Reception Class

Welcome to Longridge CofE Primary School!

We hope you and your child have settled in well and are feeling at home. Here is our Reception webpage which will have all the information you need about how things work in our environment. It will be updated as often as possible. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to pop into school and we can chat about them.

Our Staff

My name is Lisa Hennedy and I am the Reception Class Teacher. I have been teaching for 16 years, working across all Key Stages in Lancashire and Hampshire. I am an Early Years specialist and have spent the majority of my career teaching 4-5 years olds.  I live here in Longridge, so am looking forward to seeing you all out and about!

Our Teaching Assistant is Diane Wadeson who has been working in education for many years. Diane has extensive experience in Early Years, working in Reception classes and Nurseries. Diane works full time in our Reception class. Ms Wadeson is responsible for the class every Wednesday afternoon whilst I am out of class.

We have a wonderful team of volunteers in Reception, who join us every week to listen to children read, play games and engage the children in fun activities. This term we have Mrs Dixon and  Mrs Kitching.

Our Topic: Autumn and Celebrations

Our latest topic is ‘Autumn’ and we kicked it all off with a walk around our lovely town. Thankyou to our helpers who came with us. 

Alongside our topic, we teach children how to read through our daily ‘Phonics’ sessions. We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ practice through the use of a scheme called ‘Jolly Phonics’. We begin with Phase 1, which reinforces the skills of good listening. More information to follow when we reach Phase 2. This phase follows a system of learning basic letter names.

Our classroom is set up into different areas of what is called ‘continuous provision’. These are different zones in the room which are set up with exciting activities to help us learn through play. They include creative, writing, maths, reading and hands-on areas. Each area includes challenges designed to build confidence and challenge children in individual ways.

Our outdoor area is open everyday and the children have free flow access to the challenges outside. As the weather is particularly Autumnal at the moment, it is essential children come to school in a suitable coat. AS we approach Winter, you may wish to send a pair of wellies into school along with a more rainproof coat. 

During the day children are free to drink as much as they wish, so a named water bottle is essential. Milk is free for all children in Reception and they are offered it daily.

Fresh fruit is delivered to our class each day and children are welcome to help themselves when they want a piece. Reception children do not need to bring in additional snacks from home.


We Love Reading!

We begin our reading journey here in Reception, where we have access to variety of opportunities. We read together as a class, in small groups and individually. At home, we ask for your support to expose your child to as much as possible. 

In class, we will change all reading books on a Monday morning and again on a Thursday, ready for the weekend. Children will be heard read at various times during the week, so please make sure reading books come to school each day.

Our Active Day

We are very active in Reception, with our outdoor area and daily mile track in use daily. We have two P.E. slots per week 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.