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Assalamu’alaikum and welcome to Reception

بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم

Assalaamu ‘alaikum and welcome to Spring 2!

I hope you have had a restful break and are ready to do lots of new learning and have fun experiences.

Reception Newsletter Spring 2 2023


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Assalaamu ‘alaikum and welcome to Reception!

This term the topic will be ‘Cultures and Festivals’. Through this topic we will be covering the seven areas of learning in the EYFS curriculum: Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

We will be exploring the topic through the core book ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne. We will be exploring different cultures, foods and festivals through the book.

The children will engage in a variety of different activities to develop their understanding of different foods, cultures and festivals. Including card making, cooking and making decorations.

How you can help:

  • Bring in any books related to the topic that we can share in class
  • Go to the library and choose books to read with your child around the topic
  • Talk to your child about different foods, cultures and festivals
  • Spend some time making and trying different foods
  • Discuss your own cultures looking at clothes and foods
  • Talk to your child about what we can do when we feel certain emotions
  • Read on bug club regularly
  • Encourage turn-taking and sharing
  • Encourage your child to eat with a spoon or fork
  • Encourage your child to tidy up after themselves
  • Encourage your child to dress independently and clean themselves appropriately after using the toilet


  • Please ensure that your child is punctual and arrives at school promptly. Gates open at 8:15 and school starts at 8:30 sharp.
  • Dismissal this half-term will be at 3:20pm. Siblings will be picked up with their eldest sibling in the school.
  • Uniforms will be checked on a daily basis, please ensure that your child is wearing the correct uniform
  • Please do not send your child to school in shoes with laces as this can be hazardous
  • Children must bring their bag to school every day with their reading records and reading books.


Children will recite Surah Al-Falaq every day and will learn Islamic etiquettes i.e. giving salaam, saying JazakAllahu khair and reading duas for eating/toilet etc. 

Book changing/homework

Please bring back books that have been borrowed regularly, so your child can take a new book home. Reading records must be signed for children to receive a new book and books will be changed on your child’s guided reading day. Homework will be given out on Fridays and should be returned by Tuesday.


We are always in need of small boxes, tubes, yoghurt pots, small plastic bottles, ribbons and materials for our junk modelling. Please bring in anything you can find at home.


Your child will be spending time outdoors each day regardless of the weather. Please ensure that you provide them with a waterproof jacket with a hood.


Some children do have accidents during the day and we sometimes need to change their clothes. Please ensure that you bring in a complete change of clothes in a bag with your child’s name on it.

BarakAllahu feekum

We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Please feel free to talk to any of us if you have any problems or queries.

The Reception Staff

Reception Staff

 Assalaamu ‘alaikum

My name is Ustaadha Afrah. This is my 2nd year at Iqra Primary School. I am excited to be teaching in Reception this year and look forward to meeting you all inshaaAllah. If you have any concerns please feel free to contact me.

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How You Can Help

  • Bring in any stories or books related to our topic that we can share in class.
  • Go to the library with your child and read stories related to the topic.
  • spend some time talking with your children about their school day.
  • Encourage child to eat with spoon or fork and clean their own plate after eating dinner.
  • Encourage your child to dress up independently/clean themselves appropriately when using toilets
  • Spend some time talking to children about personal hygiene
  • Spend some time talking to your child about looking after their belongings


  • Please ensure your child arrives promptly at school everyday, gates open at 8.20.
  • Dismissal for EYFS is 3.20, please ensure you are on time to collect your child.
  • Children must bring in their  school bags everyday
  • Correct school uniform will be checked on a daily basis, please ensure your child is in school wearing the correct school/PE uniform.
  • Please do not send your child wearing laced shoes, this may cause an accident.

Show and Tell will start each Monday. Please remember to check dates for when your child will take part. And please rehearse at home beforehand to make the session as beneficial as possible.

Children will recite Surah’s Fatiha-Masad every day and will continue to be trained in basic Islamic etiquettes, for example greeting one another with Salaam, saying Jazakhallah khair. This half term they will learning the names of different prayers, Fajr, Dhur, Asr, Maghreb and Ish’a. They will also taught the different prayer positions such as sujood, ruku etc. 
Please send the borrowed books back regularly so your child can take a new book home. Reading records must be signed in order for your child to receive a new reading book on Friday.

Homework is handed out every Friday and should be returned by Tuesday. We do keep a record of homework and reading, so please be punctual in completing and handing in homework. Homework is a very important aspect of learning in EYFS, please ensure your child completes homework regularly.

We always need small boxes, tubes, yoghurt pots, small plastic bottles, ribbons and material for our junk modelling. Please bring in anything you can find at home.
Your child is outdoors during the day whatever the weather, as the weather is rapidly getting cooler.They will need to have a warm jacket with a hood available every day.
Some children do have accidents during the day and we sometimes need to change their clothes. Please have a complete change of clothes in school in a named bag.

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