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Welcome to our Reception page. As a Reception team we strive to incorporate all learning styles by using a wide range of activities within all areas of the classroom, we hope to create independent learners who are keen to explore the world around them and have a strong love of learning. Take a look at our Class pages to see what we have been busy learning during this term Scroll down for some useful websites and documents to help support your child's learning at home. 

Play is an essential part of the Reception curriculum, it is when most of your child's learning takes place. Children are naturally inquisitive and love to explore. Play is a natural learning process and will help develop problem solving, flexibility, communicational skills, confidence, co-operation and empathy. Even when your child returns home at night and says they have been “playing,” they are really saying we have been busy learning all day long! The next few pages will show you how this play helps your child to develop.

In Reception we also believe that experiences support all of our topics and give a variety of opportunities for our children, we try to get out and about as often as we can in order to make learning hands on, fun and most of all memorable.

Regular Trips and Visits: This year’s visits have included: Strudda Bank Farm, Muncaster Castle, the library, church, Seascale, Whinlatter, Nisa, The Garden Centre, Bethany House and we even had a visit from some minibeasts!

This term in phonics we have been learning new sounds, tricky, words and how to segment and blend using Phase 4 blends, such as cl, sl, bl and sk.

This term in maths we are focusing on the numbers 8,9 and 10. we will be learning...

  1. which numbers are 1 more and 1 less than this number
  2. how to order to this number
  3. how to count items successfully to this number
  4. how to add two numbers to get to this number e.g. 4+4=8

we will also be learning about positional language and shapes 

This term in RE we have spoken about:
• Ephiphany and why it took so long for the kings to arrive.
• Chinese New Year
• Weddings and other celebrations
• Candlemass, when Jesus was presented in the temple 

This term in Phunky Foods we have been looking at “Bag a Breakfast.” We have enjoyed making some healthy breakfast options such as porridge and scrambled eggs. We also sorted photos of breakfasts, deciding which were healthy and which were unhealthy. We have discussed why we should always have a good breakfast to prepare us for the day ahead.

 This term when writing we have been learning to:
• Write all of our letters using the correct formation, using lots of different materials
• Robot talk the words we want to write and write the correct sounds in order.
• Use tricky words she, they, you, her, my, was in a sentence
• Try and use full stops at the end of a sentence and capital letters at the beginning

This term in art we have been learning to create puppets to link with our Traditional Tale topic by :

• Manipulating materials to a planned effect
• Constructing with a purpose in mind, by creating a plan and then designing it
• selecting tools needed to shape, assemble and join
We have made glove puppets, spoon puppets, sock puppets and stick puppets, we used them to help retell our stories.

This term we have been carrying out experiments linked to our Traditional Tale topic
• We made houses for the Three Little Pigs. Then try blowing them down: which was stronger and why?
• Tested out different materials for little red riding hood to use to protect her sandwiches from the rain. Make predictions/ were you right? Discuss why each material worked/ didn’t work: kitchen roll, foul, sandwich bag, paper
• We created a zip line, in lots of different ways, from one place to another, for Little red riding hood to get to Grandma’s house faster
• We tested out what happens to Gingerbread Man in different liquids: draw what you predict

This term during Computing we have learnt how to use different technological resources:
• Ipads – Recording a puppet show
• Bee bot- Giving instructions to go forward, backward, turn left/right, stop, start and clear
• Torches- to shine light during our shadow puppet show
• Listening station- learning to play, stop and skip.


Important information for Reception Parents: 

  1. Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school everyday, they will be taken home on a Friday. A bottle with a sports cap is best. 
  2. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school, which has all items named, PE kits will go home after each half term.    
  3. Orange homework books will go home on Mondays, please complete and return by Friday
  4. Reading Folders are currently going home each Friday and need to be returned for Monday. 

Here are our Tricky words for Autumn, can your child read them by sight?

Remember to use our Jolly Phonics actions at home



For parents unable to attend our Reception meeting, here is the PowerPoint we used below, if you have any questions please get in touch with your class teacher.

Reception's first week

Our Teddy Bears Picnic 

This week Reception have enjoyed bringing their favourite teddies into class.

We have had lots of fun showing them around and introducing them to our new friends. We have had teddy bears picnics in each class and worked hard to make our own sandwiches, talking about knife safety and how we hold them correctly.

We have had such a lovely first couple of days getting to know all of the children. They have had lots of fun making new friends and exploring their new learning environment.

 Who's Who in Reception:

Class 4 teacher: Mrs Gillies

Class 5: Miss Halcrow

Class 6 teacher: Miss Young

Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Grearson

Miss Cape

 Miss Linton

Mrs King

Miss Moffitt

Miss Messenger

Mrs Telford

Have a look at our class pages below...


Our daily Routine in Reception

  • Early morning work: name writing etc
  • Register/ welcome
  • Talk 4 writing
  • Morning activities: One adult led activity and one independent led activity: others choosing.(handwriting/ story writing/ reading/ numbers/ RE)
  • Phonics
  • Register/ Collective Worship
  • Maths Mastery
  • Afternoon activities : music/ cooking/ PE/ Art and Design/ Science /ICT
  • Guided Reading
  • Story time
  • Home time


How to help your child at home.

Here are some questions you might want to ask your child when sharing a book at home, either their book from school or a story from home. Please feel free to write down different questions you have asked your child and how well they understood their book.

It is very important that your child can answer questions about the story they are reading/ have read, in order to become a confident reader.

Where is the blurb? What does it tell us?

Can you show me where the title/ author are?

How did........feel?

Who was in the book?

What happened after....?

What happened at the end of the story?

Why did.....?

Who was the character that....?

What was your favourite part of the story?

Where did......?

What happened at the start of the story?

When did....