The Reception team is comprised of a team of teachers, Miss Edey and Mrs Hartley, two teaching assistants, Mrs Dale and Mrs Hensman, and a 1:1 teaching assistant, Miss Houltby. We all work together to make your child’s time in Reception the best that it can be!

This term our topic is 'Oursleves'.

We will be welcoming and settling in the new Reception children, and exploring our learning environment while learning all about school life. 

Our curriculum is organised over the 7 areas of learning from the Early Years Currciulum. The information below gives an insight as to how this applies to our topic this term.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, social and emotional development is the main focus of the first term in Reception. The children will learn the rules and routines of Reception, as well as the whole school expectations. 

They will develop their sharing and turn taking skills while making new friends, and discovering how to get along with them.

The children will be learning to consider what is right and what is wrong, and to understand the consequences of their own actions. 



Physical Development

As we begin the term, we will learn how to independently change for PE, and how to behave in the large space of the hall.

The children will need to bring their PE kits every week, ready for PE which will take place on a Friday.  Please ensure that all kit is named.

The children will also be developing their fine motor skills through the effective grip and use of writing and drawing tools, as well as threading, sticking and the use of equipment such as peg boards.  



Communication and Language

As the children begin their Reception journey they will encounter lots of new people. They will learn how to greet them appropriately, and develop confidence to talk to unfamiliar people, and share their ideas with others. 

In Reception the children will often use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. They will have many oportunities to use talk for thinking in a range of situations.

The children will be learning to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. 




Once the children have settled into Reception life they will be taking part in targeted daily phonics sessions. This will begin with learning to recognise and form initial letter sounds, and lead to the development of both reading and writing skills across the curriculum. 

The children will be taking part in supported 1:1 reading sessions with the adults, and will be encouraged to change their home reading book often. You can support with this by reading ith your child regularly at home, and helping them to learn their sight words. 




Within mathematics we will be developing number recognition, and our understanding of number. The children will take part in daily numeracy sessions, where we will begin by singing number songs and using practical resources for counting and sorting. 

Reception will also be learning about shape, space and measure. The children will be recognising and naming shapes in the environment, as well as exploring shape in practical contexts. 



Understanding the World

In Reception we enjoy taking our learning outdoors! Please ensure that your child always has suitable outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, as they will spend time outside every day.

During this term the children will be thinking about different homes and families, as well as learning about changes as they grow. They will also develop an understanding of growth and change in the natural world.

The children begin to develop the skills needed to operate simple ICT equipment.  Reception will enjoy learning through using computers, iPads, and other technology.


Expressive Arts and Design

In Reception, we try to make all learning as creative and fun as possible. Many areas of learning will be taught in a creative way!

Daily, the children will encounter opportunites to role play, paint, draw, make and be imaginative.