Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception, we are happy and excited to welcome you back after the summer holidays. We have two classes in Reception, Hedgehogs with Miss Weatherspoon and Squirrels with Ms Whitehead.  

The curriculum 

Each term we have a topic or theme that we focus our learning around.

This term our topic is – Our Wonderful World

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This has seven areas of learning, three prime areas which are Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development. The four specific areas are Mathematics, Literacy, Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World.

Reading books

This year we have a big focus on reading, your child will have a daily phonics lesson and reading for pleasure lesson as well as reading with adults 1:1. W expect your child to read at least 3 times a week for a minimum of ten minutes. Your children will be getting two different types of reading books. One book will be a RWI book that is matched to their phonics/reading ability. At the beginning of the year this will be a wordless book for your child to discuss the pictures, and to learn book skills such as turning the pages and holding it the correct way. The other type of book is a ‘Read with me’ book, your child might not be able to read this book, but it is a great book to share together or even make up different stories using the pictures. Book change days are Monday and Thursdays. Reading at home with your child is extremely important and you should aim to listen to your child read and record this in their reading record.  


PE days will be Monday. 

In Reception children have PE once a week. We have access to our outside garden area which has space for children to run and develop their gross motor skills. 

On Mondays your child should come to school in the correct PE kit. PE can take place both inside and outside, so make sure they are dressed appropriately.  Children should have long hair tied up and no earrings on PE days.  


We will have a half termly Homework Pick n Mix. This will be sent out every half term. Children are given a homework book where you can record their homework. Homework is about giving the children the opportunity to develop their learning, and to give you a chance to learn together as a family. Your child might like to draw or write in the book, or you might like to write for them and write what they have told you.  


Please ensure that your child has their named book bag and named water bottle (water only) in school every day and that your child’s uniform is also named.   Please check your child’s book bag each day, as letters are often sent this way. The children are provided with a healthy fruit or vegetable snack each morning, these are provided by the Government. Until they turn 5 they are also given a glass of milk. If you would like your child to continue receiving milk after they are 5 please arrange payment with the office. 

We will add documents here throughout the year which we feel will keep you up to date, as well as provide you with useful information to support your child’s learning at home.

Please see below a list of useful websites.

If you have any questions please talk to either Ms Whitehead or Miss Weatherspoon or contact the school office.  

Get in Touch

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