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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)

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


Summer 2

Hello everybody! We hope you are all keeping safe at home and having lots of fun. We all miss seeing you at school. We might not be in school every day but we are continuing our learning at home. We will continue to provide suggested activities and resources on the website in the ‘Learning Packs’ section.

There are also lots of fabulous home learning resources online. Twinkl is always a great place to start and many of our learning resources come from there. EYFS Home (linked below) also has lots of fun ideas as well as advice on working with Early Years children at home.


Our Learning Challenge this half term is What Can I Do With Water? We will be investigating water, and finding out lots about it including where it comes from and can be found, how it can change and the animals that live in it.


Our key text is The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. We will also enjoy other fiction and non-fiction texts to explore water. We will be doing lots of communication and lannguage practise and continuing to consolidate our phonics.


In Maths we will be working on Shape, Space and Measure targets looking at and exploring length, height and distance, weight and capacity. We will also be consolidating our learning from this year and embedding all our knowledge about numbers and the number system.


We will also be trying lots of investigations, arts and music and fine and gross motor activities to continue to develop our Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design and Physical Development. We will also be doing lots of thinking about developing our self confidence and how we build relationships to support our Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Remember – home is not school – it will not be the same. The most important thing is make sure children are happy and safe. Make sure to spend plenty of time together. Having fun reading a story, making a den, baking together or simply just joining in with play can have huge benefits. The activities we provide are suggestions and guidance. Please don’t worry if you don’t manage to get through everything or can’t access something. Activities can always be adapted too.


Please continue doing what you are doing – you are all doing a fantastic job.

We look forward to seeing you all when school re-opens. Check the videos below - we wish we could still sing these with you every day - but we will send them virtually instead!


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.
  • Book Share books will be changed on a Monday if your child has brouoght both the book from the previous week and their book bag.
  • 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.



Good Morning Song

Days of the Week Song

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:



Use these phrases to help your child with letter formation:





Use these sound mats to support your child in phonics. We use the pictures to help (eg. 'c as in carrot' and 'ai as in rain'):