Welcome to Reception

                          Mrs Carr - Class Teacher     Miss O'Brien - Teaching Assistant

Welcome back to Sunny Bank School Reception Class. We hope you have all had a lovely break. After a wonderful spring term we are really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and helping the children to learn lots more in the spring term. Please remember that the weather can still be unpredictable. Ensure coats are in school every day and apply sun cream and send in sun hats if necessary. Children will also need their overalls and wellies in school to allow them to fully participate in outdoor learning and stay dry in the mud kitchen, water and forest areas.


In literacy, we will continue to develop our writing skills, use of punctuation and develop writing stamina. We will explore the structure of narrative texts, instructional texts and look at rhyme. We will immerse ourselves in quality texts, identifying features of a genre before learning how to imitate the genre in our own writing. We then learn how to creatively innovate our writing, using what we have learned about a genre and a core text to produce a piece of writing which incorporates our own ideas. Our core texts this term will be ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Rainbow Fish’ and ‘Commotion in the Ocean’.

We will continue to develop our fine manipulative skills through ‘funky fingers’ activities to develop our pencil control. This will compliment daily handwriting lessons to support correct letter formation. In phonics sessions we will be building on previous letters and sounds knowledge and working on blending and segmenting skills to support reading and writing. In addition, we will be learning new Phase 5 sounds. Please keep checking their phonics books for new sounds and tricky words and practise these as often as you can. Please practise reading your child’s reading book at home and sign the reading record book to show that you have read at home. Children will continue to bring home a class library book. Please share these with children as they are not expected to read them independently.


This term, in maths, we will be continuing to practise counting and recognising and writing numerals to develop fluency. We will also be learning about addition, subtraction, doubling, halving and sharing.  We will continue to develop a mastery approach to maths and we will be working hard to understand how to represent numbers in a variety of ways. We will especially be developing the understanding of number using concrete and pictorial resources before moving on to abstract representations of number.


This term our topics will focus on minibeasts, lifecycles, plants and sea creatures by thinking about the following learning challenges: ‘What’s down at the bottom of the garden?’ and ‘What’s all the commotion in the ocean?’

Science in the Early Years forms part of our ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ area of learning and is taught through topic lessons and activities and through carefully structured learning experiences in the classroom continuous provision areas.


Timetable for useful information









Phonics Homework 

Our Learning Challenge topics

Minibeasts/ growing: ‘What’s down at the bottom of the garden?’

Under the sea: ‘What’s all the commotion in the ocean?’

Class Assemblies

Reception class assembly: Friday 11th July at 9 am.


Useful websites

http://jollylearning.co.uk/ (Jolly Phonics website)

http://www.alphablocks.tv/ (alphablocks – a great resource to support phonics and reading)

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting (lots of fun maths games)



Mrs Carr  - Class Teacher 

Email - office.sunnybank@visionmat.com

Please address emails to the school office email and put FAO Mrs Carr in the subject line. Thank you.


Non Negotiable Parent Leaflet - Reception.docx

Reception Class Long Term Planning 2017 - 2018