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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




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 a Wednesday- please can all children come to school in their full school PE kit. 
  • Homework will be given out every Friday 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 Information for this half term: 


- School meals can be ordered online on Lunch Shop, please make sure that your child's meals are ordered daily from our selection of delicious school meals.


- Our School Trip: our end of year summer trip will take place on Thursday 8th July, any children wishing to attend the trip must return their completed returns slip along with their money in an envelope with their name on by the 1st July. 


- Breaking up for Summer: our last day of term will be Friday 16th July and school will finish at 1pm.


- Dojo Champion: children will be rewarded Dojo points for hard work and positive behaviours. Each Friday the child that has been awarded the most Dojo points will be rewarded a certificate and will be allowed to wear our class' 'Dojo Champion' t-shirt the following week and attend school in non uniform the following Friday. 

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. 

What are we learning about? 


This half term we are learning all about the Seaside. We will be looking at the different things that are at the seaside, what people can do there and what animals can be found there. 

We will also be using the 'Lighthouse Keepers Lunch' and 'Somebody swallowed Stanley' books to support us in our learning- especially with our learning about healthy eating and protecting the ocean and animals. 




In our literacy this half term we are going to focus on encouraging children to write as independently as they can, using their phonic knowledge and breaking down the flow of words into their writing. 


Children will also be encouraged to keep working on their letter formation and writing presentation. 




In numeracy we are going to be looking at patterns, halving/sharing and doubling. We will be using fun practical lessons to engage the children in their learning and encourage them to use mathematical vocabulary. 


Provision areas


Role Play: this half term our role play area has been transformed into a Ice Cream Parlour. Our role play area will encourage children to use their imagination and improve their communication and spoken language. As well as this, it will promote the use of every day mathematical language in relation to money. 


Writing Area: our writing area has lots of seaside words for children to learn, practice and use in their writing. We have seaside themed writing sheets and postcard templates. 


Funky Fingers: our funky fingers provision area is to support the development of children's fine motor skills, during this half term we will have a range of fine motor skill activities for the children to engage with, such as: creating their own pattern bracelet, using Lego to make sea creations, sorting shells using tweezers. 


Numeracy area: the numeracy area changes depending on what we are learning about in class, this half term it will link in with our learning about patterns, halving/sharing and doubling. Our Numeracy area also includes a number line and a 0-10 counting and numeral matching activity, to support children who struggle with numeral recognition. 


Investigation station: our investigation station is designed to encourage children to use their senses to explore various resources and materials linking in with our current topic; allowing children to explore and learn. 


Tuff Tray: our tuff tray will change regularly linking into the area of topic we are covering at the time. This half term plans for our tuff tray include: sand and bucket/spade fun, treasure (money) hunt and categorising, beach clean-up, ice cream station and fishing for words. 



Play, learning and exploring in our areas



As stated about, all homework will be given out on a Friday and will need returned by the following Thursday. 


All homework tasks will be uploaded onto ClassDojo for parents to see and any homework sheets will be handed out to children before leaving school on a Friday. 


We ask that all practical homework can please be documented/evidenced (either photographs or videos) and uploaded onto your child's portfolio on ClassDojo. 


Some homework tasks may also be set on Education City (you will be informed on ClassDojo if this is the case), if you would like a reminder of your Education City details please ask. 


All children that return completed work on time will receive a Dojo point for working hard at home!


Please see the links below for ClassDojo and Education City. 



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. 


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 (we will be using videos from series 4 and 5 this half term alongside our other learning). 


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! 

Reading Eggs: lots of fun reading games and exercises. 


Please see the link below for Oxford Owl and Reading Eggs.



Please record any extra reading that your child does in their reading record and leave a brief comment about their reading- this helps us in school to get a good picture of how your child is reading at home. 



In school we have daily phonics lessons, where we learn phonics sounds, practice writing them, reading/recognising them and using them in words.


As part of our letter formation practice, we use the ReadWriteInc letter formation chart to help children remember how to correctly form their letters. Please see the chart below to help support your child with their letter formation 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 Burried 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...