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Welcome to Reception - Acorn and Willow Class


Acorn Class

Miss Dower is the class teacher and we have a wonderful teaching assistant Mrs Parry


Willow Class

Mrs Laycock is the class teacher and we have a wonderful teaching assistant Mrs Parry



On this web page you will find lots of information about our weekly routines and details about the exciting learning that will be taking place both indoors and outdoors this term.


What will we be learning this term in Reception?


This term we will immerse ourselves in a ‘all about me’ topic. Starting school can be a daunting and anxious time for children but we hope that all of our friendly staff can help ease any worries or concerns. Initially we will be spending lots of time getting to know each other, making new friends and learning our new class routines. Alongside our topic work we try to personalise learning and provide opportunities to help our children develop their unique individual interests.


We are proud to promote British Values within Reception. Each day the children vote for the story they would like to hear at Story time. We strongly encourage our children to share their ideas and value others opinions and views. We are hoping the children will suggest ideas and vote for the focus of our role play areas. 



In Reception we follow a maths mastery approach. In teaching for mastery, we provide time and opportunities for children to make connections in their mathematical understanding.  The children are therefore provided with many opportunities throughout the indoor and outdoor environments to develop and deepen their understanding through play.  As well as through discrete teaching sessions led by their practitioners, practitioners engage with children’s mathematics in their play (posing problems, modelling language and helping children to mathematise).

Our staff provide different contexts for children to explore the same mathematical idea and multiple representations of this idea (including pictorial, informal jottings and mathematics equipment).  For mastery in early years, children are encouraged to communicate their mathematical thinking in a wide variety of ways including through manipulation of resources, gesture, pointing, body language, mark-making and talk.


Each week or for longer if necessary we solely focus on one number. This number is introduced to the children at the beginning of the week  and becomes our 'number of the week'. During the week we will explore many mathematical concepts based upon our new number. For instance if the number of the week is 'one' we would explore what number one looks like written and as a numeral, 1 o clock on a clock, 1 spot on a dice, 1 minute/1 hour, 1st place, 1 piece of numicon, shapes with 1 side, 1p or £1, how one looks on a ten frame and the general exploration of the value of one. 




In Literacy we begin to introduce our children to phonics, reading and writing. We will begin to explore some of the features of books and read a wide range of texts that will act as a stimulus for our learning. We want our children to join in with repeated refrains, become familiar with sequencing stories they have read, role play and retell the story in the role of a character and eventually write words or sentences about the focus story. 

This term the children will develop their speaking and listening skills sharing their ideas, thoughts and experiences. Phonics will be of key importance as this is crucial in helping your children to progress in their reading  and writing. Your child will bring home a phonics folder where you can see which sounds they have been learning in school that week - we encourage you to practise these sounds at home as often as possible. 



Useful information:

At the moment in Reception our school day begins at 8.55am each morning. Your childs classroom door will be open from 8.55am until 9.05am. When the door is open children can walk into school, hang up their own belongings and enter their classroom.


Currently our day finishes at 2.55pm and the Reception children will leave from their classroom door and into the foundation stage garden.


Willow class do P.E. on a Monday and Friday afternoon

Acorn class do P.E on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon

We ask that all children have a labelled P.E. kit. Our P.E. kit consists of a pair of maroon shorts, a white t-shirt with the school logo and black pumps. (During the winter months children may wear a plain, dark coloured tracksuit as some P.E sessions will be outdoors) At the moment all children are asked to come into school on their designated P.E days in their P.E kit.



  • PE is on a Monday (Willow) Tuesday (Acorn) and Friday

  • Computing is on Monday (Willow) Tuesday (Acorn)

  • Daily Phonics lessons 

  • Daily Literacy and mathematics input 



  • Reading is expected at least 3 times per week.  It is essential that you record a comment in your child's reading record so that we can see how they have read at home. (Reading books come home on a Monday and they should be returned to school on a Friday) Please ensure your child's books come into school with them each day as your child's class teacher may want to hear them read.
  • At times there may be additional tasks set which will help your child to consolidate their learning. 


What will the children need in school?

  • Everyday each child should bring to school their book bag containing their reading record, reading books and phonic folder.
  • Each child should have a named water bottle to be kept in school which will be sent home to be washed.
  • Each child is expected to have a PE kit in line with the school uniform policy




Each day the children complete a phonics session where they learn sounds and how to use them in their reading and in their writing. Each week the children will bring home a phonic folder. Phonic folders will contain letters and sounds that the children have focused upon learning that week. Children will use their phonic folder to practice these letters and sounds with you at home. Please work through these sounds with your child to help consolidate their learning.


You could also access Jolly Phonics at home - singing is a fantastic way for children to learn and retain knowledge. Each letter sound has its own song and this will be used and shared with your child at home so it may be useful for you to encourage your child to sing these songs at home too. (At the bottom of this page their will be a link to the jolly phonic songs)


Parents as Partners

From birth, children are continually learning. They develop and learn in a variety of ways and you as parents are their first and most enduring educators. Close working between teachers and parents is therefore vital for the identification of a child’s learning needs. So that we can plan the most effective and meaningful activities for your child, it would be most helpful if you could share your child’s experiences out of school with us. This could be anything from a special trip out or dancing in a show, to baking a cake or going to swimming lessons! We highly value your opinions and input and it would help us greatly if you could write down any experiences your child has enjoyed away from school. We are sure this will have a positive impact on the experiences we provide within the school setting. We look forward to hearing all about the hobbies, interests, experiences and achievements that you share outside school.


We hope you find this information useful. If you have any queries, please come and see us.


Warm regards,


Mrs Laycock, Miss Dower and the Reception team

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