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Welcome to our Reception Area

This half term is a very busy half term for reception, we are continuing to form those positive relationships with our peers and adult. This half term we are focusing on our core story, Stickman. We will be completing lots of creative activities including, stick adventures, making our own stick family and exploring the feelings and textures of different sticks. 

In Maths, we will be deepening our knowledge on number and place value using the mastery approach to maths. To begin we will be focusing on numbers 6-10, finding out everything we can about these numbers and how these number fit in with addition, subtraction, doubling and halving. 

In Topic we will be learning about the 4 seasons with a particular focus on autumn and winter. We will compare how the two seasons are similar and different as well as exploring how those seasons make us feel. Also, this half term we will be beginning to practice our nativity. Each child will be given a part and will practice the nativity to show to parents and carers. 

We follow a 'Spread the Happiness' approach to planning which provides children with energetic, exciting and engaging activities to support teaching and learning and provides children with Literacy ideas to stimulate early writing. By continuing the core story approach, as set out in our Nursery provision, the children are able to engage with our stories or topic on a two weekly cycle, providing the children with many links to our stories both in provision and during adult led focus activities.

The EYFS curriculum is very diverse and this is represented in a variety of ways in the areas of provision you will see both indoors and outdoors in our Reception classes. Making learning fun is at the heart of all we do in Reception. 

During the school day there is a balance of child-led learning and adult-directed tasks, which are carefully planned to practise particular skills in our learning.

The children’s progress is recorded and tracked using an online learning journal which parents are encouraged to view and contribute to. These observations and next steps will then feed in to future activities to ensure the children’s learning is progressing. Observations of the children are sent out to parents half termly via the online email system and is a wonderful tool to ensure you are involved in your child’s experience in Reception.

The children have PE on a Thursday morning and we would be grateful if you could provide your child with a suitable PE kit, labelled with their name. We would also appreciate children bringing their own water bottles, book bags and coats daily with their names in. 

Homework is sent out in homework books on a Thursday, to be returned the following Wednesday and contains a variety of activities, including practical elements, Phonics high frequency words and reading books.

You are invited to parent workshops two weekly which cover a range of topics such as Phonics, Literacy, Maths and Reading.

We look forward to working alongside you this year and providing the best possible start to your child’s education at St Matthew’s CE Primary School.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Thank you

Miss Rhodes (Trish Cooke class) and Miss Dorward (Roger Hargreaves class)


Mrs Ali (Learning support assistant)

Ms Dack (Learning support assistant)

Mrs Thomas (Learning support assistant)