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Welcome to Reception!



Please see the latest news section of the web page for what we have been doing over the last couple of weeks.

Now our topic has been introduced to the children a summary of what we will be learning about week by week has been updated in the topic section.


The Reception staff team consists of Mrs Swift, who is the Early Years Leader and class teacher and a member of the Senior

Leadership team, Mrs Letheren, class teacher and Mrs Wilson, Mrs Naylor, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek who are teaching assistants. Mrs Swift will be teaching Monday mornings, all day Tuesday, Wednesday mornings and alternate Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Meek will be teaching on a Monday afternoon when Mrs Swift is having her leadership time and planning exciting things for the whole school! Mrs Letheren will be teaching alternate Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday and Friday. Mrs Wilson will be our teaching assistant every morning. On Mondays and Tuesdays Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant in the afternoons and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Mrs Naylor will be our teaching assistant.

Welcome to Collingham School!smiley

Happy September! We are so excited to start the new school year and get to know you and your children! We had such a lovely week in July when the children came in for their transition days, the children amazed us with their maturity and independence and how well they played with the resources in the classroom, we can't wait to build on these skills over the course of this year. Please don't worry if your child did not attend transition week, the children will have plenty of chance to get to know the classroom and school over the next few weeks, and we will also get to know you and your children better at the home visits.


During the first week of school we will be doing our home visits, I know many of you will be eager for your children to start school as soon as possible, however we believe that the home visits are really valuable and help with transition to school. The home visits will last about twenty minutes, during this time, we will talk to you and your child, and with your permission we might take some photos for the children's learning journey books. Some children like to show us their toys or their new school shoes/ uniform, or some children like to play a game with us or draw/ make pictures or use stickers etc.  We can also talk about anything that might be in the special box that your child decorated in the transition week at school. Children have lots of different reactions when we come to visit so please don't feel anxious, some children are happy to talk to us straight away, other children take some time to warm up! We have seen it all!frown My own daughter Sienna has a home visit next week for pre- school so I will be finding out what it is like to be on the other side of a visit! If you cannot make a home visit date and have any questions that you would like to ask please don't hesitate to ring or email the school office and either myself or Mrs Letheren can arrange a time to speak to you.


During the second week of the school term ( wk. beg 10.09.18) the children will be coming into school for half days and will need to be collected after their lunch at 1pm. The children will start school on different days, (please see letters from school for your child's start date) by staggering the children's start date it means that the children can come into school in smaller groups, this will enable us to really get to know your children, it will also mean that it is less overwhelming for the children on their first day and there will be room for you to bring your child into school and get them settled. If it is your child's first day at school then please arrive at 9.15am and come into the classroom with your child. After this you should arrive at school for 8.50am, the bell will ring in the playground and the children should line up outside Reception and come into school independently. The doors to Reception will close at 8.55am, so if you arrive after this time then you need to enter school via the school office.


Over the course of the second week of term when the children are in half days we will be carrying out lots of observations on the children playing. Observations of play are the primary method of assessment in Early Years, these observations will enable us to make baseline assessments on the children. We use these observations and assessments to plan learning that suits the needs of your child and helps them to make progress. We will also be teaching your children about routines of the school day.  We will be focusing on organising and putting on our belongings independently, tidying up our learning resources,  lining up at playtimes and how to take it in turns to speak when we are having whole class discussions.


The children start school full time during the third week of term (wk. beg 17.09.18) During this week we will continue to observe the children playing and will also do some very short 1:1 assessments with the children to inform our observations and help build up a full picture of your child's development, we will also teach the children about the RESPECT code through the use of stories.


This half term the children will be looking at what we need to become a superhero learner. Their learning will be based on the RESPECT code and also the schools Personal Development goals. The Early Years Foundation Stage also has ' Characteristics of Effective learning' which are central to all learning in Reception. These Characteristics of Effective learning will be reported on at the end of the year. As a school we believe that these characteristics underpin all learning and it is extremely important that children learn and develop these skills to create a life long love of learning. At the bottom of this page are links to all three documents, please take the time during your child's first few weeks at school to familiarise yourself with the language we use as a school when talking about the skills we need to learn as the children will be using lots of words from these documents in everyday life!


We understand that your child starting school for the first time can be overwhelming and that there is a lot of information to take in! We will be bringing a letter to the home visits with us that contains all the information that you need and also has your child's start date on it. If you have any questions in the meantime please email or ring the school office and myself or Mrs Letheren can arrange a time to ring you back. Mrs Letheren's little girl starts Reception next week and my little girl starts pre school the week after so we really understand how you may be feeling!

