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Welcome to Reception

Who's Who

Miss Kemble (Mon, Tues, Wed) - Class Teacher

Mrs Parrott (Weds,Thurs, Fri) - Class Teacher 

Miss Pearson - Learning Support Assistant 


Welcome to our Reception class page. We hope the following information will be useful to give you an insight into the teaching and learning that will take place in our Reception class.

Our theme for the autumn term is 'I Need a Hero'. Alongside this we are led by the children's interests and ideas and will incorporate these into our activities and  continuous provision.

As the children settle into school they will take part in discussions about themselves and their families and what makes each one of them special. Routines will be established and the children will become familiar with the continuous provision inside and outside the classroom.

Phase 2 of 'Letters and Sounds' will be taught and the children will learn to blend and segment taught phonemes (sounds) to read and write simple words. They will be encouraged to write in a variety of play situations such as making shopping lists in the role play,  creating written signs for the classroom, labels for their work. We will read a variety of stories and the children will discuss these texts, talking about the characters and events, predicting what might happen next , giving an opinion on the book.

In mathematics we will be working on comparing amounts of objects and deciding which sets have fewer/more, or the same number of objects. The children will practically work on size, mass and capacity and will start to explore the properties of 2D shapes.

There will be continued access to the creative area where the children can create collages, junk models, paintings etc. Through a range of activities such as cutting, using playdough, threading, catching and throwing, the children will develop both their fine and gross motor skills and hand/eye co-ordination. The children will be able to play with the small world, creating their own imaginary scenes and  build models with the wide variety of resources we have such as bricks, lego, duplo etc.


Your child will have a Home Communication book in which a newsletter will be added every Friday giving an overview of the activities taught during the week. An open ended task to do at home will be suggested to support the learning that has taken place. This homework  will be collected in on Wednesday of the following week. Please add any comments, queries that you might have in this book and we will send a response to you either in the book or verbally. You can of course talk to us at the beginning or end of the day or telephone the school.


Children will bring home a reading diary and reading book to share with you at home. The first books will have no words in. Please discuss the pictures and story with your child and ask them to explain their answers to you. As your child learns to read simple words they will bring home a book with  some words in. Please add your comments to the reading diary. Books and diaries should be in school every day as the children will read their book to an adult on different days. Please try to hear your child read at home for 5 minutes a day but this is very flexible as it should be an enjoyable experience for them.


We will use class dojo to send you class stories, photos and messages and we welcome your comments back. You can also send us photos from home on class dojo. As an Early Years setting we believe in working with our families as a partnership. You are your child's first educators and know your child better than anyone. As such we value your contributions immensely.


PE will be taught each week. PE kit is not needed for the first half term while we get the children used to our PE lessons. It will be needed after October half term and should be in school each day. It can be taken home every Friday to be washed.


Your child should have a named water bottle and coat in school every day. We work outside in almost all weathers! Children are provided with milk and a piece of fruit daily. If your child does not drink milk they can have water from their bottle. Your child will be provided with a free school meal if they wish to have this. Menus will be sent home to start with on a Friday for you to look at with your child. Please mark your choices on the menu and return to school on Monday. As the children become more confident at school they will start to self-select their meal. You can of course send your child to school with a packed lunch.


We all look forward to an exciting and fun packed year ahead!

Best wishes,

The Reception class team


Reception class harvest story

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Autumn Term 1 - 'I need a Hero' planning