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Dear reception,


Your teachers and teaching assistants wanted to write to you all as you start your home learning this Monday.


You may miss your friends and class for a short while, but it will not be long until we are all back together again!


You might miss the routine of the school day, but you can keep learning at home and we cannot wait to see what learning you do and to keep in touch with you via email!


You have all had a fantastic start to school and we cannot wait to welcome you back soon!


From all your teachers and teaching assistants.

There are 3 classes in Reception, RB, RP and RM. We work closely as a unit to develop and enhance children's learning.

RB: Mrs Berry and Miss Conlan Bloor

RP: Mrs Procter and Mr Kenny

RM: Mrs Malone and Mrs Shackleton

Miss Bradley works between the three classes 



As part of the curriculum we will explore and develop all our skills across all areas of learning. We will also be supporting children's learning through interventions such as Time to talk (a social skills group), speech and language project, Finger gym (developing physical skills to support writing) and Numbers and Patterns (supporting mathematical development). 

We ensure that our children receive a broad and rich curriculum with a balance of child initiated learning and focused teacher inputs. It is important that children learn through play and that they develop a love of learning and an inquisitive mind.


Each child has a key person allocated to them and they will work with them to build relationships and develop confidence along side key skills. Key worker time is a chance for children to express themselves and share their own thoughts, ideas and interests. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS Framework. It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being.


We will have P.E on a Monday morning which all children need a PE kit for (black shorts and a white T-shirt, pumps are optional) Soft Play on a Friday and children do not need a P.E kit for this.


Snack is 50p a week.


Mouse Club

This year we have introduced 'Mouse Club'. Every child in reception has received their very own mouse and this is their transitional object to bring too and from school. Mouse club helps children settle into school life and also builds relationships with school, home and carers.  We will keep you updated on all the exciting things that we will be doing in mouse club this year!


Every week we will make a 'Chatta' and upload it on our closed Facebook page. Search for RM chatta, RP chatta and RB chatta in the groups section on Facebook to join our chat.

Jolly Phonics

The Jolly Phonic songs help us learn the sounds we use to read. You can listen to them at home too!

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

We have been learning some tricky words. These words can not be sounded out, they must be learnt by sight. Here is our favourite song which helps us learn them!


Numberblocks is a great educational programme that can help the teaching of mathematics!

Autumn Term


Autumn term is a time to focus on our personal, social and emotional development; making friends, building relationships and understanding the boundaries that are in place to ensure that we work well as a community. 

As the half term has progressed we have looked at how to be kind to ecah other through stories such as 'The Rainbow Fish' and 'Have you filled a bucket today?'. We have explored our science investigation skills through the story of the Three Little Pigs. We have had a visit from the Pirates to find out about the history of pirates. We have learnt about the Hindu faith and the celebration of Divali. We have started our phonics programme and are beginning to read and write and in mathematics we have explored shape, investigated number to 10 and have started to find 1 more than a given number! Phew! what a busy half term!

Phonics and reading


We had a meeting to share some of the activities your child will be doing to help them to read and write using phonics.

If you click on the youtube link above you can see and hear the letters and sounds that your children will be learning.


Activities to help at home

  • play I-Spy by initial sound and by sounds in the words (I-Spy something beginning with... or I-Spy a c-a-t/ b-a-g)
  • paint brushes with water or big chalks to practise forming letters on the floor.
  • put some hair conditioner/ tomato sauce/ shaving foam on a plate/ in a tray and practise forming letters then writing simple words.
  • go on a letter or Tricky word hunt, can they find all the words on the page of a story book that say 'the, I, go, no, to' or can they find 10 letters that make the sound p?
  • free websites such as www.phonicsplay have lots of games you can play 
  • Pintrest has lots of ideas, just search 'phonics activities EYFS'


Reading books

Soon your child will bring home a reading book, we would like you to spend 5-10 minutes a night just reading through some of the book. See if they can say the sounds and blend the words, see if they can find given words and then read together to encourage them to read with fluency. If you could record what you do with them in the reading diary that would be great. If you have any questions, please just ask. 

Some ideas of phonics activities you can do at home

Practising our ball skills in the cage at planning time

Kindness and wellbeing

Paired Reading with Year 5 takes place every two weeks

Our shape Hunt! Have you noticed all the shapes that you can find in your house or on your walk to school?

Exploring shape and number

Brushing our teeth

Who cares if it is raining? Learning never stops!