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.

Our Team 

Miss Harriss

EYFS Assistant Head

Miss Grainger

Reception Teacher

Mrs Griffin


Mrs Hamblin


Mrs Beasley     



Routines & Notices

Indoor P.E.

Children need to bring their PE kits in on a Monday and take them home on a Friday.

Indoor PE will take place on the following days;

Rosen Class: Thursday

Kerr Class: Monday

Outdoor P.E.

Children need to bring their PE kits in on a Monday and take them home on a Friday.


Indoor PE will take place on the following days;

Rosen Class: Tuesday

Kerr Class: Tuesday

Reading Records

Children should be bringing their reading records to school every day. We will only change the book if parent/carer comments in the children’s reading records three times a week. Children will earn house points when they return their reading book back on time.

At first the children will not be able to read the books and the focus will be on parents/ carers reading to the children and discussing the story and what is in the picture. As the children start to learn their sounds they will be able to read single words and before long whole sentences.

Reading books will need to be put in the box on the table by the lunchbox trolleys on a Wednesday morning and will be given out on a Friday.


Homework will be set on a Friday and will need to be returned to school on a Wednesday.

Some work will project based which may take a few weeks to complete, others will be a task set around maths or topic which will be due in the same week.

We will also send home maths and literacy games which will have instructions and a context list on. We will send the games home with the homework on a Friday and they need to be returned on a Wednesday with the homework. Please ensure the games still have all items back in the wallet.

Registration & Dismissal

It is expected that all children arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am and that they line up with their class. Please say goodbye to your child at the gate.

Your child’s class will be dismissed at 3:15pm. Please allow plenty of space around the door and teacher when collecting your child.  If you are going to be late please ring the office and let us know.

If your child has not been picked up on time we will move to the office at 3.25pm at the latest and children may be put into after-school club. You may be charged afterschool club rates for this.

If your child is being collected by another family member or friend please write a letter to your child’s teacher.

Encouraging Writing

First steps.

Talking is the basis of writing. Encourage them to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences through talking then writing.

 Role model

Let them see you write for different purposes both formal and informal.  Involve children in daily activities which need written communication.

 Good habits.

Encourage frequent writing for real opportunities such as:

· Thank you letters

· Letters to relations, friends and pen-pals

· Diaries

· Holiday memories

· Postcards

· Pictures annotations

Room to write.

Let them choose a place of their own to write.  A well-lit table or favourite cushion or chair. Somewhere they feel relaxed.

The right gift.

Give and encourage others to give them gifts associated with writing.

· Pens and pencils of different colours

· Stationery

· A scrapbook or diary

· A dictionary—age appropriate if necessary

· Thesaurus

· Any word processing programme

Publish their work.

Display on walls and doors for other people to read. Paste their writing on coloured paper and show pride in it—they will take more care in the presentation if they know other people will be reading it. Ask children to illustrate any stories and staple a cover to it. (a real book!)

Encouraging Reading

First Steps

Talk, talk, talk! Reading is not just about the words that can be read but also the meaning behind the words/ pictures. Look at pictures with your child and discuss what is happening, make up stories and say what might happen next.

Role Model

Let them see you read for fun as well as for necessity.  Involve children in daily activities which need to be read. Read different signs and labels to the children, read packet labels, newspaper articles etc.

Good Habits

Encourage frequent reading for real opportunities such as:

· letters

· food packets

· signs out and about

· newspaper

· Postcards

· magazines

Reading Routine

It’s very important to have a reading routine with your child. Have a set time to sit down and read your child’s reading book with them. Share lots of stories with your child, reading a bedtime story can help to settle your children before bed.

The Right Gift

Give and encourage others to give them gifts associated with reading.

· story books

· puppets

· story figures

·electronics stories  

· games linked to stories

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:


Corn flour





Food Colouring


50pCooking ingredients

Gardening equipment


Shaving Foam


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


If you have a question or concern about your child please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher.


Thank you for your support

The Reception Team


To view the curriculum overview click here.

Autumn 1 topic: All About Me!

This term we spend a couple of days learning about where each child is from and what their culture and religion is like. As part of this topic we held a family picnic where our families enjoyed the Victoria sponge cake and cucumber sandwiches the children made. We have had a steel band come in and show the children how to use them. As part of our learning about Africa we took part in an African drumming and dancing workshop.

Autumn 1 curriculum overview


Autumn 2 topic: Celebrations!

This term we are learning about a range of celebrations from all different religions and cultures. As part of this learning we take part in a range of activities for each celebration we learn about. We do cooking, craft, dancing and role play. As part of this topic we invite parents into talk about the special times they celebrate. To end the topic we invite parents into see our carol concert.

Autumn 2 curriculum overview


Spring 1 topic: Once Upon a Time...

This term we are learning all about fairy tale stories. We have a story teller come in to do a work shop with us. This year it was focussed on the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ In this term we learn to retell, role play and order stories. We learn key story language an use this in our own role play and writing,

Spring 1 curriculum overview

Spring 2 topic: Growing and Changing

This term we are learning all about how things grow and change.

As part of this topic we have been looking at the parts of a plant and how they grow. We have grown our own cress as well as planting and caring for bulbs in our gardening area. We learn all about the lifecycle of a caterpillar and watch our caterpillars form their chrysalis and then hatch into butterflies. We look closely at how the eggs hatch and look at how the chicks grow.

Spring 2 curriculum overview

Summer 1 topic: Under the Sea

This term we are learning all about the world under the sea.

As part of this topic we look at the different creatures and environments found under the sea, the topic includes an exciting trip to Southsea Aquariam. We look at some of the animals that the children want to know about as well as some of the animals that the children don’t know.

Summer 1 curriculum overview

Summer 2 topic: Down in the Jungle

This term we are learning all about the jungle.

As part of this topic we explore the jungle, its habitat and the creatures that live within it. As part of the topic we will be visiting Marwell Zoo where the children will have the opportunity to hold a snake! At the end of the topic we have a range of rainforest animals come to visit us in school.

Summer 2 curriculum overview

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

Download our parent contribution form to register an interest.