Reception Newsletter

Welcome to Reception! The Reception team will be myself, Mrs Dunne, as the main class teacher alongside Miss Hussain and Miss Mittoo to support every day with learning. We are looking forward to be being back at school and can’t wait to get to know our new children and families. We will be having a very busy half term and filled with lots of exciting new learning.


Over the next few weeks in Reception, we will be completing a variety of assessments by spending quality time with the children within their play. This will enable us check what the children know and spot specific areas to work on with the children. We plan to build our Early Years curriculum around what they know and love, and will base much of our focuses on the children’s interests throughout the year.

We are expecting the majority of the first half term to be about settling in, making friends and using the classroom effectively for learning. As we move on in the term, we will be making a start on teaching phonics, guided reading and teaching basic maths skills.

The curriculum focuses over the Autumn Term will look like this:

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2
Literacy ‘The Gingerbread Man ‘

Read Write Inc Phonics

‘I’m Going to Eat This Ant’

Read Write Inc Phonics

Maths Matching objects and quantities

Simple patterns


Representing 1, 2, 3
Physical Development Children will be using a variety of resources in class to help with their gross and fine motor control.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development We are concentrating on making friends and choosing our own learning effectively within continuous provision this half term.
Communication, Language and Literacy Children will be encouraged to develop their listening skills, by listening to stories and taking it in turns to speak with their friends.
Understanding The World Autumn

Bonfire night



Expressive Arts There will be many opportunities for children to use their imagination through role play, dance, art and music in class within the continuous provision.


Parents will be also be invited to download an App called ‘Tapestry’ where they will be able to see their child’s online learning journey which is unique to them. This will give all parents a clear indication of the learning taking place in school and every milestone their child makes. More information about this will follow in the coming weeks.


PE lessons

Your child’s PE lesson will be on Wednesday.

On these days please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school, including suitable footwear (trainers or plimsolls). Your child will be getting changed into and out of their PE kit in class. This is an essential skill that all children learn in Reception.  


We will be sending home reading based tasks first we start to teach phonics across Reception.  This may include sounds, words and looking at stories.

Class Dojo

We will also use Class Dojo as a way of sharing weekly homework which will link to what we are learning in class. All parents have received an email with a link to activate their Class Dojo acoount. We are also sending home letters which gives instructions on how to sign up. Class Dojo is a vital part of how we communicate with parents. Please see a member of the Reception team if you are having any difficulties.

Reading books

Reading books will be provided to the children when we start teaching phonics and guided reading. The children will be able to take home reading books and reading records as they wish. When the children have finished their book they will bring it back to class and will be asked to book their books to be changed.

We ask that all parents make notes as they read with their children in the reading record as a form of communication between school an home.

Belongings from home

The children will not need to bring in anything from home aside from a named water bottle, a packed lunch box (if packed lunch) and a coat. The children should not bring in any pencil cases from home as everything will provided by school.

Drop off and pick ups

In the morning doors will be open from 8.20am and the children can make their way to their classroom as soon as they arrive. Please say goodbye to the children away from the door and allow them to make their own way indoors. Staff will be on hand outside Reception for any quick questions. If you need to speak to a member of the Reception team about anything important please ring the office to book an appointment or arrange a meeting when dropping your child off in the morning for after school. At home time please wait for your child to be sent to you. We are getting to know new faces and we will encourage children to wait on the carpet until their name is called. The finish time for all children is 2.45pm. If you are waiting to collect children, please do so in a socially distanced way away from the school doors. Staff will be on hand to support with this.

Many thanks,

Mrs Dunne, Miss Hussain and Miss Mittoo