Class Page for Reception

**Don't forget our Stay and Play sessions on Tuesday 17th October and Thursday 19th October from 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.**

We have been having lots of fun in Reception! We have settled in well and are enjoying choosing our own activities in the classroom, exploring the garden and joining in with the rest of the school at assembly and lunchtime. During assembly we have been learning all about Harvest and have even learnt a Harvest song.  Ask your child if they can show you the actions!

We have impressed our teachers with our careful climbing and balancing skills on the playground and have been showing good teamwork and responsibility when setting up games to play such as ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ and ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’!

This half term we are focusing on Traditional Tales and so far have read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  We have been focusing on story structure, setting, characters and joining in with repeated refrains from the text.  Using our imagination we have been acting out these stories with friends, adding story props and changing our voices to suit the characters. 

We have also been set many challenges such as inventing a get away vehicle for Goldilocks to escape the woods, making ‘wanted’ posters to help find Goldilocks who broke our classroom chair and building a bridge to help the goats get safely across the river with recycled materials.  Using our large-scale resources outside, we have built a cottage and bridge to help support our narrative play when retelling the stories.  We needed to collaborate with friends and take turns at each role we wanted to play.  It’s been lots of fun.

Next we will be reading the Little Red Hen and will be sequencing the events using actions to help us.  Our class role-play corner will become a shop to encourage co-operative play, turn taking, mark making and the introduction of narratives, taking on a familiar role.  We will link this to our discussions about Harvest and the important work Farmers do.


In phonics we have started learning our letter sounds and will continue to learn two or three sounds per week. Look out for the note in our Parent window and in your child's activity book about which sounds we will be learning each week.

Please click here to listen to how sounds are pronounced.

Please click here to find out more hints and tips to help your child with reading and writing.


In maths we have been focusing on

- counting slowly and accurately
- ordering numbers to 10
- recognising and naming 2D shapes and describing their properties

Next in maths we will be learning

-how to use the correct language to describe length (long/short, longest/shortest, longer/shorter)
-how to use the correct language to describe weight (heavy/light, heavier/lighter, heaviest/lightest
-how to make repeating patterns
-matching quantities to numerals

We have also enjoyed our first art lesson with Mrs Dixon where we focused on how to use a paintbrush carefully, how to make lines and spiral patterns and how to mix two colours together.

Autumn is such a lovely time of year and we enjoy discussing the colour changes in the environment around us.  If you go on a walk and come across any autumn objects such as conkers, acorns, leaves of various colours then please do bring them in as we’d love to make them part of our provocation discussion time and add them to our investigation area.

Please follow this link to view our letter about routines and the dates for your diary.


How you can help your child at home:

-talk to your child about the morning routine (putting folders and drinks in the boxes and choosing lunch bands when they first come into school each morning)
-help your child to find where their name is written in their coats and jumpers/cardigans
-show them how to pack up their school bag to help keep belongings safe and organised 

-sing nursery rhymes and songs
-record reading in the reading diaries 
-talk about school and the learning during each day (encourage your child to share what they have been doing during the day)
-share stories together, take turns to read, use different voices and facial expressions
-look out for 2D shapes when out and about
-talk about our Christian values in day to day activities at home, praising them for persevering, teamwork, responsibility etc
-point out different numbers and letters in the environment
-visit the library to choose a book together
-talk about how to keep healthy (importance of washing hands, eating well and drinking water during the school day)
-enjoy visiting the different links below to support learning


Games to play:

Counting with teddies >>>

Number songs

- Once I caught a fish alive >>>

- Five little ducks >>>

- Five litte speckled frogs >>>

count with lecky  compare and order     dress lecky


Phoneme pop >>>

Alphablocks >>> 

initial sounds    pick a pictureburied treasure


building a cottageget away vehicleadding music to storiesbilly goats gruff1harvest 1harvest3harvest 2harvesting beanstoad1toad2home cornerhome corner 2making music 2making music 1looking for bugs1imaginationbalancingtalking about shadowsorchard 1finding worms 2harvesting fruit 2harvesting fruiteating the fruit

We are here