Reception 2017 - 2018

Mrs Rea


Welcome to Reception


Mrs Rea

     Hello I am Mrs Rea and I am currently teaching Reception.  This will be my 4th year at Offley and I have just got married over the summer (just to confuse all of the children). I love PE and I am currently the PE co-ordinator in school alongside Mr Earlam.  Outside of school I love to go walking, watch musicals at the theatre and drink lots of hot chocolate!



Weekly Update...

This week has been all about play and HOW to play, developing communication and language, team work & social skills, imagination and confidence.  On Monday the adults in the room performed a show for the children using the airport role play.  Often people can assume children will pick up toys and costumes and automatically know what to do and how to play with it, but sometimes this is not the case and children need to be shown HOW to play.  So this is what we did!




First of all we decided what roles we wanted to be... Mr Shaw was the pilot, Mrs Perry was the check in lady, Miss Bell was a customer and Mrs Rea was the air hostess.  We then modelled how play can be amazing when we use our friends and include everyone!  The children found it hilarious and were all desperate to play.  During the week we have seen some fantastic role play from them.




This week we have also had our very first PE lesson.  We were so impressed with how fast they got changed and so independently!  Lots of children were telling me how they had practised at home and this certainly paid off.  We were in the hall by 9.15am and had a brilliant lesson working on floor patterns, running, skipping, hopping, side stepping, galloping.  I am very much looking forward to our next PE lesson!



Here is a sneaky peek of the first 2 weeks of school...



Phonics & Reading Information Evening

 Next Thursday, 21st September, is our information evening at 6pm.  We would love to see you all there!  During this evening you will receive information about how we teach phonics and reading and how you can help your child at home.  The children will start their phonics learning next week so this would be a great opportunity for you to see what they have been learning.


Keep an eye out on our page next week to see what we have been up to! 


Class Information


PE will be on a Monday morning.  Please can you ensure that your child's PE kit stays in school at all times and all items are NAMED.  We will send them home every half term for a wash.  Please can you also ensure that long hair is tied back on these days and that the children are not wearing jewellry - thank you.



Over the next few weeks you will receive a log in and password to access your child's learningbook.  If you would like any support with this please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Rea.



On Monday 17th September your child will be given 1 picture book and 1 book with words.  We do not expect the children to be able to read the words yet so please don't panic.  Continue to read the books through the pictures.  Over next week we will be learning the sounds s,a,t,p,i.  Could you see if your child can spot any of these sounds in their books?  We will give you more information at the phonics evening to help you support your child at home.


Reception staff will collect diaries in on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and you will notice that your child will receive stamps and stickers in their reading diaries.  This is part of the 'Reading Challenge' in school.  In Reception, the expectation is that children will read five times per week (20 minute sesions).  5 times = 1 sticker.  If they read on ten separate occasions in one week, they will receive two stickers.  10 times = 2 stickers. However, if your child reads more than the expected amount but not enough to achieve two stickers, the additional reading sessions cannot be transferred to the following week.

This term if your child receives 10 stickers they will receive the reading reward.



Every week we have two minions (Kevin and Bob) who choose 2 children as 'stars of the week' to go home with for the weekend.  This week Bob chose Sasha for being excellent pattern work with Mr Shaw and Kevin chose Ellie for being a fantastic friend in class.  Well done, we look forward to reading all about your weekends on Monday!


Our Key Worker Groups

Blue & Red - Mrs Rea & Miss Bell

Green - Mr Shaw

Yellow - Miss Graystone

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Contact the School

Offley Primary

Offley Road, Sandbach
Cheshire , CW11 1GY

Tel: 01270 685355

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