Reception 2019/2020


Welcome to Reception! 


We are the Owls class

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

Mrs Naughton works with us on a Tuesday morning

We also work with Mrs Eastwood, Miss Dolan and Mrs Nazir

Spring 1

This term, our Learning Challenge is What Makes a Sound?. We will be learning about the sounds around us, different instruments and different types of music.

Our key text this term is Farmyard Hullaballoo by by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz. We will be using these poems as well as The Sound Collector poem and other sources to help us develop our listening and comprehension skills. We will use these texts to help us with our writing.

We will be starting our phase 3 phonics where we will begin to learn our new diagraph and trigraph sounds. We will be using lots of games and activities to continue to develop our segmenting and blending skills. We are doing well with our reading books and lots of us are well on our way to getting our first reading badge! Please keep reading with your child at home and signing their diaries. Remember, diaries must be signed three times before a book is changed.

In our maths we will continue our exploration of number through maths mastery, using the Number Blocks to help. We will be using the skills we have developed to learn about numbers up to 10 by practising counting and comparing. We will also start to find out about number bonds.

We will be having fun through our learning in lots of different ways this term. We will be exploring sounds around us, making instruments and using music to make art. We will also have a go at some science and DT activities and will be exploring Chinese New Year using craft and food tasting. We will continue to build up our finger strength by having daily Dough Disco sessions. We are also now brushing our teeth every day!

Please speak to Miss Cooper if you would like any support for helping with your child's learning at home.


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.
  • Homework is given out on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday.
  • Please name all your child's clothing. We are having a few mix ups 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 gratefully received! 
  • Any donations of 'junk modelling' (boxes etc) will also be useful.

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. 




Use these phrases to help your child with letter formation: