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Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception 2021-2022


In Reception we love to learn and play! We have lots of different areas that we can explore and we like to challenge ourselves with our mini-me challenges. 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 use actions to support our learning.


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


If you wish to contact us then please do so via the emails below and we will respond during school hours. Many thanks!


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
  • Ash class (Mrs Thompson's class) is to be dropped off and collected from the Year 1 playground.
  • Elm class (Miss Laxton's class) is to be dropped off and collected outside the Reception garden on the Yr 3/4 playground.


Here are some helpful teacher tips; 

  • Send your child to school in their full school uniform except on P.E days.
  • Make sure your child brings their named water bottle into school every day and we will send it home each day to be washed.
  • Do not send any extra items or resources into school with your child.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of hand washing.


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 What the Ladybird Heard to help us develop:

  • Our story language

  • Ability to sequence story events

  • An understanding of the main characters or the setting of the text.

  • An understanding of how a character might be feeling. 

  • Our ability to write words and simple sentences. 




We will also be focusing on 'Sunflowers' to help us develop:

  • Sequencing instructions

  • Using bossy Verbs

  • Using talk for writing actions


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