Dear Parents,


Welcome to Tower Hill! We are looking forward to getting to know all the children and helping them settle into school life.


Our online learning journal, where your child’s achievements are recorded in notes, photographs and sometimes video clips is called Tapestry. If your child attended Tower Hill Nursery they will already have a Tapestry account. These will be up and running again in the next few days. If your child is new to the school we will create an account for them. Tapestry will then send you an email to create a password for your child. Existing accounts will keep the same password as last year.


PE will be on Wednesday afternoons starting next week (11 Sept). Children will not need their kit this term as we will do PE in bare feet. Please send your child in socks not tights on PE days as this makes changing easier. Please make sure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed. Children do not need a PE kit this term, however we would like all children to have a change of clothes including underwear and this could be a PE kit if you wish (black shorts and a plain white Tshirt). If you have not already done so please make sure this is in a small named bag on your child’s peg.


Sharing story books regularly is an important part of learning to read. Each Friday we will change your child’s story book and record it in their Kluwell reading diary. The reading diaries were introduced last year and we found the stickers and certificates in the diaries help to excite the children about their reading. They will come home shortly. We will monitor who has earnt their certificates and celebrate with the children in class too. Books can be changed daily if your child wishes, just take a new book out of the basket and return the old one for someone else to borrow. The books in the basket will be changed regularly. To help your child with their reading you can encourage him / her to tell you what is happening in the story by “reading the pictures”. Guessing what might happen next or remembering a time when something similar has happened to you is also great preparation for starting to read. Unfortunately if children do not bring a book bag they will not be allowed to borrow class library books. Please encourage your child to bring their book bag every day as this is where we will put any letters to you.


Please could all children bring a pair of wellies to leave in school? As with all items of clothing these should be clearly marked with your child’s name. We would be grateful if these could come into school as soon as possible in order that we are prepared for the wet weather. Rain and snow are exciting and we go out in all weathers!


Finally, if your child is unwell please telephone the school office on 01993 702599 as soon as possible. If children have vomited or have had diarrhoea they must stay at home until 48 hours after the last episode. Children with coughs and colds shouldn’t be kept off school. We are always grateful for any donations of boxes of tissues! If there is anything at all you are worried or concerned about don’t let it fester - please come and talk to us.

Tower Hill Reception Class 2019-2020 Term 1

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be trying hard to learn everyone’s names as part of our ongoing settling in. We will be thinking about how to be a good friend to others and what to say if someone does something we don’t like.

Physical Development

Mr Graham will lead a PE session on Wednesdays. This term we will NOT be changing for PE. We will be dancing to our Sticky Kids songs and also to tunes on (check it out if you haven’t already). We will focus on holding pencils with the correct grip and developing good control as well as how to use scissors.

Communication and Language

We will be focusing on speaking in full sentences (most of the time) and stopping to listen to what our friends are telling us. We will be listening to and following instructions carefully are thinking about how to ask questions.


We will start to learn all the letter sounds and how to write them. Please come to our reading and phonics information meeting to find out more about how we teach phonics. Children are encouraged to borrow books from our class library and record what stories they share in their Kluwell diary which will be coming home shortly. Everyone will be helped to change their book on Fridays.



We will be counting to 10 and perhaps beyond(!) as well as learning to recognise the numerals 1-10 and start to put them in the correct order. We will be learning to use mathematical vocabulary such as ‘most’, ‘more’, ‘least’ and ‘fewer’. We will be looking at shapes and how to recognise them and finding them in our classroom and garden. Please take some time to help your child practise at home too.

Understanding the World

We have been so busy getting to know each other that we haven’t looked at our families yet! If you have not yet sent in a photo of your family for our display please do. We hope to make it in the very near future. We are going to be thinking about our environment and what happens in Autumn.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be describing, mixing and using autumnal colours in our paintings and collecting natural objects like leaves and conkers to make Autumn pictures. We’ll be making hedgehog stain glass windows and also use clay to make 3D owls and hedgehogs. We will be learning songs to sing at the Harvest Festival.

Dates for your diaries

4-5 Sept - 12pm finish

6 Sept - 1pm finish

9 Sept onwards - 3.15pm finish

10 Sept - open classroom no appointment needed

11 Sept - PTA coffee morning

24 Sept - Phonics and Reading meeting 3.30pm and 5.30pm

24 Oct - PTA Halloween disco

25 Oct INSET day - no school

4 Nov - Term 2 starts



Term Dates

See all the term dates here


Book into our Breakfast (8am all week) or After School Club (3-4 or 3-5pm). Contact the office here