Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Paice


Reception's Class Page 

Staff- Mrs Paice - Class Teacher/EYFS Lead

Mrs Patel - Supply Teacher in Mrs Paice's absence 

Mrs Thorpe– Teaching Assistant

2020 - 2021

Hello and welcome to Reception’s Class page! This page will change half termly and is aimed at informing parents & carers what we are going to be focusing on each half term. You will know what our topics are and what our aims for the children are in Literacy and Numeracy from our termly newsletter. It would be great if the children can practise some of these tasks at home to improve their progress in school. It also should give you an insight into what the children have been doing throughout their weeks if your little one gives very little away  smiley

It has been a very strange first Spring term and I am so happy that this term will see the return of the rest of our Reception pupils. I knwo we have all missed each other and look forward to a busy classroom with lots of little learners again. Can I take this opportunity to thank our parents for their continued support throughout the lockdown period. You kept in touch, you brought lessons to life, sent in photos and kept the learning for your child going and THAT is not an easy task on top of running a home, other children learning in different year groups as well as possibly working from home yourself. THANKYOU for not letting our progress slip - It has been great working with you!

Our topic for our first half term is ‘Is Everybody's Home the Same'?
Within the topic we will be looking at our homes, the homes of farm animals, zoo animals and minibeasts and exploring about why they are all different? I would like children to be able to name the different kinds of houses they see and live in and be confident to talk about the homes of animals and how their surroundings help them grow and change over time. Children will be spending time drawing, labelling, researching and writing about the different homes and understanding why they are all so different regardless of which category we focus on.

The children will be continuing their ‘Read Write Inc’ programme when they return as part of their phonics work and we will be using ‘Fred the Frog’ to support us when learning new letters and their sounds. Children will be re-assessed to see where they are up to with their progression of their letters and smaller group sessions will resume during the second week of term. Our aim is to make sure every child recognises all sounds from set 1 and 2 and they can orally blend words out loud. This will quickly progress on to reading books being sent home to de-code as well as reading for pleasure. 

In Literacy, the children will be adding letters in the right places in their writing - thinking about the sounds they can hear at the beginging, middle and end of the word. I would like to see some tricky words being added to their writing and capital letters with full stops being added. We will support the children in smaller intervention groups to ensure their progress is at their level and give them short bursts of more conventrated sessions in addition to their lesson. 

In Maths, we are ensuring each child can recognise numbers to 20. Adding and taking away numbers, finding one more and one less and being able to recognise 1:1 counting skills to any number. The children have worked hard on money - recognising 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 50p and £1 - this will continue in school and the children will have a go at making the different amounts using different coins. Most of the children have worked hard and mastered recognising o'clock the hour - for those struggling with time, an extra intervention session will be added to their day where a group can work with the Teacher to go over this in practical ways - the other children that are confident with this will work on finding half past the hour. 

Please continue to send in photo's of what the children are doing at home - especially if they are out and about at the weekends exploring. We have a home school section in their learning Journey folders and the children really enjoy sharing with each other what they have been doing in the day. 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

 Mrs Paice

General Reminders:- (**Once all children have returned**)

* Reading books will be changed twice a week if your child has read their book with an adult 3 times. The books are in line with your child's ability in our RWI sessions. THESE WILL ONLY BE GIVEN OUT ONCE EVERY CHILD HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO EVERY LETTER IN SET 1 RWI SOUNDS. 

* Snack fund is £1 a week and this contributes to extra snacks being available as well as the messy play and finger gym equipment we buy for the children to use throughout the week.

* Children are not asked to bring in water bottles to school - we have cups and jugs available for the children to have water throughout the day and this is in addition to the milk available in a morning. Please be advised that milk needs to be ordered for the children each half term.

* Spellings books - Children will continue to work on spellings and will be tested on 10 spellings each Thursday. The spellings come from the tricky words the children will encounter in their RWI books. We ask that all children write out their spellings each night as a 10 minute practise.

* Homework will be given out every Friday and we ask for it to be returned to school,by the following Wendesday. We can then mark the work and add your next set. Please make sure the children have their homework books and reading books in their bags at all times. 

* If you need to speak to me about anything - please send and email to and I can arrange a call to you. 


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