see how well your child is progressing. Booking is now open and you can access the appointment booking system via this link: https://summerswood.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/

 We are looking forward to seeing you all and will be asking parents to complete a survey to help the school continue on its journey of improvement. Please take the time to complete a form while you are waiting to see the teacher. It should take you no longer than 10 minutes.


Red Nose Day!

On Friday 15th March, we will be celebrating Comic Relief at Summerswood! The theme is ‘Crazy Hair’, so children need to be wearing school uniform, but may come to school with all sorts of crazy hair, wigs or ribbons, etc. However your child does their hair next Friday, we would be grateful for a donation of £1 that will go to Comic Relief 2019. We are not selling Red Noses in school this year – sorry!


Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team

Letter about Ark Farm

Week beginning 25th February


Welcome back - we hoped you enjoyed your half term break.


On Monday we thought about ‘love’ – people we love, things we love, how love makes us feel, etc.

 The children decorated their hearts and wrote all the things and people they love inside.

This week in Phonics we have revised the sounds we have learnt so far.

In Literacy we have looked at the story of The Three Little Pigs and discussed which material is better and stronger to use for building a house. In Maths we have been practising adding and subtracting numbers. 


REMEMBER: Summerswood is celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2019, and children are encouraged to come to school dressed as a favourite book character. We are looking forward to seeing your creativity and home-made costumes.


Parents Evening – 12th and 13th March 2019

Every parent needs to access the Parents Evening System to sign up for an appointment to meet their child’s teacher. This is a key time to share information and see how well your child is progressing. Access the appointment booking system from 6pm this evening: https://summerswood.parentseveningsystem.co.uk


Thank you for coming to our Stay and play session. We hoped you found it useful.


Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team


Maths Presentation to Parents

Week beginning 11th February


This week we enjoyed taking part in Feeling Good week!

There was a wonderful atmosphere at the start of the week when staff and children came to school in clothes that made them happy. Wearing our slippers on Tuesday brought a smile to us all as well.

On Thursday there was music played out across the school at different points in the day and we all stopped what we were doing and danced! It was great fun. :)


Our topic this week was LOVE and St Valentine's Day.

The challenge of the week was - design your own St Valentine's Day card - there were lots of hearts and roses as you can imagine.

In English we have read the book 'Guess how much I love you' and the children wrote the names of people they love (family members and friends). In Maths we have been practising addition and we have also introduced substraction. In Phonics we have learnt the sounds ar, or, ur and tricky word was.


On Wednesday we had a wonderful time in our Disco. Children had so much fun dancing and singing.

Thank you to our parent helpers who made sure the children were safe and having fun. 


It has been a very busy half term but there is lots more to look forward to when we return.

Next week (18.02-23.02) is half term.  


Have a restful break. 

Reception Team



Week beginning 4th of February


This week we have been celebrating and learning more about the Chinese New Year 2019 which falls on February 5th (Tuesday). 2019 is the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac. We have read the book "Dragons in the city" to find out how do we celebrate the Chinese New Year. There is a Chinese tradition to write a wish on a piece of paper and hang it up on a "wishing tree". Children wrote their wishes and coloured them and then they hung their wishes on our wishing tree. Children also made paper dragons, designed their own Chinese dragon masks, made lanterns and red money envelopes.


On Tuesday we also celebrated the Safer Internet Day and we reminded children how to stay safe online, always tell an aduld if you come across anything that upsets you, don't talk to strangers online,etc. The children did a variety of activities about keeping themselves safe online. It is so important that we keep ourselves, as adults, up to date with the latest apps and games so we are able to protect our children from hidden dangers. For information on how to talk about Internet Safety at home visit www.saferinternet.org.uk/saferinternet-day/2019 for ideas.


Next week at Summerswood we are celebrating ‘Feeling Good Week’.

Feeling Good Week is a Hertfordshire-wide event that encourages schools and the wider community to promote children’s and young people’s emotional wellbeing by raising awareness of mental health, and showing where support can be accessed within the community. As our theme at school this year is Love, we will be thinking about ways to take time out and show some love for ourselves. Children will be doing some activities across the week and as a school we have some activities we will all be taking part in.


Monday: non-school uniform - wear clothes that you love! Children and staff will be allowed to wear something that makes them happy. Clothes that make you happy could be something really comfortable or could be your favourite colour – the choice is yours!

Tuesday – we are all invited to bring our slippers to wear in school for the day. 

School disco for Reception is on Wednesday till 3:20.


Have a nice weekend.

The Reception Team



Week beginning 28th January 


This week in Reception we have been covering the story of "Gingerbread man".

