Welcome to Reception

Reception Staff

Miss S Harriss

EYFS Assistant Headteacher
Rosen Class Teacher

Miss R Kershaw

Kerr Class Teacher

Mrs N Hamblin

Kerr Class EYP

Mrs L Cooper

Rosen Class EYP

Mrs S Beasley

Mrs J Sayer


EYFS & Year 1 Vision & Values

In Nursery, Reception and Year 1 we develop a community of learners who support and encourage each other. Our children develop confidence, independence and responsibility. We teach our children to be well mannered and respectful of ourselves, our belongings and each other’s differences. Our children work in an environment which is developmentally appropriate and one that meets the needs of all our children. We believe children should learn through hands on experiences, on and off site, observations and to develop a sense of curiosity about the world around them. We encourage our children to make links in their learning and to take risks in a safe way.


In Reception we provide a broad and enriching curriculum.  We work on a topic each term and this incorporates our Literacy focuses too.  Letters and Sounds is the phonics curriculum we are following.  You will be aware of the sounds your child is learning through their homework. For more details and guidance on how to support your child through their early years development click here.

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
  • 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.  

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: Wednesday

Kerr Class: Monday

Outdoor P.E.

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

Outdoor PE will take place on the following days:-

Rosen Class: Tuesday

Kerr Class: Tuesday


Reading Records

Children should be bring their reading records to school every day. We would like to see parent/carer comments in the children’s reading records three times a week.

At first the children may 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 be changed on a Wednesday. On a Wednesday morning reading books need to be put in the box on the table by the lunchbox trolleys.

Blending/ Tricky Word Books

When children are learning to blend we will send home a blue book containing words they need to blend. This needs to be practiced at home. When the children are blending they will get tricky words to practice reading and writing from memory.


Projects 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. Pupils may be required to finish off uncompleted work from class. This will be set, along with a deadline, on a case by case basis.

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 3:15. Please allow plenty of space around the door and teacher when collecting your child.

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

· Stationary

· A scrap book 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.