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 bonds within 5 and space.



As part of our ‘All About Me’ Topic we will be exploring a variety of texts;

  • The Colour Monster Goes to School by Anna Llenas
  • Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
  • What I like about me by Allia Zobel Nolan
  • Making Faces by Nick Butterworth
  • Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy
  • Find out About: Families by Pat-a-Cake

Click some of the book covers to listen to them!

The Color Monster Goes to School: Llenas, Anna: 9780316537049: Amazon.com: BooksPage 1Five Minutes' Peace (Large Family) : Murphy, Jill, Murphy, Jill: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Before the end of the Half Term we will begin our ‘Autumn’ Topic and explore the texts;

  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  •  After the Storm by Nick Butterworth

Pumpkin SoupAfter the Storm by Nick Butterworth (Paperback)

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

  • Joining in with repeated refrains in stories
  • Modelling social phrases throughout the day.
  • Asking and answering ‘who’ questions’
  • 1:1 discussions
  • Retelling a familiar story ‘5 Minutes Peace’
  • Performing Poetry
  • Use of prosody
  • Engage in non-fiction books.
  • Listen to and talk about selected non-fiction to develop a deep familiarity with new knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Articulate their ideas and thoughts in well-formed sentences.
  • Use talk to help work out problems and organise thinking and activities, and to explain how things work and why they might happen.
  • Learn rhymes and songs
  • Develop social phrases.
  • Engage in story times
  • Read individual letters by saying the sounds for them
  • Blend sounds into words
  • Read a few common exception words
  • Sequencing
  • Form lower case letters accurately – the straight line family (iltj), the coat hanger family (coadgqe)
  • Ordering the letters in my name and name writing
  • Assign meaning to my writing
  • Writing initial sounds and CVC words
  • Spell words by identifying the sounds
  • Writing simple phrases or captions


Our Core Nursery Rhymes and Songs shared will be,

  • Happy Hand Washing Song
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs
  • Five Little Ducks
  • 5 Little Pumpkins
  • One Potato, Two Potatoes
  • Rain, Rain Go Away
  • What’s the Weather?



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 library book to share with you.

Your child’s library book will be changed every Tuesday.

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, Miss Kirby, Mrs Baguley, Miss Holt, Mrs Alderson and Miss Wrigley

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