Children practised retelling and sequencing the story, and designed their own gingerbread man.

We had so much fun making gingerbread people - children looked at the recipe and followed the instruction for mixing the incredients, rolling out the mixture, cutting, baking and decorating. 


In Maths we have been practising adding numbers up to 10 and up to 20, counting up and counting down, and matching quantity with the right numeral. We have also looked at time telling and practised measuring objects. 


In Phonics we have learnt the vowel digraphs  AI, EE and tricky words BE and MY.


Have a nice weekend.

The Reception Team




Week beginning 21st January 2019


This week both Reception classes went on their first school trip to the library.

Thank you to all parents who came to help us on the way.

The children who are already library members and had their library card on the day were allowed to borrow a book. The due date for returning the book to the library is 14/02. Those who are not library members yet can visit the library and register. We are giving out membership forms on Friday. The books the children with no library cards on the day or no library membership wanted will be kept at library for 2 weeks.


This week in phonics we have learn NG, AI and WE and ME.


PE Kit List


We would like to remind you of the correct PE clothing, and that PE kit should remain in school all week.

  • White PE t-shirt
  • Navy blue, black or grey jogging bottoms (outdoor PE)
  • Plain navy blue or black shorts (indoor PE)
  • Socks - please note tights are not allowed, so if your child is wearing tights in school they must have a different pair of socks for PE
  • Black plimsolls


Have a nice weekend

The Reception Team


Week beginning 14th January 2019


This week we have been looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Children were practicing retelling the story and acting it out. 


In Math we have been measuring height and length to find out the tallest girl and boy in the class.

In Phonics we have learnt CH, SH and TH and HE and SHE.


Next week both Reception classes are going on a school trip to the library.

Disney class is going on Tuesday - 22nd January and Longstocking class is going on Thursday - 24th January. Children are coming to school at normal time on the day of the trip. If you volunteered to help us walking down to the library, please come in with your child at 8:40 for a briefing.


Have a nice weekend.

The Reception Team 

Week beginning 7th January 2019


Welcome back to school.

We hope you had a really nice Christmas break.


This week we have been looking at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Children were practising retelling the story and acting it out.

Each child wrote what did the characters say in speech bubbles and created a poster of the story.


Please make sure your child has a PE kit at school.

Children with no PE kits are not allowed to climb on the equipment. 


Both Reception classes are going on a school trip to the library.

Disney class will go on Tuesday 22nd January from 9:40 - 10:40am.

Longstocking will go on Thursday 24th January from 9:40 - 10:40am.

We will need some parent helpers on our trip. If you are available and will be willing to help us, please let us know as you need to fill a form in.

The children will need to bring their own library cards for this trip.


Have a nice weekend.

Reception Team

Week beginning 17th December 2018


Thank you for bringing food and drinks for our Christmas party.

All Reception children had so much fun. :)


It would be lovely to see your child's home learning on Tapestry.

Please put something on Tapestry for us to have a look at in class. 


Please read with your child at home and sign their reading record.


Have a lovely Christmas and see you in 2019. 

School re-opens on 7th January 2019.


Thank you! It has been a pleasure to teach your child and we look forward to working with you next year.


Reception Team

Week beginning 10th December 2018


Thank you for coming to our sing-a-long!

We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We are really proud of all the children – performing in front of an audience is not the easiest thing to do but they have done really well.

The challenge of this week was -  design your own Christmas card. All children were very creative and wrote nice messages.


Christmas Dinner

Next Tuesday and Wednesday are our annual Christmas Dinners! On Tuesday, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have Christmas Dinner and children in Years 3 to 6 will only have the option of a cold packed lunch – cheese roll. On Wednesday children in Years 3 to 6 will have Christmas Dinner and children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will only have the cold option – cheese roll.

If your child doesn’t want this cold option, you will have to send them in with a home packed lunch. 


On Friday the school finishes at 1.30pm (last day of Autumn term).


Have a nice weekend.

Reception Team


Week beginning 3rd December


This week we have been practising for our Christmas sing-along.

On Wednesday reception children enjoyed a Pantomime.


Next week on Monday(10th December) it is Longstocking sing-along at 9:30 till 10:30.

On Tuesday(11th December) - Disney sing-along at 9:30 till 10:30.

Each family will only be allowed to have 2 adults attend due to health and safety.



Thank you for all your donations for the Christmas Fair!

We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow between 12pm and 3pm.

To enter the fair, please come to the Furzehill Road entrance.

Entrance for adults is £1 and children are free.

We have a raffle, food, drinks, rides, Christmas gifts, Santa’s Grotto and much, much more!

