Solent Infant School
Welcome to Year R
Autumn News from Reception


Dear Parents and Carers

We would like to take this opportunity to give you a very warm welcome to Solent Infant School.  Thank you for making the half term, from pre-school to school as smooth as possible for your child.

From the very beginning, we encourage the children to be independent, especially with self-help skills.  It would be very helpful, therefore, if your child could practise using a hanger at home to hang up their coat and practise doing up their zips as well.  It is surprising how quickly they learn new skills. This way they will require little adult assistance and will celebrate their success in being able to put everything on their hanger.

There will be a staff member at the gate every morning to take any messages you may have for the class teacher.  However, if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to see the class teacher at the end of the school day. 

If your child is having a school dinner, you have the facility of ordering school dinners in advance, online.  A letter about registering has already been sent out to you via email and if you are having any difficulties then please contact the school office. 

Please ensure that your child has their book bag in school every day.  If your child wishes to have fruit at morning break please ensure it comes in a bag with their name clearly marked.  As lots of the children have similar fruit bags we suggest that they are clearly labelled for them to see. Some of the children choose to add one key ring to their book bag and fruit bag to make it easy to spot amongst the others. Please could we encourage you to provide your child with a bottle of water with a ‘sports cap’ to drink in the classroom.

An overview of our curriculum for each half term can be found on our website HERE.  You will also receive suggested home learning activities via email.

Our library day is Friday.  We ask that when your child brings home a library book this stays in their book bag so that they are able to change it weekly.

Your child will be developing their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds programme.  The phonics programme introduces individual sounds and focuses on applying their knowledge e.g. hearing individual sounds within words and blending sounds together to read and write. 

Your child will bring home a sound mat and will learn several new sounds each week.  They will also have a sound strip of the sounds we have been learning.  Please cut these up and use for word building at home.  You will also find a weekly letter formation sheet on the sounds for you to practice and keep at home.

Please ensure the reading book, boat book and word tin is in your child’s book bag every day.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursdays.  Please remember to tie up long hair and ensure your child’s clothes are clearly labelled with their name. For safety reasons, if your child wears earrings, we will need to tape them up, or they could be removed for those days please.

We hope your child settles quickly and has an enjoyable year in Reception.

Many thanks.

The Reception Team