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 winter break. After a wonderful autumn 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 is still cold and can be unpredictable. We do use the outside area every day and therefore the children need warm coats in school. Hats and gloves are also a good idea when it is very cold. 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 English, we will continue to develop our writing skills and use of punctuation. 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 ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘Winnie the Witch’ and ‘What the Ladybird heard’.

We will 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 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. 


This term, in maths, we will be continuing to practise counting and recognising and writing numerals to develop fluency. We will also be learning to measure and solve problems. 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. Furthermore, we will continue to learn about addition and subtraction and represent this concept using concrete and pictorial representations before moving on to abstract equations.


This term our topics will focus on space and animals by thinking about the following learning challenges: ‘Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?’ and ‘What animals would you find in different places around the world?’ In our space topic we will learn about the solar system, the planets, Earth and the moon, stars and constellations and space travel. We will bring the topic to life in the classroom by having a space station as our role play area.

In the second half term, we will learn about animals and we will have a vet’s surgery as our role play area.

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

Space: ‘Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?’

Animals: ‘What animals would you find in different places around the world?’

Class Assemblies

Reception class assembly: Friday 9th February at 9 am. Please stay and join us in class after the assembly to take part in learning activities with your child. The session back in class will be until 10.30 am. We look forward to welcoming you into our classroom.

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