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Welcome to Reception

Mrs Hughes, Mrs Leigh and Mrs Beeston would like to wish you all a warm welcome to our reception classes.


Please check your emails for the home learning planning if your child has corona symptoms or is having to self-isolate.

Please keep the school updated if your child is absent, whatever the reason, so we can provide the correct support required.

Please use the exercise books given before half term to record any work completed.


A Day in Reception

In Early Years we learn through a mixture of play-based activities and more formal tasks. When asked, it is usual for children to tell their parents that they have 'done nothing'. Of course, this is not quite true as they will have been very busy learning but it is not obvious to them that they have done so, meaning they can not always remember and explain!! Your child will actually be experiencing - English, Maths, Phonics, shared reading, dough gym, German (Mr Pearson), P.E (Mrs Holland), Computing, activities which promote their knowledge and understanding of the world (sciences, history, geography) and importantly developing a social and emotional awareness of society, themselves and others.

Our school values of 'work hard and be kind' are underpinned in every experience and learning opportunity that our reception classes provide.


Early years image Reception Curriculum

Autumn 2



Autumn 1

Autumn 2






Focus Text

Establishing routines

My Family

The Three Little Pigs

Owl Babies


The Something

Bonfire Night





Star in the Jar


Greetings, numbers 0-12, name, colours



Write Dance


Following rules

All about me

Materials – construction

Science – food tasting/recycling

Bonfire Night/Space


History of Toys




This term our 'Read to Write' book will be:

Star in the jar book a5a06c77

When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. Together with his big sister, he takes his special treasure with him everywhere - to the cinema, to the swimming pool and even to the toilet!

But the poor star is sad and misses its home ... Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back?


How can I help my child to learn?  


Phonics, English and Maths are especially important and you can support us with your child's learning by reading the book in their bookbag daily, for up to 10 minutes. Also, your child will have free access to online learning platforms called Mathletics, myOn (January 2021) and Purple Mash. These are used to complete simple online homework style tasks and play games (log-ins and passwords will be provided).


More than anything, simply talk to your child.Talk about weather, daytime, nightime, road signs and street names. Talk about family - who is related to them. Talk about where they live - local places, buildings and landmarks, places you like to go together. Talk about likes and dislikes and why they have such likes or dislikes. Talk about things they see in the garden, pets, plants and natural things. 

  Talking children

(Top tip: Limit screen-time and replace with talk-time. Research shows children are not talking enough and the consequences of this are late talkers, overly shy talkers, over use of baby talk and speech problems).


What should my child bring to school?

- A named water bottle (please just fill with water).

- A named lunchbox (if required).

- PE kits are currently being worn to school on Wednesdays.

Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed ready for PE every Wednesday. Your child can leave their PE kit on for the day.

- Blue book bag, blue reading diary and reading books.

- Named waterproof coat, and gloves/hat for colder weather.

- A named sunhat (weather dependent) and sun cream if required (please try to ensure that this is applied before school).

Snack (milk and fruit) is provided during the day and the children will have access to their water bottles at all times.


Reading owl

In our reception classes we adopt a love of reading.

Reading to children from their early years is very important. Not only does it provide quiet time to bond with one another, it also encourages children to develop their love for books.

Children learn to love the sound of language long before they notice text. You can get even the youngest of children involved by inviting them to look at the pictures as you read and asking them to point out different items and objects.

As children get older you may notice them holding the books the correct way around and turning pages one at a time. They will begin by recalling parts of the book and read the pictures they see in front of them. Below is a list of books that your child may talk about as being their favourite after a group story session in class. These might also be accessible at the local library, nearby bookshops or online.

(Click on the link at the bottom of this page for a selection of 25 popular books that will be read to your child during their time in reception.)

Click on the link below for some more favourite books:


This is a really important year developmentally for your child to progress in their reading and writing. We request that children are read with at least three times per week. Please write in your child's blue reading diary after you have read together so they can climb up the reading challenge beanstalk!

Mathletics is available online and we encourage your child to work as independently as possible to secure their knowledge in mathematics. This will include repeating certain challenges to ensure that they have secured a solid understanding of a particular concept.

Click on the icon to access Mathletics : 



Contact us: (Mrs Hughes - Reception Class Teacher/Lead) (Mrs Leigh - Reception Class Teacher) (Mrs Beeston - Reception Teaching Assistant)


Thank you for your continued support.

The Reception Team

The Oaks National Academy

 Click on the icon to access The National Academy.

This is a continuing educational virtual online classroom that can be continued in the event of a full or partial school closure/lockdown.

Useful Websites

Popular Reading List for Reception Children