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Welcome to Reception!

Important information:

Staff Team

 Class Teachers: Miss  S Webster (working Mon to Thurs)
            Mrs  C Richards (working Wed to Fri)

                                                       Teaching Assistants: Miss D Williamson & Miss Finlay

Pastoral team: Mrs  K Georgeson and Mrs  H Lee

Physical Education

PE days are Fridays. Children will need their PE kits on these days.
PE kit must consist of white or navy t-shirt, black or navy shorts and black pumps.
For colder weather a plain navy pair of joggers,leggings or tracksuit bottoms can be worn with a school jumper.
Please put your child's PE kit in a bag and leave on their peg in school for the half term.
REMEMBER to name all uniform items including PE kits and pumps please!


Reading Books

Books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child has their reading diary signed to say they have read to an adult. Please try to listen to your child reading for at least 5-10 minutes each day.
Sharing a book at bedtime or reading a story to your child will help them develop a love for reading!


If you have any questions about Reception and the things we do, please come and talk to either Miss Webster (Mon-Thu) or Mrs Richards (Wed-Fri)

Reception Classroom
Tour of Reception

Take a look at our engaging classroom and ‘shared area’ space.

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Summer 2 Model Text to learn:
The Snail and the Whale 
Practise saying the sentences along with the actions you've learnt in class.

I can see towering icebergs and far off lands.
I can see fiery mountains and golden sands.
I can see stripy fish with feathery fins.
I can see sharks with hideous toothy grins.
I am amazed to see it all...but I feel so small. 
Summer 1 Learning: Nature Detectives
Summer 1 Model Text to learn:
How to Plant a Beanstalk 
Practise saying the sentences along with the actions you've learnt in class.

1. First, fill the pot with soil.
2. Next, put a hole in the soil.
3. Then, put a seed in the soil.
4. Finally, sprinkle water over the seed. 
Spring 2 Learning
Spring 2 Model Text to learn:
The Big, Bad Wolf
Practise saying the sentences along with the actions you've learnt in class. 

The Big Bad Wolf
Once upon a time there was a big, bad, wolf.
The big bad wolf was mad.
The big bad wolf was hungry.
The big bad wolf was terrifying!
He huffs and puffs and blows the house down.
The wolf cannot blow down the house of bricks.
He climbs down the chimney and falls into the pot!
That was the end of the big bad wolf!

Seasonal Walk

We had a fantastic time at the playground today. Reception walked there and back very sensibly, well done! The children enjoyed climbing and swinging on the equipment. We noticed features of our local environment such as shops, churches, status, roads, pavements, zebra crossings and playground. We observed the season ‘winter’ by noticing that all the trees were bare with no leaves and how they have fallen to the floor. We noticed some signs of spring as some new buds are growing on plants.

Spring 1 Learning
Spring 1 Model Text to learn:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt 
Practise saying the sentences along with the actions you've learnt in class. 


Autumn 2 Learning
Phonics Meeting Slides
Autumn 1 Learning
Autumn 2 Model Text to learn:
Mr Gumpy's Outing  
Practise saying the sentences along with the actions you've learnt in class. 
'This is Mr Gumpy. He has a boat. In his boat was...
A cat. 
A dog.
A sheep.
A goat. 
The boat tipped over and into the water they fell.'

Maths Ideas

Here are the slides from the Parents meeting with ideas about how your can reinforce maths learning at home,

Information for Parents and Carers

Helping with Reading

Preschool Reading

Children can learn a lot about reading even before they come to school and are formally taught. Young children learn about reading when

  • they see people reading books, magazines, newspapers etc.
  • they notice print in the environment
  • they have their own books
  • they are read to regularly and can talk about the story and predict what might happen
  • they are encouraged to look at books and try to read for themselves
  • they say rhymes and poems off by heart and sing songs

Starting School

We would like children coming into school to

  • have had stories read to them
  • have enjoyed sharing books with others
  • have handled books on their own
  • have an awareness of print around them
  • have some idea of what reading and writing is
  • have had the opportunity to draw and write with various materials
  • have confidence and look forward to learning to read

Strategies used in teaching a child to read

Children use many strategies when reading. Phonics or ‘sounding’ a word out is the most important stage and we teach a scheme of work for synthetic phonics in our Reception class as recommended by the ‘Rose Report.’ Children also learn to use visual memory, that is looking at a word and remembering it. Children also learn when reading a good story. If the story makes sense and holds his/her interest the child can gather clues from the text and the pictures, making logical guesses about unknown vocabulary.

