Welcome to Reception

Over the coming year we will be continuing to support, encourage and promote the children’s emotional development and improve their independence and self-awareness as well as continuing to improve their reading, writing and mathematical ability.

Here are some things you can do that will support your child in school for the coming year:-

  • Ensure the correct school uniform is worn and LABELLED.
  • Ensure the correct PE kit is in school - Monday - Friday
  • Support homework as appropriate and have it returned on time.
  • Read with your child at least 3 times a week and sign the reading record 3 times.

Meet our Team

Miss S Grainger

Kerr Class Teacher

Miss N Jones

Rosen Class Teacher

Miss Stevens

Early Years Practitioner

Miss D Sarney

Early Years Practitioner

Miss K Noades

Early Years Practitioner


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 and on a Wednesday Reading books and Homework books will need to be put in the boxes on the tables.

When entering the classroom children put their things on their pegs and them 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 rest of the day continues according to the timetables on the next few pages.

2 children will be chosen a day to take the register. The Register needs to go to the office at 9.15am. After the register has been completed you need to fill in the class ‘Class Checklist’.

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 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, of the class’ choice, 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.  At the end of each day children get 5 minutes’ reward time. If their name is on the board they lose reward time (see behaviour policy).

House points
If the children get house points they go and put their house points in their house box/ list.

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.

Children in Reception start PE in September. The first week the children do not get changed but after this they do Children will need to bring PE kit in on a Monday and leave it in school till Friday.

Homework and Reading Books
In Reception children are given homework on a Friday and it is due in on a Wednesday. They need to put it in the boxes on the tables where they line up in the mornings.

Reading books are given in on a Wednesday and need changing ready to go out on a Friday evening. The children need to place the Reading book in the box on the table where they line up in the morning. At the start of the year the books will be story books which the parents will needs to read to them and discuss the story. As the children start to learn their sounds and learn to blend they will be given a suitable colour banded book which have the sounds in they have learnt.

Monday Fund

As you know your children make wonderful items to bring home in Reception. We are asking for your help to continue this tradition. If each family could make a voluntary contributing of 50p every Monday, this would help us to purchase materials that children can enjoy in their learning.

With your contribution we will be able to buy:

  • Flour
  • Corn flour
  • Pasta
  • Seeds
  • Lentils
  • Sequins
  • Food Colouring
  • Cooking ingredients
  • Gardening equipment
  • Plants
  • Shaving Foam
  • Ribbons
  • Food for food tasting
  • And much more!

By paying 50p every Monday and the contribution towards trips, you will not be asked to pay any other contributions towards your child’s Reception year.

Thank you for your support.

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!

The more home learning bubbles we have in for your child the better as these go towards the assessments we make.

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