Welcome to Reception!

Teacher: Miss Henry

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Oliwiak and Miss Stott

Reading Books

Reading books are sent home every Monday and are linked to our phonics scheme- Read, Write, Inc. Please ensure your child's book is in school every Monday ready for changing and that you have signed your child's reading record on Dojo. Please encourage your child talk about the book, retell the story and to say the sounds and blend them together.

Learning Log

Learning logs will be set on Dojo every two weeks. They will be linked to our current topic on class. If you need any help please let Miss Henry know :)

Spring 2

Will you read me a story?


This half term our topic is will you read me a story. We will be developing our knowledge on two traditional tales; Goldilocks and the three bears and the three little pigs. We will be learning to retell the stories. 

This half term we will be focusing on developing an understanding of our feeling and emotions. We will be talking about different emotions and what makes us feel this way. We will also be looking at labelling our emotions to help children match the emotion to the feeling.


We will also be exploring the Easter story and looking at how Easter is celebrated around the world.

In reception we use numbots to help support our mathematical knowledge. Each child has their own log in to they can play at home. Numbots allows children to develop their skills in a range of mathematical areas such as subertising, counting, addition and subtraction.

If you need your child's log in please let Miss Henry know.



Learning Journals

Every child in Reception has a learning journal which is unique to them. The journals will illustrate the child's learning journey throughout their time in Reception. All your child's achievements will be added to their learning journey. To make the journals more personal to you and your child we ask parents to contribute; this can be done through photographs as well as notes about what your child has said/ been getting up to. Please send into school any examples of your child's achievements that you would like to add to his/her journal.

At St Mary's we use 2simple an online app to record lots of amazing achievements. These can be emailed to parents throughout the school year. If you have not yet provided school with your email address please do this as soon as possible. :)


Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is valued in Reception and children will be given opportunities in all weather to develop their learning and skills. Children have access to both the indoor and outdoor provision throughout the day. The provision set up outdoors will be linked to the learning the children carryout indoors. St. Mary's provide waterproof coats and jackets for all children but we do ask parents to provide their children with wellies, sun cream and a sun hat.



Reading Books

Children are encouraged to explore print within class. Children will begin to learn sounds from the fifth week into the school year. From this the children will be encourage to segment and blend simple words. Once the children have developed their knowledge they will begin to look at books and create their own stories. The children will read in small groups and one to one in class and will take books home to share with their family and friends. 



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You are your child's role model if they see you enjoying reading it is likely that they will enjoy it to, if you want your child to be a good reader it is important that you take the time to read with them daily, no more than 5 to 10 mins is needed each night.




At St Mary's we follow the power maths scheme. Each week your child will do a range of practical activities to support their mathematical development.


Reception will have their PE lesson is on a Monday. On this day your child is able to come to school in their PE kit. Whilst the weather is still cold, we would recommend they wear tracksuit bottoms with a jumper/ hooded jacket. 


During Spring 2 your child will be developing their ball skills. We will be practising moving the ball in different ways such as throwing and catching, rolling and kicking.

Please note children are responsible for taking their earrings out, looking after them and putting them back in as well as putting plasters on their ears as staff are not allowed to do this. 


If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please feel free to speak to Miss Henry.