Sidegate Primary School

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Reception (EYFS)

Welcome to Reception (EYFS)


At Sidegate we follow the statutory Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework for pupils in the Reception Year. We aim to provide a safe, stimulating and welcoming environment where children learn through play and develop to their full potential. Through communication and interaction with parents, staff ensure that learning is personalised to each pupil. A  wide range of learning opportunities help pupils to work towards achieving the Framework’s Early Learning Goals.



Class Teachers

Class Teachers 1 Mrs Johnson - Honey Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 2 Mrs Sergeant - Honey Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 3 Miss Goodacre - Grizzly Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 4 Mrs Green - Polar Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 5 Mrs Roberts - Polar Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 6 Mrs Springfield Class Teacher (maternity leave)

Reception (EYFS) Termly Newsletters

Wednesday 16th October

Dear Families


The children have been learning the phonemes: i, n, m and d this week.  The high frequency words to learn are is, it and in.  It is brilliant how the children are showing on ILD their interpretation of the Phonic Fairy!  Please continue to reinforce the learning at home, it is making such a difference to your child's learning.    


This week we have been investigating different ways of sorting objects.  The focus has been understanding that the same collection of objects can be sorted in different ways and have encouraged children to come up with their own criteria for sorting objects.  We have continued to reinforce creating amounts and understanding amounts of numbers.    


The children have all bought a reading book home and are now onto their second book.   We hope you will read the book with them, talking about what is happening on each page. Please write and date the back of the blue, Reading/Homework book to let us know how you have got on at home. Reading is at the back, and Homework will normally be at the front. Please ensure the blue books and reading books are in the book bag every day so we can add to them. 


Over the holiday please practise with your child dressing and undressing.  Make a game out of it.  Can they beat the timer?  Who can do it first?  Some of the names in children's clothes are beginning to be washed out.  Please could you check and rewrite if necessary.  This would help us to link clothes back to the child.


We wish you a relaxing half term.


Many thanks for all your support

Early Years Team

tig - a new app for parents with children aged 0-5.


This app has been designed specifically for parents.  It gives tips and ideas to help you engage with your child/children.  It is funded by the Ipswich Opportunity Fund.  Just type in: tig app into the app store and you will be able to access it.  It is free for all Ipswich parents.  It asks a few questions to begin with, but once you are in it will send you two tips a week.  Let us know how you get on.  All feedback will be passed onto the app designers.

Please click here to: Helping your child to segment and blend.






I have spoken to ILD and they have said that if you use the app you will need to update your pin every month.


Kind regards Madeline Johnson

Things our families say about us.


"Thank you all so very much for helping .... through Reception.  He has enjoyed everyday and can't wait to start Year 1".


"Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough report.  We remain delighted with ..... progress and the care and attention shown by all the staff!"


"A lovely report to read, thank you for giving the time it must have taken.  I will treasure this forever."


"Reading ..... report through happy tears.  So delighted how well he has settled at Sidegate."

Phonic Share October 2018

Home Learning Expectations and Information


Your child has been given a reading book, Reading/Home Challenge Book and a Phonic Book.  Please ensure they come in to school everyday.  

  • Reading books will be changed once a week.
  • Please hear your child read for 5 minutes every day.
  • Homework will be marked once a week on a Tuesday and new homework will be sent home on a Wednesday. 
  • Phase 3 Phonic Books will come home every day.  Please share the sound with your child.  Remember they are the experts and will support you with the correct pronunciation.
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