Welcome to Reception!

Miss Williams, Mrs Spetch and Mrs Wilson

In Reception, we aim to provide a stimulating learning environment that values every child as a unique learner.

Play holds great importance in the early years. Research has demonstrated that there are many benefits of early play. Play enables children to express themselves, build relationships and confidence and explore the world around them. Through play, children are able to learn about themselves and others.

Throughout the school day we will also carry out adult-led sessions in Phonics, Mathematics and Literacy. We ensure these activities are practical and engaging. When choosing topics for the term, we believe it is important to follow children’s interests and plan around them.

This half term we are learning about people who help us.

We will begin to look at non-fiction texts and learn about what jobs people do to help and protect the community. There will be many opportunities for children to develop their critical and wider thinking through this topic!


In Phonics, we are beginning to learn sounds and practice segmenting and blending. We read with children on a daily basis as early reading is extremely important. Reading books and records will be sent home with children each day and we encourage parents to read with children at home as much as possible to support their learning and development.


In Mathematics, we are practising to count,  recognise and order numbers. In term 1 we will also learn to recognise 2D shapes. Measuring will be introduced, such as comparing lengths.


Literacy lessons will be based around our ‘big book’ on which we focus on over one or two weeks. We will also look at a range of different books, including non-fiction texts. For the first term we will focus on class discussion and begin to sequence stories e.g. identifying the beginning, middle and end of a story through guided reading and writing sessions.


We use Tapestry which is a private online journal to track children’s learning and achievements. You will shortly receive an email to set up your child’s account. From here you will be able to access published observations of your child and follow their learning journey.

Physical education

We will have PE every Thursday morning for the first term. Children are required to bring in with them the correct kit which includes a white t-shirt, blue/black shorts and appropriate footwear. Please ensure names are written clearly in your child’s PE kit.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to come and chat to us!