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Spring Term Information.

Phonics workshop power point presentation.


Reception  - Autumn 2017



Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Throughout the day, we encourage the children to be more independent, follow school rules and begin to take account of their own learning through continuous provision. The three areas within personal, social and emotional development are; making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness and managing feelings and behaviour. In the Autumn term, we focus on settling into routines and forming good relationships with peers and adults.

Physical Development

Children will have PE on a Thursday afternoon. The children also develop their gross motor skills through planned outdoor activities and fine motor skills through pencil control, threading and playdough activities to name a few! In the Autumn term, we will be focusing on zipping up our coats, spatial awareness and using the correct pencil grip.

Communication and Language

Role-play area, shared stories and peer and adult interactions are used to develop the children’s language, questioning skills and vocabulary. In the Autumn term, we will be focusing on what a question is and developing vocabulary.


The children have a daily phonics session using Letters and Sounds. Jolly Phonics resources and songs are used alongside this to enhance children’s learning and enjoyment. Please do practise the songs and actions at home!

The children will receive a reading book to share with your child, once the children have learnt the first set of sounds. We will be focusing on writing our name using cursive handwriting, learning phase 2 letters and sounds.


As a school, we have adopted Maths Makes Sense learning system approach. Children have a daily maths lesson each morning and also have access to maths activities in their continuous provision. Through the year, the children study topics in shape, space and measure and number. In the Autumn term, we will focus on recognising and ordering numbers to 10, 2D shapes, positional language, counting, sorting objects.

Understanding the World

The children can explore areas around the classroom and outside learning about the world around them, technology and people that are important to them and their community. In the Autumn term, we will be learning all about our family, our body, ourselves and how to keep healthy!

Expressive Arts and Design

Children have the opportunity to be creative through a variety of ways such as through music, dance, painting, and junk modelling. In the Autumn term, we encourage the children to use and explore the resources in the creative area. They will also have a weekly music lesson.


What’s happening’ in Reception

We will keep you up to date on what’s happening every week in class and any notices we have e.g. Please bring in cardboard boxes for junk modelling!


Your child will soon go home with a reading book. Please ensure to record the name of the book in the reading diary and if it has been read.

Water Bottles

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school every day and it is placed in the box in the playground.


Each child will get a piece of fruit in the morning as a snack. If you would like to provide a piece of fruit for your child to have in the afternoon, please bring it in a small named container or name the fruit e.g. name on banana skin.



Please make sure that your child has a named coat with them at all times.



We look forward to working with you all.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs Samuels and Miss Bunce.


Early Years End of Year expectations

Fathers Day WOW afternoon 16th June 2017

Dads and Grandads came to an afternoon to celebrate Fathers Day. They spent time playing, decorating biscuits, making puppets and collaging hearts.  Fr Eric welcomed everyone and said a prayer. We wish all Dads and Grandads a happy Fathers Day.

Children Role Playing using the masks which they made over Half Term

Learning about the Paschal Candle (Easter Candle)

Summer Term information 2017

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Suggested Books for Reception

Reception WOW day April 2017

Year R ‘Design a Book Cover’ Competition Winner.

Year R ‘Design a Book Cover’ Competition Winner. 1

Chinese New Year 2017


Still image for this video

Pizza making 19th November 2016

Pizza making 19th November 2016 1

Fruit kebabs 17th November 2016

Fruit kebabs 17th November 2016 1

Reception WOW Day 28th September 2016


Thank you to all Reception parents and carers for a lovely afternoon.  The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were all proud of sharing their classroom with you all.


Thank you

Mrs Costa and Miss Bunce