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Welcome to our Reception Class

Welcome to our Reception class page. Here you will find lots of information about our class! Please have a read at our Curriculum Intent, which emphasises what drives our curriculum, and our Curriculum Overviews that break down our learning into each area of the Early Years Curriculum.

Half termly curriculum overview

Our half-termly curriculum overviews give parents information about what we will be learning, along with suggestions to help your child at home:

What should your child bring to school?

  • Full school uniform 
  • A PE kit  
  • A spare change of clothes and underwear, if you feel it may be needed 
  • Weather appropriate additional clothing e.g. warm coat with hood/sun hat/wellies 

Why is reading so important?

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Reading practice book

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

Our Early Years Team

Staff 3

Miss Poole, class teacher

Teacher 01a

Miss Anderson, early years teaching assistant

Early Years Development

What does a typical day look like?

  • The children come in and begin with a morning challenge to complete independently. 
  • We split into groups for phonics lessons and then Guided Reading, with opportunities for continuous provision during this. 
  • Snack time and collective worship 
  • We go out for play time in the playground.
  • We have Maths and targeted activities. 
  • Lunch 
  • Afternoons can look different depending on the day. The children take part in many lessons and activities that support the Early Learning Goals. 
  • 3:20pm - Home time


Autumn 1- All about me: Who am I and where do I live? 

Autumn 2- My school: How has my school changed? 

Spring 1- Hot and cold: Science-based learning 

Spring 2- The old toy room: What toys did our grandparents play with? 

Summer 1- Houses and Homes: Is everyone’s house like mine? 

Summer 2- Plants and growth: Science-based learning 

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