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DistingtonCommunity School

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Welcome to Reception's class page!

Key Information


We are a class of 18 children. Our teacher is Miss Seager and our teaching assistant is Mrs Boyd. 


  • Homework books will be sent home every Friday and are to be returned the following Thursday. 
  • Read at least five times a week to gain Strive for Five. 
  • Our PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays


If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch with me via Class Dojo. 


Please click the link below to view our curriculum map which outlines the topics and areas we will cover in Reception this year. 

Useful Information...


- School meals are to be ordered online on Lunch Shop. Please make sure that your child's meals are ordered daily at



- Achievement assembly... Each Friday a child will be selected as our Learner of the Week and Class Dojo Champion. If this is your child, please remember that they may come in to school the following Friday in non-uniform.

Useful documents and links


As parents you may find these documents useful when assisting your child's development at home. They are to be used as a guide as we know that all children develop in different ways at different rates.

Spring 2


This half term we are learning about 'Life on the Farm', as well as healthy eating and where our food comes from. The children are showing a lot of interest in this topic and are loving all of the practical activities taking place.

The children have been taking a lot of pride in their investigation area, where they have planted carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli and raspberries. They have labelled their plants and wrote a sign for the area and each day the children are watering them and watching the progress that their plants are making.

We have spoken a lot about where different foods come from. They enjoyed learning about dairy in particular so we focused on milk and they had a turn at milking a cow in class, using rubber gloves. The children really enjoyed this...

Spring 1


The children have been loving learning about dinosaurs this half term. Take a look at what they have been up to...

The children discovered that a dinosaur had been in our classroom, which they used as a focus for some fantastic writing...

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Mastery Maths!


In Reception we follow White Rose Maths. This programme of study allows children to learn practically while utilising the learning environment. We build upon core principles that allow children to progress their mathematical skills throughout the year. Creating a mathematically rich learning environment also provides children with opportunities to develop, practice and consolidate their skills in different contexts and using different media. 


We also use Numberblocks to support the cementing of newly learned numeracy areas- all of these videos can be accessed for free on BBC iPlayer. Please use the link below to access them at home.


Alongside our maths lessons, the children enjoy playing different maths games, some of these can be found online on Top Marks- please use the link below to access these. 


Reading is our superpower!


In Reception we value the importance of regular reading extremely highly. This is therefore why we encourage children to read at least five times a week at home. We all read everyday in school. This is not just reading our reading books but we take part in reading activities throughout each day in our phonics and literacy work, as well as in our learning environment.


Below are some top tips for supporting your child with their reading at home. 


As we all know, there is a lot more to reading than just reading!

Here are some tips to help during reading sessions with your child at home.


  • What is happening? Talk about what is happening in the pictures before you read the text. What can you see?

  • Discuss the meaning of words. Use a dictionary to get your child used to exploring words for themselves.

  • Discuss alternative words. For example, 'big'. Ask your child to think of another word that means the same, e.g. 'huge' (use a thesaurus).

  • Make predictions. What do you think will happen next? What makes you think that?

  • Start at the end of the book. What do you think has happened before this point? Why do you think that?

  • Discuss feelings. How do you think the characters are feeling? What has made them feel this way?

  • Where is the story set? Have you read another story with the same setting? For example, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson are both set in the woods.

  • Discuss the problem in the story. What has happened? What went wrong?

  • Discuss the resolution. How was the problem solved? Is there another way it could have been resolved?


During Reading


Encourage children to sound out unfamiliar words and blend the sounds together.

Encourage children to use expression when reading, especially for the voices of different characters .

Discuss the punctuation on the page, for example, full stops and capital letters.


Oxford owl: Free ebooks can be accessed for extra reading material for your child at home! 

Please see the link below for Oxford Owl.



In school we have daily Read, Write, Inc. sessions, where we say the sounds of each letter and practise forming them, using each of the sounds rhymes. Below is a chart, which will help your child to form their letters at home.


Along side our phonics lessons, we enjoy playing different phonics games in our class. Some of our favourite online games (our favourite is Buried Treasure!) can be found on Phonics Play, please use the link below to access the website and play the games at home. 

Here is a letter formation chart, following the Read Write Inc. program...