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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 follow Letters and Sounds and also use Jolly Phonics 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!


Important things to remember as your child starts school

  • School starts at 8.45am
  • School ends at 2.45pm
  • 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.




We have put lots of measures in place to keep your children safe in school and here are some things that you can do to help:

  • Send your child to school in their school uniform except on PE 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 resources into school with your child, just their purple school book bag.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of hand washing.
  • Make sure just one adult drops off/collects your child at school.
  • Please adhere to social distancing whilst on the school grounds.


Reading in Reception

Our significant author is: Julia Donaldson

Our class groups are named after the books above, but we read lots of other stories written by Julia Donaldson that link to our topics across the year.

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

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

We be learning these Phase 2 and Phase 3 graphemes . Can you practice reading and writing them?

Click on the picture to watch this video.


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

Our Summer Work and Activities!

Measuring and comparing length using non standard measures

Our Spring Work and Activities!

Making a Spring Crowns

Making a tasty fruit salad


Over this week, we have been learning about why Christians celebrate Easter. We have listened to the story of Easter, made Easter cards, Easter nests and carried out lots of other activities.  

We have been learning about Spring and the changes we would see outside as Spring arrives. We decided to go on a Spring Walk around our school grounds to look for any signs of Spring. We were very excited to see new buds and the different flowers growing in our school.

To help us learn more about Spring we have read 'Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom' and created some story maps.

We have carried out lots of wonderful Spring activities and produced some fantastic pieces of work. 

This term, we have been practising the phase 3 graphemes and trying to use all the phonemes we know to read and spell words. We are trying really hard to read and write sentences all by ourselves. 

All the children are working very hard to try to segment and blend the sounds we can hear in the word.

In Maths, we have been doubling and halving a number. We have used different resources to help us.

Farhaan Doubling.mp4

Still image for this video

In Maths, we have been finding one more and one less than a given number. We played on a hopscotch and when we landed on a number, we had to say the number 1 more or 1 less.

In Maths, we have been ordering and sequencing events. Through this we have learnt the days of the week.

In Maths, we have been learning the names of 2D and 3D shapes.

In Maths, we have been measuring using non-standard forms. We really enjoyed practically measuring different things in the classroom.


We have been continuing to develop our ball skills. 

Our Autumn Work and Activities


Look at the amazing things we have been doing in Reception!

Fun Maths activities

Being creative and exploring materials

Reading and writing