Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Lomas

Foundation Stage Leader

Hello and welcome to Reception!

Class teacher - Mrs Lomas

Teaching Assistants - Mrs Holden, Mrs Kinsey, Miss Collins


We are delighted to welcome you to our Early Years unit and want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to keep our community safe during these difficult Covid times.  

Our new starters have been fantastic at regular handwashing and know the importance of washing the germs off their hands at regular intervals.

We are attempting to keep the setting as 'normal' as possible during the pandemic.  We are cleaning regulalry and rotating toys and equipment to ensure that they remain as safe as possible.

In Reception we learn through child initiated play and adult led activities.  Our learning can take place indoors or outdoors and we are always very busy!  

Phonics is taught after registration every morning.  In this session the children learn letter sounds (phonemes) and how to blend and segment to read and spell words.  A maths lesson is taught every day involving number work and / or shape, space and measure activities.

We plan our activities in response to the children's interests to ensure that they are continually motivated, engaged and excited by the learning opportunities that we provide.  More information about the Early Years Curriculum can be found by clicking on the tabs at the top of this page.

The children in Reception love our 'Muddy Mondays', this is when we go into the Forest School site and pursue the children's interests by playing and learning outdoors all afternoon.  We have camp fires, build dens and let our imaginations run free!

You can help your child by reading as often as possible, we suggest a minimum of three times a week.  Reading is a fundamental part of a child's learning journey, reading every day with your child will ensure that they have the best possible start to their education.

In Reception each child has a special file or ‘Individual Profile’ which keeps a record of all their achievements.  You are welcome to come and look at your child’s profile anytime by prior arrangement with a member of staff.  The work that your child produces is linked by the class teacher to an assessment framework, this allows us to track their progress and ensure that their learning is constantly moving on.  Your child will take part in a mixture of independent and adult led tasks, even if they tell you they have been ‘playing’, this will be an activity designed to enhance learning and may well be recorded in their file.

A homework task is set every Friday and should be returned the following Tuesday.  Weekly updates and suggestions about ways that you can support your child with what we are learning in school can be found in our 'Reception Reporter' newsletter, that you can access via Parent App.

If you every have any questions or concerns please feel free to come and speak to a member of staff.  

We look forward to sharing the exciting year ahead with you and your child!

Mrs Lomassmiley









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