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Welcome to Reception!


Our Foundation level Reception Class Teachers for 2021-2022:


Mrs Stainbank and Mrs O'Dwyer (Fridays) in Pearl Class. 


Mrs Watt and Mrs O'Dwyer (Thursdays) in Sapphire Class. 


Our Nursery Nurse is Mrs Lee (NNEB).


Our LSA (Learning Support Assistants support the class teachers) is Mrs Brittain.


Our SSAs (Special Support Assistants who work with individual children) is n/a.


Our Sapphire Class Parent Rep is - TBC & the Pearl Class Parent Rep is TBC

Reception Reminders - 2020-2021 - to be updated




Reception PE and dance lessons will be on Friday each week.


Please ensure your child is dressed in their PE kit and that all clothing is clearly named (including Plimsolls).


Summer PE kit: green/black shorts, white t-shirt, plimsolls.

Winter PE kit: as for the summer but children can also wear green tracksuit tops and bottoms.




Reading is taught throughout the week in our whole class and small group sessions. Additionally, individual reading books are changed during the week by the class teacher and LSAs who may also listen to your child read.


When reading, the children will be encouraged to use a range of strategies including ‘sounding out’ words that are phonetically plausible. Daily phonics sessions ensure children progress with this strategy.


Key words (common exception words) or ‘tricky’ words to learn by sight will be sent home when individual children are confident with their initial sounds and will then be assessed regularly by a member of staff. New key words are given once the child is able to read them confidently in a random order. Please note we would like the children to recognise their key words by sight and not by sounding them out.


As the children progress through the year, we will introduce small group Guided Reading sessions.



Homework will continue to include a maths sheet, reading books and online spelling/phonics sheet. Please note there are no deadlines for completing homework. 


If your child has completed all the keyword sheets then they will receive spellings each week to learn at home. We will then test them every Thursday in school.


Spellings will be sent on Google classrooms on a Friday.

What to expect, when? A parent's guide


An information booklet designed to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.


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