Abbey Hulton Primary School

Integrity. Tenacity. Pride.



Class teacher: Miss Owen  

Early Years Practitioner: Mrs Arrowsmith
Classroom Support: Mrs Middleton, Mrs Morris, Miss Price


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 Class Dojo. 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.


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


Autumn 1 - Nursery Rhymes 

Autumn 2 - Sparkle and Shine 

Spring 1 - Me, Myself and My Family

Spring 2 - Creep, Crawl and Wiggle

Summer 1 - Once upon a time

Summer 2 - Are we there yet? 



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 the phonics scheme Little Wandle. 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. For more information on how phonics is taught in EYFS check out the Phonics section of the website.

Phonics Long Term Plan- Reception

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 into school every day. We have a ‘Reading Rocket’ 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 top of our rocket.  



Things to Remember

PE – Our PE lessons take place on Monday and Tuesday 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. Reading for Pleasure books are changed on a Tuesday, De-codable book are changed on a Wednesday

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



Reception Class Newsletters Autumn 1 2023

EYFS Welcome Meeting 2023

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