Welcome to Reception


Welcome to Corrie!

Everyone in the Reception Team are incredibly excited to see you all again and to start a wonderful year off together.

The Reception team would like to welcome you to our year group page.

Here you will find information about what your child has been learning in Reception and how you can help them at home. This page will be updated with information about current and future topics.

What does your child need for Reception?

  • A school uniform and shoes
  • A water bottle
  • A coat
  • A pair of wellies
  • A set of spare clothes in a soft bag to hang on their peg.
  • A smile!

Please label all of your child’s belongings with their name.

What learning will your child be exploring this half term?

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

This involves helping children to develop a sense of seeing themselves as a valuable individual, build constructive and respectful relationships, express their feelings and consider the feelings of others, regulate behaviour accordingly, work and play cooperatively and take turns with others, give focused attention to what the teacher says.

The Topic this term is All About Me!

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, in addition to following their own interests the children will be exploring numbers to 5, comparing groups within 5, exploring 2D and 3D shapes, change within 5, number bods within 5 and space.



In English, the first text we will be exploring is called ‘Ruby’s Worry’ by Tom Percival. It follows a little girl called Ruby. Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it’s not such a big worry, and that’s all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again? As our children begin their new chapter in their learning journey it is the perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

The key skills they will begin to develop through this area of learning are,

  • Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them.
  • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
  • Anticipate (where appropriate) key events in stories.
  • Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.
  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet
  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.



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.


Learning at Home

For your child’s homework each week, they will bring home a reading book and a library book to share with you.

Please record any reading completed at home in their reading log, we ask you to read at least twice a week with your child and to ensure that they bring their books to school every day. Your child’s reading books will be changed every Monday and Wednesday, whereas their library book will be changed every Wednesday.

In addition to this reading, your child will bring home a selection of key words and phonics tasks to complete and practice with at home throughout the week.  Here’s a list of Reception’s Phase 2 Key Words – Phase 2 Key Words Mat

Every Friday, your child will bring their homework book home to complete an activity that supports their learning that has taken place that week, which you can choose with your child from the menu below. These can be completed in any order. They can be completed in their homework book or presented and shared in any way that they choose. For example, photographs and videos taken can be shared by email at reception@corrie.tameside.sch.uk Their homework is due the following Wednesday every week. Here’s our current Homework Menu – All About Me! Reception Autumn 1 Homework Menu


Are you looking forward to September too like us?

Many of you on our transition days were keen to find out how you can support child over the summer in preparation for September. Here’s a helpful page the BBC have put together that you may find useful – from articles, videos and resources to support you and your child with starting primary school.



Happy Learning from the Reception class team.

Mrs Macdonald, Mrs Baguley and Miss Machin

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