Welcome to Reception
A quality start to the learning journey

Our class teacher is Miss Patterson.

Our teaching assistants are Miss Monaghan, Mrs Gallagher and Miss O’Brien.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has 7 areas of learning. There are 3 prime areas; Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development. There are 4 specific areas of learning; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. The Characteristics of Effective Learning underpin all areas of learning and development in the EYFS. These are; Active Learning, Playing and Exploring and Creating and Thinking Critcally.

A big welcome to all of our Reception children and their families. Starting big school is a very exciting time and we are sure they are going to enjoy coming to school. We are looking forward to working together to support each child to reach their full potential.

During the first few weeks of school, we will be focusing on settling the children. We want our children to be happy and develop a love for learning. We will spend lots of time exploring the different areas, both indoors and outdoors. A big focus will be to support them to form positive relationships with their peers. We will also spend time talking about ourselves and our families.  We will endeavour to use the children’s own interests to enhance their learning. An exciting time for us all…

After half term, we will be learning about different celebrations, including Diwali and Bonfire Night. We will then move onto our ‘spider’ topic. We will be learning about how we can find out new information and facts about spiders, including using non-fiction books and the internet.  We will also focus on the story ‘The Very Busy Spider’ by Eric Carle. Using talk for writing, we will learn to re-tell the story and add actions. We will also make our own story maps. We will also create our own spiders using a variety of resources. In mathematics, we will continue to focus on numbers to 10 to develop a deeper understanding of these numbers. We will also focus on finding one more/one less and use addition and subtraction to solve problems. Within Shape, Space and Measure, we will focus on 2D and 3D shapes and repeating patterns.

After the Christmas holiday, we will be focusing on our big questions ‘How do we know it is Winter?’ We will learn all about Polar Bears ~ we will share non-fiction books and use the internet to find out new facts. We will enjoy spending time in our ‘snowy place’ and some Polar Bears will come to visit us. We will share lots of stories but we will particularly focus on the story ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?’ by Bill Martin Jr. We will learn to re-tell the story, adding our own actions. We will all have a go at making our own story maps to help us to re-tell the story. In mathematics, we will be developing our understanding of numbers to 10, we will be solving problems using addition and subtraction. In Shape, Space and Measure, we will also be focusing on capacity and 2D/3D shapes.

After half term, we will be focusing on ‘Growth’. We will begin by thinking about how we have grown since we were born and what we can now do. We will then move on to learning about the season Spring ~ looking at plants, flowers and animals. Our book focus will be ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and we will be storytellers, using our story map to help us. We will plant our very own bean, look after it and watch it grow! We will enjoy doing some paintings and observational drawings of flowers. In mathematics, we will be focusing on numbers to 20,  and problem solving. Within Shape, Space and Measure, we will focus on length, size and weight.


PE for this half term will be focusing on working together ~ this will be every Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit, including their pumps.

Behaviour management  – We have a rainbow in our classroom and children are moved up the rainbow for making good choices. When your child reaches red, this is celebrated in school and they are able to get a prize out of the prize box. I am sure your child will be very excited to tell you about why they got to the top of the rainbow. We also have a class teddy called Sam. He helps us in school, is always watching us and sometimes he chooses a child who has been a superstar and gets to go for a sleepover at their house – how exciting!



Please look out for our ‘I am proud’ pieces of paper which is an opportunity for you to share something that has made you proud of your child or any achievements. It could also be something that your child feels proud of themselves for. These will then be celebrated in school and placed into your child’s learning journey.


A big thank you to everyone who came to our phonics meeting. Please see the link below to support the pronunciation of the sounds. Thank you!


Forest School

Miss Patterson and Mrs Balshaw are forest school leaders. They have studied how to plan and lead successful sessions, health and safety, first aid and how to get the best learning from the outdoor environment. It is a real privilege to be able to offer this exciting way of learning. Reception will be taking part this term – we are really looking forward to this!


Please ensure your child brings their book bag into school each day. We change library books each Friday. Reading books are changed throughout the week.

Snack is £1 each week.

Our PE day is a Wednesday

Please ensure your child’s clothing is clearly named – including shoes.

How you can support at home:

Share your child’s reading book with them each day. This should only be for a short time (5-10 minutes). Encourage them to decode words by segmenting (sounding out) and blending. Encourage your child to tell you about what they have read to ensure they have the understanding.

Recite numbers with your child, encourage them to recognise numerals to 20 on your way to school – on buses, houses etc. Give them opportunities to develop their number formation. At the dinner table – can they count how many cups and plates there are altogether? What would happen if we take one away – how many would there be?

Provide opportunities for your child to have a go at writing – simple sentences, CVC words (E.g mat, cat, mum) or hearing the initial sounds and have a go at forming these letters. Please see Miss Patterson for any resources you need. Thank you.