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Welcome to Reception

Who's Who

Miss Cowlen (Mon, Tues, Wed) (covering Mrs Burke's maternity leave)

Mrs Smith (Thurs, Fri) - Class Teacher 

Miss Jones - Learning Support Assistant 

Miss Burrell - Learning Support Assistant (afternoons)


Class routine

Tuesday Homework due back
Wednesday *PE  (Outside) Need pumps or trainers - however, children should have their P.E. kit in school every day.

Homework sent home


This term our topic is ‘I can imagine and believe’.    We will be introducing the children to a number of Nursery Rhymes and Fairy tales.  We will talk about whether they can be real or not.  We will then move on to using our imaginations and believing anything can be anything we want.  A box can be a rocket and take us up into space.  A spoon can be a phone so we can talk to anyone we want and ask questions.  A bucket can carry anything.


Our focus traditional tales will be ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.  We will be creating story maps to help us retell the stories.

We will then complete the Rhyme Time Challenge where we learn 10 Nursery Rhymes off by heart.


This topic will take us out and about to look at houses we live in and to use our forest school area for making houses for our characters.  Please ensure children have their outdoor clothes in their lockers. (See the school prospectus – wellies and waterproofs)


In phonics we will be starting all children on the Phase 3 sounds.  Please keep up the hard work you have been doing with them as they are making good progress.  It is evident which children read at home with an adult regularly and practice their sounds and words. 


In maths we are looking at zero, number bonds and working on numbers to 10.  We have done some work on money so please show your children different coins and notes and let them practise buying things if appropriate.  We have also done some work on shapes. 


Home learning activities – Reading will continue to be our focus with the books, words and sound cards.  Your child will bring home our phase 3 sounds as we learn them and will probably have a word card too.  We change these cards when the child shows us they can confidently remember them. 

We would also like to set a creative project this term using their imagination.  They can create something to do with our topic.  This could be their favourite fairy-tale house, a rocket to take them up into space, a 3D story map… anything they can imagine!

We will also be collecting photos of your houses for our house comparison work in the local environment.  Talk to your child about the houses they live in, how many bedrooms, what type of house (terraced, flat, semi-detached, or detached) parts of the house etc.

What's happening this half term - Topic Web

Harvest 2019 video of Foundation Stage

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Song - Big Red Combine Harvester

Harvest 2019

Harvest 2019 1

My New Classroom

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Useful Websites


If you have any questions or suggestions for any of the Reception team please send us a message.