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Welcome to our Reception Area

This half term we are focusing on settling the children into their new school routine and ensuring that they have a smooth transition from Nursery into Reception. We stagger the children in small groups and ensure that the children are at ease in their new surroundings.

Our predicted themes are ‘Nursery Rhymes’ and ‘Ourselves.’ We begin by learning about Humpty Dumpty and what could have possibly caused him to fall from our wall! Here the children create a Humpty Dumpty crime scene and become investigators into what could have happened! We then move onto ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ before focusing on our core story ‘Sharing a Shell.’

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. The children are set ‘Gemma the Giraffe’ or ‘Leo the Lion challenges which are set up to explore, develop and perfect particular learning outcomes intended for the children.

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, labeled with their name.

Homework is sent out in homework books on a Friday, 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

Mrs Dufton (Trish Cooke class) and Miss Dorward (Roger Hargreaves class)


Mrs Ali (Teaching assistant)

Ms Dack (Teaching assistant)

Mrs Thomas (Teaching assistant)