Our Reception Class


A very warm welcome to our Reception class page.  In Reception, our children start their journey by settling into school life and begin to develop into confident, independent learners. I hope you find all the information that we send home useful and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask us. The staff are always on hand both before and after school and our parent drop in runs every fortnight on a Tuesday afternoon between 1.15-2.15pm.


  Our Reception Class 2018-2019


Class Information


Who's Who

Mrs Gornall- Assistant Headteacher & Reception teacher

Mrs Baines- Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackson- Teaching Assistant (Mornings)

Mrs Bayatti- Teaching Assistant (Afternoons)



Communication, Language & Literacy Development Information

The Reading Schemes we use in Reception are:                              

  • Floppy's Phonics & Pearson Phonics Bug (Individual Home Reading Books)
  • Read, Write Inc (Guided Reading Books)



The Phonics Scheme we use in Reception is:

  • Read, Write Inc                                                                                           


Find out more about Read, Write Inc here



Reading books
All children will be provided with a reading book once they have learnt the RWI Set 1 sounds and are able to segment words and blend sounds independently.



At the beginning of Reception your child has been given a homework toolkit (Stripy zip bag) which was kindly paid for by Friends of School. This is to be kept at home and is to be used to help your child complete their homework. Please can you ensure that all the items are put safely back in the bag each time they are used as these need to be used throughout their time in Reception.

Please can you make sure that Homework Packets are returned to school by Thursday morning, so that they can be updated and sent out again on a Friday afternoon. Thank you.


Seesaw is our observation and assessment app which is used daily in class to record evidence for your child’s learning journey throughout their year with us in Reception.

Don’t forget to send Mrs Gornall observations from home through Seesaw, as it is extremely important that parents are able to contribute to their children’s learning journeys just as much as the practitioners. If you don’t have internet access at home then you can still contribute by completing a parent observation sheet and returning these to school when they are complete and you need a new one.


Please can you help!!! We are constantly trying to add to our resources and are always on the look out for the following items: Comics, magazines, prams, dolls, small world toys such as farms/train sets etc. scooters, bikes, jigsaw puzzles, games, dressing up costumes etc. If you are having a clear out  please could you check with Mrs Gornall whether we could use any items before throwing them out. Thank you.


This half term.... Autumn 2 (Oct-Dec 2018)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Light and Dark: (3 weeks) This topic will begin by looking at the Seasons and how things change at different times of the year. We will look at what this means for different animals and what types of things they do to stay warm, as the weather gets colder.  We will then move onto comparing day and night and look at different sources of light and how these are created. The final week of the topic will focus on Space and finding out about some of the different planets that surround the planet that we live on 'Earth!'                                                                                    
  • Dinosaurs & Festivals (3 weeks)                                                                                                                                                     We will travel back in time on an exciting journey to learn about lots of different dinosaurs and what the world was like when dinosaurs were roaming around the planet. We will discover the differences between different types of dinosaurs and what types of things they liked to eat. We will also be learning about two important world faith festivals- Diwali and Hanukkah.
  • Christmas (2 weeks)                                                                                                                                                                         The lead up to Christmas is going to be extremely busy and most of our time will be taken up learning about the Christmas story through practising our Nativity for this year 'The Inn-Spectors' and learning all the songs. We will also be busy making a selection of different Christmas crafts. 

In our Literacy time we will be looking at the following texts- Hedgehog Howdedo, Bears in the Night, Whatever Next, My First Book of Dinosaurs, The Diwali Story, The Hanukkah Story and Harry and the Dinosaurs make a Christmas Wish. We will also be reading lots of other stories that link in with our topics for this half term. In RWI we will continue to learn our letter sounds, develop our blending and segmenting skills and begin to write simple CVC words independently.

We will also have 2 new role play areas- one inside and one outside.  Inside we will have a World Cuisine Restaurant and outside we will have a Farm Shop.


In our Maths time we will continue to look at the numbers 0-10 and beyond, learn to count accurately and order numbers correctly with the help of Numicon. We will also be learning about properties of 2D shapes, times of the day, weight and positional vocabulary.


In our Topic work we will be learning about:

  • Bonfire Night- Finding out why we celebrate it, how we can stay safe & looking at the patterns and colours fireworks make.
  • Autumn and Seasonal Change- Finding out what happens to the environment, weather, the clothes we wear and different animals at this time of year.
  • Sources of Light- Investigating different sources of light and finding out how they work.
  • Dinosaurs- Discovering the types of dinosaurs that roamed the land thousands of year ago and their different characteristics
  • Diwali and Hanukkah- Finding out about festivals that are celebrated by other Religions around the World.
  • Christmas- Discovering the real meaning of Christmas through the Christmas Story.


Our SEAL theme will be looking at 'Getting on and Falling Out'


Heartsmart- Don't forget to let Love in.


Our RE focus will be 'Special People and Christmas'



Dates for your Diary:


PE: Monday Mornings and Friday Afternoons


Christmas Panto: Friday 7th December


Cinema Trip: Monday 10th December


Infant Nativity: Thursday 13th December


Infant Christmas Party: Wednesday 19th December




What a busy first 7 weeks we have had in school! We began our Autumn Term 1 by welcoming our new children into school and helped them to settle in and become familiar with our classroom routines. The children met their Year 6 buddies for the first time and got to spend two afternoons getting to know them, which was great fun!

Our first topic of "Ourselves" helped us to learn all about our bodies, what they look like both inside and out and we explored our 5 senses with lots of fun activities. We learnt about our skeletons by reading the story 'Funnybones' and the different parts of our bodies by looking at a non-fiction book called 'All about me'. We also learnt about how we grow and change and what we will look like as we grow older. Nancy, a 9 week old baby came in to visit us, so we could compare the things she could do, to the things we can do. We finished the topic off with a fantastic day out at Eureka where we explored our bodies further with lots of interactive activities and found out about keeping healthy.

During our 'Colours' topic we listened to the story of 'Elmer' which helped us to understand that it is ok to be different. We found out what happens when we mix colours and made repeating patterns with colours and shapes. We even had our own Elmer Day where we dressed up in lots of different colours and celebrated diversity.  The story of 'The Rainbow Fish' taught us the importance of friendship and learning to share with one another.

During our RWI learning time, we learnt over half of the Set 1 sounds and began to blend and segment these to read and write simple words. We will continue to learn the remaining Set 1 sounds after half term.

Our Maths learning time focussed on learning the different Numicon shapes and numerals for the numbers 1 to 10 and being able to place them in the correct order. We also learnt how to count accurately by using 1 to 1 correspondence.

During our whole class carpet times we enjoyed learning lots of new rhymes and songs, which we now sing everyday to help us with our daily routine.

In our RE time, our 'I am Special Chatterbox' helped us to understand that we are all 'Special' and that God loves each one of us as an individual. By looking at our fingerprints, we discovered that we are unique and God loves us that much that he has all our names on his hands. We found out that God is everywhere and looks after us everyday, no matter where we are or what we are doing. We know that God has a plan for each and everyone of us and as we grow and change that plan will change to.

As you can see from our pictures we had a great time taking on different roles in our Hairdresser and Shoe shop role-play areas and loved becoming different characters when we got dressed up in lots of different role-play costumes.