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 2021-2022


Class Information


Who's Who

Mrs Gornall-Deputy Headteacher & Reception teacher

Mrs Baines- Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Miss Thistlethwaite- Part Time Teaching Assistant

Mrs Holmes- Part Time Teaching Assistant

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
All children will be provided with a reading book with words once they have learnt half of 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 is returned to school by Thursday morning, so that they can be updated and sent out again on a Thursday evening. 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.


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 1 (Sept-Oct 2021)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Settling in/Ourselves (Part-time 2 weeks)
  • Ourselves (3 weeks)
  • Colour (2 weeks)


During our settling in weeks the children will be given the opportunity to explore and investigate their new learning environments and develop an understanding of our classroom routines and rules. They will also be given a wealth of opportunities to develop relationships with their peers and the adults based within the setting. Whilst playing alongside the children, staff will be gathering observations as part of our on-entry assessments and will also be carrying out the new government baseline assessment. 


During our Literacy time are learning will focus around the following texts:

  • All About Me
  • Funnybones
  • Nursery rhymes associated with being poorly or sick.
  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby
  • Elmer
  • The Rainbow Fish.


In Read, Write Inc  the children will be taught the following Set 1 sounds:

Week 4- m,a,s,d

Week 5- t,i,n,p

Week 6- g,o,c,k

Week 7- u,b,f,e


We will also have 2 new role play areas- one inside the classroom and one in the outdoor learning environment.  The first will be a Hairdressers and the second will be a Hospital.


In our Maths learning time the children will be introduced to the Numberblocks and Numicon. These will help them as we work our way through the following units:

  • Numbers 1-3
  • Number 4
  • Number 5
  • Comparing Identical Quantities to 5
  • Comparing Non-Identical Quantities to 5
  • 3D Shapes


In our Topic work we will be learning about:


  • Our bodies & all our different body parts
  • How we are the same and how we are different
  • Our 5 senses- Sight, Touch, Smell, Taste, Hearing
  • How we grow and change over time
  • Mixing colours and patterns
  • Developing good relationships with one another. 


Our RE focus will be 'I am Special

In this unit the children will begin to understand that they are unique and special. It will give them the opportunity to explore themselves, their likes, dislikes, physical features and abilities. They will also learn that they are loved and valued by God, who made each one of them.


Heartsmart - 'Get Heartsmart' 

Get Heartsmart is all about recognising that we have the power to choose well and that it is important to take ownership of the decisions that we make, as this is the foundation to becoming a powerful person.


Our Wellbeing theme will be: Wellbeing Flock 

Each week the children will be visited by a different bird from around the world who will bring a special message for the children.  The children will be encouraged to look after their own well-being and mental health by learning tips and techniques they can continue at home. 


During our Music sessions we will be developing our skills of listening and appraising whilst learning the songs from the ‘BBC- Listen & Play’ 

  • Week 1 & 2Bangle Jangle
  • Week 3- Busy Bodies
  • Week 4- Five in a Bed
  • Week 5- The Animal Fair
  • Week 6- Brilliant Brushes
  • Week 7- Ishy Fish 

Our PE  focus this half term will be ‘Jumping Jacks and Rock ‘n’ Rolls’ and our School Sports Games Value will be ‘Passion’ 

During this unit of the of work the children will learn how to:

  • Develop the ability to jump in a range of different ways from one space to another.
  • Control their body when jumping and balancing
  • Create a sequence using a jump and a balance
  • Develop the ability to roll in a range of ways
  • Control their body when rolling in a range of ways
  • Perform a sequence with confidence and control  


Dates for your Diary:


PE: Monday Afternoons (Outdoor Play) and Friday Mornings


Parents' Evening: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October