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Dear Reception parents and children, 


.Welcome to our class page. Here you can find important information related to Reception and updates throughout the year. As we progress through the school year you will also be able to view examples of our fantastic work and creative curriculum. 


You can also find regular updates related to your child's learning and development on earwig. 


During these difficult times we unfortunately have to limit the amount of face to face communications we have regarding your child. It is therefore vitally important that we maintain a strong home to school link. If you wish to discuss any part of your child's development or would like to talk about strategies for supporting your child at home then please contact me anytime and I will be more than happy to help.


My email address is -

or please leave a message with our school office and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 


Thank you for your continued support.


Miss Irwin



Home Learning


Dear Parents and children, 


As you are aware, due to school closures we have taken to remote learning. Please access the links to activities below. Also if you require additional home learning packs then please contact me and I will arrange more work. Please remember to send me your work via email or Class Dojo. 


If you need anything then please don't hesitate to contact me. 


Thank you


Miss Irwin


Key Information


We are a class of 17 children. Our teacher is Miss Irwin and our teaching assistant is Mrs Boyd. We also work with Miss Quarry and Miss Seager.


  • Our PE day is every Thursday.
  • Homework will be given out every Thursday and it to be returned the following Thursday.
  • Read at least five times a week to gain your strive for five target. 


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

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. If you would like anymore information about how we use these in school then please contact me on the details above. 

Marvellous 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. Below you can find documents that detail how we progress through our maths curriculum throughout the year. They also provide excellent examples of how to support children's mathematical development. 


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.

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