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Welcome to our Reception Area

This half term in reception is going to be just as busy as the rest! we have lots of fun and exciting things planned for the children. We have continued to plan exciting opportunities for children to develop their communication and language skill along with their personal, social and emotional development. One of our main focuses this half term will be building the children's independence, by letting them dress themselves, put their own coats on a zipping them up as well as being able to get changed independently for PE. We are sure that reception will be up for the challenge!

In Literacy, our core story is going to be Owl babies and we will have some special visitors to help with the teaching of this. Children will learn all about their senses and the different feelings we can experience through this story. We have planned amazing sensory activities for this including; taste testing, our mystery sensory box and lots lots more.  Aside from this, it will also provide children with amazing ideas which they can begin to put down in writing, explaining their likes and dislikes. 

In Maths, we will be continuing to deepen our knowledge around numbers, counting forwards, backward and placing numbers in order. We will look at all the amazing things we can do with numbers and how this links with other areas, for example, children will experience numbers in the form of money when we open our role play cafe. 

The learning doesn't stop there! Children will have access to our amazing IT suit where they can develop their skills in technology learning how to log on to the computers and access different programs. They will have opportunities to create pictures relating to our topic and also access educational games to consolidate their learning and make it even more exciting. 

In PE, we will begin to think about different ways of moving and be able to the space around them. For PE we ask that children bring in a PE kit (shorts, white t-shirt, and pumps) all labelled with their name in.

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 the provision and during adult led focus activities.

Dates for the diary 

•Tuesday 21 Jan : 9.10am Topic, as this was cancelled last half term

•Tuesday 4 Feb: 2-3pm Games afternoon. 

•Tuesday 3rd March;  9.10am Phase 3 phonics

•Tuesday 17th March 9.10am: ELG and GLD

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 practice 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 the next steps will then feed into 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. 

The super six homework (a reading, writing and maths task) 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.

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)