We can’t wait to see you all. 

Week beginning 19th November 2018

Road Safety Week 


This week we have learning how to cross the road safely. We have been very fortunate to have a visitor come into school this week to talk to us about Road safety. The children are now experts on how to use the road and keep safe.





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This week we have been learning about measuring and distance. The children have had the opportunity to build ramps and race cars. The children have learnt how to measure and developed their mathematical vocabulary.


Next week 


The children will be learning to form letters correctly as part of a name writing activity. We ask that you continue to support your child at home forming letters correctly by asking them to practice writing family members names.



The children will be learning to recognise numbers 1-20 and beyond!

Please help your child to find and recognise numbers at home or maybe  whilst you are walking to school?



We will be encouraging the children to use their phonics cards to make words using sounds that they can hear for example s.a.t  please practice this at home 


We love to see what your children have been learning at home and the easiest way to do this is by using Tapestry. If you need support logging onto Tapestry or if you need a password please speak to a member of staff



The children are in school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only

Disney class NO UNIFORM ON MONDAY. Children can wear their own clothes as we achieved 100% attendance last week 








Week beginning 12th November


This week we have read the story "Oh Boris" and we have discussed how to be a good friend and respect others.

In Maths we have been measuring and ordering objects and learning different mathematical words for measuring such as small, smaller, smallest, large, larger, largest, bigger, biggers, etc. 


In Phonics we have covered B, F/FF, L/LL and SS.


On Thursday (22nd November) at 9:00 we are having a Road Safety talk. All parents are invited.

Week beginning 5th November


Welcome back to school. We hoped you had a nice half term break.


We had a really busy week. On Monday we talked about Bonfire Night and we looked at the story of Guy Fawkes and why do we celebrate with fireworkes display. We also talked about the safety of fireworks and what to do to keep safe. Children drew their own fireworks using splash painting.


On Tuesday we looked at the festival of light - Divali and the story of Rama and Sita. All children then made and decorated their own Diva lamp for Divali. 


On Wednesday we talked about Remembrance Day and we read the book "Where the Poppies Now Grow". We paid respect to all the people who died in the First World War and every child made a poppy.

In Maths we looked at 2D shapes and described their properties.


In Phonics we learnt the sounds R, H, I and NO and GO.

Thank you for coming to our parents meeting. We hope you found it useful. 


Have a lovely weekend. 


The Reception Team 


Week beginning 22nd October


This week we have been looking at the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and we have practising retelling it. We talked about the characters in the story and how did the little hen feel when nobody wanted to help her and why did she not want to share the bread. We have made a story map and we wrote what each character says in speech bubbles. We talked about the process of making bread and we all made bread following instructions/recipe. 


In Phonics we practised the sounds CK, U, E and TO and THE.


Thank you for coming to our Stay and Play. It was really nice to see so many parents.

We hope you enjoyed it.


Have a lovely half term.


The Reception Team



Week beginning 15th October 2018


Dear Parents and carers,


This week we talked about Harvester and we have learnt a new song 'It's Harvest time'. 

We have read the story of 'The Enormous  Turnip' and we have been practising retelling and even acting the story. We put the characters in order and used the language 1st, 2nd and 3rd etc. 


In Maths we have been practising counting -teen numbers and counting up to 20. 

In Phonics we have covered G, O, C and  K sounds. 

You can practise the sounds and counting to 20 with your children to support their learning. 


There is a Stay and Play session on Tuesday afternoon at 14:30 - 15:00 and all parents are invited to come and see how we learn in Reception. 


Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team 



Week commencing 8th October 2018


Dear Parents and carers,


This week we have been looking at the book 'Elephant learns how to share' and we have discussed the importance of sharing and taking turns when we play. Sharing is caring.

In Maths we used numicons to practise counting and writing down the amount of holes. 

In ICT we have been learning how to use the mouse and control it. 

We have also learnt  about rhyming words and we have practised matching the words that rhyme.

In Phonics we have covered the following letters/sounds i, n, m and d. You can practise them at home with your child/ren and make words with the sounds that we have already covered. The letters cards have been sent home in a pencil case. Please go over them with  your child daily to help consolidate their learning. It is important to focus on the sound of the letter rather than the letter name.

Please look at the reading books with your children daily and encourage them to tell you the story and sign the reading record book to let us know how they got on.


Please keep both the pencil case and the reading folder in your child's bag each day.


Have a lovely weekend.

Reception team

Our self portrait display!

Our self portrait display! 1

W/C 1st October 2018

This week the children have started phonics.  They have learnt the sounds s, a, t, p.

