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Welcome to Reception

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As a school we use lots of fantastic texts to help us develop our Literacy skills. We will begin by reading ‘Mouse House which is a fantastic story, and will help us develop our listening skills and our knowledge of how stories are structured. Later, we will read ‘Pumpkin Soup to develop our Literacy skills further. The children will focus on listening for sounds in words and trying to write some sounds in sequence independently. We will also be practising our name writing on a daily basis. 


As well as a daily Literacy session, we will also have a Maths session on a daily basis. This half term we will be focusing on a number a week. We will also identify and describe a range of 2D shapes and look at time.



Phonics will be taught in daily phonics session. In a few weeks’ time we will move to smaller group sessions. These groups are personalised to ensure that the children are learning the phonics that they need to move their own learning forward. All the groups will be taught by a different adult this time. These sessions are fast paced, active and the children will be encouraged to apply their phonic learning into their independent writing in continuous provision.

Reading/Home activity books


To begin with all the children will come home with a shared story book to share at home this will be changed weekly. All the children will receive a reading book before half term. This will have simple words for the children to read with their parents, and will help them consolidate their Phonic knowledge. These books need to be in school every day as we will read with the children as often as possible. Please can all parents write a comment in the reading record to let us know how your child gets on. The books will be changed on a weekly basis.


Children will also receive a 'Home to school Learning Journey' in the first few weeks. This activity book will be given out on Fridays and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. These activities will be linked to our in-class learning. Please support your child in completing these activities and encourage them to look after the books outside of the classroom. Please also look out for ‘WOW moments’. These are for parents to write all the amazing things that your child does at home.


We are lucky enough to have P.E sessions with our Sports coach. These sessions will take place on a Tuesday morning. The children all need to ensure that they have a P.E. kit in school at all times. This needs to consist of

  • A labelled plain white T-Shirt
  • A pair of labelled plain black shorts
  • A pair of labelled plain black pumps
  • A labelled P.E bag


Please can all children have all pieces of clothing named to help them begin to recognise and take responsibility for their own items. We also ask that all children have a coat in school at all times, in case of bad weather, as we will be learning outdoors as much as possible.

Forest Schools

Forest forms an integral part of the Early Years curriculum. Through forest school, children develop a life-long love and understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing self-esteem, confidence, social and academic skills, so laying the foundations for other learning. Children have the opportunity to experience nature and the wider environment at close quarters. We build dens, cook over camp fires, climb and jump on trees, tell stories, make trails and hunt for mini-beasts. Children learn to problem-solve, to work with others and to take appropriate risks. We ask if possible to provide the children with waterproof clothing and aim to go to forest school in all weathers.


So, our first half term promises to be a very busy and fun-filled one. We have lots of lovely things coming up over the year, and we are looking forward to working with all our new children and parents. Please ensure you check your child's bag on a regular basis for letters about events and activities, and if you need to talk to a member of staff, please do not hesitate to speak to us. We have an open door policy, where we can chat briefly in the morning but have time for a longer discussion after school, so please feel free to speak with us.

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