Reception 2020 - 2021

Miss Graystone

Welcome to Reception Class 


Teachers & Teams

Miss Graystone (Class Teacher) - Red Team
Miss Welch (Class Assistant) - Yellow Team 
Mrs Clarkson (PPA cover on a Tuesday)

Miss Winstanley (Class Teacher) - Blue Team
Miss Reed (Class Assistant) - Green Team
Mrs Clarkson (PPA cover on a Tuesday)

Spring 1 - Topic: On The Move

Happy New Year Everyone! We hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful festive period. We are super excited to welcome you back on Monday 4th January 2021! We have many exciting learning opportunities ahead. 

This term our topic is ‘On the Move.’ We will be exploring all things that move. This will include transport, emergency services, living things and how our own bodies move too! We are excited to see where this topic will lead us as we follow the children’s interests. As always, we will keep you updated with our learning opportunities and investigations through this class page. 

Reception Team :-) 

Reception Messages

 Topic Support

Due to Covid-19 we are unable to invite guest speakers/parent helpers into our classroom. We have been trying to do this as creatively as we can through online/virtual opportunities and by bringing exciting real-life resources/activities to the classroom instead. We are very grateful to those who have already supported us last term. 

Do you work with any exciting vehicles which you could tell us more about? We would love to learn about your role and the vehicle that you use! You could send photographs of the vehicle, of you and your uniform or even a video that we could share with the class. If you feel that you could help make this topic even more exciting please get in touch by emailing If the file you are trying to send is too large you can create a dropbox link and email that for us to follow instead. Or once set up, you could even use learning book to upload your video to your child's personal page for us to share. We look forward to seeing them and I am sure your children will do too! 

Winter Clothing

Please ensure that your child brings a warm coat, hat and mittens/gloves during this cooler season. Suitable footwear such as wellies or boots can also be stored at school. We love exploring all weathers in the Early Years, but we must make this a comfortable experience for all. Spare school uniform (especially socks/tights) is also recommended. These can be kept in your child's book bag. As always please label everything so that your child can easily identify their own items. Gloves/mittens can easily become lost. You may wish to attach some wool/string and thread these through your child's coat. But if not, do not worry...we always encourage the children to place their gloves in their pockets and hats in the arm of their coats whilst on their pegs. We will do our very best to keep all items safe. :-)

Reading Books

Please remember to return all reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We are experiencing a shortage and have some books missing. Thank you in advance. We really do appreciate your support with this. 

Mystery Reader– Can you help us virtually?

Thank you to everyone who has sent in a Mystery Reader Video so far. The children have loved them. If this is something you would be interested in please read the message below...

By week three we would usually begin inviting parents/carers into the setting as our mystery reader (by booking this with your class teacher). This would usually take place at 2:45 on a Thursday. Due to Covid-19 and the safety measures in place, we are unable to invite you into the classroom. However, we do not want that to put you off! We will happily accept videos of you being the mystery reader instead and we will play these during our session on a Thursday. Some of the staff members in school have already helped us by recording their favourite stories. We cannot wait to play these to the children on our interactive whiteboard for all to see! You can email your video to: If the file is too large you can create a dropbox link and email that for us to follow instead. Or once set up, you could even use learning book to upload your video to your child's personal page for us to share. We look forward to seeing them and I am sure your children will do too!

Star of the Week (Toy Notice)

Each week two pupils will be chosen for ‘Star of the Week’ from our Reception Class. They will receive a certificate from their class teacher for their hard work. The ‘Star of the Week’ usually brings home a soft cuddly toy and their diary to complete over the weekend as a special treat. Due to Covid-19 guidelines we have had to make some amendments to this process. We now have two ‘squidgy’ toys that will visit your home if your child is lucky enough to be the ‘Star of the Week.’ These make it easier for us to keep them clean using our wipes at school. These toys are very delicate and we encourage adult supervision when your child is playing with these at home. We hope to replace them with our usual soft cuddly toys when it is safe to do so. We have also made the decision to send separate sheets that can be filled in at home and brought back into the setting. This can then be added to our class diary which will remain in the class setting.

Frequent Handwashing

Due to the requirement of frequent handwashing throughout the school day, little hands may become sore! To prevent this from happening we recommend that you provide a hand moisturiser (that your child can apply independently) for the school day. We will encourage them to access this after every hand wash. Please LABEL the moisturiser with your child’s name to help avoid it becoming lost in the classroom.

Welcome Presentation

If you have not yet accessed this presentation please follow the link for the ‘New Starters Information PowerPoint: Transitioning into Reception Class.’ We hope you enjoy learning all about the team that will be supporting your child’s journey throughout this academic year. This presentation additionally provides information about the different areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Slide 32 demonstrates our pre-cursive style of handwriting that we adopt in the Reception Class (we hope you find this useful).

Useful Links

Phonics Sounds - Correct Pronunciation:

http://www.phonics (mathematics)




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