We absolutely love what we do and we cannot wait to begin the year with your children and help them develop a life long love of learning.



Please read the sections of the website below for details about what we are learning about in the different subject areas this half term. We hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!


Our PE day this half term will be Friday. During this lesson the children will focus on particular skills and aspects of PE. However the children have access to physical development opportunities every day both inside and outside of the classroom. Physical development in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is a prime area of development.  Part of this includes developing children’s knowledge and skills in taking responsibility for their own health and self –care. The EYFS states that ‘children manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully including dressing and going to the toilet independently’. For this reason, Reception children should bring their PE kit to school in a draw string bag at the start of every term. Their PE kit will stay in school and children will practice getting dressed and undressed independently at the start of every formal PE lesson. Reception children will take their PE kit home at the end of every half term to be washed.


Book changing days will be Mondays and Thursdays, please note that books will only be changed if your child's reading record has been signed. Books will not be sent home with the children as soon as they start Reception. Children will be given a reading book to take home when Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren have assessed them as being ready.


Show and Tell will be on a Monday. This is an opportunity for children to talk to, and/or show the whole class about something important to them. This may be something they did or created at the weekend or out of school or it could be something from home that is special to them. Show and Tell helps us to get to know the children and their achievements and interests outside of school, it is also a fantastic opportunity to practice their speaking, listening and questioning skills. Children do not have to participate every week, this is an optional activity.


Tommy the Travelling bear will be sent home with a different child every Friday and should be returned preferably by Monday but no later than Wednesday of the following week. Tommy will be part of your family for the weekend, the class love hearing about what he has been up to! Tommy activities can be recorded in his book with writing and/or pictures, please see Tommy's book for more details. 



Upcoming events


Monday 3rd September- Training day for teachers

Tuesday 4th September- Friday 7th September- Home Visits

Monday 10th September- Friday 14th September- Children start school for half days. Please see letters for your child's start date.

Monday 17th September- (9am-10am) Welcome meeting for Reception and KS1 parents

Wednesday 19th September- (6.30pm- 7.30pm)- RWI meeting for Reception parents

Monday 24th September- Road safety workshops for children

Friday 5th October- School photographs

Wednesday 17th October- (afternoon)- Maths afternoon for Reception parents and children- more details to follow soon

Wednesday 28th November - (1.00pm) Parent Topic Share - 'Superheroes' 

Friday 26th October- Training day for teachers

Thursday 14th February - (2.30pm) - Parent Topic Share - 'Dance'

Wednesday 17th April (afternoon) (time tba) - Easter Afternoon 

Wednesday 3rd July (time tba) - Charity Event




Latest News


This is the place to check in each fortnight to find out about all the exciting things we have been up to!


Superhero Reception!   17/09/18 - 28/09/10

Wow! What a fantastic couple of weeks Reception children have had. We have learnt all about the RESPECT code and are therefore well on our way to becoming superhero learners! We decided that one of the most important words in the RESPECT code is 'perseverance'. The children have been very mature in applying this word when they are doing their learning, saying things like 'if I just keep going and keep trying I will get there' and ' I cant give up, I have to keep trying' This week the children have started their Literacy and Mathematics lessons, the days are now very full of learning so you may notice that the children become quite tired! This week we have been focusing on ourselves and our families and what makes us special superheroes! We have been thinking about what makes a good friend and making our very own superhero class rules. We have also been getting creative (and messy) by making our faces out of clay. Thank you for all the 'special boxes' that you have brought into school and have been contributing to over the summer- this week the children have been standing up and sharing what is in these boxes with the rest of the class, we have really enjoyed listening to what the children have been saying. The
boxes have been going home in small groups all week as we no longer need them in the classroom.
Thank you to the parents who have already bought in some 'wow' stars from home, we enjoy hearing about what the children have been achieving at home so if your child does something that you feel is significant to their development, or something they have not done before, or conquers a fear, or tries something new we would LOVE to hear about it. Please write on the star telling us what happened and the date, you can even include a picture if you like! This star will then by stuck into their learning journey books and will help us build up a wider profile of your child. If you need more 'wow' stars then they are available on our class web page or from the classroom.

