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The staff in the reception class are Miss Birk, Miss Wallace and Miss Kelsall

Hello! Welcome to Reception Class. We are looking forward to getting to know you over the first half term.

We are so excited to help the children with their learning.

Our main focus for this half term is “Dinosaurs”. We will also focus on the season of autumn and ensure there are lots of well-being and getting to know you activities to start the year. However, we will also use the children's interests as the starting point for our planning and activities. We would also like to welcome any ideas from you as parents of your child's interests, places they have visited, activities they have done that we can build upon. Please send ideas in your child's reading diaries, homework books or pass any ideas to a member of staff.

Please send in all family observations to:




Class Saint

St Francis of Assisi

This special day of celebration is Sunday 4th October. Reception class will celebrate this day on Friday 2nd October.


 Each week a child will be chosen to bring home 'Francis the Bear' to spend a weekend with you. Please write in the diary what adventures you have been up to. You can even share some photos if you wish.

The diary will then be shared with the rest of the class on Friday.


Creation- understanding the creation story. What and who did God create?

St Francis   



Dinosaur crafts (paper plates, foam dinosaurs, painting, etc)

Self-portraits and all about me drawings for our classroom display.

Nature collages focusing on the season of autumn

Understanding of the World

Season of autumn – how is winter different to the other seasons?

Observation of our environment



Class Text

Our class texts for Autumn 1 are Aliens love underpants Claire Freedman & 


Reception Class Focus 

Our class focus for Autumn 1 term is 

‘Recognise and write my own name’.

Please encourage this at home 




Recognising, writing and ordering the numbers to 5.

1 more than and 1 less than numbers to 5.

Recognising 1p, 2p and 5p.

Counting forwards and backwards with numbers to 20.


Story Focus – Dinosaur Roar

· Phase 2 Phonics—letter sounds & CVC words.

· Nursery Rhyme of the week – dinosaur songs/rhymes and traditional nursery rhymes

Homework/Reading Expectations

Reading Diaries: Please listen to your child read at least 3 times a week (school policy) and ensure that you sign their diaries. Diaries will be checked every Friday.  Please practise any sounds and words that are in your child’s purse.

We will tick them when they recognise them correctly in school.




P.E./Swimming – day & kit rquired

The children should come in their P.E kit on the days that we have P.E. (Tuesday & Friday)

We will be focusing on multi-skills this half term.

Please still make sure all clothes are clearly labelled


Show and Tell

Use your chatter box to talk about yourself, your favourite things and your interests. When you have practised discussing the box at home, please bring it in to talk about at school.

Please label the box and have these in school by Friday 11th September 2020.

Magic Moments

Please let us know of "Magic Moments" when you feel that your child has learnt anything new as this will allow us to provide next steps in their learning.  Alternatively please send photos and comments to:


Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Tuesday 15/09/20- Foundation Stage Parent Meeting 5pm

Friday 18/09/20- Topic Day (dress as dinosaurs or palaeontologists)

Friday 02/10/20 - Saint day celebration (more details to follow)

Tuesday 6/10/20- Phonics Afternoon (2pm) & Evening (6pm)


Recent Trips/Workshops


On Tuesday 1st October the children went to Tunstall Park for an autumn walk.

Wednesday 4th December - Santa Visit at Biddulph Grange


On this day the children in Reception class thoroughly enjoyed having a very special visit to meet Santa Claus!


Here are some photographs from last years 2018 19 Reception class workshops and trips

Sow the Seed to Read

23rd November 2018

Children in Reception class and their Parents enjoying reading activities in a Sow the Seed to Read workshop organised by 'Stoke Speaks Out' .

Sow the seed to read presentation_.mp4

Still image for this video

Making Bird Boxes

On Tuesday 20th November Reception Class visited the local Nature Reserve to make Bird boxes. We also enjoyed a stroll around the lake exploring and hoping to find different types of Birds!

Making Apple Crumble


Following our class story ‘The Helpful Hedgehog’ the children enjoyed making and eating some hot apple crumble and custard – delicious!


Active Families Workshop

Friday 15th March


Some of our Ks1 Parents enjoying some fun, active and free games to play with your children with little or no equipment.

Mother's Day Activities - Thursday 28th March


On Thursday 28th March mums, nanas, aunties and special ladies came to spend an afternoon with the children in Foundation stage and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities with the children, along with a cup of tea and biscuit too!

Mother's Day Breakfast - Friday 29th March

The Candle Factory visit - Wednesday 27th March


On this day the children in Reception class travelled to Cheshire to enjoy seeing how all sorts of different sizes of candles are made. Afterwards the children were able to paint their own candle holder ready for Mother's Day. 

they also enjoyed outdoor play on the adventure play equipment.