Happy New Year!

I hope you have all had a fantastic break and are looking forward to the year ahead. The children are settling back in to Reception well and are already producing some fantastic pieces of work. 

Here are a few reminders about the routines in Reception:

  • Book bags need to come in to school every day, including reading books and home/school diaries.  If there are any changes, please indicate who will be collecting your child from school in their diary.
  • Reading books are changed on Mondays and Thursdays. Please let us know when you have finished with a book and we will get you a new one. 
  • Water bottles are provided by school and will be sent home on Fridays, and are to be returned on Mondays.
  • PE bags should come in on Mondays and remain in school all week.  They will be sent home every Friday.
  • All uniform should be labelled, including coats, shoes and PE kits.  This is very important as you can imagine that clothes do end up on the wrong bodies during P.E!
  • Mrs Raistrick will continue to teach in Reception every Monday afternoon.

Our topics

This half-term the children have decided that they would like to learn about different toys.  Here we will concentrate on how different toys work and explore how they are different to toys from the past. We will look at materials and also the mechanisms of different toys.  We will then move on to learning about transport and things that move. The children will get the chance to design and make their own toys and forms of transport and evaluate their models. We do follow the interests of the children so the topics may change over the weeks!


Now that the children have been taught all Set 1 and Set 2 sounds, we are now working on developing reading and writing skills. The children will be listened to at least once a week and we will feed back to you through their diary. Please read with your child as much as possible as it makes a huge difference to their confidence and reading ability. It is just as important that your child understands what is happening in the book so do please speak to them about each page and question them on their favourite parts/characters etc. With regards to writing we will be exploring lists, labels, stories, instructions, recipes, adverts and posters. The children will be encouraged to use their sound knowledge to write labels, captions and sentences.


We are now focusing on recognising numbers beyond 10 and counting amounts larger than 10. Please encourage your child to recognise numbers in the environment and count out objects, for example pairs of shoes etc. We are also going to be adding and subtracting practically and finding 1 more and 1 less than numbers 1-20 using objects. With Shape, Space and Measure the children will be taking part in lots of activities involving length, height, weight and capacity and will be encouraged to order from smallest/lightest to largest/heaviest. We will also be exploring a range of 3D shapes and their properties.


As always I will be using ‘Development Matters in Early Years’ to plan, support and assess learning in Reception. A copy of this can be found at At this point in the year I am focusing on 40-60months and moving into Early Learning Goals, however all children learn and develop at their own speed so other age bands may also be used. Please let me know if you would like more information about this.


I am thrilled to see so many of you uploading photos and videos to Tapestry – thank you. It makes such a difference to the confidence of every child when they are explaining their news. They absolutely love it! Please continue to upload as many pictures and videos as you can as it is also very helpful regarding assessment and target setting.

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.

I am certainly looking forward to an exciting and busy year with your children! 

Best Wishes,

Miss Bough