Reception Class

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Welcome to Reception! On this page you will find information about Reception and our learning this half term.

We have been so proud of how all the children have starting their school year. They are enthusiastic learners and love exploring new activities in the classroom and our outdoor area. The children are coping well with learning new routines and are enjoying making new friends in their class. We are all excited to get started on our Learning Journey this year.

Reception Parents Evening Telephone appointments will take place on Tuesday 13th October 4.00pm-6.00pm and Wednesday 21st October 1.00-3.00pm. Please email to make an appointment.

Meet Our Staff:

Class Teacher: Mrs Carr

I have taught across all Key Stages with the majority of my teaching career  focused on working in Early Years and Key Stage 1. I am very excited to be teaching Reception this year and it is lovely to welcome the new cohort into school. I am looking forward to supporting all children in their learning. 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lock

Mrs Lock has been working in education for many years. She has extensive experience in Early Years, working in Reception classes and Special Schools. She works full time in our Reception class. Mrs Lock is responsible for the class every Wednesday afternoon whilst I am out of class.

Other Staff who work with your child: Mr Meades

Mr Meades will be working in Reception on Wednesday afternoons whilst I am out of class.

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Our theme this half term will be… Who Are We?

This half term we will be learning more about ourselves, our family and our school. This theme will run through many areas of our learning. We will be painting our own portrait and learning about our likes and dislikes. We will follow children’s interests to add to our learning and explore challenges in the classroom. We will enjoy reading a range of different books and one of our key texts will be: ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School’.

In Maths we will be learning to recognise numbers and practicing counting skills. We will also explore shape and take part in some pattern making tasks.

Our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE topic this half term is ‘Being Me in My Body’. We will be exploring feelings, how to make people feel welcome and also learning about the Golden Rules for our classroom.

We will regularly take our learning outside and will be following seasonal change in our school grounds.


We Love Reading!

We begin our reading journey here in Reception and Children will soon be bringing reading books to share with you at home. In school we have a range of reading opportunities. We read together as a class, in small groups and individually.  At home, we ask for your support to help your child practice their reading. You can also help your child by exposing them to a range of different reading experiences. You might share a story, look at a magazine or newspaper together. 

In class, children will read at least once each week with an adult. This may happen at different points in the week so please make sure reading books come into school each day. Books will be changed once and this will be either on a Monday or Thursday. All books collected in will be quarantined for 72 hours before being sent out again to follow current guidelines.


Our Active Day

We are very active in Reception and love using our outdoor area. We will also use our daily mile track to keep fit and active. We have two set P.E. lessons which take place on Tuesday and Friday. Please have a full P.E. kit on school for these sessions. We will send the kits home at the end of each half term for a wash. 

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In Reception all children are offered a fruit snack and drink of milk during the morning session. All children have access to their water bottles throughout the day. Water bottles must contain water- no juice please!

Children are able to bring a snack from home to eat in the afternoon. Please try to make sure this is a healthy snack.


At the end of each week your child will bring home a newsheet giving information about the learning which has been focussed on in class during the week. It will give ideas of how to support your child at home and also any important notices. At times there may be some activities posted on a OneDrive file which families can access at home. Further information on this will be sent via the weekly newsheet as appropriate. You may also choose to access the following websites to support your child’s learning at home.


If your child is unwell and will not be attending school you need to inform school as soon as possible, you can ring or email. If you child has an appointment to attend and needs to be out of school, please let us know in advance.

What should I do if my child shows Covid Symptoms?

Common symptoms of Covid 19 are a high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell. If your child displays any of these symptoms, please notify school immediately and arrange for your child to be tested. Your child will need to stay at home for at least 10 days starting from the date when symptoms appeared, all other household members must stay at home for 14 days.

Useful Websites/Apps:

oxford-owl – Southfields Primary School – This Website has ebooks which can be accessed freely and may provide other books to read with your child at home. Teach Your Monster to Read | Phonics and Learn to Read:  Appstore for Android – This is also avaliable as an App. Both have a range of reading games which will be helpful to the children as we progress through the Reception year and learn new sounds to support reading.

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Look out for a personal Log-in for Education City and Mini-Mash for your child in their Reading Record.

PhonicsPlayThis image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image.jpeg, – These site has a range of Phonics games and activities. We will be focussing on Phase 1 Phonics intitially in school.

ictgames – This site has a range of Maths and Literacy activities which can accessed freely to support your child’s learning.

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Autumn Term:

2nd September 2020 – Back to school

22nd October 2020 – Tempest Family and Individual Photographs

23rd October 2020 – School closes for half term

3rd November 2020 – Back to school

18th December 2020 – School closes for Christmas

Spring Term:

4th January 2021 – Back to school

12th February 2021 – School closes for half term

22nd February – Back to school

26th March – School closes for Easter

Summer Term

12th April – Back to school

3rd May – May Day Bank Holiday

27th May – School closes for half term

7th June – Back to School

16th July – School closes for Summer