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Reception Class

Welcome to Reception

Dear Parents,

The children are settling well into their new routine and I hope they have a fantastic first year at school. 

The first weeks are all about finding out where the children are in their development and learning.  We will start by using a range of stories that focus on ourselves.  We will be talking about what we like, don’t like, talking about our families and describing our features.  We will learn about our fives senses and use these in creative and fun activities.  

 Maths:  During maths this half term the children will be focusing on number and place value.  They will begin to develop a deep understanding of numbers to 10 and subitise (recognise quantitates without counting) up to 5.

You might want to look at these pages that cover three elements that the children can work on at home.

 Phonics:  We will start learning phonics next week.  At the end of each week I will send home copies of the sounds.  Please encourage your child to have a go remembering the sounds. I will be holding a phonics talk soon, where I will show you how we teach your child to read and write.  This will enable you to see how you can support your child at home.

Reading:  The children will begin by choosing a book from the classroom and a wordless picture book to share at home.  Please encourage your child to retell a story using the pictures.  Each child has a reading record book in their book bag, please make a comment in reading record book or just sign to show they have read at home.  We encourage all children to read a least four times a week, one of these can be when they read at school.  Every child in school is encouraged to read at least four times in a week, they will then be awarded dojo points and if they achieve this for five weeks they will gain an extra play time and awarded with a certificate for being a reading rocket.

PE:  The children will be doing PE both indoors and outdoors and will need a PE kit in school at all times.  They will begin with music and movement and some lessons with a Kidderminster Harriers football coach.   Please can make sure that all your child’s clothing is named.


Outdoor Education:

Every Monday afternoon the children will be doing outdoor learning in our forest school area.  We have a class set of waterproof trousers. Therefore the children will only need an appropriate coat, fleece or waterproof depending on the weather.  Each child will need a pair of named wellies. 

End of day: Please can you inform me if anybody different will be collecting your child from school.  Mrs Shipton and I have met most parents, but I know that some grandparents will be collecting at the end of the day . If you are unable to introduce them to myself, Mrs Shipton or Mr Richards before they collect your child we will need a password.  You can send a message via Classdojo with a password, we will then ask the person who is collecting for the password.

Please do not hesitate to catch me before school at the end of the day or contact me via Classdojo if you have any questions or would just like to know how your child is getting on.

Kind Regards, Mrs Skelton

This Term's Mantle of the Expert curriculum coverage

Reception Expectations


• Look at books and listen to stories

• Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words

• Be secure at Phase 4 phonics

• Read Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 tricky words

• Identify rhymes and alliteration

• Join in with rhyming patterns

• Read and understand simple sentences

• Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read

• Make basic predictions

• Identify the start and end of a sentence

• Know the alphabet and link letter names to the sound they make

• Know the difference between a capital and lower case letter

• Learn some simple rhymes and poems by heart

Speaking and Listening

• Use complete sentences to explain or describe things

• Listen carefully to what is being said and repeat this if needed

• Know not to interrupt when someone else is saying something

• Stand up in front of others and re-tell something that has happened to them


• Use phonic knowledge to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others

• Write name (correct capital and lower case)

• Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences

• Write clearly demarcated sentences

• Use a correct pencil grip

• Correct formation of all letters


• Count reliably to 20

• Count a number of objects by pointing to/moving each one as they count

• Recognise numbers to 20

• Order numbers 1 – 20

• Say 1 more and1 less than numbers to 20

• Add and subtract two single digit numbers

• Form all digits 0-9 correctly

• Know the names of the days of the week in order

• Begin to recognise and name common 2D shapes, e.g. square, rectangle, circle and triangle

• Begin to recognise and name some 3D shapes, e.g. cube, sphere, cylinder, cone

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