Reception 2023 - 2024

Ms Hand

Mrs Wareing

Ms Mrozek

Meet the Team

RMH – Ms Mrozek, Mrs Hand and Mrs Sweet

RW - Mrs Wareing and Mrs Rogerson

If you have any questions, please speak to one of our Reception staff or email



Welcome to Reception! During their time in Reception, children will build on their prior learning and experiences from Nursery. With many opportunities for children to play, express themselves creatively and build resilience in the face of challenges; we support our pupils to become independent and confident learners.

Here you can find out what is happening in Reception this half term. You can use this information to discuss with your child what they have learned and continue to support their learning at home.


What’s happening this half-term?


Addition - Combining sets and saying how many we now have

Learn all the number bonds for each number within 5 and then up to 10

Making 10 in different ways 

More and less/fewer (including 1 more and 1 less)

Reciting numbers backwards from 15

Reciting numbers beyond 15 

Looking at different patterns in movement and shapes

3D shapes  



Talk for writing unit – Jack and the Beanstalk 

Writing purpose – To use a story map to be able to retell a story. To be able to write a CVC word, sentence or more than one sentence to describe events in the story.



Learning the sounds that go with the letters of the alphabet Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds  

Hearing all the sounds in a word and writing them in the correct order

Segmenting and blending the sounds in words e.g. c-a-t = cat 

Writing simple sentences e.g. The cat is big. 

Remembering and using our three sentence rules; capital letter, finger spaces and full stop 



We will be learning all about explorers. We will talk about different habitats that people have visited and learned about. We will be looking at maps and even drawing some of our own. 

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We will look at changes in the world around us as winter moves into spring. We will be investigating our school grounds and looking for signs of spring. Birds will be building nests, the daffodils and other spring flowers will be blooming and the buds on the trees will be opening up to reveal blossoms and new leaves. We are going to plant beans seeds, grass seeds and grow other vegetables. We will also talk about the how the days get longer and the nights gets shorter.  



Topic books:

In class we are currently reading Martha Maps it out by Leigh Hodgkinson




Remember to come into school wearing your PE kit on the following day:

Gymnastics - Friday

We are learning the basic gymnastic body shapes and how to move at different levels.

Both classes have gymnastics in the hall on Friday. 

Kit: Black shorts or tight-fitting black leggings and a plain white t-shirt


Physical Development will take place in the Reception Play Area combined with outdooor play continuously throughout the week. We will be working on strength, balance and coordination. We will also explore moving energetically such as, running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing. Children do not need to wear their P.E kit for this.  



In class we are currently reading stories that encourage us to talk about how to manage feelings.

We will talk about different feelings in our circles times. This half term we are focussing on feelings of anger and frustration and things that make us feel that way. We will talk about some of the ways we can manage our angry feelings and how to calm down and make ourselves feel better again.  Here are some of the books we will be exploring in class this half term:

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Please read with your child every day. Reading for pleasure books should be in school on Thursday and a new book will be issued on Friday. A new ebook will be added to your child’s account at the end of each week.


Home learning:

Purple brainbuilder books should be in school on Tuesday and a new activity and phonic work will be handed back to you on Wednesday.


For further support and information, please view the links below:

Little Wandle - Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1 - Click Here

Little Wandle - Phase 2 sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2 - Click Here 

Little Wandle - Tricky Words - Reception- Autumn Term - Click Here

Little Wandle - How we blend to read words Video - Click Here

Little Wandle - How we teach tricky words - Click Here