We have sent home the letter sounds in a pencil case.  Please go over them with  your child daily to help consolidate their learning.  Try to make it as fun as possible and see if they can find things around the house beginning with the letter sounds. It is important to focus on the sound of the letter at this stage, rather than the letter name. Please ensure that the pencil case comes to school in your child's bag each day as we will be adding more letters.

The children have all brought home books this week and will be changed once a week.  Please look at the books with your children daily and encourage them to tell you the story.  Rereading the books as much as possible is very beneficial to a child's confidence and learning, expanding their vocabulary, so please do this as much as possible and sign the reading record book to let us know how they got on. Again, please keep the reading folder in the school bag so that we can listen to your child reading at school and change their books when necessary.

The children have been telling us what they are good at this week and we have enjoyed hearing about all of their talents!  They have also drawn their self portraits.  They are fantastic and have made a lovely display in the hallway.


Thank you to all the parents who came to the Tapestry talk and to those of you who have logged on and left comments.  We really appreciate your comments.  We hope you have enjoyed looking at some of what your child does when they are at school.  If you are still struggling to log on, please see the letter attached or come and speak to one of the teacher so we can check we have your correct email address on the system. 


Happy reading and have a great weekend!


The Reception Team

Tapestry Guide for Parents

wk beginning 24.9.18


This week we have been learning and practising numbers 1 to 8. The children really enjoyed counting with Rodd (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rfznx/clips). You can use the link to practise the numbers at home if you want to. In ICT the children really enjoyed working with Paint - they have practised how to use the computer mouse to draw, colour and even write different things and played age related computer games. 

We are now sending home reading books for you to read and look at together with your child.

If there are no words in the book please look at the pictures and encourage your child to tell the story, asking them what they can see and what they think might happen next. At the end of the book ask your child to tell you what happened in the story. Please repeat it a few times with each book so that your child becomes familiar with the book and how to tell a story.

If there are words in the book – we are NOT expecting your child to be able to read at this stage. These books are for you to read with your child and help them build up their vocabulary. It is also important to help them know how a book works e.g. Title, how to turn pages, to point to words etc.

It is a good idea to get into the habit of having ‘reading time’ and sharing a book with your child for 5 mins every day, whenever possible.

Your child will be changing their books each week so please make sure that their reading folders are in their school bag every day in case we want to hear them read to us.


We are going to start phonics next week.  The letters which have been taught will be sent home in pencil cases for you to go over with them and to practice saying the sound the letter makes. (Not the name of the letter.)  If you are unsure of how to say the sound of the letter please don't hesitate to ask.


Have a nice weekend.

The Reception team

Dear Parents,


This week we read the children the story of The Rainbow Fish and spoke about the importance of being a super friend and doing good sharing! The children also discussed what the class rules should be.  Their ideas were written down and have been put on display to be signed by all the children next week.  The children mixed paints to make different colours and decorated a giant Rainbow Fish with the beautiful, colourful scales they made.  The also created their own individual Rainbow fish using a variety of resources that they selected independently.  During PAL time it was lovely to see lots of wonderful sharing happening between some of the children!


We have noticed that many children do not have water bottles.  Please ensure you send your child to school with a named water bottle every day.


We also have a lot of unnamed items that nobody has claimed.  Please make sure you label EVERYTHING!!!!


No toys should be brought into school from home unless requested!!!


Please come to hear all about Tapestry, our online Learning Journal on Wednesday 3rd October from 8.50 - 9.30am.


We will be going through how we use it and how you can use it to help us build up a positive home school link to support your child while they are in the Early Years.


We will also be there to support you to log onto your journal so you can see some of thee things your child has got up to so far. 


We look forward to seeing you there!


Have a great weekend.


The Reception Team




Settling in week

Welcome to Reception!  The children have started to settle in brilliantly this week and are getting to know  the school  environment and it's routines.  This week the children have had a tour of the school and have spent time getting to know one another.  There has been a lot of PAL (Play and Learn) time to enable us to discover more about the children as individuals and what their interests are so that we can base our future planning around this.


Next week the children will be showing their All About Me bags to the class.


As of next week we are hoping to have Tapestry up and running and ready for  us to post observations of your children's learning journeys. Please keep an eye on your emails as there will be observation notifications.  If you have any trouble uploading these, please don't hesitate to pop in and see us.


Unfortunately due to a technical glitch we are not able to upload photos this week.  Hopefully this will be rectified by next week.


Have a great weekend.  We look forward to welcoming your lovely children back into school on Monday!



Contact us on our class emails: disney@summerswood.herts.sch.uk