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Welcome to our Reception Area

This half term our predicted themes are ’Transport and Journeys' and our learning will take place through our core story ‘We're Going on a Bear Hunt’ and 'Golidlocks and the Three Bears.' We have lots of fun and exciting activities planned this half term as we draw our time in Reception to a close and begin to discuss our thoughts around starting Year 1! The children will be making their own bear cookies by writing their own instructions to follow and going on their own bear hunt around school!

In Maths, we will be continuing to consolidate our knowledge of number and begin to solve practical problems involving addition and subtraction, along with developing our knowledge on 3D shapes and their properties. Furthermore, will be looking at some of the exceeding statements for the ELG's in Maths in order to best prepare the children for their transition to Year 1.

In Topic we will be learning about different methods of transport and talking about journeys that we have been on with our families. We will also be learning about different types of materials as this was an area of particular interest to the children last half term. 

We are all very excited as our trip to St Leonard's Farm is coming up, where we will have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of farm animals and ask Farmer James lots of different questions.

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. 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, labelled 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)