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Welcome to Reception

Hello and welcome to our Reception class page. Throughout the year we will update this page to reflect the steps our class take in their learning, to celebrate their success and to give you support with school life and home learning.


Please see the 'Welcome Leaflet' below under 'Early Years Important Information'. This provides lots of useful information on some of our school policies, our curriculum, ClassDojo and our online learning journal Tapestry.


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school or send me a message on ClassDojo.


Many thanks,

Miss Griffiths

 The Early Years Foundation Stage Team

Reception Class Teacher- Miss Griffiths

Reception Teaching Assistant- Miss Ward

Foundation Unit Support - Mrs Kelly

EYFS Lead & SENCO Lead - Miss Milnes

Nursery Teaching Assistant- Mrs Preston

Our Learning Journey so far...

Reception topic planning:

Please click on the link below to view our termly topic plans and see what our learning will look like.

 Autumn 1  Autumn 2   Spring
 Summer 1


Early Years Information:

Please click on the links below.


Timetable Welcome Leaflet  

 The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children from birth to five. It provides the opportunity for learning and development to take place hand in hand by giving opportunities to develop in all seven areas.


The E.Y.F.S focuses on seven areas of learning, these are; 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Expressive, Arts & Design
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read and write. In Reception we use the phonics scheme 'Read Write Inc'. Throughout the term children will be learning sets 1 and 2 sounds. 

Red words are words which the children cannot use their current phonic knowledge to Fred Talk (sound out). Therefore Reception needs lots of practise reading and writing these words.

All red words have been sent home on word mats for you to practise reading and writing together with your child. You could write the words out and go on a red word hunt around your home or practise reading them in silly voices to make learning fun.


Every week your child is given a new 'Read Write Inc' reading book. It is essential that your child is reading regularly at home with an adult to build their confidence and strengthen their reading skills.


Please open the following link for some guidance on what phonics is and how you can help your child with their phonics learning at home:


For guidance on how to pronounce sounds, watch the following video:



Our topic this term is 'Superheroes' and our focus text will be 'Supertato'. We inspire children's imaginations and develop their confidence so they see themselves as speakers, listeners, writers and readers.

As a class we convert texts into story maps and create actions to develop our knowledge and understanding of stories and language. We also use 'Tales Toolkit' to develop children's imagination and storytelling skills by listening to, acting out and creating stories with a character, setting, problem and solution. Reading and storytelling should be a magical experience for children and so we provide a wealth of active and interactive learning experiences and lots of opportunities for discussing, re-enacting and reinventing stories to develop children's love of reading. 

Reading is a bonding experience for you and your child and plays an important role in their development. Read lots of picture books together. Ask your child lots of open questions and encourage them to look at the pictures to tell you what they can see and to describe events, settings and characters. Encourage them to make predictions about what will happen next or how the story might end. E.g. What do you think might happen next? How do you think that character feels? Why do you think X has done that?



In Reception we follow the 'White Rose Maths' Scheme of Learning to support your little mathematicians in becoming deep thinkers and talkers. This term we'll be developing our maths skills in topics such as adding more, taking away and spatial reasoning. There's lots of things you can do at home to help your child. Singing songs is important in developing their counting skills and there are lots of counting to 20 songs available on youtube, many of which your child will know from school.

Engage in practical counting throughout the day. How many red cars can you see on your walk home from school? How many chips are on your plate? 

We can count anything… claps, jumps on the spot, steps as we walk up the stairs.

Encourage your child to line up all their teddy bears and count how many there are. Take one away- how many do we have now? How many will you have if you add one more or have one less? You could line them up in size order. Which is the biggest/ smallest?

Look out for numbersshapes and patterns in the environment and talk about them e.g. shapes you see on the way to school and numbers on car registration plates and house doors, numbered aisles in the supermarket, patterns on your clothes and shapes of objects around your home. 


Some useful websites:

The Oxford Owl website has some brilliant stories you can read and lots of learning activities across all areas, just follow the link below:

Please let a member of staff know if you need a reminder of your login details.


For maths and literacy games, visit:

 Please let a member of staff know if you need a reminder of your login details.


To join in with some singalong stories, visit:


To keep active, burn off some energy or just have a dance, follow the link below. There are lots more action videos, songs and dances on youtube that are suitable for early years children too.