Reception Newsletter

Welcome to Reception! The Reception team will be myself as the main class teacher alongside Miss Abu, Miss Kilbride and Miss Mittoo to support every day with learning. We are very much 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.

Recovery curriculum

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 gaps in progress. We are aware children have missed a large chunk of time at nursery and we plan to build our Early Years curriculum around what they know, once we have a better picture of what to focus on.


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.


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 Monday

On these days please ensure that your child comes to school in full PE kit, including suitable footwear (trainers or plimsolls). Your child will remain in their PE kit all day then the PE kit will need to be washed ready for their next PE day.


We are currently reviewing how we administer homework, to ensure that we are complying with covid regualtions. We are looking at moving homework online to avoid cross contamination. For the time being, until told otherwise, please continue to read with your child daily and a homework update will be sent out in due time.

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 in a quarantine box when they are returned from home. Please ensure that each book is in school to be quarantined on Friday.

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. At home time please wait for your child to be sent to you, if you then need to wait for siblings please wait against the back fence away from the doors. The finish time for children in Years 3/4/5 and 6 is 2.40pm and for Reception/Year 1 and 2 this is 2.50pm. 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.


The regulations and advice from the government are constantly changing, so things may change as the term goes on. We appreciate your patience and will keep you up to date with any changes. I am very much looking forward to our first term in Reception together.

Many thanks,

Mrs Dunne