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Welcome to Reception!


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



The Reception team for this year will be:


Mrs Swift (Early Years Leader and SLT)- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Mrs Letheren- Alternate Wednesday afternoons, Thursday and Friday

Mrs Wilson (Teaching assistant)- Monday and Tuesday all day, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings

Mrs Naylor (Teaching assistant)- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons

Mrs Bolton (Teaching assistant)- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings

Mrs Meek (HLTA)- Monday afternoon when Mrs Swift is having her leadership time and planning exciting things for the whole school! 


Mrs Swift is Early Year Leader and will be teaching on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and every other Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Letheren teaches every other Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Wilson is the teaching assistant every morning and Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Mrs Naylor is the teaching assistant on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. On Monday afternoons Mrs Swift is out of class doing lots of exciting leadership jobs for Reception and the whole school and so Mrs Meek will be teaching every Monday afternoon and will be doing music and gardening with the children. This may seem a complicated schedule at first with lots of new names but the children soon know who is teaching them and on which days. Sometimes there may be reasons that Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren need to be out of class for some extra time due to training or carrying out different roles across school and so we may change days occasionally or there may be another member of staff teaching the children. If this is the case we will always talk to the children about it so they know who will be teaching them.


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Hello Reception,


We hope you all had a fantastic Easter holidays and a well deserved rest. We can't wait to see you on Tuesday 19th April. We will have some very eggciting (there is a clue there wink) visitors arriving on our first day back and they will be with us for two weeks! Some of the Reception team spent a day in the holidays transforming the areas of provision in the classroom, we now have a 'vets' and and 'ice cream parlour' outside! We also have some new resources for you to play with that Mrs Wilson enjoyed constructing! This half term we will begin our new topic 'Welcome to ... farm' Please see the topic section below for a detailed overview of what we will be learning. The children will begin this topic by learning about democracy and voting for what they want our farm to be called!


This half term we will be having a focus on British Values (see the British Values section for more details)- the children will be learning about what these are and why they are important. We will be learning about British Values during our Big Question Thursday collective worship.



We also have a new area of provision in the classroom- a box modelling area! The children will be able to plan and design what they want to create and then have a go at using their DT skills to join things together. This area will help children develop their skills in the expressive arts and design area of learning.


It was lovely to see more and more independent writing at the end of last term, you are creating longer pieces of writing in the areas of provision. This half term we will really be encouraging this lots more, so any support you can provide at home with lots of independent writing practise would be great. We will be reminding the children to sound out words by themselves by writing down the sounds they can hear when they say a word. We will be having a big focus on writing sentences with fingers spaces and correct letter formation. Every week on Wednesday the children will take part in Big Writing in which we encourage them to think of their own sentences for writing.


Some of the key books we will be using in this topic and as part of our Big Write sessions on a Wednesday are-

  • We're going on a bear hunt
  • The Odd Egg
  • Where oh where is Rosie chick
  • Farmyard Hullabaloo
  • The chick that hatched a cow


The children will be doing various pieces of writing based on these books.



This half term we will continue to learn our Set 2 sounds! These will need lots of practise so please try to do this at home. We will continue to practise set 1 sounds and also our letter names. Lots of the children will be moving on to writing sentences and reading books during our phonic sessions. Once the children have read a book three times at school we will send it home so that the children can share their fantastic reading skills with you, this book won't be given on a set day each week but will need to be returned after 2 nights at home.

We will also be continuing to send home our tricky words so please practise reading and writing these. In mathematics we will be looking at numbers above 20 and also patterns in numbers such as odd and even- see the mathematics section for a more detailed overview.




The team in Reception believe that the classroom is the third teacher and so we spend lots of time setting out the areas of provision and we can't wait for you to start exploring them! We believe that the there should be the same types of provision both indoors and outdoors so that your child can learn in the environment that suits them best. Our provision promotes choice, independence and cooperation it is organised in a way that enables children  to develop key communication, language, literacy and mathematical skills at every opportunity, whether this be independently or with scaffolding from an adult. 

This half term our PE day will be a THURSDAY and we will be having a gymnastics coach.


Please see the different sections of the web page below for more details of our learning this half term


We believe that learning in Early Years is a partnership between home and school. We really value your input into your children's learning and see parents as partners in this. You know your children the best and you will be able to tell us lots about their learning and development outside of school, which really helps us to build up a full and rounded picture of the children. With this in mind our  classroom door is always open. Any queries that you may have are hugely valued so please do not hesitate to contact any member of the school team and we will be happy to arrange a meeting.  





Upcoming events


02.05.22- Bank holiday

19.05.22- Reception school trip- Skelton Grange






Reception blog


This section will be updated fornightly on a Friday so please keep checking back for updates



Rhyme of the Week

Our Rhyme of the Week will be added every Friday for you to enjoy with your child :o)


Homework may be set on a Monday and the children will have two weeks to complete it; however are aware that just being at school is a lot for Reception children and they are very tired after school and on a weekend so we will only send homework where it is relevant to what we have been learning or is something that the children have shown interest in. Homework will either be maths based or more of a topic based learning project that you can do together as a family. Therefore homework might not be set every two weeks so if nothing has been added to the website don't worry!


You do not need to return any homework to school, if you would like you can take pictures or observations of what you have been doing and upload them to Tapestry.


