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







The Gruffalo

Room on the Broom


What we have been learning

Our Topic

In the Spring Term we will learning all about the stories by Julia Donaldson

In particular The Gruffalo, Room, Room on the Broom and Stick Man

We will be reading the stories in class as well as setting up our environment with a Potions Lab and a Gruffalo Cave. We will also going on our very own Gruffalo hunt and find out about the habitats of the animals in the story.

We will make our own special potions and find out how to unfreeze Stick Man from the ice!


In writing

We will be making Gruffalo story maps, writing spells and writing our own class story about the adventures Stick Man went on in Radford.

In maths

We will be working on numbers 7 -12. We will counting out these numbers as well as adding and taking away numbers up to 10.

In Creative

In our creative area we will be painting our self portraits as well as making our skeletons out of straws! We will also be making gingerbread people and decorating them to make them look like us!

We have special visitors coming! The Fire Service, Police and Air Ambulance will all be coming to talk about what it is like being a real life super hero.


Dates for your diary

Thursday 7th February – Gruffalo Story Café – come along from 9.15 – 10.30 to help make Gruffalo pizza’s and enjoy some story telling.


How can you help at home?

Help us complete our homework and read with us at least 3 times a week. Help us to read and write our Bear words so that we can read and write with more confidence. You can show us the Julia Donaldson Stories on YouTube or read us the books (if you have them at home).



Examples of children’s work

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