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Reception Class 

The staff in the reception class are Miss Birks, 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.




    St Francis   


Celebration ideas; Diwali lanterns, firework chalk pictures, poppies, Christmas crafts.


Understanding of the World

Season of autumn/winter – what changes occur from autumn to winter? What does winter look/feel/taste/sound/smell like?

Observation of our school environment

Nature reserve trip



Class Text

Our class texts for Autumn 1 Dinosaur Roar by Henrietta Stickland

Class texts for Autumn 2 The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Owl Babies by Martin Waddell




Reception Class Focus 

Our class focus for Autumn 2 term is 

Independently put on and fasten my coat.’

Please encourage this at home 




Recognising, writing and ordering the numbers to 20.

1 more than and 1 less than numbers to 10.

Recognising 5p and 10p.

Counting forwards and backwards with numbers to 20.

Recognising and drawing shapes. Eg. Circle, oval, semicircle, triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, octagon.


Story Focus – The Gruffalo/Owl Babies

· Phase 2 Phonics—letter sounds & CVC words.

· Nursery Rhyme of the week – celebration and Christmas songs/rhymes along with 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 required

Autumn 2

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

We will continue to focus 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.

Autumn 1

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 morning (9:30) & Afternoon (4pm)


Autumn 2

16/11/20- Anti bullying week and disability awareness.

07/12/20- Dress rehearsals.

08/12/20- Christmas concert 2pm.

09/12/20- Christmas concert 5.30pm.

17/12/20- End of term assembly.

Please see the school website / calendar for further information


Your Child's Health and Wellbeing 

All children are entitled to free NHS dental treatment. Take your child to the dentist regularly to make sure their teeth are healthy and developing well.