Welcome to Reception Class


We love learning indoors and out. We find out about the world by exploring our surroundings and our environment is full of exciting things to help us learn.
This year the staff working in Class R are Mrs Gibson, Miss Howell and Miss Wray.

Important information:

Our school day starts at 9.00am. Please be ready and waiting outside the Reception gate at 8.55am. The school day finishes at 3.30pm, please wait at the Reception gate and we will send your child out to you.

Staff will be available to talk to at the end of school day.

PE is every Monday and Friday. Please make sure your child has the correct kit (especially shoes!). They will need a plain white t-shirt, blue shorts and plimsoles or trainers. The kit will stay in class and be sent home at the end of each half term to be washed.

Homework will go out on a Wednesday and should be completed and returned by the following Tuesday.

Please click here to view the Reception long-term plan.

Home Learning

Please read every day with your child and write this in their diary. Your child will bring a book home in their folder from their tag. Please also practice

  • Maths – every child will have to complete 1 piece of maths homework. This will be related to the learning we have done in class.
  • Phonics – as we learn our letters and sounds children will be expected to practice the letters and sounds they have been learning that week. We will be sending Bear words home later in the year for children to learn to read and write. 
  • Topic – We may also send homework relating to our topic. This may be something we want the children to bring in from or make at home.

End of year expectations for Year R

These are the end of year Early Leaning Goal expectations for children in Reception class.

Maths – Children can count with numbers from 1-20, place them in order and say which is one more or less than a given number. They can add and subtract 2 single digit numbers and solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing. Children can use mathematical language to talk about size, weight, shape, position, distance and time. They will recognise, create and describe patterns.

Reading – Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about about what they have read.

Writing - children use their phonic knowledge to write in words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phoenetically plausible.

Non-Negotiables For Reception


F1 Non-Negotiable

F2 Non-Negotiable





Our Work

New Beginnings - Autumn 2017

Our current topic:

Julia Donaldson Stories

This half term in Reception Class we will be focusing on stories by Julia Donaldson, in particular The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.

We have transformed our outdoor area to make a Gruffalo Cave so that we can put on masks and retell the story as well as having a Potions Lab where we can get messy and creative concocting spells and potions.

In English

We will be reading stories by Julia Donaldson and retelling these in our own words. We will be making story maps and writing our own spells and potions. Adults can help at home by helping children to look for the sounds in words and encouraging them to write labels for pictures and objects around the home.

In Maths

We are learning all about the number 7,8,9 and 10. Adults can help at home by counting forwards and backwards to these numbers, helping children write the numerals and adding small groups of objects together. We will also be finding out all about how to add and subtract and making up number stories to help us with this.

Story Café

Following the success of the first story café we will be hosting another café on Thursday 1st February at 9.30am in the Small Hall. We will be making Gruffalo pizzas and all children will need an adult to support them at the café. Refreshments will be provided.

Useful websites for this topic




You can watch clips as well as full animated versions of Julia Donaldson stories on the BBC iPlayer


We will be learning the letters and sounds that make up our alphabet and beginning to blend and segment words when as we start to learn to read and write. We will need lots of help at home to keep practicing how to read the sounds and write the letters.

Look out for the phonics workshops for parents coming in mid-September.

Dates For Your Diary


Tuesday 3rd - Firefighters visit

Tuesday 11th - Police visit

Thursday 12th - Reading cafe, all parents and carers welcome to join us for some fun craft activities and refreshments based on our superhero topic

Thursday 19th - The Air Ambulance will be visiting and showing us how to put on a bandage. 

Spring 2017

Reading in Reception



Examples of children’s work


Summer and The Seaside

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