Welcome Back Reception!


Welcome to Corrie!

Everyone in the Reception Team hopes you had a wonderful half term break and  Easter Holiday! We are incredibly excited to see you all!

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 our key themes will be around Traditional Tales. We will also be exploring lots of different celebrations including St. George’s Day, World Bees Day and of course the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Here are our key texts for this half term:

George and the Dragon: Amazon.co.uk: Wormell, Christopher: 9780241370407: Books    Jack and the Beanstalk by Nick Sharratt, Stephen Tucker | Waterstones        Jasper's Beanstalk: Amazon.co.uk: Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen: 9780340945117: Books    The Queen's Hat (The Queen Collection) : Antony, Steve: Amazon.co.uk: Books

  • George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell
  • Jack and the Beanstalk by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker
  • Once Upon a Time by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker
  • Jasper’s Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
  • The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony



In Maths, in addition to following their own interests the children will be developing our

  • Counting Skills –  to be able to count on and count back, to take away by counting back, to count to and from 20.
  • Numerical Patterns – doubling, halving and sharing.



In addition to following their own interests, our learning in English will be developed through the key texts above. The specific aims we will be working towards are,

  • How to retell a story.
  • How to write a sentence.
  • How to share our thoughts and feelings.
  • How to create my own story.
  • How to write instructions.
  • How to describe movement.


Our Core Rhymes and Songs:

Each half term, we have a selection of core rhymes and songs that the children will learn off by heart. Here are the five for this half term for you to share at home too.



In Phonics, the children will be learning the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Phonics sounds and key words. These will be sent as homework for the children to practice at home attached to their reading logs.

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 and Phase 3 Key words – Phase 3 Key Word 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 – Traditional Tales Reception Summer 1 Homework Menu

Your child also has access to Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics (accessed through Reading Eggs), their login details are in their Reading Log and Homework Book.

Learning outside of school

We are also really looking forward to our trip to the immersive Fairy Tales exhibition at Z-Arts. Take a look by following the link – https://www.z-arts.org/events/fairy-tales-launch/

Happy Learning from the Reception class team.

Mrs Macdonald, Mrs Baguley and Miss Machin

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