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)

Week 8 in Reception Class

We have had another fabulous week in Reception Class. The children have enjoyed the indoor and outdoor area, investigating autumn during our choosing provision. We have also had lots of fine motor activities to help support the children’s developing strength in their hands (in preparation of writing). These have included tweezer challenges, elastic band activities and threading. In our ‘challenge areas’ we had a cutting skills and pencil control focus. As always, the children faced these challenges with a ‘can do attitude’ and always tried their best. Every member of the class completed one of the challenges. We are super proud - well done team!

During phonics we have revised all of the phase 2 sounds that we have learnt so far. We did this through activities such as phonics bingo, fastest finger (point to the sound), initial sound matching games and by singing our jolly phonics songs. We also practised lots of oral blending with our class robot ‘Metal Mike.’ Some children even practiced reading some VC and CVC words with the support of some sound buttons. E.g. ‘peg.’ We finished the week with a phase 2 tricky words revision focus (I, the, no, go, to). We remembered our rule and added this to our working wall: ‘We cannot sound out tricky words...we just have to learn them!’ We sang a tricky word song and made up some actions to help us remember them when reading. Some children who were ready had a go at writing these tricky words too! The rest of the class became ‘tricky word detectives,’ reading their beautiful work. You are all phonics superstars.

In mathematics we continued to practise counting forwards and backwards (with numbers 0-10). We used our number line to do this. We then practised counting with claps, jumps and movements of the children’s choice. Everyone did a great job! We also explored the number 2 in greater depth. We represented the number in lots of different ways. For example, with numicon, counters on our class tens frame, with our fingers, with actions and in the written numeral form on our working wall. We then played a splat game. The children quickly identified the number 2 from a range of different numbers and representations. We also enjoyed watching the Numberblocks episodes for the number 1 and 2. Well done everyone. What super mathematicians!

This week we have also engaged in our new ‘Royal Writing’ area in the classroom. Here the children can come and practise their ‘pre-cursive’ handwriting during their choosing time. This week our challenge was name writing. We were so proud of all efforts that everyone received an airmile. If your child would like to practise their handwriting at home you can download our pre-cursive handwriting formation sheet in the download section at the bottom of this page.

We finished our week off in style revealing our carpet champions of the day, royal writers of the week and our stars of the week too! The children were very surprised as we revealed a third certificate for the whole of Reception Class. We are very proud of each and every pupil. Mrs Robertson agreed during our zoom assembly and congratulated all children for their super start at school! Before home time we celebrated with a wake and shake dance session (and had even more airmiles)!

Wishing you all a wonderful half term break. We will certainly miss you all. Please ensure that you stay safe and have fun. We look forward to seeing all of your smiley faces once again on Monday 2nd November.

Here are some more photographs below for you to enjoy!

See you soon, Reception Team :-) 

Reception Messages

Thank you for your patience regarding the phonics presentation powerpoint. This is with senior team members and will soon be forwarded via email. Whilst waiting please continue to practise sound recognition, sounding out and blending during your child's reading sessions at home. You can also begin practising identifying phase 2 tricky words (and writing them) if your child is ready for this challenge. (These words are within your phonics pack). 

Reading Books

Please remember to return your childs 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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