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Welcome to Reception 



Hello and welcome to Reception from Mrs Jardine, Miss Barton and Mrs Holden!


 We cannot wait to get to know all of the children and settle them well into Disley Primary School. We have lots to look forward to this half term! Look out for letters with dates on for the Learning to Read afternoon and Harvest Festival.


Our topic this half term is 'All About Me and Traditional Tales'. The children will be learning all about themselves and their friends. We will be learning about families, bodies, friends, sharing, differences and similarities and a whole lot more. We will link some traditional tales into our topic and act out some of these stories using our Sutine Story actions. 








The children will be learning all about traditional tales, how they are structured, characters and settings. 


In Literacy, during our 'All About Me and Traditional Tales' topic we will be listening to; Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and The Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, Funny Bones, Goldilocks and the Three Teddy Bears, Jack and the Incredibly Mean Stalk, The Truth According to Arthur and The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf. 




​In Mathematics, this half term we will focus on simple number recognition, basic counting skills using 1-1 correspondence and building our turn taking and team work skills within our lessons. 




In PE, we will be focusing on using negotiating space, team work and running skills. We will be doing PE on a Tuesday afternoon with Mr Martin and Mr Tweedie.


​ We will have circle time activities where we will focus on our speaking and listening skills. We will model how to talk in full sentences and use tenses. We will also have a large focus on turn taking and how to lose gracefully!



















All the important information can be found at the bottom of our page...




You can find our topic webs at the bottom of the page to find out more. this half term's topic web will be at the bottom of the page soon.



If you are wondering what kind of activities to do at home to help your child's learning here are some ideas. 


Writing sounds

Adult say a sound and child to write it

Name writing 

I Spy 

Letter formations

Adding small numbers together

Taking away

Counting up to ten 

matching numerals with objects

Missing number washing line game- hang up numbers, child to close eyes and adult to take a number away- what is missing? 

Number splat (Online game)

Learning the alphabet

Coin recognition 

Shape recognition 



Useful information for parents to know....


Milk and fruit: Each afternoon the children receive a drink of milk. The government provide 1/3 of a pint free for each child each day until they are 5 years old. During the afternoon each day we also have a fruit or vegetable snack, this again is a government initiative where all children in the Reception and Infant classes have a healthy snack.




Homework: Reading is our key homework focus in Reception. Please read with your child on a regular basis and note in his/her contact book any comments. As well as reading your child's school reading books with them also spend time with your child sharing favourite stories and books from home. 
High Frequency Words: In addition to reading books we also send home different lists of words that appear most frequent in children's literature. Please help your child to learn to read these words. Some of them will be on key rings and you can help your child to blend and sound out these words. Other High Frequency Words will be on bookmarks and we call these the 'Tricky' words; please help your child to learn these words from sight without sounding out the sounds. When the children know all of these words they are able to read much quicker and more fluently meaning they can gain a lot more pleasure from reading!

Mathletics:The children will be given a Mathletics password once they are settled into school.


Star Assembly- This is an assembly where each class teacher chooses a child which has stood out for a particular reason. This may be using good manners, being a kind friend, showing resilience and many other things. Each Reception child will have a turn at this.

Secret Reader- This is where we invite parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties or any other family member into our class to read to the children on a Friday afternoon. A letter will be sent out to explain this further.

Jedi Writer Award- This is an award given in class by the Reception Teachers. It is awarded to a child that has been trying hard with their fine motor skills and using the correct pencil grip. The teacher’s will observe the children in handwriting lessons and choosing times and a child will be awarded on a Friday afternoon.

Class Bear- This year there is going to be a class bear which the children will take it in turns to take home. We would love to hear all about his adventures. Please don’t think that he needs to visit anywhere too exciting- he loves to have sleepovers, eat popcorn and play with children’s toys!

Author Award- This award will start when the children have started developing their writing skills. Children that have a go at the story writing challenge will be picked out of a hat at the end of the week and will receive a prize.

Challenges- In Reception we have many set challenges for the children to complete by choice. We have a writing challenge, fine motor challenge, reading challenge and maths challenge. Each of these are targeted to the child’s interests. Once a child completes a challenge they will put their name into the challenge pot (the more times they do it the more chance they have of winning) and the teachers will pick out a name randomly at the end of the week.


Phonics folders- Once your child starts to learn phonics they will begin to recognise sounds and work on reading words. Your child will learn 4 new sounds a week; for each of these sounds they will be given a letter formations sheet to complete at home. If there are no new sounds in your child’s folder this will be a recap week so there is no need to worry about filling them in. There will be a reading afternoon for parents to explain phonics further.

Tricky words and blendable key rings- Your child will be given a bookmark with tricky words on to learn at home. They will also be given a key ring with words to blend on.



R Timetable


Monday: Contact books checked
We change our reading books

'I Can' books checked and assessed



Tuesday:  Contact books checked
PE today

Wednesday: Contact books checked


Thursday: Contact books checked

Phonics homework given and checked



Friday: Contact books checked
We change our reading books
'I Can' books checked and assessed













PE is on a Tuesday afternoon, please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school for this day.

Please send your child into school everyday with a named water bottle.

Book bags need to be named and in school everyday containing your child's Reading Record, reading book, I Can book and phonics booklet.


Jolly Phonics Phase Two

Jolly Phonics is designed to help children learn the name and sounds of letters. We have put together all the Jolly Phonic songs from Phase Two. Enjoy listening to these songs with your child and ask them to teach you the actions for the individual letters and sounds.

Jolly Phonics Phase Three

Jolly Phonics is a designed to help children learn the name and sounds of letters. We have put together all the Jolly Phonic songs from Phase Three. Enjoy listening to these songs together. Ask your child to write down the different digraphs (2 letters that make 1 sound) and trigraphs (3 letters that make 1 sound) as you hear them!