What a fantastic start! 03/09/18 - 14/09/18

Thank you for welcoming us into your houses last week! We have really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know all the parents and children in Reception. This week the children have been coming to school for half days, all the staff in Reception cannot believe how amazingly the children are settling in. They have listened really well and as a result are learning all the new routines in the school day quickly. We have been focusing on organising and putting on our belongings independently, tidying up our learning resources, lining up at playtimes and how to take it in turns to speak when we are having whole class discussions. All the staff in school have been so proud of how independent and resilient the children have been at lunch time. We cannot believe how amazing they have been! They have all managed to carry trays with plates and cups on and find their seats. Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren have been with the children in the hall for some of lunchtime and have observed some lovely table manners and children trying really hard to cut their food and use a knife and fork. Please keep practicing this skill at home! The children have also been learning to clear away their plates and cutlery and scrape any left over food into our food waste box, this is a very tricky skill but one that has already improved over the last week. Please practice clearing plates with your children at home so that they become confident to do this independently. Next week we will be learning about the schools RESPECT code and what the words in the RESPECT code mean and how they will help us to become superhero learners!



Homework expectations


Learning logs in Reception will not be sent home every week they will be set when appropriate to the children's learning and often link with what the children have or will be learning at school. Inside the learning log there will be a learning challenge set by the teachers, tasks and expected timeframes for the return of completed learning logs will vary depending on the challenge set. Time frames and expectations will always be clearly communicated to both children and parents at the setting of each task.  


Learning Logs are a unique personalised home / school learning resource for children. In the Learning Logs, children record their responses to learning challenges set by their teachers. Each log will become a unique record of a child's thinking and learning. The children can demonstrate their learning in a way that suits them. Learning logs are an excellent opportunity for parents to contribute to their children's learning journey and profile in Reception and have fun learning together! We really value any annotations or notes about how your child has been carrying out the learning log at home.


Curriculum this half term




The curriculum in Reception is holistic and not separated into subjects. The curriculum is set out into areas of learning. We do not explicitly make links to these area when talking to the children about topic learning. However when teachers plan topic learning is planned using these areas. As parents we realise that you might like to know which areas of the curriculum the topic learning links to and so we have provided the curriculum links for you. Please note that all learning that takes place in Reception covers all the areas of learning however the links provided are the ones that we are particularly focusing on that week. Literacy (reading and writing) and Mathematics forms part of all the topic learning that we do. In order to prepare the children for Year One we will where appropriate link learning to the national curriculum subjects such as History, Science, Geography.


Below is a key for the areas of learning;


PSED= Personal, Social and Emotional development

C&L= Communication and Language

PD= Physical development

UW= Understanding the world

EAD= Expressive Arts and Design.


Please see the web links at the bottom of the page for more detailed information on the Early Year curriculum and areas of learning.


Our topic for this half term will be 'We are superheroes!'-  This half term we will be answering the following questions together:

  • What rules and routines do I need to become a superhero learner? This is a PSED themed week about the RESPECT code, the children will be learning what the special words in the RESPECT code are and what they mean. We will be exploring the values in the RESPECT code through the use of stories. We will be reading 'The selfish crocodile' and 'The paper bag princess' and talking about the importance of courage, compassion, forgiveness and friendship. We will also be reading 'The hare and  the tortoise' and talking about Mrs Swifts favourite word- 'perseverance' and the importance of never giving up! we will be learning at the words RESPECT, generosity and creativity and reading 'Giraffes cant dance' and 'Lucy's picture'. We will be reading 'The boy who cried wolf' and looking at the importance of trust and truthfulness and finally we will be talking about the importance of joy and thankfulness and reading 'The good mood hunt'.
  • What makes us superheroes? This is another PSED themed week in which we will be looking at how we are special and talking about our different families, we will be focusing on ourselves, families and friends. This week we will be drawing a pictures of someone special to us and we will also be looking very closely at our faces and making a clay face.
  • What makes us superheroes continued?! This is again another PSED themed week in which we will be introducing the concept of British Values to the children and the importance of these. We will be drawing a pictures of ourselves as a superhero and explaining what makes us a superhero using words from the RESPECT code
  • What happens in Autumn and What is Harvest? In this week we take a break from our superhero topic to learn about Harvest- this is an UW/ Science based week. We will learn about harvests in the past and how combine harvesters have changed over time, we will learn about harvests in other countries and also go on an Autumn walk. We will be reading 'The little red hen' and sequencing the story. We will also be tasting cereal and bread and talking about how these are made!
  • Story week- This week we will be continuing our Harvest theme and looking at different stories- We will be reading 'Oliver's vegetables' and 'Supertato' and doing various activities around these books.
  • RE week- The last week of term will be an RE week- we will be introducing the first RE topic to the children.





