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.





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Our Reception Class 2019-2020


Class Information


Who's Who

Mrs Gornall-Deputy Headteacher & Reception teacher

Mrs Baines- Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Harrison- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackson- 1 to 1 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bayatti-  1 to 1 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 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 1 (Sept-Oct 2019)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Settling in/Ourselves (Part-time 3 weeks)
  • Ourselves (2 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. 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
  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby
  • Elmer
  • The Rainbow Fish.

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.


During our Maths time are learning will focus around the following:

  • Number and Place Value: Numbers 0-5 (Numicon, Numberblocks and Number Jacks)
  • Addition and Subtraction: Sorting into groups
  • Shape: 2D shapes and repeating pattern     


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. 


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 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.



Dates for your Diary:


Parent Drop In: Every other Tuesday afternoon from 24th September  1.15- 2.15pm


PE: Monday Afternoons (Outdoor Play) and Friday Mornings


Bikeability: Wk com 23rd September (Helmets needed)


Trip to Imagine That: Wednesday 2nd October


Harvest Service: Friday 11th October


Parents' Evening: Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th October


Bags to School Clothing Collection: Thursday 17th October