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Reception (2020-2021)

Welcome to Reception!


Hello and welcome to Reception from

Miss Barnes, Mrs Grindey and Mrs Holden!



For our topic this half term we will be investigating the question 'What makes us special?' Throughout this topic we will be learning about ourselves and our families. We will be looking at similarities and differences, likes and dislikes and things we are good at or would like to get better at. We will also be exploring our emotions and sharing our feelings with others. We will be learning about how to be a kind, helpful friend and how to respect ourselves and others around us.




Autumn 1 Topic Web:

Books we will be sharing throughout this topic:



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 reading record any. 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 a piece of coloured, laminated card 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!


Star of the Week - This is an award 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.


Challenges- In Reception we have many set challenges for the children to complete by choice. We have a writing/phonics challenge, fine motor 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 every Thursday. 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.




R Timetable



Miss Barnes' class change reading books



Mrs Grindey and Mrs Holden's class change reading books


Mathletics homework challenge



Miss Barnes' class change reading books

Phonics homework sent home



Mrs Grindey and Mrs Holden's class change reading books

PE day









PE is on a Friday morning, please ensure your child arrives to school in a named PE kit on 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 and phonics folder.