Another busy and exciting week in Reception this week. We have continued to learn about how we can look after our planet and read the lovely books above. The children have amazed us with all their knowledge on recycling and the things we can do to take care of our planet. The children have created some lovely posters to promote all the things we can do to help the planet.

Don’t put rubbish in the ocean.
Turn of the tap.
Stop animals eating plastic rubbish in the sea.


Tuesday 21st January @ 9.10am RTB and RC walking to Venn Street Sorting Office. Parent volunteers needed!

Thursday/Friday January 30th/31st RTB/RC Recycling Class trip to the Western Riverside Waste Authority, Wandsworth

Tuesday 21st January @11:00am-12:00pm and 1:30-3:00pm RTB Cooking (Parents welcome to come and help).

Wednesday 22nd January @11:00am-12:00pm and 1:30-3:00pm RC Cooking (Parents welcome to come and help).

Friday 14th February Reception Sharing Assemblies

Friday 28th February RC to the Spinney

Thursday 5th March RTB to the Spinney

Welcome Back

A very warm welcome back and Happy New Year. We hope everyone had a relaxing break and a chance to re-charge their batteries. The children have returned to school very focused and already we can see the work the children (and their adults) have put in to support their reading and writing. We’re excited to see the further progress this term.

This term we have a couple of exciting trips planned – a recycling workshop at the end of January (to tie in with our work on caring for the environment) and an excursion to The Spinney after half term (Clapham Manor’s community garden on the Common). Parent helpers are always very welcome: more details to follow in the next couple of weeks.

On the last day before half term, both Reception classes will hold their sharing assemblies (in the school halls at 2:50pm), which is a chance for the children to present different aspects of their learning over the academic year so far.

Also, this term, P.E. sessions will be held on a Monday morning – a bit of an energy burst to start the week!

Books from our Amazon wishlist keep arriving – thank you! If you would still like to purchase a book for the Reception library, please click here.


 Thursday/Friday January 30th/31st RTB/RC Recycling Class trip to the Western Riverside Waste Authority, Wandsworth

Tuesday 21st January @11:00am-12:00pm and 1:30-3:00pm RTB Cooking (Parents welcome to come and help).

Wednesday 22nd January @11:00am-12:00pm and 1:30-3:00pm RC Cooking (Parents welcome to come and help).

Friday 14th February Reception Sharing Assemblies

Friday 28th February RC to the Spinney

Thursday 5th March RTB to the Spinney

A Higgledy Piggledy Week…

Thank you to all of those that were able to make the Christmas Concert on Tuesday. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as the children did performing for you! We are sure you will agree the children did an amazing job and they looked very cute in their costumes. We have added some pictures below.

The children have had a very long and busy term and are ready for a restful break. We have been so impressed by how the children have settled during their first term at school. They have learnt a lot of new rules and routines which they have got the hang of very quickly. We look forward to them coming back refreshed and read for the new term.

Dates for the diary

School reopens to the children on Tuesday 7th January

Welcome, Welcome, to our Nativity.

We have an action packed end of term planned leading up to our Christmas performance on Tuesday December 17th @ 2pm and our Christmas lunch and disco on Wednesday December 18th. Term then finishes on Thursday 19th December @ 1:45pm. Do remember to send your children in wearing their festive jumper this Friday (December 13th) with a voluntary donation of £1 for Save the Children.

A huge thank you to everyone who has already brought in their child’s costume and supported them in learning their lines. Every child in reception has something to say and their lines are glued in their home-learning books. If they are nervous on the day or cannot remember their lines, we will be right at the front to help them out. However, it would be great, if they can have the best chance to perform, by having many opportunities to practise their lines over the next few days. Your child’s costume will be, again, listed in their home-learning book. If they do not have a note, it means we have their costume in school e.g. shepherds, kings, inn-keepers, angel, Mary and Joseph.

On Wednesday 18th we will have school Christmas lunch followed by a disco slot in the hall. Children may come into school dressed in their party clothes. We will provide some snacks for the children in the afternoon but, tying in with our healthy food focus in Reception and the different dietary needs/allergies, we will provide limited treats as well as some savoury healthy snacks.

Also, more and more wonderful books keep arriving from our Amazon wishlist – a huge thanks to those of you who have supported this initiative.

We are also still collecting for the food bank if you would like to provide any supplies:

  • scarves and gloves
  • packets of crisps
  • cereal bars
  • chocolate bars
  • socks and pants
  • other Christmas treats

The children have had a fantastic term and it’s been very rewarding to see the progress they have made with their reading, writing, phonics and number work, but more importantly, the progress they have made with their ability to work and play with each other; tidying skills; following of new rules and routines and in demonstrating consistently positive behavior. However, we know that many of the children are very tired and this has been compounded by sickness sweeping across the year group. We hope they are able to have a very restful day off tomorrow and a relaxing weekend ready for our busy final week.

