Reception Class News

The first few weeks

Posted on Sunday 27 September 2020 by Mrs Burke

The children are settling really well and it’s lovely to see how happy and engaged they are in the classroom.

During the next few weeks your child will be getting to know new routines, rules and making new friends. We will be doing on-going assessments of the children to make sure we are providing the right learning opportunities for each child.

Please let us know about those ‘wow moments’ that happen at home.

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Your child will start to bring a reading book home shortly. They will need a bookbag which they will need to bring to school everyday.

The first books we will send don’t contain any words but are intended to introduce your child to holding a book, turning pages and discussing the pictures. Please encourage your child to predict events and retell the story.

When we begin learning letters and their sounds your child will bring home letters to learn and words to read. We will then send phonetically decodable reading books home.

I will be posting a presentation explaining how we teach early reading and writing soon.


We will begin PE this week. Your child will need to come to school in their PE kit every Wednesday.


We are learning about the number one and the ‘oneness of one’. The children will be thinking about one as an amount and quantity, and that first means position one and once means one time.


This week we are learning to identify the initial sound in words. We will also introduce the children to ‘blending’ by saying  the sounds in a word individually. For example, c-a-t.  The children will then blend the sounds together to say cat.

Settling in

Posted on Friday 18 September 2020 by Mrs Burke

We’ve had another great week in Reception with twenty children settled and happy. We can’t wait to meet the final ten!

Please remember that the school day for our class is 8.30-3.00.  Please try to bring and collect your child at these times.

Our first week

Posted on Friday 11 September 2020 by Mrs Burke

The first group of children have started school and been amazing!

We look forward to meeting more of you next week.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via our Reception Class email.

We value the knowledge and understanding you have of your child so we’d like you to be involved. It would be really helpful if you let us know what they enjoy out of school and if possible take some photos.

This information will help us plan activities to meet your child’s needs and  motivate their learning.

Let us know of any ‘wow’ moments that happen at home by sending photos of your child’s achievements.

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The Reception Team
Teacher – Mrs Burke
Teaching Assistants-
Mrs Burgess
Miss Billard
Mrs Stewart

Welcome Reception Class 2020

Posted on Sunday 06 September 2020 by Mrs Burke

We are really excited to begin welcoming the new Reception  children to school this week.

Please bring your children on the dates and times you have been given to ensure an easy and relaxing transition.

Things to bring:

Water bottle-please fill with water at home



Packed lunch if needed

A set of spare clothes-underwear/trousers/skirt

Please clearly label anything your child brings or wears into school with their name.

To avoid any disappointment or upset please leave all toys at home.This is especially important this year.

We are really looking forward to getting to know you all.




Week 14: 17 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Thursday 16 July 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning!

Today is the last day of the school year.

Instead of the usual lessons today, here are some ideas and activities for the holidays.

Try these fun activities.


Why not try yoga…

…or be a scientist.

Check out ‘The Imagination Tree’ for creative activity ideas.

Discover wonderful people and places with Paddington Bear.

Above all, have fun and stay safe.


Week 14: 16 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Wednesday 15 July 2020 by Mrs Burke

Hello, everyone!


Practise saying these phase 3 digraphs

Can you read the sentences and draw a picture to match?


This week we are reflecting on this unusual year and looking forward to Y1.

Think about the new friends you have made.

Can you write a message to your friend?

Email it to us and we can put it on the class news for your friend to read!

Let’s learn about the number 20!

20 is two tens or twenty ones.

Watch Numberblocks 20

Can you fill in the missing numbers?

Extra activity

One of our favourite themes this year has been ‘Dinosaurs’.

Play this game at BBCBitesize

Week 14: 15 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Tuesday 14 July 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning!

Here are today’s activities.


Watch Geraldine the giraffe learn the phoneme ‘air’.

Words to read:

Can you write a sentence using each word?


This year, lots of you have been learning at home. Think about your favourite home learning moments.  Have you done something new?


Take part in this Numberblocks quiz.

Can you complete these challenges?


Extra activity

Try these activities to keep fit over the holidays.


Week 14: 14 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Monday 13 July 2020 by Mrs Burke

Good morning!


Recap the phoneme ‘ear with Geraldine the giraffe.

Words to read:

Play sentence substitution.

Swap the words to make different sentences.

How many different sentences can you write?


This week we are thinking about our time in Reception and looking forward to going to Year 1.
Think about your proudest achievement.

Draw a picture of your proudest moment during your Reception year.


Sing this subtraction song

Use objects or ten frames to solve these subtraction problems.


Extra activity

Healthy living – hygiene
Sing this song about how to wash your hands.

You could sing it whilst washing your hands at home.

Discussion: Why do we need to wash our hands?

Watch an experiment on CBeebies?

Why not have a go?
You will need:
• Pepper – these will be the germs
• Bowl of water
• Soap



Hello to our new class

Posted on Monday 13 July 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Hello Reception class and your families – we hope you are all well.

It has been a very strange end to the school year. Usually the children would have visited their new classroom and staff and we would have shared with them what would happen in September as they change year group. This year, sadly, this has not been possible.

Please don’t worry. All the adults in Year 1 are very excited for September, to meet you all in person, and to welcome you to your new class. We will work hard to help you settle and get you back on track with your learning.

Mrs Weekes has recently sent some information about your transition to Year 1 and as we can’t see you all in school at the moment, here are some messages for you from your new teachers.

Mrs Taylor

Mrs Freeman

Mrs Roth

A message from Mrs Bharath…

Hello, Reception class. I am excited to work with you again in Year 1. I hope you are all keeping busy and that you enjoy the summer holidays. See you, raring to go, in September! 

We all hope you and your families have a happy and healthy summer holiday. Stay safe and well. See you in September!

Week 14: 13 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Sunday 12 July 2020 by Mrs Burke


This is the last week of our school year.

What a strange year it has been!

This week’s learning will include reflecting on the past year and looking forward to Year 1.


Practise your handwriting.

Try these phonics activities:


As we approach the end of this strange year, I’m sure you’ve got lots of memories.

What have you learnt this year?
Draw a picture and write a sentence. “ I learnt how to…’


Watch Numberblock 19

19 is one ten and nine ones.

Use counters or small objects to make 19.

Can you jump 19 times?

Can you hop 19 times?

Clap 19 times.