Welcome to Reception!

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Here you will find information about the Reception staff members, photographs of the learning environment and updates on what the children have been doing in school.

Mrs Docherty, Miss Conroy and Mr Fleming are the Reception class teachers and work alongside teaching assistants, Mrs Royal-Failes, and Mr Bell.

In Reception, we start the day at 8:30am with breakfast and morning activities to settle the children upon entry. We are enthusiastic about learning new things during our whole-class and group activities. Children learn Mathematics through White Rose Maths and Literacy with a strong emphasis placed on Phonics. We particularly enjoy Read Write Inc Phonics, learning letter sounds through actions and applying knowledge in fun and engaging games. To extend children’s knowledge and understanding, we work in small groups for Writing, Reading and Mathematics. We have the luxury of an peaceful workspace, The Learning Room, to help children focus to ensure maximum learning.

Each half term, we introduce a new topic theme to engage and stimulate the children’s imagination. This is reflected in the areas, planned activities and bespoke books. There are many areas of learning to work in such as sand, water, creative, reading, construction, iPads and role-play. The children love the option of choosing activities inside and outside, especially the adventurous outdoor play opportunities including the climbing frame, log run, hills, mud kitchen and the builder’s yard sandpit – whatever the weather!

Homework is uploaded to Seesaw weekly. Each child has their own homework folder and Seesaw code. The folder contains a homework book and a pencil case containing colouring pens, a writing pencil, a rubber and a ruler.

Each week children will receive homework on Seesaw. The expectations is that they use their homework book to draw, write or complete an activity in, take a photo of this and upload it to Seesaw. Examples of weekly homework may include; drawing a picture (EAD), practise writing and recognising the sounds they have been learning (Literacy), maths linked to White Rose (Number and number pattern), writing their name and learning to read and spell green and red word cards linked to RWI phonics.

All children will receive an Early Years Home School Diary for open communication between home and school. Alongside this, once a week, children will receive a sharing book to share with you at home. Sharing books need to be brought back to school on a Wednesday to be changed and a new book will be sent home on a Friday. As the children progress through the RWI phonics program and begin to read independently, they will receive a sound blending book linked to their phonics knowledge.

When children are recognised for showing the characteristics of our school Avatars e.g. excellent behaviour, helping others, following instructions, aspiring to be the best they can be, they are rewarded with Dojo points. When a child receives 50 Dojo points, they can visit our Deputy Head and choose a prize from the Dojo trolley. Or if they wish, they can save up their Dojo points until the end of the term and choose a larger prize.

Every week, each class teacher will choose a Star of the Week linked to our school Avatars. They will have been chosen because they have excelled in either work, behaviour or a personal achievement. They have their own special chair and are given the responsibility to deliver important messages to the office. A reader and mathematician of the week are also celebrated during our Friday assembly.

If you would like to see what we have been learning about in Reception, please follow our Twitter and Facebook page and also download the Seesaw app and scan your child’s code. If you need to contact your child’s teacher, you can do so via Seesaw messages or alternatively, email the Reception email at

We will try to reply ASAP but if you have an urgent message, please contact the school office.

If you would like to see what we will be learning about in Reception and to access key dates and ways in which you can support your child at home, click on the links below to access the Parent Powerpoints for each half term or Reception’s Long Term Map.

Reception – MTP PP – Autumn 1

Reception Long Term Map 2023-24

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