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Welcome to Reception!


Reception 2023-2024



Mrs Rowley



Mrs Ferdinand and Mrs Smith




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Once Upon A Time...



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In My Little Garden

Under the Sea

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Reception News

Friday 24th November

This week the children have continued to learn some more Phase 3 graphemes - y,z,zz,qu. They have taken a new Fluency Book home too to consolidate the graphemes learnt from the previous week.

We have participated in the DT days which are days set aside for each year group to complete a DT project. We have been looking at parks and designing and making our own parks for a squirrel. Through this project we have been exploring different ways of joining materials.

In Maths, we have continued to focus on 4 and 5 and the children have been subitising with these numbers.

We have been using the book 'Stickman' by Julia Donaldson as a focus for our DEAL sessions and the children have been successfully writing 'I see...' sentences about his journey. We  have also challenged the children to write descriptive language about what they can see in the book.

We have begun our rehearsals on stage for our forthcoming Christmas production 'A Time-travelling Christmas' which we will be performing on Friday December 15th at 9.30.

Finally, we look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Fair tomorrow at 2pm.

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday 17th November

This week we have been learning the phonemes j, w, v, x and reading the fluency book 'Up the Hill.' We have enjoyed exploring circles and triangles within our environment and talking about their mathematical properties. We have continued to learn about the festival of Diwali. We have written simple sentences about this in our books and created Rangoli patterns in our outdoor classroom.


This week was World Nursery Rhyme Week. We have been sharing nursery rhymes in our class and on Friday as a special treat, Mrs Smith brought in Music Mouse. The children really enjoyed playing instruments and singing along with Music Mouse. They were fantastic at guessing the rhymes from Music Mouse's clues. 


We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday November 10th

This week the children have been learning the graphemes - l,f,ll,ff,and ss. They have also been reading the new Fluency Book 'Mum's Hat'. 

In DEAL (Drama, Engagement, Active, Learning) the children have been using the book 'Stickman' by Julia Donaldson as a focus and they have been drawing and labelling maps.

In Maths, we have been learning about 'one more' after reading the story of the Gingerbread Man. 

The children have loved playing in our Diwali house in our role-play area. We have been learning about the story of Rama and Sita and how Diwali is celebrated around the world. The children have also  been making Diva lamps out of clay which they will bring home when they are dry.

Outside, the children have been looking at reversible change with ice balloons and what happens when they melt.

We have been discussing poppies and Remembrance Sunday. We hope you enjoy looking at the poppies on the trees at the front of school.

Finally, we had a special visitor this week. She is an oral health promoter and she came to talk to us all about how to keep our teeth strong and healthy!

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team



Friday November 3rd

This week the children have been learning two new graphemes - h and b. They have taken home the Fluency Book 'On and In' to reinforce the graphemes and high frequency words learnt before half - term.We have been segementing CVC words and we have shown them how to write 'I see....' sentences through  modelled writing sessions. It would be great if you could encourage your child to do some writing at home. They can then bring it to school to show us what they have done at home. It doesn't matter what it looks like - its all writing to us!


In Maths, the children have been weighing objects both inside and out using our scales. They have been seeing what is heavy and light and seeing if they can make the scales balance. We have also been looking at numbers 1,2 & 3, focussing on 1 to 1 correspondence and conservation of number.


The children have loved sharing their family photographs with their friends and sharing their memories. We will be keeping these photographs in school all year so please bring some in next week if you haven't already done so.


Finally, we have been talking about how to stay safe on Bonfire Night during our PSED lessons.

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team



Friday October 20th

We hope you all enjoyed visiting our classrooms this week as part of Look at our Learning. Many parents have commented how useful and insightful it is to see what their child enjoys doing in school.

This week we have introduced three new phonemes/graphemes - e,u,r and we have been reading and writing CVC words containing these phonemes/graphemes. We have also enjoyed a new Fluency Book - Cat and Dog.

We hope the children enjoyed taking their new Monster Phonics/reading activities home this week. These are selected individually to support your child's reading. After half-term please return the Monster Phonics book on Monday 30th October. The new Monster Phonics books will be given out on Friday November 3rd and every Friday going forward after that.

The children have been given a new Writing book and a new Maths book too this week which we will keep in school. They have been writing CVC words in their Writing books and have been creating repeating patterns in their Maths books.

We all enjoyed our first Harvest Assembly in the hall this week too and the children sang our Harvest songs really well.

After half-term we would like to create a My Family book for each class. This book will contain photographs of our children and their families which we will keep in school and use as a focus for discussions. Please could you send into school 3 photographs of your child and their family at a special time or celebration or holiday that your child can talk about. We will put these photographs in our My Family book which we will keep in school all year. Please do not send any precious or irreplaceable photographs!

Finally, we look forward to seeing you at Parents Evening the week beginning 30th October.

Have a great half-term holiday!

