Welcome to Reception!

Welcome everybody to the Reception section of the website. 

Class Teachers:

RS-  Mrs Spoor and Mrs Boden

RB- Mr Billington

 RTT- Ms.TunerTaylor

LSAs: Mrs Taylor, Miss Roscoe, Mrs Allen, Mrs Stone and Mrs Phillingham (Speech and Language)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask one of the Reception team. 



Reading at home

In Reception, it is important that you read with your child at least 3 times a week and sign their reading record. Children must have their reading record signed by an adult to gain their sticker for the sticker chart. Children who read 5 times a week can earn 2 stickers. A member of the Reception team will check reading records daily, so please ensure that reading records are returned to school day. 





Tapestry is an online learning journal that documents a very special record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their early years. Using photos, videos and diary entries, Tapestry ‘weaves’ the story of your child and how they are growing and developing. Parents are able to view online their child’s progress and how much fun they’re having,  whilst also uploading their own comments and media.

If you can not access Tapestry please give your child’s class teacher your email address to activate your account.



Our P.E. day is Thursday. 

A gentle reminder that our school P.E. kit is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps or trainers for outdoor sports, without visible branding. 

Water bottles and snacks

Don't forget to bring a water bottle to school each day - it is important for children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please label bottles and refill them each day.

Children are welcome to bring a healthy snack such as fruit and vegetables to school each day for snack time, but are also offered a piece of fruit from each day. Bread sticks and milk can be purchased at the start of each half-term, please speak to the school office about this.



In Reception we use a play based approach to teach across the Early Years Curriculum. Over the year we will explore the children's interests and use themes to guide our learning. The adults will tune into children's interest and plan purposeful and meaningful learning experiences across the curriculum. The learning environment will also reflect our learning and theme.


Our theme this term is 'Into the dark...'. This term we will look at familiar celebrations and how they are celebrated including Bonfire Night and Christmas. We will also look at how people from different cultures and communities celebrate. As the season changes from Autumn to Winter we will also look at weather, seasonal changes and darkness and engage the children through a range of high quality texts. We are also excited about Nursery Rhyme week, we will perform and add music to a range of familiar rhymes. We will then innovate the rhymes to create our own! We look forward to this very busy time of year.




This half term we are focusing on counting to 10. In daily Maths sessions we will practice orally counting forwards and backwards to 10, remembering to count in order from 0. We are learning to follow counting rules to help us count accurately. We will be counting groups of objects using 1:1 correspondance, saying one number for each item. We will count out objects from a larger group and match numeral and quantity. We will also recognise numerals to 10 and learn to spot numbers in our environment, you could so this on your walk to and from school.




In Literacy, we will focus on telling stories using pictures and the children will bring home their own wordless reading book to support this. We will begin whole class phonics sessions this term and we will begin to sound out the letters of the alphabet as well as play lots of games blending sounds together to make words, this is the first step in becoming a competent and confident reader. To find out more about the Read, Write, Inc. phonics programme please read the information below.

We have begun our writing journey by drawing a picture of ourselves for our special journal and drawing pictures of our likes and dislikes. The children will begin writing their name as part of their morning task. Please practice this skill at home. 



Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics based programme which helps children learn to read whilst also developing a wide range of vocabulary and encouraging a love of stories. It was developed by Ruth Miskin.


In Reception, children will be taught a sound a day and will be assessed regularly by their class teachers. We will continue in our phonics groups learning new sounds, segmenting and blending, reading and key words. Please also practise these at home!