Once the children have settled in to school we will follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme of work in our Literacy lessons. We use this scheme to teach the children to read and write.We will learn a different sound each day. We will practice saying, reading and writing that sound. The children will recap every sound they have learnt each day so that learning can be consolidated. Sounds that the children have been learning that week will be sent home at the end of the week so that you can support your child practicing at home.


When the children can say, read and write sounds confidently then they will start to take part in 'word time' activities. This is where the children start to read ( by blending the sounds together) and write ( by segmenting the sounds) three letter cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words made up of the sounds they already know. 


In Reception the children will have opportunities to read and write in all areas of the classroom and areas of the classroom will be enhanced at different times to encourage the children to read and write words and sentences using the skills they have learnt during RWI lessons. It is also really important that children are read to and are exposed to a variety of different text types. We will read stories to the children most days. Some weeks we may have focus stories that are linked to our topic. We will let you know what these stories are throughout the year. Please continue to read with your children at home as often as possible.


The children will take a reading book home when Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren have assessed them as being ready. The reading books your child brings home are different to those we use in class for the teaching of specific reading skills. The home reading books are designed for your child to ‘show off’ to you about how well they are doing with their reading. They should never present too much of a challenge or become a chore; by using these Oxford Reading Tree books (based on the adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper) we hope to foster a love of reading and an enjoyment of books that your child will carry with them into adulthood. Remember to read the books more than once and ask plenty of questions. Understanding the story is just as important as being able to read the words so look at the pictures and ask questions about how the characters might be feeling, predict what might happen next or ask why a certain character did what they did. We do not hear your child read every reading book that we send home however we assess your child in their reading all the time as part of their RWI lessons and will move them up to the next stage when they are ready.



This year we will be focusing more on incorporating Mathematics into our daily routines in Reception, during tidy up time and other transition points throughout the day the adults in the classroom will be scaffolding the children's maths learning in a variety of different ways, by counting resources, ordering resources, working out how many children are here and how many children have milk, how many more straws we need to make 10 etc. More information about this will be shared in the maths afternoon.


Mrs Swift will be focusing on the number strand of Mathematics including addition and subtraction. This half term the children will be learning;


  • Counting accurately and with 1:1 correspondence
  • Subitising and conservation of number
  • Recognising numbers 0-10
  • Understanding how numbers 0-10 are made up (addition and subtraction)


Mrs Letheren will be focusing on the shape, space and measure strand of Mathematics. This half term the children will be learning:

  • To recognise and continue a repeating pattern using actions, objects, colours, images or shapes

  • To recognise and name ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and use mathematical terms to describe them such as side, corner and curved

  • To understand and use positional language such as under, over, behind and in front of



In our Technology Area, the children will have access to simple interactive programs to practise using a mouse pad on the Netbooks. We will also use these programs in the Computer Suite using a computer and mouse. They will begin to use a CD player to listen to stories. The children will also be able to have fun using and making a variety of real and pretend phones and numbers.



Our RE learning will be all about The Creation Story, introduced to the children through the use of the characters Tom and Tessa. They will begin to learn about Christianity, God, the Bible and become familiar with some of the symbols used throughout school in our Understanding Christianity scheme.



Our PE sessions will focus on using parachute games in order to teach the children the key skills of control, co-ordination, co-operation and gaining a sense of space. Each session will include a warm up activity where we will discuss how our bodies change and the importance of physical exercise. We will of course be mastering the art of getting changed independently and not losing any of our uniform!



We will be giving the children their first taste of linguistics! It is widely reported that young children pick up languages easily. The children will take part in a whole class French session every week. We will start by focussing on greetings using fun actions, rhymes and games.


British Values


This half term we will be introducing all the British values to the children and explaining what they mean, we will be  focusing more heavily  on the British Values of  mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith when we talk about superheroes in other countries. When we learn about ourselves as superheroes we will be looking more closely at individual liberty


British Values include;

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.




Preparing for school

Wow stars

Learning log homework statement


Personal Development Goals

Reception Curriculum including Characteristics of Effective Learning

Reception Maths Calculation Methods