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Mrs Woodward, Miss Hilliard, Miss Bullen, Mrs Reid and Mrs Gaughan

School opens at 8.45am and the doors stay open until 9.00am.  Please bring your children to the Reception doors on the Court Yard and not to the office.  Please check the bottom shelf of the lunch box trolley for lost property.

We send reading materials home daily.  Please read with your child at least four times 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.

We teach Read, Write, Inc to learn their phonics.  We will hold meetings throughout the year to support you and your child in their home learning. There is a very useful parents section on that you could have a look at 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.

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

Spring 2020 term

During this term we will be learning to read, write and represent numbers to ten. Using objects and for some of us, mental methods, we will be able to say one more and one less of any number to ten. We will continue to build our confidence when subitising. We are going to explore common 2D shapes and look at how shapes are all around us. We will use our knowledge of shapes to solve a problem and crack ‘the evil pea’s’ code!

During the first half of this term we are very excited to explore the meaning of new words and phrases. Through the popular story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ as told by Michael Rosen.  We’ll write some words to represent the story before creating our own. We are looking forward to learning how to use scissors and will use this skill to make our own bears. We are excited to invite parents/carers and their children to join us in a Walk to our local Park to find Mr Bear. We anticipate a special visit from Mr Bear! We will learn about how to use maps to find where we live and use this skill to support Mr Bear in finding his way home.

We have already explored Diwali and Christmas and we are looking forward to learning about other festivals this term such as; Chinese New Year and Easter.

During the second half of this term we are going to be reading ‘Supertato Veggie Assemble’ by the author Sue Hendra. We will learn about what plants need to grow and will conduct our own experiment. We will be able to explain where each of us will plant our tomatoes seed, talking about why this place will be the most suitable. Our second experiment will see us using Easter eggs and rice crispies. We are going to use our prediction skills to predict the effect heat will have on chocolate.  

We are excited to invite all parents/carers to join their children in our cooking class. The children will learn vegetables need time to grow so we won’t be able to use our growing vegetables. We’ll decide what vegetables we need, write a list, then take a trip to our local ASDA to buy these vegetables. Once the soup is made we will write instructions explaining how to make soup.

What makes you healthy? We are going to begin to recognise the importance of being healthy. If you are around school we would love you to come to reception and take part in one of our work out sessions in our class gym.

You will see lots of new words this half term in reception. We are going to be learning the meaning of a range of phrases and new words from the book ‘Supertato’ such as ‘from bad to worse,’ ‘assemble,’ and ‘attack’ You will see these words all around reception and many of our continuous provision activities will reflect this.

We love singing nursery rhymes at various points throughout the day! This half term we will be using our outdoor stage to sing well known nursery rhymes such as Round and Round the Garden like a Teddy Bear, Down in the Jungle. We will also learn the New Nursery rhyme ‘one potato, two potato.’

We look forward to our fun filled term. As always check tapestry for personalised observations of your child/children’s learning and keep uploading your own observations.

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