The Reception Team

Monster Phonics Books/Reading Activities

The children are becoming really good at identifying the phonemes and graphemes that we have been learning in school. From next Monday (October 16th) we will be sending home either an individual  Monster Phonics book or a reading activity to support your child's phonic knowledge.

Please look out for either a Monster Phonics book or a reading activity in your child's book bag.

The Reception Team


Friday October 13th

This week we have continued to learn more graphemes - o,c,k,ck. We regularly recap all our previous graphemes and use them to make CVC ( consonant,vowel,consonant) words such as tin, pan, cot, map etc. This is something you could practice at home using the graphemes we have been sending home in their word pocket. Try to encourage your child to blend these together as this will help them to read our Monster Phonics books when we send them home. You could also try to make sentences using the CEW (common exception words) that we are sending home too. 

We have continued to discuss the signs of autumn and have been colour mixing to create autumnal colours. 

We have introduced some new autumn focussed maths games to enhance our maths shelves.

The children have been talking to their talk partners about how to keep safe online too!

We have also introduced a new phonics game called Car Park, which is just like Bingo. Whoever has all their cars parked first is the winner and they shout 'Car Park' instead of Bingo! The children have had great fun blending the CVC words using their phonic knowledge - fun and learning at the same time!

You may want to have a game too when you come to a 'Look at our Learning' next Monday or Friday at 8.25am.

Finally, we hope everyone enjoys the first Reception disco tonight!

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team

Friday October 6th

We hope you enjoyed the first Home Reader that the children brought home on Monday.

This is an opportunity for you to encourage a love of reading through sharing this book at home. Please use the accompanying parents notes to support you while you read with your child. 

This week lots of children have been bringing in autumnal objects, which is fantastic. We are using them for our woodland small world display and we have been learning a new song about autumn with Makaton signs.

We have opened our Wildlife Rescue Centre and the children have loved looking after all the animals that are in the Centre.

We have been learning about how to keep safe online this week too and have reminded the children that they must always ask an adult before they go on the internet.

We have continued to follow the NCETM Mastering Number programme. We have been subitising 1,2,& 3.

The children have also enjoyed exploring colour-mixing with paint and printing with different materials.

Finally, we will be holding 'Look at our Learning' sessions on Monday 16th October and Friday 20th October at 8.25am. This is an opportuntiy for you to visit the classroom with your child so that they can show you how we learn in Reception. 

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team



Friday 29th September

We have continued with our daily Monster Phonics sessions this week. We have been learning 'i'and 'n' and the word 'I'. The children will be bringing these graphemes home today in their word packet to practice at home. You could try to see if the children could blend some cvc words using the previous graphemes such as pin, tin, pan, sat,tap and tip. We have been doing this in school.

The children also enjoyed taking home their first Fluency Book on Monday. The Fluency Books are closely aligned to the graphemes we are learning and are designed to develop fluency and confidence. Please read these Fluency Books as often as you can and write in the yellow reading diary whenever your child reads at home. It gives us a good understanding of the progress they are making. 

As we say in Reception, we need to - 'practise, practise, practise!'

We have begun to talk about the changing seasons this week. We have been looking for signs of autumn. Please bring to school any signs of autumn - leaves, conkers, acorns, that you might find when you are out and about this weekend.

Finally, a reminder that the PTA are holding a disco for Reception children and parents on Friday October 13th .

The tickets are available now.

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team



Friday September 22nd

We have started our daily Monster Phonics sessions this week and the children have enjoyed singing along to the songs. We have been learning 'satp' and have been blending cvc words (consonant, vowel, consonant) with these phonemes such as sat, pat and tap.

We all enjoyed a trip to our library on Monday to have a look at all the books and to learn how the library system works. We will visit our library every Monday.

The children enjoyed their first visit to the Music Room on Tuesday afternoon and enjoyed playing a variety of instruments.They will be taught weekly by our specialist music teacher Miss Nolan. 

Thankyou for bringing in your favourite books. The children have drawn the front cover and written a blurb which are now on display. 

We have begun the NCETM Mastering Number programme this week and have focussed on subitising 1,2& 3.

Finally, we have been teaching the children the Makaton sign - good morning everbody. You could ask them to teach you too!

Have a great weekend!

The Reception Team


Friday 15th September

Welcome to the Reception news! We will write an update here every week about what we have been learning in school.

The children have settled in so well. We are really proud of them. They have enjoyed staying for lunch and are making lots of new friends.

We use a visual timetable throughout the day to help the children know what we are doing and when.

Thankyou to all the parents who attended the Curriculum Evening last night. We hope you found it helpful. The Powerpoint is now on the Reception website.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any queries about teaching and learning in Reception.

This week we have been carrying out the Reception Baseline Assessement which is statutory. 

The children have been learning the first 4 graphemes and phonemes of our Monster Phonics scheme- satp. The children will bring these home in their word envelope next Friday. 

We have also enjoyed watching Alphablocks and Numberblocks at snacktime.

Please remember to send your child to school with their favourite named book on Monday. We will be using them to create a new display!

Have a good weekend!

The Reception Team