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Welcome to Reception

Miss Gormley is the Reception class teacher. Mrs Barnes provides LSA support.

“When we give every child the best start in their early years, we give them what they need today. We also set them up with every chance of success tomorrow.” -
Development Matters in the Early Years, July 2021


The following four guiding principles underpin our practice within Reception, in accordance with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): 

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;

  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;

  • Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates. 


A Typical Day in Reception


Gates open and children enter class; they self-register and make their lunch choices. Gates close at 8:50. The children start the day with a session of ‘linked provision’ – activities linked to developing a particular skill (e.g. fine motor skills or number recognition). 


The register is taken and the class comes together for a whole class teacher-led session. This session will be a discrete Phonics lesson from the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme. 

Once settled, the children will join the whole school for a celebration assembly each Friday. Parents of children receiving certificates are invited to attend this exciting celebration (your class teacher will let you know if this applies to you). On these days, Phonics is moved to 9:30, after assembly. 


Children will then have an extended period of self-initiated learning, accessing either the indoor and outdoor learning environment. Adults will work with children in small focus groups or 1:1 during this time, as well as supporting child-led play. 


Before lunch time, the children will come together for a second whole class teacher-led session. This session will have a Maths focus, and will follow the ‘White Rose Maths’ scheme used in the school. 


Lunch time


After lunch, children will have a third whole class teacher-led session. The focus will vary each day, but will be linked to an aspect of the EYFS curriculum and usually begins with a physical activity (e.g. Dough Disco).


Children will then have another period of self-initiated learning, much like the morning session. The adults in the setting will continue to support children in their learning. Towards the end of the session, children will come together for a fourth adult-led session, to share a story/song, reflect on their learning and say goodbye.


School finishes at 3:15.

Snack Time: During the school day (once children are settled into school), the class does not stop for a timetabled break. Instead, children are free to access the Snack Bar in the classroom, when their learning comes to a natural break. 

Throughout the week children also have discrete PE, PSHE and Forest School sessions.


 Overview of Term One


This term our theme is ‘Marvellous Me!’ and we will have a strong focus on welcoming children into their new school routine, caring for others’ feelings and working together. We will be focusing on what makes us unique and celebrating the differences between us. We will use the wonderful story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen as our key text to support the link between school and home. We will also focus on the classic tale ‘The Little Red Hen’ to learn about friendships and the changing of the seasons from Summer to Autumn. 


Literacy (including Phonics and Reading)

We will be focusing on 6 super books this term to develop our communication, language and literacy skills. These are really rich texts that we love and will know inside out by the end of each week! We will answer questions about these books (linked to our reading VIPERS), learn new vocabulary, and make marks inspired by what we have read. We will learn about initial sounds, oral blending of CVC words, reciting known stories, and listening to stories with attention and recall. Take a look at our Super 6 books here:
The Colour Monster Goes to School: Perfect book to tackle school nerves:  Amazon.co.uk: Llenas, Anna, Llenas, Anna: 9781787415522: BooksRevolting Rhymes (Colour Edition) : Dahl, Roald, Blake, Quentin:  Amazon.co.uk: BooksFunnybones: Amazon.co.uk: Ahlberg, Allan, Ahlberg, Janet, Ahlberg, Allan,  Ahlberg, Janet: 9780140565812: Books

The Way Back Home: Oliver Jeffers : Jeffers, Oliver, Jeffers, Oliver:  Amazon.co.uk: BooksAll Through the Night: The People Who Work While We Sleep: Amazon.co.uk:  Polly Faber, Harriet Hobday, Harriet Hobday: 9781839943355: BooksMeg and Mog by Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski | Waterstones


We will be developing our speaking and listening skills this term and have already begun our Understanding Letters and Sounds phonics sessions! First, we will recap Phase 1 and then when the children are in school full time, we will move onto learning Phase 2 sounds. This term we will look at: 


Week 1 (part time) - Phase 1, Aspects 1-2

Week 2 (part time) - Phase 1, Aspects 3-7

Week 3 (full time) - Phase 2, Set 1 (s a t p)

Week 4 - Phase 2, Set 2 (i n m d)

Week 5 - Phase 2, Set 3 (g o c k)

Week 6 - Phase 2, Set 4 (ck e u r)

Week 7 - Phase 2, Set 5 (h b/bb f/ff l/ll)


Please read with your child every day. You can share a favourite bedtime story and encourage your child to join in with bits they know, talk about the pictures or copy your words. You can look for print in the environment, such as road signs, shopping lists and shop names - ask your child if they recognise any symbols, letters or words. Your child will receive a school reading book and reading record later this term. We will be in touch with more information about this nearer the time.



This term we will begin our Maths learning with a focus on matching and sorting, exploring patterns and comparing amounts, size, mass and capacity. We will follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work, using the NCETM Numberblocks resources to support our learning. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In school we use the Jigsaw scheme of learning to support our PSHE work. This term our theme is ‘Being Me in My World’. Each week we will explore a different aspect of this theme. We will look at:


Week 3 (full time) - Who...Me?!

Week 4 - How Am I Feeling Today?

Week 5 - Being at School

Week 6 - Gentle Hands

Week 7 - Our Rights and Responsibilities


Physical Development

We will be developing our fine and gross motor skills through play inside and outside, as well as during our daily Dough Disco! Once the children are in school full time, we will begin our Real PE lessons twice a week - focusing on coordination (footwork) and static balancing (on one leg). We will also be focusing on health and self-care, learning about the importance of washing our hands, how to use the school toilets independently, and using a knife and fork to eat our school lunches.