Welcome to Reception!

Class teacher - Mrs Robinson

Learning support assistants - Miss Dawson, Mrs Aicha, and Miss Barranu (maternity leave)


Welcome back Reception and Happy New Year!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday and spent this special time of year having fun

and making memories with your families.

We have lots of exciting things planned for this half term which I am sure you will enjoy!


Key Dates

Our PE day is every FRIDAY.

Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit on a Friday.


Please remember your reading book bag every FRIDAY


End of term is Friday 16th February at 3.10pm

and we return on Monday 26th February.


The Reception gate opens at 8.35am and will be closed at 8.45am.

Please ensure your child arrives promptly to school each day. 

At the end of the day, the doors open at 3.10pm.

Please arrive promptly to collect your child. 




This term we shall continue to guide and progress the children primarily in the 3 prime areas of the all 7 inter-connected areas of learning and development within the EYFS Framework.

These 7 areas are:

Prime Areas: 

Communication and Language (Listening, Attention and Understanding, Speaking)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships)

Physical Development (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)


Literacy (Comprehension, Word Reading and Writing)

Maths (Number and Numerical Pattern)

Understanding the World (Past and Present, People, Culture and Communities and The Natural World)  

Expressive Arts and Design (Creating with Materials and Being Imaginative and Expressive)


Our Learning in Spring

We continue to monitor the children's progression through adult and child daily interactions, observations during

whole class, group, individual teaching and during continuous provision. 


Our topic this half term is 'Space'



In Reading we will:

  • Begin to use and understand some recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes, and poems during small world play
  • Retell stories in small world play/role play - beginning, middle, end.
  • Talk about likes/dislikes of texts/rhymes/poems.
  • Choose a book and begin to explain why. Predict /prediction.
  • Re-read books to build up confidence in word reading.
  • Continue to develop Phase 2 and 3 phonological awareness, focusing on oral blending/segmenting.
  • Say the sound for each letter of the alphabet Double letters ss ll zz ck ff Consonant digraphs sh ch th ng.
  • Begin to read words consistent with our phonic knowledge - Phase  3 cvc words.
  • Read phase 2 captions and begin to read phase 3 captions.
  • Read phase 2 and 3 tricky words.
  • Read simple phrases/sentences.
  • Read guided reading books aligned to phonic knowledge.

In Writing we will:

  • Learn to form most lower-case and capital letters correctly.
  • Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sounds with letters.
  • Write captions/phrases and begin to write simple sentences using known GPCs and introduce the features of a sentence -  full stop, capital letter, finger space.
  • Orally rehearse caption or sentence before writing and re-read what is written to check it makes sense.
  • Begin to write a variety of fiction/non-fiction sentences/ captions.




In Maths we will continue to develop our subitising and counting skills and explore the composition of numbers within and beyond 5.

We will begin to identify when two sets are equal or unequal and connect two equal groups to doubles.

We will begin to connect quantities to numerals.

Children will:

• continue to develop their subitising skills for numbers within and beyond 5, and increasingly connect quantities to numerals

• begin to identify missing parts for numbers within 5

• explore the structure of the numbers 6 and 7 as ‘5 and a bit’ and connect this to finger patterns and the Hungarian number frame

• focus on equal and unequal groups when comparing numbers

• understand that two equal groups can be called a ‘double’ and connect this to finger patterns

• sort odd and even numbers according to their ‘shape’

• continue to develop our understanding of the counting sequence and link cardinality and ordinality through the ‘staircase’ pattern

• order numbers and play track games

• join in with verbal counts beyond 20, hearing the repeated pattern within the counting numbers


Religious Education

We use the schemes, Come and See and Caritas in our RE lessons.

Below is an overview of what your child will cover over in the Spring term. 

Come and See

Local Church - Community: Celebrating 

Eucharist - Relating: Gathering

Lent/ Easter - Giving: Growing

Lenten reflection



• God wants everyone to be happy.

• God gives us all we need to be happy.

• Making the right choices.

• We share all God's gifts.

• God's gifts are for everyone (food, clothing, education, medicine etc)

• Learning to share our toys and food with our friends so that everyone has enough.

• Helping everybody to be happy by playing, sharing and learning together.

• Using our gifts to help others.


As part of our Catholic ethos. we love to involve family life within our school life and may ask you for photos of special events or people, such as baptism, Christmas and other important celebrations to reflect upon in our weekly Prayer and Liturgy sessions. 



This term we will teach RSE, using the scheme Ten Ten - Life to the Full. Below is an overview of the lesson objectives your child will cover over this term.

• Jesus cared for others and wanted them to live good lives like him.

• We should love other people in the same way God loves us.

• To identify special people (eg. parents, carers, friends) and what makes them special.

• The importance of the nuclear family and of the wider family.

