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Welcome to Reception!

Welcome to the page for the Reception class. Miss Parkinson is the class teacher, supported by Mrs Double. We are always available before and after school if you want to ask us anything about your child's learning.

 We are very lucky in Reception to have a lovely big classroom, our own toilets and a secure playground which we go out to play in whatever the weather. The children start their school life in a safe, caring environment where they develop a love of learning.

Autumn 2

The children have settled in well after their first half term and have become very good at understanding the daily routine which the visual timetable has supported. I will continue putting weekly updates on Tapestry and the website to keep you updated with what we are focusing on each week for you to support your child at home. We are very lucky to have had a outdoor shelter built over the half term. We are looking forward to developing the outdoor area over this half term to extend the children’s learning outdoors.

This half term we are focusing on Celebrations, the children will enjoy finding out about Diwali, Remembrance Day and Bonfire night and beginning to understand the story behind Christmas.


The children are making good progress within our phonics lessons as we have given a large focus to blending the sounds together, to be able to read words and captions. We will continue learning the jolly phonics song linked to the phoneme we are learning. We hope the Learning at Home Folders are helping support the learning we have been doing with the children each week and that you are enjoying learning the rhyme of the week with your child. 


The children are enjoying the Golden Ticket reading challenge. Remember to read at least 4 times a week to win a raffle ticket for the chance to get a Golden ticket and choose a book to take home. We also will send home the reading bear each night to share their favourite story. The children have begun the reading rocket challenge to zoom up to the moon. This is to practise their tricky sight words. We are seeing a great difference in their reading already. We have some lovely new reading books too! Please remember to stop and swop library books too after school on Mondays and Thursdays.


In Math's, we have focused on numbers of the week and reached number 5. We are enjoying using the ncetm, NumberBlocks activities using the mastery approach. Therefore, our next step will be lots of fun and practical ways to focus on the language of ‘more’ and ‘less’ and putting two quantities together to find a total.  We will build up to 10. We will also be using Magic Maths for some great physical ways to learn our numbers.

Talk for Writing Story and rhyme time

We will get to perform our rhymes and stories to you in the class worship on Thursday 22nd November. We are learning ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’ this term for our talk for writing stories and then our story for the class nativity, ‘We are Going on a Baby Hunt’. Each week will continue to be learning a new rhyme and we are looking forward to taking part in the World Nursery Rhyme Challenge from Monday 19th November. The children will learn a new rhyme and perform it with the nursery children to parents and then we will sing them together at the end of each day.  We will continue to learn our letter formation rhymes alongside phonics and to develop our fine and gross motor skills using Dough disco, Squiggle Whilst you wiggle and funky finger activities. 


Dates for the Diary:

Parents evening: Tuesday 6th and 7th November

Anti Bullying Week and Andy ODD Socks Day; Monday 12th November

Children In Need : Dress spotty: Friday 16th November

Class Worship and Stay and Play phonics, story morning: Thursday 22nd November 9 a.m-11.00 a.m.

World Nursery Rhyme Week: parents to join us singing 2.50 p.m. each day Monday 19th –Friday 23rd November 2018

Dental Workshop Reception and Nursery: Tuesday 20th November at 2p.m. Please come and join us with Widemarsh Children Centre for a dental workshop. Siblings are welcome too.

Christmas Fayre

We are going on a Baby Hunt’ Nativity performance

Wednesday 12th December at 2 p.m.

Thursday 13th December at 5.45 p.m.


Starting school

During their first few weeks they get to explore the environment, learn new routines and become part of the St Thomas Cantilupe family. After this, we begin learning in a creative, practical way. The curriculum is based around the children's interests with our Christian values always at the core of what we do. Phonics is taught daily following the letters and sounds pattern and the children also have a 15 minutemaths session every day. RE and PE also have their own time slots during the week

Welcome to the Reception Classrooms

Welcome to the Reception Classrooms 1
Welcome to the Reception Classrooms 2
Welcome to the Reception Classrooms 3
Welcome to the Reception Classrooms 4

We are learning:  (Also on Tapestry Reception News)

Learning at Home Folder

Weekly Rhyme Book 

Useful websites to support learning at home