Reception 2019/2020


Welcome to Reception! 


We are the Owls class

In our class we work with Miss Cooper, Miss Conwell and Mrs Hutchinson (am)

Mrs Naughton works with us on a Tuesday morning

Autumn 1

Welcome to Reception! We hope everyone is settling in well. We are excited to be helping your children begin their school adventure.

This term, our Learning Challenge is Who Lives in my House?. We will be finding out all about ourselves, our families and our daily lives. We will learn about how we are similar and different to each other.

Our key text this term is Do You Want to be my Friend? by Eric Carle. We will be using this text and other stories to help us explore our Learning Challenge. We will be starting to learn how to mark make using pencils and paper and other materials!

We will be starting our phonics with phase 2 where we will begin to learn our single sounds and how to start to blend and segment for reading and writing. We will soon be having a reading meeting in school to tell you a little bit more about how we teach reading and how to read with your child. Reading books will also be given out soon.

In our Maths we will be starting by practising number recognition and careful counting.

We will also be learning the rules and routines of our classroom, starting our PE lessons, creating self portraits and will have lots of fun exploring the outside area.


Things to remember

  • PE is on a Monday afternoon. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school. PE kits can stay in school and will be sent home at half term to be washed.
  • Please name all your child's clothing. We are having a few mixups trying to identify jumpers and cardigans.
  • If you would like, please bring in a named pair of wellington boots for your child to use in school.
  • Any donations of spare clothes and underwear will be greatefully received!  

Our Curriculum

In the Reception year at school our curriculum is based on ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS).

There are 7 areas of learning 3 prime areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development) and 4 specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design).

At Moorhouse, the 4 themes of the EYFS underpin all our planning, practice and provision - A Unique Child, Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments, which together equal Learning and Development.

We also plan for, observe and assess the way in which your child approaches learning. This is done through the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ and we report on this at the end of the Reception year.                                     The 3 characteristics are Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.

Children participate in daily Literacy, Maths and Phonics sessions. These sessions are interactive, multi-sensory and adapted to different learning styles. Children often discuss their learning with ‘talk partners’ and are supported by a teacher and a teaching assistant.

Our Literacy sessions are based around a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Shared reading and writing is modelled and children also have the opportunity to compare texts/videos/web-based writing.

Our Maths sessions are often energetic and collaborative. We sing lots of songs and use lots of different resources to aid learning. The majority of our guided work is practical and there is lots of photographic evidence of the activities in the children’s books.

For our Phonics sessions we use a scheme called 'Letters and Sounds'. In Reception we cover phases 2, 3 and 4 of a 6 phase scheme of work.


  Useful Websites:

General - Here you can download a parent friendly version of the aims and objectives that we assess the children against in the foundation stage. 




Look at our fantastic self portraits display!
Look at our fantastic self portraits display!