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Mrs Hodgson and Mrs McInally are very excited to welcome you to the class page for Reception. 



In Reception we continue to love to learn through exploring our environment. We have many learning areas for your child to explore, these spaces are indoors and outdoors. In the morning we will have early bird activities for your child to access before 9.10am, we then register the children and the day begins. For the majority of the day we can choose when and where we play, inside and outside.  As the term progresses challenges will be set in areas of the classroom and the children will complete a rainbow challenge by the end of the week. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, full details of 'Development Matters' can be found here.

At the end of reception all children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals. They are highlighted in bold in the 'Development Matters' document (see link above).

There are so many different and wonderful things to do in our class, we firmly believe in having lots of fun, having a go, following our interests and learning through play.

Our theme this block is "Jump into a book".

We will be learning about Sea animals and Pirates. Children will be talking about similarities and differences between animals.



The weekly newsletter and Class Dojo keeps you updated on events.

Tuesday 20th March Foundation Stage Liturgy
Thursday 22nd March Parents Evening

General Information

• Please ensure your child’s clothing is labelled including shoes.
• Can we please ask that while you wait children do not use any of the play equipment.
• Prams and pushchairs can be left under the shelter in the main playground; please do not bring them into Nursery.
• PE is on a Tuesday, PE kits can stay in school in lockers and will be returned home each half term. Children only need Navy shorts and a light blue t-shirt.
• Class Dojo is a two way communication tool.



Maths (electronically-via Education City)
This will be set on a Friday, to be completed by the following Wednesday.

Reception Class Bear

Reception have a class bear called George. George will come home with one child each night. We encourage your children to draw or write about what they have done with George. This could be reading a book or going to the park. You are welcome to take photographs and send in via class dojo or stick into the class book.


Please read with your child each night building up to 10 mins.

Children’s reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Please make sure you have signed the reading record or books will not be changed. The children will also receive a Library book, we encourage you to share this book with your child.

The children will move up colour bands. They will move up to the next colour band when they can fluently and audibly read the words as well as understand the content of what they have read.

Children will also have a log in to Reading Eggs. You are able to access this from home, children are encouraged to use this at home.

Religious Education:

Sorrow and Joy
• Children will learn to take responsibility for choices and actions.
• They will learn to say sorry.
• Learn to show care for one another.

What you can do to help:
• Talk about how they can be kind to others.
• Say sorry when they hurt someone.
• Say simple prayers before bedtime.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

Children will be encouraged to follow the class rules and learn to share toys within the classroom. They will begin to show independence by selecting and using activities and resources with help. The children will be encouraged to confidently to speak to others about own needs, interests and opinions.

What you can do to help:
• Ask your child to help with simple jobs at home
• Encourage your child to get dressed and undressed independently.
• Play a game with your child to encourage turn taking.

Communication and Language

Children will be given lots of opportunities to maintain attention, concentrate and sits quietly during appropriate activities both independently and in small groups. They will continue begin to question why things happen and give explanations. Asks e.g. who, what, when, how.

What you can do to help:
• Read stories to your child and ask them questions.
• Read Julia Donaldson books.
• Talk to them about what they have done at school. Use the class dojo pictures as a starting point.
• Encourage them to question why things happen.


Physical Development

Children will begin to form recognisable letters holding a pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp. The children will take part in funky finger activities this will include using tweezers and play dough. The children will continue to take part in PE sessions on a Wednesday morning and will try yoga.

What you can do to help:
• Encourage your child to write words and captions.
• Encourage your child to write their own name.
• To practise climbing, jumping and running.


We will continue phonics using letters and sounds, the children will learn phase2 and 3 sounds following the letters and sounds scheme of work. The children will give meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint. They will segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together and know which letters represent some of them. They will ascribe meanings to marks that they see in different places.

What you can do to help:
• Read with your child
• Encourage your child to blend sounds to read words.
• Encourage your child to read signs and words at home.
• Read Julia Donaldson books.



Children will select the correct numeral to represent 1 to 10 objects or beyond. They will add and subtract two groups of objects. The children will also be doubling and halving numbers using objects.

What you can do to help:
• Recognise the numerals 1-20 and beyond.
• Double and halve number using objects up to 20.
• Add and subtract two groups of objects.

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