Welcome to Reception

Staff : Mrs Woodward, Mrs. Croft, Mrs Mullins and  Miss Bullen,


School opens at 8.45am and the doors stay open until 9.05am.  Please bring your children to the Reception doors on the Court Yard and not to the office.   Thank you for your support at home time.  The new home time routine is working very well.  Please check the bottom shelf of the lunch box trolley for lost property.

We are sending reading books home regularly.  Please read with your child at least four time a week.  Use the green planner to record when you read (just a signature will do).  Your child will then have the opportunity to become READER OF THE WEEK. Children must bring their planners in to school every day so that teachers have got access to it.


Children will be using Read, Write Inc to learn their phonics this year.  We have already made a start and know m, s, a, d and t.  We will also be learning the rest of the letters of the alphabet.  There is a very useful parents section on that you could have a look at.  It also shows you how to pronounce sounds correctly.









By the end of Reception, most children should be able to: –

  • Count reliably with numbers from 0-20, place them in order and say which number is one more or less than a given number.
  • Using quantities and objects they add and subtract two single digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.
  • They solve problems involving doubling, halving and sharing.
  • Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.
  • They recognise, create and describe patterns.
  • They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.









By the end of Reception, most children should be able to: –

  • Read and understand simple sentences.
  • Use their phonic knowledge to decode words and read them aloud accurately.
  • Read some common irregular words.
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking to others about what they have read.







By the end of Reception, most children should be able to: –

  • Use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways that match their spoken sounds.
  • Write some irregular common words.
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.
  • Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


Summer 1

This terms topic is called ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’

This half term we will be investigating mini  beasts and their habitats.  We will be making mini beast fact files and writing some non-fiction books.  We will also be reading lots of story books and non-fiction books related to mini beasts such as Superworm and What the Ladybird Heard.  Superworm is a Julia Donaldson book and as with lots of her books, it contains rhyming words so we will also be looking at rhyming strings.

In maths, we will be looking at, and making, some symmetrical butterflies and using ladybirds to demonstrate doubling.  We will also be counting legs, measuring and ordering worms by length and using animals to create addition and subtraction sums.

We will be making mini beasts from play dough and junk models in the workshop, making a wormery and bug den, looking at mini beasts using microscopes and  some life cycles.















Spring 2

This half term we will be covering a few different topics including Chinese New Year, ‘Will you read me a story?’, Easter and ssshhh Mother’s Day.

2018 is the Year of the Dog and we will be celebrating by learning about lots of things connected to Chinese New Year – the Great Race Story, dragon dancing, lantern making, cherry blossom painting and trying some Chinese food!








‘Will you read me a story?’ is about tradition tales and we will be concentrating on Jack and the Beanstalk and  The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  With Jack and the Beanstalk,  we will be listening and retelling the story, planting, measuring, writing to the giant and counting lots of beans.  With The Three Billy Goats Gruff, we will be listening and retelling the story, looking at rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, ordering by size, writing character descriptions and making bridges.










At Easter, we will of course be taking part in the Easter Bonnet Parade on Tuesday 27th March.  We will be  thinking about New Life and how that is shown in environments / gardens as well as the story of Easter.














Ssshhh Mother’s Day – you never know we  might make someone special a little something!






World Book Day

Year 6 came to read to us today – they were very good readers!

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We loved dressing up and talking about who we had dressed up as and why.

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We enjoyed our day in the snow!

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Spring 1

Our topic this half term is ‘What happens when I fall asleep?’

This topic will focus on what happens during the night.  We will be thinking about bedtime routines, the Moon and the stars, nocturnal animals and people who work at night.

We will be trying to answer questions such as:

Do you know the names of any planets or constellations?

What do you do at bedtime?

Do everyone sleep at the same time?

To help us answer some of these questions we will be having a mobile planetarium come into school.  We’re sure the children will love this as it helps to bring the moon and the stars to life for them.














Autumn Term 2

Our next topic is ‘Will you read me a story?’

This topic will focus on traditional tales such as Cinderella and The Gingerbread Man.  In Literacy,  we will look at retelling the story, looking at different characters (goodies and baddies), writing some things the characters might say and thinking of possible questions to ask the characters. In Maths, we will be counting gingerbread men, making castles using 2D and 3D shapes and make a bar chart to show our favourite fairy tale.









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Autumn Term 1








Our first topic is ‘Why do squirrels hide their nuts!’

During this topic we will be looking at Autumn in general, animals that hibernate and then moving forward to Winter.  You may get Learning Log homework that will  link to this topic such as looking for and collecting signs of Autumn, drawing pictures of animals that hibernate or making an Autumn collage.











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Useful apps for iPads/tablets:

  • Hairy Letters
  • pocketphonic
  • Phonics
  • Forest Phonics
  • Color Pencil
  • Finger Paint
  • PaintSparkle (Good for practicing letter formation)
  • Mathletics
  • MonkeyMath
  • Reading Eggs


Pictures and information from Reception 2016-2017

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