Welcome to Reception

Class teacher: Mrs Waite

Staff who work in our class:  Mrs Holmes (Senior Early Years Practitioner), Mrs Morris (Lunch time support), Mrs Davies (LSP/Lunch time support), Miss Smith (LSP) Mrs Clulow (Teaching Assistant)

A very warm welcome to our Reception Class. We take pride in placing your child at the forefront of everything that we do here in Reception. Adults across the EYFS phase work together closely as a team to ensure that the very best outcomes for your child are met by the end of the Foundation Stage. We offer a nurturing provision and use a combination of carefully planned activities alongside following the interests of the children to help secure exciting learning opportunities. Here in Reception we help to foster the joy of learning and we want our children to be curious explorers who become independent and resilient. We also promote our school values of integrity, tenacity and pride.

Please keep up to date with our learning in Reception by joining our Virtual Google Classroom. Here you can find regular communication with the class teacher and see pictures of our wonderful learning experiences. There is also a newsletter posted each week to keep you up to date with your child’s learning.

Our Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets the standards which schools and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5. 

Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. These are the prime areas of communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. The framework also includes four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

End of Year Expectations – Early Learning Goals

Development Matters



In Reception we follow the White Rose Maths scheme to support mathematical development. A large focus of our learning in maths is on securing a solid understanding of number and numerical patterns. We match and sort, we compare amounts, we learn about the composition of numbers and how to represent these in different ways. As our understanding of the number system develops we continue to compare numbers, make pairs and begin to combine two groups. In Reception we learn our number bonds to 10 (what two numbers can be added together to make 10?) and then work on developing a secure understanding of numbers beyond 10. We begin to add, subtract, double and share and we begin to deepen our understanding of all of these mathematical concepts!

To find out more about how maths is taught in Reception, watch this excellent video Early Number Sense – YouTube



It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading and we foster and promote this within school. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).

In Reception Early Reading is very important. Our school follows Letters and Sounds guidance when teaching Early Reading. We have daily phonics lessons where we learn new phonemes and we begin to practice the formation of graphemes than have been taught. Our reading scheme includes decodable books which will help your child to practise their application of phonics when reading with you at home. Our staff are very excited to be taking part in some training for ‘Helicopter Stories’ this year. This promotes oral retelling of stories through drama and role play. We aim to promote communication and language skills at every opportunity, therefore we are excited about using the principles of ‘Helicopter Stories’ within our setting.


Texts being covered


Ourselves and our Community

Nursery Rhymes , Nick Sharrat’s Rhyming Books, Pumkin Soup, Non Fiction Texts linked to community theme.

Once upon a Time

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, The Worry Monster (PSED)



Castles, Dragons, Knights and Princesses

Rapunzel, George and the Dragon, The Kiss that Missed, How to Catch a Dragon, Non Fiction Texts linked to the historical theme.

In the Garden

Jack and the Beanstalk, Oliver’s Vegetables, Sam Plants a Sunflower, Non Fiction Texts linked to the scientific theme- seeds, growing, planting, exploring.




Journeys and Transport

Naughty Bus! The Journey Home from Grandpa’s, Lost and Found, The Train Ride, Submarines! The Snail and the Whale

Jungles and Rainforests

Pongo! The Rainforest Orangutan, Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth, Rainforest Adventure, Rumble in the Jungle


Jack and the Beanstalk, Oliver’s Vegetables, Sam Plants a Sunflower, Non Fiction Texts linked to the scientific theme- seeds, growing, planting, exploring.

Reading at Home

We encourage children to read at home every day where possible. We expect the children to read at least 3 times a week at home and they must bring their reading book and diary in to school every day. We have a ‘Racing Reader’ chart in our classroom to help to promote, track and celebrate reading at home. Children will receive a special certificate when they have reached the end of our reading road. Children will listen to stories in class every day and high quality texts are available within the classroom, linked to our current theme which helps to promote a love of reading. We encourage children to consider new vocabulary that they come across within their reading and we place importance on this within the classroom by fostering opportunities to explore and acquire new vocabulary.


Throughout the year we will be covering many fun and exciting topics to help explore and consolidate learning, following the Early Years Statutory Framework.



Ourselves and the Community– Finding out what makes us who we are and learning about the people who help us within our local community.

Once Upon a Time…– Diving into the wonderful world of traditional tales. We will learn three traditional tales very well and take part in drama to retell the stories and bring them to life! Our focus will be on being able to orally retell the stories and develop a bank of vocabulary used within traditional tales.


Castles, Dragons, Knights, Princesses– Time to discover what life was like at a time different to the present day! We will step back into a time where brave knights rescued princesses and dragon’s guarded magnificent castles. We will consider how things have changed between now and then and compare similarities and differences. We will develop an understanding of the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books that are shared in class together. We will be putting our creative minds to the test when faced with the challenge of making our own castles in class and we will safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Down in the GardenWe will be getting green fingered as we explore and investigate life in the great outdoors. We will work together to develop our own special outside space where we can grow new plants and vegetables. We will use a range of tools to manipulate the materials outside and we will develop a sense of team work and pride in our immediate environment. We will also learn about how to take care of living things and we will use this knowledge to create our own special bug hotel.


Journeys and TransportWe will dive into new exciting stories that have a common theme of journeys and transportation. We will consider how transport has changed over time and reflect upon these changes together. Our special books will take us on many journeys, some under the sea, some in jungles and desserts and others in cool Arctic settings. We will study simple maps and take inspiration from the stories to make our own maps of our own journeys and the journeys taken by characters. We will compare these settings. We will engage in drama activities to bring the stories to live and we will make use of large scale equipment in our outside area to really get creative with this topic!

Jungles and Rainforests– Throughout this topic we become geographers by exploring similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries. We will compare the environments and the natural world around us, drawing on our knowledge from stories and non-fiction texts explored in the classroom. We will also make use of maps to gain an understanding of where different countries are on our magnificent planet Earth. We will listen to tribal music and distinguish between what instruments are being used and how this sounds different to music that we may hear being played on the radio today.


PE Lessons

We have one PE lesson per week in Reception. Our school follows a fantastic scheme called ‘Get Set 4 PE.’ The lessons that we take part in help to develop our gross motor skills as well as promoting the six School Games Values which are: determination, honesty, passion, respect, teamwork and self-belief. In our Games lessons we focus on moving safely whilst developing our fundamental movement skills in fun ways. In Dance lessons we learn to balance, jump and roll and begin to learn leadership skills. Later in the year we strengthen our ball skills by developing and mastering our rolling of a ball alongside throwing, catching, dribbling and target shooting. We are hoping to work with Bikeability to help support our young children in being able to ride a scooter or a bike successful.


Things to Remember

PE – Our PE lessons take place on Monday afternoons.  PE kits are black joggers/leggings, white polo t-shirt, school jumper and appropriate footwear. Jewellery must not be worn. We are unable to remove any ear- rings that are worn on PE days.

Reading – Children’s book bags and reading books and diaries must be brought into school each day. Books will usually be changed over once a week on a Friday.

Uniform– Please come to school in your school uniform every day and ensure that coats are worn.

Useful links

Purple Mash: Fun, interactive letter formation Lots of really fun games to help with your child’s learning at home Current Rhymes used to support Letter formation English activities Phonics games Some more free phonics games A range of fun games to choose from to support learning STEM activities for you to explore Great website for all things geography! Kids section full of fun games packed full of facts!