Reception class.


Welcome to the Reception class page for the autumn term 2020.

The Reception class staff this year are Teachers: Mrs Rafferty (RR) Mrs Ethell and Miss Richards job share (RER). The Teaching assistants are Mrs Bellis and Miss Leach.

Within the Reception Class or Foundation Stage 2, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidance and Curriculum.  This sets out the learning and development for all children from birth to five years.

There are seven areas of learning.

Three Prime areas, which are particularly important during the first 3 years, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

Four Specific areas, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Observations and shared learning.

Within the EYFS children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active and creative.  As part of the EYFS curriculum, your child will be observed when they are planning across all areas in school. These observations are recorded using an app on our school i-Pads, usually with a photograph or video to evidence the observation. All observations are linked to the EYFS objectives, help to evidence, and track your child’s progress. The observations allow staff to plan and prepare activities and resources that interest the children and meet their next steps in learning.


This half term the focus is developing the children’s social and emotional development.

This Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities all this links to the terms topic.

The Topic this term is ourselves

During the topic, we will be thinking about what we look like and how we are similar and different. We will be thinking about our families and how families are all different.

The children will be drawing, writing and painting pictures of themselves and using ICT to record and describe themselves.

The children will be reading and sharing lots of fiction and non- fiction books on ourselves. They will be drawing pictures and we will record the children sharing their family experiences.


In Maths, the children will be reading, recognising, counting and sorting numbers to 20 and beyond.

They will be singing maths songs that we will post on the web page below.

We will be learning days of the week and looking at patterns.

The children will be participating in the SHINE maths program ( more information to follow)


In Phonics, the children will be learning the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Phonics sounds and the phase two key words. These will be sent as homework for the children to practise at home.

We use the Story Time Phonics scheme to teach phonics. It supports the Phonics Planning of Letters and Sounds by learning the actions to the song for each new letter sound and the actions.


Outdoor learning

The children have access to the outdoor area where we develop children’s creative ideas through different role-play areas enhanced with quality play equipment.

The outdoor learning gives children the platform to learn and explore through all the areas of the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum.

Home learning

The children will receive homework on Friday and this should be returned to school by Wednesday.


Reading Books

The children will have their Reading books change at least once a week. We ask that children bring in their reading book everyday as they may read with one of the adults in the class on different days. Please buy your child a School book bag.

Books for Enjoyment.

Books for enjoyment are given out on Monday and should be returned on Friday. These books are for you to read with your child and to develop and sustain a pleasure of reading.

Reception Key words

Below are the Phase 2 High frequency words, letter sounds and the actions the children will learn in Phonics.


Phase two High Frequency Words


Phase two letter sounds


Phase two action sounds



We usually run a series of curriculum days in the autumn term for Phonics, Maths and Reading but due to Government guidance during Covid 19 we cannot hold parents meeting, we will be sending out more information to keep you informed.


You may find the BBC have put together some articles, videos and resources to support you and your child with starting primary school.


Happy Learning from the Reception class team.

Mrs Rafferty, Mrs Ethell, Miss Richards, Mrs Bellis and Miss Leach.


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