Dear Parents and Carers, 

Welcome to Reception! Here, you will find all the information you need about Reception at Ovingham CE First School. 

Mrs Barber is our class teacher and we are lucky to have Miss Allen and Mrs Bell as our teaching assistants.


Our PE session is delivered on a Wednesday by Mr Lambert from the NUFC Foundation. Children come into school wearing their P.E kit for this session. This should be a white T-shirt and black shorts or jogging bottoms with plimsolls for indoor and trainers (or outdoor shoes) for outdoors. All uniform should be labelled, including coats, shoes and PE kits. This is very important as clothes do end up on the wrong bodies during PE!

Water Bottles:

Children in Reception are provided with their own school water bottle at the start of the year. Water bottles will be sent home on a Friday and need to be returned the following Monday. Spare water bottles can be purchased from Mrs Burnip in the school office for £1.50.

Reading Books:

On Mondays, children bring their book bags and diaries to school and are given a VIPERS focus question and two reading books to read at home throughout the week. These books are to be returned on Friday.

The two books are known as a 'My Book' and an 'Our Book'. The ‘My Book’ is a book matched to your child's phonics knowledge or a coloured level bookThese books are used to boost your child’s fluency when reading aloud and encouraging them to segment and blend words. The 'Our Book' is a book that the children choose themselves from our class library. This should be read alongside an adult and aims to boost children’s interest and love of reading.

Outdoor Shoes:

We are fortunate to have beautiful grounds at Ovingham CE First School and we spend lots of time exploring the world around us, whatever the weather! We ask that children have a pair of wellies or outdoor shoes that are kept in school for these occasions. 

Learning this term: 
Below, you will find more information about our Reception curriculum and the objectives to be covered throughout the year. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to chat to us at the start or end of the school day. Alternatively, you can write a message in your child's diary or contact our school office by phoning 01661 832581 or emailing
Mrs Barber, Miss Allen and Mrs Bell