• The importance of being close to and trusting of ‘special people’ and telling them if something is troubling them.

• How their behaviour affects other people and that there is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.

• The characteristics of positive and negative relationships.

• About different types of teasing and that all bullying is wrong and unacceptable.

• To recognise when they have been unkind to others and say sorry.

• That when we are unkind, we hurt God and should say sorry.

• To recognise when people are being unkind to them and others and how to respond.

• That we should forgive like Jesus forgives.

• About safe and unsafe situations indoors and outdoors, including online.

• That they can ask for help from their special people.

• To know they are entitled to bodily privacy.

• That they can and should be open with ‘special people’ they trust if anything troubles them.


Understanding the World

Changes in the environment – seasonal/ decay

Caring for our environment - litter picking around school environment

Mapping – school grounds

Recognise some similarities and differences between life in this country and other countries


Interactions with natural processes eg- ice melting

Exploration of traditional nursery rhymes

Spring walk

Big Garden Birdwatch 


Expressive Arts and Design

Artist focus: Jackson Pollock (My Beautiful Oops)

Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.

Listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses.

Develop storylines in their pretend play.




PE (Physical Education) in Reception will take place each Friday. Therefore, your child should arrive at school in their PE kits each Friday. They will not need their standard school uniform on this day as they will stay in their PE kits all day.

In line with our school uniform policy, your child’s PE kit should be as follows:

- Plain navy joggers (no brands or logos).

- A pair of trainers (velcro trainers if they cannot tie their laces independently).

- Your child can wear their usual white polo shirt and navy school jumper on a Friday.


Home Learning


Below I have listed the homework that we expect your child to participate in to support their learning and achievements in school:

Reading – 10 minutes a night

Listening to your child read for 10 minutes a night makes a significant difference in their progress and attainment. It helps them practice key reading strategies and skills, develop their comprehension skills and supports their overall fluency and accuracy, which are vital skills they need for the future. Every Friday an eBook will be assigned to your child’s online account based upon the sounds they have learnt in phonics that week. The children will have practiced this book in their guided reading sessions so will be familiar with the text. The purpose of them practicing it again at home is to become more familiar with these sounds and fluent when reading them.


Your child will also choose a reading for pleasure book. This is a book that you can both read and enjoy together and encourage reading for pleasure. This will be a physical book that your child takes home and they will be given the opportunity to choose and change every Friday. As it is a reading for pleasure book, it is not necessarily aimed at your child’s reading level, therefore can be challenging, which is why we are asking for an adult to read this and your child to join in where possible. The reading for pleasure book is important as it is how we will help build a love of reading together.   Please ensure your child brings this back to school every Friday ready to change in our school Library.


Reading eggs – once a week

Reading eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.


My Maths and Mathseeds – once a week

Mathseeds is an online website that your child can use to develop pupils’ confidence and fluency in Maths and the interactive lessons provide step-by-step examples to break down learning into manageable chunks. The log in for this is the same one you use for reading eggs.


Phonics home learning – once a week

Please continue to practise the phonemes we have learnt using the weekly phonics sheets in your child's phonics book.

You can then practise these sounds further on fastphonics (, which is the same log in as reading eggs.


Learning logs – Autumn  2, Spring 2 and Summer 2

Last year we introduced our project-based home learning to replace the homework board we previously used. Pupil, parent and teacher voice all showed that project based home learning was the preferred style of home learning as it gave children more freedom to learn about real life world events, share personal experiences and it has helped motivate them to engage in home learning as it is child managed. It encourages the children to be more independent, inquisitive and provides more opportunities for outdoor learning together. This can be completed in your learning log or a scrap book of your choice.


Instead of completing these every half term, we have reduced this to three half terms a year to make it more manageable. They will therefore be given out on the first Monday of Autumn 2, Spring 2 and Summer 2.  We ask that their project is brought into school on the last week of that half term to share and celebrate with their peers. You will be given a sheet of paper that will be stuck in your child’s learning log that will outline what the project is and ideas of activities you can do. 



Please find below lots of useful websites and links to great resources that can be used

to support your child's learning at home!


Government support for home learning for children aged 0-5 years -


Phonics websites


Mr Mc is doing fun and interactive daily phonics lessons for children age 4-5. He focuses on new digraphs and has lots of different ways to revisit already learnt sounds.


Phonics apps


Jolly Phonics Lessons


Meet the alphablocks


Read with phonics games


First words sampler


Teach your monster to read


Maths websites


Maths Apps


Kids counting


Maths Tree


Bugs and Numbers


Busy things


Maths ages 3-5


Maths YouTube videos


Jack Hartman


Monkey floss counting backwards from 20


2D shape song


3D shape song






Counting by 10s


Counting by 5s


El Nombre for number formation


Money song





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