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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.


Welcome to Spring 1smiley

The team in Reception would like to begin by saying a MASSIVE thank you for our cards and gifts, it was so kind of you all! We really appreciate it. Stacey and the rest of the cleaning team at school would also like to say thank you for their gifts.


We hope that you have all had a lovely holidays and we are looking forward to hearing about it once we are back! We were so proud of the children last term and we are ready for lots more fun and learning this term!


This half term will begin with an 'Interfaith week' This will be an RE focus week for the whole school and we will be learning about lots of different faiths, we will be begin by looking at Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism and learning a bit about each of these faiths and then we will focus more on 'Christianity' Children in other year groups will be learning about different faiths and at the end of the week we will all be sharing our learning with each other. We will be making a large model of the inside and outside of a Church!


This half term we will continue with RWI and will finish learning all our Set 1 sounds and then we will move on to our Set 2 sounds. We will be having a big focus on reading and writing this half term and will be practising blending and segmenting CVC words everyday during RWI lessons. This half term we will also start our 'Big Writing'- this is were the children will have a go at writing independently and trying to sound out as many sounds as they can hear in the words they want to write. We will start by giving the children a sentence to write and then progress on to the children thinking of their own sentences. We will do this once a week. You can help with this at home by encouraging your child to write things down as much as possible- sounding out a shopping list, making a list of things they need for a day out, writing a diary. The important thing is that the children have a go at listening for the sounds themselves- it doesn't matter if the word is not spelt exactly right as long as it sounds right to them. The more the children practise doing this independently the more confident they will become.


Our topic this half term is FROZEN- the topic section of the website will be updated soon


Please look at the dates section for more information! Also please look at the maths section of the website for an overview of what we will be learning in mathematics this half term.


Our PE day for this half term will continue to be Friday- so please come in PE kit on this day.



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 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 3rd January - Friday 6th January - RE Interfaith Focus Week

Thursday 12th January and Friday 13th January - D:Side Medicine & Drug Sessions

Monday 6th February - Friday 10th February - Whole School Assessment Week

Monday 13th February - Friday 17th February - Half term



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 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.


Monday 9th January- Moors

Monday 16th January- Dales

Monday 23rd January- Rivers

Monday 30th January- Lakes

Monday 6th Feburary- Moors



Characteristics of Effective Learning

Preparing for school

RESPECT code, Lifelong learner poster and Curriculum drivers

Reception Mathematics calculation policy

Reception mathematics vocabulary

Core Stories

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