Welcome to Reception


  • Beech – Mrs Plaice
  • Hazel – Miss Arnold
  • Larch – Mrs Yasin

Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Bennison & Mrs McGarrity


In Autumn our first topic is ‘Do you want to be friends?’  We will focus on learning how to play with one another, being kind and working together. We will read stories such as ‘Puffin Peter’ about making new friends.  Our second topic will be ‘Who am I and Where do I Live?’ We will look at who lives in our house and the local area. We find out who is special around us from our friends to people in the community.

Our topic for after the half term holiday is ‘Light and Dark’ We will go on an autumn walk around the school grounds to observe the seasonal changes in the natural world. We will learn about hibernation, woodland animals and seasonal celebrations and festivals. We will perform a Nativity play just before the end of term and we hope you will all come along.


In the New Year our topic will be ‘Will you read me a story?’ We will share traditional tales and consider, for example, whether the big bad wolf was really so bad. This magical project will have us talking about fairy tales and the characters within them. In January we will celebrate Chinese New Year; we will share the story of Chinese New Year and make decorations. After half term our topics are called ‘Can I switch it on?’ and ‘How does it work?’ We will learn about technology in the home and at school, we will investigate electrical toys and games and how we can use technology to communicate. We will compare this to how technology was used in the past.

As we approach spring we will be investigating new life, our topics cover springtime, and lifecycles. Reception will be taking a trip to the farm, and the children will be encouraged to think about where food comes from, animals that live on the farm, seeds, growing and farming machinery. We will also look life cycles of chickens, frogs and plants. We will hatch our own eggs and observe how they grow.

Another important topic this term is ‘Healthy eating’ in which we explore which foods are good for us and how we can be healthy in our eating habits. Some other exciting celebrations this term include Pancake Day, Ash Wednesday, Easter and World Book Day.


In our final term this year we will be exploring reflections and rainbows. We will make our own rainbows and reflections using different materials. The children will learn about what a reflection is and think about mirrors, photography and symmetry. As we move into the summer we will learn about minibeasts in the local environment, we will look at similarities and differences between them, and investigate growth, change, patterns, colours, plants, flowers and habitats.

The children will get the opportunity to think about two questions, ‘Why do ladybirds have spots?’ and ‘Why do spiders spin webs?’ Following this topic Reception will learn about which creatures live on the seashore, features of the seashore, water safety, natural materials and pollution. During this project we will complete lots of expressive art and design activities, and utilise a range of materials found at the seashore.

Download our full curriculum overview using the link below.

Read Write Inc.

In September 2016 we started to learn our sounds using the ‘Read Write Inc.’ programme. We are practising blending sounds together to read words e.g. c…a…t …cat. We will be inviting you to attend a quick phonic session with your child to observe how we are introducing the sounds.

If you would like any further information, please see any member of staff or follow the link to Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc. website at hhttps://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Your child will bring home sounds, words and books to share with you. Please use the reading record to communicate with your teacher about what you have read.

School Calendar

Father Emmanuel to visit Reception
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Year 1 Rowan Christmas performance
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Year 1 Pine and Aspen Christmas performance
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