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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 curriculum 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, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 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 the Early Years 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. Mrs Bolton is the teaching assistant in our class every morning, her focus will be on developing language and communication with the children in the different areas of learning, doing focused learning with the children and small group interventions. 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, 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.



On behalf of the Reception team and the whole school, we would like to warmly welcome you, your child and your family to Collingham School! Some families we will have met before and some of you will be new to the school, either way, this web page is the best way to find out what your child will be doing at school each half term and it contains a lot of information that will help you to support your child with their learning at home. It is a real privilege to be able to teach your children in their first year of primary school and we cannot wait to get started on their learning journey!


We will begin the term with home visits, these will be from Tuesday 6th September to Friday 9th September. These home visits are nothing to worry about or prepare for! They are a chance for us all to get to know each other and to have an informal chat in your child's own surroundings to help with their transition to school. We will give you some extra information to help with the start to school and also play and talk to your child. It is also a chance for you to ask us any questions you may have about your child starting school - feel free to write us a list! We know how much there is to remember! It is also an opportunity for you to share with us any aspects of your child's development that you feel will support us with your child's transition to school. These visits will last 15 - 20 minutes. We can't wait to meet you all!


In the week beginning Monday 12th September, the children will begin to come into school for the first time. The children all have different start days and these were sent out before the holidays - we will remind you of your child's start date and times at the home visit. On your child's first day you will be able to come into the classroom and settle them in if you would like, however, after this, we ask that your child lines up when the bell goes and comes into school independently. We find this really helps the children to settle in quickly. Please don't worry if your child seems a little upset coming into school, they are often completely fine as soon as they get into the classroom and we will always let you know.


During this first week at school, the children will be learning the routines of the day. We will be focusing on looking after and organising our belongings, changing shoes and getting to know all the rules and routines of the classroom. The children will be learning how to choose their own lunch in the morning and also how to get their lunch in the hall and carry their own tray at lunchtime  The children will be exploring all the areas of learning in the classroom and the Reception team will be carrying out observations and modelling how to use all the different provision in Reception. We will also be assessing the children's development through observations and interactions with the children so that we can plan for each child's next steps in learning.


The week beginning Monday 19th September, we will be carrying out baseline assessments in phonics and maths. These will be informal and we will be working with each child playing games and asking questions to see what stage of development they are at. We will also be carrying out the government baseline assessment for Reception - more information will be sent out about this soon. During this week, we will also start our topic learning - our first topic is 'We are Superheroes!' Learning in this topic is primarily based around the RESPECT Code and becoming superhero learners. More detailed information about what the children will be learning can be found in the topic section which will be updated soon!


During these first few weeks at school you can support your children with their learning by encouraging independence at home, and also going over the words in the RESPECT Code. Please remember that starting school is a huge milestone and a big change from nursery/ pre school/ childminders so the children may need lots of support during these first weeks.


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.

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.  We will be setting up Tapestry logins soon so please look out for an email. We use tapestry all the time to update you with your child's learning and you can also update us with any exciting things you have been doing or key milestones in your child's development that you would like us to be aware of. We also use Tapestry to send out reminders and information, so it is useful to download the app on your phone or check the website regularly.



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

Upcoming events


Tuesday 6th- Friday 9th September- Home Visits

Monday 12th September- first week at school (half days)

Wednesday 14th September- Behaviour, Language and Communication workshop

Monday 19th September- All children start school full time

Wednesday 28th September- RWI phonics meeting- 6pm

Wednesday 5th October- Nasal flu vaccinations

Wednesday 12th October- Maths meeting- 6pm

Wednesday 19th October - Tempest Individual School Photos

Friday 21st October - School Training Day 

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, we 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, please don't worry!


You do not need to return any homework to school. If you would like to, you can take pictures or make 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 practise their speaking, listening and questioning skills. Show and Tell will take place in children's house groups.

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