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Welcome to Reception


The class teacher in Reception is Miss Cooke and Early Years Teaching Assistant Mrs Carlyon.


PE is on a Wednesday for Reception class - PE kits needs to be brought into school on the first day of each half term and they will remain here until the end of the half term. 


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Cooke or Mrs Carlyon in school or by contacting us on the email link at the bottom of the page.





Our topic this half term is...

"What is the greatest gift of all?"

This half term we will be learning lots of new stories using actions! Our main text is Handa's Surprise . We will retell this story using a story map and begin to innovate it by changing characters in the story. Look out for it coming home for us to retell as part of our homework.


   Watch out for updates about workshops that you can come along and take part in with your child. This half term we have a read with adults workshop and Christmas workshop as well as our Christmas Sing-a-long. Dates for these can all be found below and on the school newsletters!

Exciting activities that we will be taking part in will also be sent home through our FreeFlow Info App. 


Please see the links below for a range of useful sites and resources to use at home with your children.

PWP Story Maps

PWP Story Maps 1

Rainbow Pottery Painting!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Making Crumbles!



We get lots of questions about how we write our sounds, how we say our sounds and how we teach phonics. We are now working on how to read and write our sounds and words,building  VC (vowel and consonant words e.g. it is in ) and progressing onto CVC  (Consonant Vowel Consonant words  e.g. cat dog bin tap).

This half term we are going to be writing, list, labels and some of us may begin caption writing. So far we have learnt the sounds

s a t p i n m d g o c 

We will be learning the sounds

k e u r h b f l 

If you have any questions at all about phonics please ask. The staff are more than happy to help and encourage your support from home! Look out for flashcards coming home to work on at home too! 

Library and Reading books


Library books and reading records have been sent home with your child. Please take the time to share the book with your child. These are for you to read to your child. Library books should be sent back into school every Friday and they will be changed. Reading books will be changed several times a week and each time your child reads at home they will be given a reading sticker. Certificates will be given for 10 reads, 50 reads, 100 reads, 150 reads, 200 reads and 250 reads. Each half term a star reader will be picked (the child who has read the most amount of times at home). 

Forest School

Every half term we have a whole day for all children in our Early Years setting to take part in Forest School. This year we have some exciting new activities for our Early years children to take part in. The sessions will all be led by Miss Cooke and Mrs Carlyon who are both Level 3 Forest School trained! We are all very excited about the days that we have planned! 


Our next Forest School day will be on Thursday  8th November with a Fire and Fire Safety theme!


Useful dates


School Nurse Visiting Reception Class to talk about Healthy Eating: Monday 5th November 9.15am

Open Evening: Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th November 

Read with Adults Workshop: Wednesday 7th November 2.30pm

School Closed Inset Training: Friday 9th November 

Christmas Sing-a-long: Thursday 20th December 2.15pm

Christmas Fair: Wednesday 19th December 

Sing around the tree: Friday 21st December 1.15pm

Reception Christmas Workshop: 


Christmas Holiday

Break up Friday 21st December 3:00pm

Return : Monday 7th January  8.40am













Reception Contacts

Miss Cooke

Mrs Schofield

Topic Theme and Learning Challenge Questions

Links for learning at home - please click to open