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Reception 2020/2021


Welcome to Reception! 


We are the Owls class

In our class we work with Mrs Eastwood, Miss Conwell and Miss Fryer



Important Information:

Reception session times are currently as follows:

8.50am - 2.50pm

Please ensure you collect your child on time at the end of the day.

Thank You

Welcome to Autumn 2.

This half term our topic is 'When the Wind Blows'. We will be learning about Autumn, and the changing seasons, exploring and investigating the world around us, going on an Autumn walk around school and finding out facts and information about plants, animals and the weather as it gets colder and darker.


In English we are looking at non-fiction texts around Autumn and a book called 'Don't Hog the Hedge' Other stories we will be looking at are 'Leaf Man' and 'Stick Man' as well as Christmas stories too.

In Communication and Language we will be learning new vocabulary, around these books and our topic, and talking about books and stories.


In Phonics we are working at Phase 2 and children are already learning how to say, read and write pure sounds. The children are being introduced to Guided Reading sessions this term and will learn how to segment and blend words for reading.

In writing the children are being introduced to the Moorhouse script. This is a pre-cursive script which will help them when they start to join their letters together.

In Maths we are looking at number, counting objects, actions and sounds and number bonds to ten. The children will learn how to ‘Subitise. The instant recognition of a number of objects in a small group without the need to count them, i.e. 5 dots on a dice.


Other areas of learning the children take part in are P.E with a Link 4 Life coach and exercising on the Trim Trail.

Dinosaur School, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design are taught through learning in the continuous provision.

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.
  • Reading books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays if your child has read it three times (please sign your child's reading diary). Books will be quarantined before being reissued.
  • 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! 

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'):