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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...

"How can I travel?"

Our main text this half term is Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake . We will retell this story using a story map and begin to innovate it by changing some of the crazy inventions that Mrs Armitage adds to her bike. Look out for it coming home for us to retell as part of our homework - we will send this via our FreeFlow info system.  


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



Our PWP Story map that we are learning this half term is Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake. We have been learning to retell the story using a range of actions, creating our own story maps and innovating our story maps to change specific parts of the story. Ask us to tell you our stories at home!


Forest School Fire Day!


We had a brilliant day during our Forest School fire day, we made firework pictures, made a huge collaborative piece of splatter art, prepared food to cook on the fire and then cooked our food on the fire, as well as learning important fire safety rules!


Our next Forest School day has a winter and birds theme. 

Catchgate Garage Role Play Area

Read with Adults Parent Workshop

Looking at different types of vehicles.

Remembrance Day - Making Clay Poppies

Harvest Festival



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 k e u r h b f l ff ll ss


We have also learnt the tricky words

I go no to the into 


We will be moving onto phase 3 sounds after Christmas.


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 new flashcards being uploaded at the bottom of the page in useful documents!

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 last Forest School Session was great fun and the children really enjoyed cooking food on the fire and eating it afterwards! 


Our next Forest School day is on Thursday 31st January the theme is Winter. 


Useful dates


Read with Adults Workshop - Wednesday 16th January 2.15pm 

Children at Empire Theatre Consett Dance Festival - Thursday 24th January 

Shape, Space and Measures Early Years Day - Friday 1st February 

Chinese New Year Day - Thursday 7th February 

Good Behaviour Day - Harry Potter Theme - Friday 15th February 













Reception Contacts

Miss Cooke

Mrs Schofield

Links for learning at home - please click to open