Christmas…the countdown begins.

Where has the time gone? We now have only three weeks remaining until the end of term and Christmas preparations are well and truly underway. We have begun practising both the songs and speaking parts for the Reception Christmas performance. The children are doing a great job with the singing – they’re a musical bunch! We’ve only begun looking at the speaking parts today but their lines will be coming home for their home learning this Friday. We are also looking to source all the necessary pieces for their costumes. Letters will be sent home explaining what each child needs for the production. We will try and keep it as simple as possible and we do have many costumes in school. However, if anyone does have a donkey, sheep, cow, horse, turkey or goat costume we could borrow, it would really help us out.

Both classes also created Christmas hoops to decorate the top and bottom halls. Each child created their own piece for the hoop – see photos below.

Clapham Manor is also asking each class to do a reverse advent calendar focusing on giving each day of December, rather than receiving. Year 3 teacher, Ms. Turner, regularly volunteers at a homeless shelter and so we are collecting donations for her to deliver on the week of December 16th as a Christmas surprise. If you are able to donate any of the following items:
• Scarves and gloves
• Small packets of crisps
• Cereal bars
• Chocolate bars
• Socks and pants
• Other Christmas treats
We would be very appreciative.

We made our first visit to the school library this Monday and the children had a great time listening to a story and exploring the different books they can borrow. As their names have not yet all been added to the library loan system, library borrowing will commence after Christmas.

Finally, a huge thank you to all the parents who have already bought items from our Amazon wishlist – we are already beginning to accrue a fantastic selection of high quality books which we are looking forward to sharing with the children in the new year. Please click here, if you are interested in purchasing a book from our wishlist.

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday 12th December – School closed for Polling Day
Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper Day (donations to Save the Children)
Tuesday December 17th @ 2pm – Reception Christmas Production in Top Hall
Wednesday 18th December – Christmas Lunch


RTB’s Christmas Hoop
RC’s Christmas Hoop

Reception Book Wish List

Many of you have shown an interest in how you can further support reading in Reception. The children this year love books and really enjoy being read too. They have also enjoyed reading independently or with their friends in our class library. We have complied a wish list of high quality texts that we would love to share with Reception. If you would like to buy one of these texts for the Reception classrooms click on this link which will take you to our wish list.

We are well under way learning the songs for our Reception Performance on Tuesday 17th December at 2pm. This week we will be beginning to look at the costumes we already have in school. We may ask for help with costumes over the next week or so but we do not want anyone to buy anything new for the performance. We will send a letter out with the bits and pieces we still need.

You will find the lyrics to the song Did you see the Kings? in your child’s home learning book. This is the song we would like the children to learn the words too this week for home learning. If you say the line first and then your child can repeat. Once you have done this a number of times try the whole verse together.

Christmas Production

As every year, RTB and RC will be preparing a Christmas production. For many it will be the first chance to act on stage as young performers. This time we will stage ‘Higgledy Piggledy Nativity’ by Niki Davis with a colorful array of characters, delightful songs and some script for children to learn. Please support your child in learning their lines and memorising the songs. Script and song lyrics will be sent out soon. Thank you for your cooperation.

Circus Skills

Last week on Wednesday 13th of November, both RTB and RC  took part in a pilot circus skills sessions in the school hall. The children had a chance to explore different ways of movement while playing creatively with juggling balls, spinning hoops or balancing on a ‘circus style’ obstacle course. They could also improve their personal, social and emotional skills through working in pairs and communicating in small groups to resolve practical problems. All children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and felt enthused and inspired. Let’s hope there’s  more to come! Special thanks to Glen and his team from the National Centre for Circus Arts.

What the Ladybird Heard…

This week in our literacy sessions we have been learning about rhyme and alliteration. We used ‘What the Ladybird heard’, by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, as a basis for our focus activities. The children were excellent at identifying rhyming words such as ‘ hen, pen or hog, dog’. We’ve also learnt that ‘alliteration’ means when two or more words begin with the same sound like ‘dainty dog, Hefty Hugh or Lanky Len’. In addition, we enjoyed writing captions for the illustrations from the story and drew and labelled story maps. 
In our basic skills sessions we focused on number bonds to ten, counting objects and using positional language (behind, over, next to…).

In our phonics sessions we learnt the following sounds: ck, e, u and r. We have also started to introduce the 45 Reception key words and so far covered: I, the, go and no words. Please support your child in memorising them ‘on sight’.