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Columba Spring Term 2020


Happy New Year!


Welcome back to everyone. I do hope you all had a restful holiday and that you each received a visit from Father Christmas! We have been preparing for the term’s activities and we look forward to a fun packed spring term.


Columba Staff:

Miss A Lister: Class Teacher

Mrs K Cartwright: HLTA Tuesday a.m.

Mrs Broadley: Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Garrick: Learning Support Assistant

Miss Shamshear: Student Teacher




Our topic this term is People Who Help Us. We learn all about our community by having several visitors such as a police officer, a cook and many more.

At the end of last term, children chose what they would like the new role play area to be, they voted for a baby clinic.


Children will also have the opportunity to cook a variety of food this half term too!


We will be going for a walk in our local area to explore differences and similarities in the environment.



P.E. will take place on Tuesday morning. Please send your child’s PE kit in on a Monday and leave it until the end of the week. Please make sure you have named your child’s kit, it makes it easier to return lost items.

Your child will also need a named water bottle in school, daily.


Stay and Play

Stay and play will continue on Friday mornings. The first session will be Friday 17th January. Parents, grandparents, siblings etc are all welcome, the session runs from 9.00am-9.30am. You can use this time to play with your child, look through their books and proud folders as well as speaking to any member of staff. We hope to see you there!


Phonics Club

We are now running an after-school phonics club, sessions will run on a Monday after school. The first session will be Monday 20th January. All children must be accompanied by an adult, the session runs from 3.15pm-3.45pm. The phonics club involves children revising sounds learnt so far by playing games, reading and writing activities. By the end of Reception children are expected to write short sentences independently using their phonics knowledge, the session will help support children as well as parents. You can take resources home with you, or ask for resources that you think will help your child. I understand many of you cannot attend due to work commitments, please ask for any resources or advice. We hope to see you there.



We ask that you continue to read and use flashcards with your child regularly so that they are having the opportunity to revise their sounds they have learnt. Please sign, date and write any useful comments in the reading diary, ensuring that they are in your child’s book bag each day.



We hope you are enjoying looking through your child’s learning journey on Tapestry. If you are having trouble accessing it, please let a member of staff know and we can sort this out for you. Please add any photos and comments from your weekend or any out of school activities your child has done, children love to look on Tapestry and share their experiences.


Naming items

It is very useful if you can name your child’s uniform, coat and pumps as children can get items mixed up.



Just to remind you, your child will receive free milk until they reach the age of 5. If you would like to pay for your child to have milk once they turn 5 please get in touch with Cool Milk. For any further information please see Mrs Milner in the office.



By the end of the term you will receive information about our trip to Temple Newsam Farm which will be later on in the year.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns or questions.

(The best time to talk to us in person is before or after school or you can telephone to make an appointment)


Kind Regards,



  1. Lister (on behalf of Reception staff)









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Mrs Broadley - LSA

Mrs Broadley - LSA 1

Mrs Garrick - LSA

Mrs Garrick - LSA 1

Mrs Cartwright - HLTA (Tuesday Morning)

Mrs Cartwright - HLTA (Tuesday Morning) 1

How to pronounce letter sounds.

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Computing in Reception

When the children first start school we introduce them to the ICT suite where there is a computer for each child. During their first term in school they will learn about the different parts of the computer such as the monitor, mouse, keyboard and tower.

Every child in school as their own unique username and password which they use to access our local network (Computers in school). When you are only 4 and may not have experience of computers this can be a little tricky so we spend lots of time helping the children to become confident with this.

We also have a wide range of activities to develop mouse control and navigation.

Parents are welcome to pop in and see what their child is learning and to chat with a member of staff about their progress. We also run several family computing sessions where children can bring members of their family along to share their knowledge and experience.
For any further information about ICT in Reception please contact Mrs K. Cartwright at