Helping your child progress with reading

Once children have started to read they will make better progress if you can help them by reading with them daily.

Helping Your Child with Maths

Activities to do at home

  • counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and  10’s
  • number activities in everyday situations e.g. How many buttons are on your coat ?; Pass me 5 apples; What number is on that house?
  • traditional games like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Dominoes are an invaluable and fun way to learn
  • looking for relationships and patterns in numbers
  • using ‘mathematical’ words e.g. long, longer, longest, tall, short, narrow, more than, less than etc
  • recognising and naming shapes
  • using the language of position e.g. under, over, above, between, next to, below, behind, in front of etc..


Helping Your Child with Writing

Children usually experiment with their own pretend writing first and this should be encouraged. Children are making marks at this stage but often to them they are writing. Ask your child to read back their writing to you and give them lots of praise, don’t tell them it is wrong or ‘just scribble.’ Young children learn writing when:


  • they see people writing
  • people share and discuss writing with them
  • there are opportunities for children to join in writing with adults. Can they help write the shopping list?
  • the child does some writing which is praised by the adult
  • the child’s efforts (even pretend writing) are taken seriously


A young child encouraged in this way will soon be ready to form letters correctly and will develop a love of writing which will stay with them throughout their learning.


Activities to do at Home

  • colouring books, dot to dots, tracing over patterns
  • Activities which encourage a pincer grip (finger and thumb) like picking up small objects with plastic tweezers
  • large arm movements especially anti clockwise such as waving flags and swirling ribbons
  • painting
  • make a name card for your child to copy
  • as children progress write birthday cards together, shopping lists, invitations, thankyou letters, so that writing is shown to have a purpose.
  • play simple word games
  • Look at word with your child


In Reception, when children first learn their letter sounds they are taught to form their letters correctly. We will send out more information about this in the first half term.


Websites to help support your childs learning;





Recommended Books to help with Maths;

  • Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale – This inventive counting story manages to combine diggers, dinosaurs and counting.
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury – Illustrated beautifully by the illustrator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this story is ideal for young children.
  • One Ted Falls Out of Bed by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey – This magical story by the author of The Gruffalo has a counting theme and rhyming text. It’s all about the fun that toys have while children are fast asleep.
  • One Mole Digging A Hole by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt – Another counting, rhyming story by children’s favourite, Julia Donaldson. From moles digging holes to parrots pulling up carrots, the wacky and wonderful illustrations by Nick Sharratt are sure to make counting fun!

Books to enjoy at home include:

  • Julia Donaldson books- The Scarecrow's Wedding, Room on a Broom, The Grufffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze and many more.
  • Nick Butterworth books- " Percy the Park Keeper Stories"
  • Mike Inkpen books- Kipper, The Blue Balloon, "Penguin small","Jasper's Beanstalk"
  • Jill Murphy books - " All in one piece", " Five Minutes peace", and lots more about the elephant family.

A good website for buying books at discounted prices is www.thebookpeople.co.uk/schools




Videos from Sam's safari
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Inside our Reception Classroom

Lots of lovely areas to explore and develop numerous skills.

Sam's Safari

Today the children had a visit from Sam's Safari and got to see and touch animals from all over the World including an armadillo, duck, chinchilla, a gecko and stick insects. The children were super brave and rally enjoyed getting to see them up close and stroke them too!rnThey were very well behaved and listened extremely well.

Our outside classroom

We have lots of lovely provision areas in our outside area which we access daily. There are opportunities to practise lots of different skills in communication and language, physical development, imaginative play, maths, literacy, expressive arts and design and understanding the world, as well as developing our social and emotional skills by building our relationships with friends and adults.

Hug by Jez Alborough - Story Map (WB 25.09.23)

In our Literacy lessons, we use Talk4Writing and focus on different text types to help us develop our skills. This week, we have read the picture book, 'Hug' by Jez Alborough. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. This will help children develop confidence in speaking and retelling stories. Children should use the pictures in the story map to remind them what comes next. Here is a video to help the children practice at home.

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