Welcome to Reception

We would like to welcome you to Reception.

We are a class that striving to become confident, determined and respectful.

There are 6 Palmer Powers which encapsulate the explicit qualities, values and principles we build in our pupils. Each half term celebrates a different power.

  • Resilient
  • Independent
  • Focused
  • Responsible
  • Collaborative
  • Enquiring

Download and read the Curriculum Information for Reception:

Summer 1 - Reception

Spring 2 - Reception

Spring 1 - Reception

Autumn 2 - Reception

Autumn 1 - Reception

In Reception our teachers and support staff are:

Reception Team

Miss S Harriss

Miss S Harriss

Kerr Class Teacher

Mrs D Collins

Mrs D Collins

Rosen Class Teacher

Mrs J Critchley

Mrs J Critchley

Rosen Class Learning Support Assistant

Mrs T Griffin

Mrs T Griffin

Kerr Class Early Years Practitioner

Miss K Priest

Miss K Priest

Kerr Class Early Years Practitioner

Our PE lessons are on a Wednesday and Thursday, so please ensure to bring in a PE kit in a bag for these days.

  • Black shorts or track suit bottoms
  • School house T shirt or plain white shirt
  • Plain black hoodie or track suit jumper
  • Trainers

Homework can be accessed using various websites.

  • Reading every day and reading records signed on Boomreader
  • Multiplication tables
  • Maths homework on MyMaths website
  • Spelling homework on Spelling Shed website


  • Pupils can only be collected by one of the named adults on our pupil data Management Information System (MIS).
  • Parents/carers can write to the school to change or add to this list.
  • Siblings must be 16 years and over to collect and a signed and dated note must be on file.
  • Walking home alone: only pupils in Year 5 and 6 can walk home alone. A singed and dated note from the parent/carer must be provided and kept in pupil file. Pupils are not allowed to walk home alone with younger siblings.


  • Letters and newsletters will be sent to your email.
  • Dinners and trips can be booked and paid via ParentPay.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to the class teacher.


  • If your child has prescribed medication, please collect a Prescribed Medication Form from the office.
  • If your child has asthma, please ensure to check their inhaler is not expired.

What to bring to school

  • A named water bottle
  • A spare change of clothes these need to be left here
  • A named pair of welly boots to be left at school
  • Reading book and reading record needs to come in everyday


We use Tapestry to record all of your child’s learning at Reception. We ask that Parents check Tapestry regularly and upload observations based on things your child is doing at home. For example, your child may have counted to a new number, recognised a number, learnt to ride a bike, written their name, noticed
something in the environment etc.

The more observations parents upload the more of a rounded picture of your child’s development we have.

You can like and comment on observations we make.

If we have another lockdown staff will upload home learning onto Tapestry for your child to complete each


Morning Routine

In the morning, the children line up by the gate to the Reception playground and will be greeted by the teacher and EYP. Children need to put lunchboxes on the trolley, put their reading books in the tray and on a Wednesday bring their Homework books in.

When entering the classroom children put their things on their pegs and then they write their name. 

As we go through the year the children will go from writing names to letter formation to tricky words to sentences.


The Register is completed by 9am. Any children who arrive after 9am will be recorded at Late.


In Reception children can get their fruit at any point during independent learning. They will need to take their name off the board and put it in the box. They take their fruit to the carpet. Children are only allowed 1 piece of fruit.


Children must ‘sign’ themselves out of the room to be able to use the outdoor area. Children need to remove their name from the board and put it on the outside list. When there is only 1 adult outside 10 children from each class can go out. If there are 2 adults outside 15 children from each class may go out.

Wellbeing Time

After lunch the children come in and lay on the floor, they will then listen to calming music or an audio story for 5-10 minutes. This time allows the children to calm down from lunch and think about the morning.

Tidying Up

Inside and outside the classrooms a piece of music will be played to signal the start of tidy up time. House points can be awarded for good tidying up.


In Reception we give out stickers, house points and have a happy face. Children can earn these for good sitting, manners, being kind, helpful, having good idea, doing some good work, good lining up, good listening, for any good behaviour and for sharing and taking turns.  

House Points

If the children get house points, they go and put their house points in their house box/ list. At the end of each term the children in the house with the most points join in with a reward afternoon.


Children in Reception do not go to assemblies until Summer 1 when they only go to Monday assemblies. In Summer 2 Reception children will then go to assemblies on a Monday and a Friday.

Parent Contribution

As part of the Early Years curriculum, we would like to know about what learning your child is doing at home. It can about a range of things. Your child could have:

  • dressed themselves
  • taken part on ballet/ football/ karate lessons
  • read a word or sound in their reading book
  • written a word or sound themselves
  • started writing simple sentences
  • counted to a higher number than usual
  • learnt to ride a bike
  • recognised a new shape
  • joined in cooking at home and noticed how the food you are cooking has changed
  • when outside they have commented on something around them
  • talked about how something works
  • made a model
  • made up a story about their toys

The possibilities are endless!

Please record observations on Tapestry.

Here are some things you can do at home to support your child in school:

  • Support your child with their homework and return it on time
  • Read with them for about 20 minutes each night
  • Talk out loud about the things you see and do
  • Count with your child every night
  • Practice writing the sounds your child has been learning at school
  • Sing songs and rhymes