Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fantastic break.  


Here are a few reminders about the routines in Reception:

  • Please let us know when you have finished with a book and we will get you a new one.
  • PE bags should come in on a Monday and remain in school all week.
  • 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!
  • Please let us know if your child comes home with clothing that isn’t theirs. We can then get it sorted as soon as possible!
  • Water bottles must be in school all week. Replacements are available to buy from Mrs Burnip.

Our Topics

We focus on the interests of the children and they have decided to learn about life cycles, plants, animals and life under the sea.  We will explore the life cycle of a frog, butterfly and chicken and also grow our own plants in our outdoor area. We will then learn all about what lies beneath the sea! More information will be provided each week via Tapestry.


We love to approach Literacy through a range of stories and are currently reading The Little Red Hen. The children will be encouraged to segment words in order to read and write sentences and will create their own character descriptions, missing posters, letters, stories and instructions. We will also explore writing in our outdoor area using chalk and natural materials.

We listen to the children read at least once a week and will let you know how your child is getting on. Please read with your child as much as possible as it makes a huge difference to their confidence and reading ability. It is very important that the children understand what they are reading so do please question them about what is happening on each page.


This term we are now working with numbers 1-20 and will focus on finding 1 more and 1 less, doubling, halving and sharing practically. Naming and describing 3D shapes will also be a focus this term.



Outdoor Learning

This term we will continue to explore the outdoor area to develop our understanding of the world around us. We will be using our two and three-wheeled scooters/bikes to develop gross motor skills and create our own obstacle courses to complete. We will also look for signs of spring and summer and think about what happens to our environment during different seasons.


We will be going on a trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium to explore life under the sea. More information will be provided nearer the time.  


In Reception we use a document called Development Matters in Early Years to plan, support and assess learning. A copy of this can be found at

At this point in the year we are focusing on the Early Learning Goals however all children learn and develop at their own speed and other age bands may be used. Attached is a copy of each Early Learning Goal to provide you with a summary of end of year expectations in Reception.

Year 1

Later in the year you will be given the opportunity to come and chat to Mrs Harper and Mrs Weatherspoon and ask any questions you may have. More information will be provided nearer the time.


Again I am thrilled to see so many of you uploading photos and videos to Tapestry about how your child is getting on at home. It makes such a difference to the confidence of every child when they are explaining their news. They absolutely love it!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can catch me before school or at the end of the school day. Alternatively, you can communicate through your child’s home/school diary.

Miss Bough