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Welcome to Reception


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

Welcome back to the final term in Reception. Can you believe we are hear already? I can’t!  We hope you all had a lovely Easter Break. We are looking forward to an exciting term in Reception and beginning the transition into Year 1, in which we will offer any support and advice we can. 

Please ensure that your child is bringing their coats to school every day, the weather is unpredictable, and we love being outside as much as we can. Children will need their waterproofs and wellies in school to fully participate in outdoor learning and stay dry in the mud kitchen, water and forest areas. Please apply ALL DAY sun cream in the morning before your child attends school. We cannot provide sun cream for your child or apply their own for them. 


In literacy, we will continue to develop our writing skills. We will continue to develop our writing stamina, as well as independently editing their own work when mistakes are made. We will explore the structure of narrative texts, instructional texts and look at non-fiction text. We will immerse ourselves in quality texts, identifying features of a genre before learning how to imitate the genre in our own writing.  

We will 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 ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. 

To develop our fine manipulative skills, children will have access to ‘funky fingers’. These activities are to develop your child’s pencil control. This will compliment daily handwriting lessons to support correct letter formation.  

In phonics sessions we will continue to build children’s letters and sounds knowledge and working on blending and segmenting skills to support reading and writing. We are now on Phase 4 which support constant blends when reading. There will be no new sounds taught this year.  

Please keep checking their phonics books tricky words and practise these as often as you can. Children will still come home with sounds they may appear unfamiliar with. Please continue to practise these. 

Please practise reading your child’s reading book at home and sign the reading record book to show that you have read at home. It is proven that reading with or to your child has a huge impact on their knowledge and understanding.


This term, in maths, we will continue to develop our counting, recognising and writing numerals to develop fluency in numbers 1-20. We will work on our sharing and halving, as well as looking at the everyday language around money.   


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 ‘On the Farm’ during Summer 2 and ‘Are All Mini Beasts scary?’ during Summer 2. During Summer 1, we look at how farms support our daily lives and how a farm runs smoothly. To complement our learning we will visit the farm on Friday 10th May.  

In Summer 2, we will look at Mini Beasts and why they are important to our eco systems and why they are not scary. We will have a visit from Karen the Bee expert and the Mini Beast man in June and July.  

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


Timetable for useful information









Phonics Homework 

Class Assemblies

Our class assembly will be on the 8th May at 2.45pm.  

Sports day will be Friday 21st June on the school field and a backup date on Friday 5th July.  

Moving up Day will be on Wednesday 26th June, when children will meet their Year 1 teacher for the day. 

Our school is 60 years old on the 3rd July. We will be having a celebration in school. 

Reception Eye Test is on the 4th July. 

Reports will be sent out on Friday 12th July.  


Useful websites (Jolly Phonics website) (alphablocks – a great resource to support phonics and reading) (lots of fun maths games)


Miss Harrop  - Class Teacher 

Email -

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


Non Negotiable Parent Leaflet - Reception.docx

Reception Long Term Planning 2018 -19