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Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception 2022-2023


In Reception we love to learn and play! We have lots of different areas that we can explore and we like to challenge ourselves .

We have very high expectations and are striving to meet the Early Learning Goals. This includes writing super sentences, learning our numbers, counting and reading a book. We have daily phonics sessions where we learn the sounds of the letters and how to use them to support our reading. 


The staff who help us to learn and challenge ourselves are:


Long Term Curriculum Plan

Our long term curriculum plan will be developed throughout the year to reflect the needs and interests of the children we are working with. Therefore the plan may change over the year. 

Important things to remember as your child starts school

  • School starts at 8.45am.
  • School ends at 3.05pm.
  • Children line up on the Yr3/4 playground at the beginning and end of the day.
  • Your child needs a water bottle each day.
  • Your child needs a purple school book bag.
  • All your child's items should be named.


Helpful Guide

Here is a little guide to help you remember what is happening each day. 



Reading in Reception

We use VIPERS to help us answer a range of different questions about a text.

We also read through a variety of different activities.


  • Our English lessons are related to different stories. We answer 'VIPER' comprehension questions about the story and throughout the week we use our reading to enhance our writing sessions.

  • We use 'Talk for Writing' to learn traditional stories by heart. 

  • Throughout the week, children will have an opportunity to read 1:1 with an adult in class. 

  • At the end of the day, we read for pleasure. We like to vote on the story that we are going to choose each day. 


This half term, we will be focusing on: 






We will be using these stories to help us develop:

  • Our love of reading
  • Our story language
  • Our ability to sequence story events

  • Our drama skills to act like a character and develop an understanding of how a character might be feeling. 

  • Our ability to write words for a variety of purposes (word mat, labelling a picture or story map)

Developing reading and writing skills through phonics


We follow the Bug Club Phonics scheme and teach the Reception children phase 2, 3 and 4. Please click on this link which will take you directly to Bug Club (ActiveLearn) site. 


The correct enunciation of phonemes and modelling of blending by all adults teaching the children is of paramount importance. Whilst working with your child at home, you could use Bugclub to watch the videos of the phonemes (sounds) we have been teaching to help you pronounce each sound correctly or you can click on the videos below.

Phase 2

s, a, t, p

i, n, m, d

g, o, c, k

ck, e, u, r

h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Phase 3

j, v, w, x

y, z, zz, qu

ch, sh, th, ng

ai, ee, eigh, oa, oo

ar, or, ur, ow, oi

ear, air, ure, er

We have been using this letter patter to help the children form each letter correctly when they are writing them down. In Reception, we are printing the letters to support children with the recognition of graphemes (letters written down) both when they are reading and writing. See Handwriting Patter below.

We aim for children to be able to read and write all of these irregular words by the end of Reception.

Useful information and websites

Parents Guide to Tapestry (Our On-line Learning Journey). Please see the document attached with information about how to access Tapestry so you can receive and send observations to school.

Early Years Assessment Criteria

Information from our Literacy and Maths meeting