Welcome to Reception

                                                 Miss Cunningham - Class Teacher     Miss O'Brien - Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Sunny Bank School Reception Class. Your child’s first year at school is such an exciting time and I feel that it is a real privilege to help them set out on their learning journey here at Sunny Bank Primary School. All of the school staff work hard to make sure that the transition into school life is as smooth as possible for the children and myself and Miss O’Brien, the Teaching Assistant in Reception, have been so impressed with how well all the new children have settled into life at Sunny Bank School. They are already forming some lovely friendships and the whole group get on so well.

We really do encourage the children to be as independent as possible from the start and ask them to get themselves dressed and undressed for PE lessons, put on their own coat, collect their own belongings, tidy up after themselves and go to the toilet independently. This is something that you can reinforce at home. Obviously, if your child needs extra support with anything, then please speak to a member of staff and we can work together to support your child.

This term we will really be focusing on routines and rules within school and modelling how to use all of the areas of provision in the Reception environment. We will be observing the children and we will plan activities around their individual strengths and areas to develop. Recognising their own name will be an important focus and we will be working on writing their name. We understand that the children start school at different levels and that some children can already write their name and already know the alphabet and some numbers. Therefore, we will work on activities at the level that is appropriate for your child.

This term we will be singing lots of nursery rhymes, number rhymes and sharing stories. We will also be looking at the topics of ‘Ourselves’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. In maths we will be doing lots of counting, naming shapes and recognising numerals. In Literacy we will begin to teach phonics and I will be explaining all about our approach to the teaching of Phonics at our upcoming welcome meeting. I will also explain the homework that is expected at the meeting. I look forward to seeing you all at one of the meetings on Monday 18th September at 9 am, 3.30 pm or 4pm.

I understand that starting school is a momentous occasion for our new children and their parents alike and if you have any questions at all then please don’t hesitate to speak to myself or one of the Reception team before or after school or telephone school.

Timetable for useful information






PE – indoor




Phonics Homework set

OUR TOPICS: ‘What do we know about ourselves?’ & ‘Should Goldilocks say sorry?’

CLASS ASSEMBLIES: Friday 9th February 2018 at 9am & Wednesday 11th July 2018 at 9am

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)



Email - vcunningham@sunnybankprimary.org.uk  

Non Negotiable Parent Leaflet - Reception.docx

Reception Class Long Term Planning 2017 - 2018