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 2017-2018 

Class Information


Who's Who

Mrs Gornall- Assistant Headteacher & Reception teacher

Mrs Baines- Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Miss McCulley- Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Wednesday and Thursday Afternoons)

Mrs Jackson- Teaching Assistant



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
Please note, if your child has a reading book that needs changing, it should be placed in the books for changing box in the outdoor area each morning. Children who have been given a reading book should now be changing them regularly, at least once a week and should be reading at least 3 times a week at home.



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 postcards 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 completeing 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 2017)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Light and Dark (3 weeks)
  • Dinosaurs & Festivals 3 weeks)
  • Christmas (1.5 weeks)

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'


Our RE focus will be 'Special People and Christmas'



Dates for your Diary:


Parent Drop In: Every other Tuesday afternoon from 7th November  1.15- 2.15pm


PE: Monday Mornings and Friday Afternoons


Christmas Panto: Friday 1st December


Cinema Trip: Monday 11th December


Infant Nativity: Thursday 14th December


Infant Christmas Party: Monday 18th December




What a busy first 8 weeks we have had in school! We began our Autumn Term 1 by welcoming our new children into school and helping them to settle in. The children met their Year 6 buddies for the first time and got to spend an afternoon 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. Molly, a 3 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 Underwater Street 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 were 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.

In 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. 

We also enjoyed learning lots of new rhymes and songs, which we now sing everyday to help us with our daily routine.


Adam from the Healthy Lifestyle team came in every Monday for 6 weeks to help us learn about how to stay healthy. We danced, learnt about fruit and vegetables, played with the parachute, made a smoothie and wraps, learnt how to brush our teeth properly and did some physical exercise.