Please make sure you read to and with your children every night.




Show and Tell


Show and Tell will begin once the children have settled into school.


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.  . Show and Tell we take place in children's house groups.









Curriculum this half term



We follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme of work in our phonics lessons. We use this scheme to teach the children to read and write. We will learn a different sound each day. We will practise saying, reading and writing that sound as part of the whole class carpet input. The children will then move to the tables in small groups and practise writing the sounds they have learnt. The children will use whiteboard pens during our phonics lessons to begin with as they help with the 'flow' of letter formation and are easier to grip. There will be a big focus on children holding their whiteboard pens correctly and forming their letters correctly. RWI has rhymes in order to help the children do this. The children will recap every sound they have learnt each day so that learning can be consolidated. The children will also practise writing their full names. Sounds that the children have learnt each week will be sent home so that you can support your child with their learning.


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. Once they are confident at reading and writing CVC words the children will move on to reading  Red Ditty books and then RWI books. The children will read these books and then answer questions about them and carry out some focus writing tasks.


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, this is so important for developing children's language and early reading skills





Reading books

Reading books need to be handed in on a Monday will be changed on Tuesday and should be returned the following Monday. Children will receive two books every Tuesday. The first book will be a phonic book matched to the children's phonic level and the second book will be a fiction or non fiction book which focuses on vocabulary and comprehension. All reading records have now gone online on the GoRead website which will be a digital reading record. If you do not have a login for the site,  please let a member of the Reception team know. The children will take a reading book home when Mrs Swift and Mrs Letheren have assessed them as being ready. Reading books will match children's current phonic level and this will be continually assessed when we listen to the children read in class. As a school, we have also invested in a new reading scheme. The new scheme works on both phonics and colour bands. There are now no levels. Because we have matched our older books to the scheme, some books may have levels on them but we have matched them to a colour band based on the phonic sounds in the book. This means that there may be a variety of different 'levels' of books within one colour band. Initially, the books have been grouped according to the phonic sounds in them and we have ordered them to match the order that we teach phonics in Read Write Inc. The reading books that children bring home are different to those we use in class for the teaching of specific reading skills. The home reading books are designed for children 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; 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.

This half term some children may also bring home a RWI book that they have been reading in school, please read this book with your child and return it after two nights- this book will not be sent home on a specific day, it will just be when they have finished reading that book in school.

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. As well as your child's reading book, please continue to read other books at home and continue to read to your child daily if possible so that they are exposed to a wide range of different texts.




In Reception we focus heavily on incorporating Mathematics into our daily routines, 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 a maths meeting once the children have settled into school.


Mrs Swift will be focusing on the number strand of Mathematics including addition and subtraction.

Mrs Letheren will be focusing on the shape, space and measure strand of Mathematics. Shape, space and measure learning will link with our focus number for the week.







    Physical Development

    Our PE day this half term will be THURSDAYDuring 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’. Under normal circumstances the children would bring their PE kit to school so that they can practice getting changed independently, however due to the current circumstances the children will be coming to school dressed in their PE kit. In order to help the children achieve the Early Learning Goal in health and self-care please ensure that the children are dressing themselves as much as possible at home.


    Our PE lessons will be on Thursday afternoons this half term as we will be having a gymnastics coach. The children will be improving their agility, balance, co-ordination and balance.





    With the exception of phonics and some mathematics all our learning in Reception is topic based. The curriculum in Reception is holistic and not separated into subjects. The curriculum is set out into areas of learning. We have one topic that covers all areas of learning. We do not always explicitly make links to these areas when talking to the children about topic learning. However when teachers plan topic learning, it 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 opportunities provided as part of all 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. When planning for our topic we will also take into account our whole school curriculum drivers and plan learning that incorporates these.


    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.


    Our first topic will be about ‘Superheroes’ and 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 how to become and life long learner! 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!


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




    We will be having an RE Focus Week at the end of this half term. The children will be listening to, re-enacting and retelling various stories from the Bible, as well as some from other faiths.


    Our new unit is called Technology and Me. The children will be finding out about technology we use at home and at school, as well as using our school iPads to take photographs, videos and to begin searching for images.


    We will be learning French action songs and rhymes this half term, as well as recapping all the words that we have learnt so far. Following this, we will learn how to say the names of our family members in French and also the names of some animals. Hopefully your child may eventually greet you fully in French!

    British Values

    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


    These values are embedded throughout the curriculum in Reception and we focus on different values in each topic. During our farm topic we will be looking at individual liberty when talking about how the chicks are all different and democracy when we vote for the name of our farm. We will also look at the rule of law when we talk about rules for looking after the countryside.





    Characteristics of Effective Learning

    Preparing for school

    RESPECT code, Lifelong learner poster and Curriculum drivers

    Reception Mathematics calculation policy

    Reception mathematics vocabulary

    Development of speech sounds

    RWI sounds and pictures

    RWI Letter formation rhymes

    Parent video: How to say the sounds

    A video showing you how to say the sounds purely

    Read Write Inc. Phonics: Ruth Miskin on how to teach blending to children

    Ruth Miskin demonstrates how to teach children phonics through assisted word blending. You can find out more about Ruth's Read Write Inc. Phonics approach at...

    Simple view of reading

    Rhyme activities

    Maths books