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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


Spring 2

This term, our Learning Challenge is What Would You Find on the Farm? We will be learning all about the different animals you can find on the farm, the different jobs people can do there as well as about growing and new life. We will also be finding out about where different items come from like eggs and milk.


Our key text this term is Emma's Lamb by Kim Lewis. We will be using this text as well as a collection of fiction and non-fiction texts to develop our understanding, speaking and listening, reading, writing and comprehension skills.


We will be finishing and consolidating our phase 3 phonics. We now know our diagraph and trigraph sounds and will be working on practising our blending and segmenting skills and using sounds in our writing. We will also be working on our letter formation and handwriting. We are doing well with our reading books and we are staring to earn our reading badges. Please try and read at home with your child as often as possible and sign their diary each time. Remember, diaries must be signed three times before a book is changed. We now also take part in Book Share. These story books can be shared and talked about together which will help to develop comprehension skills.


In our maths we will continue our exploration of number through maths mastery, using the Number Blocks to help. We will be practising our numbers to 20 through lots of practical games and activities including singing and outside learning. We will be counting, ordering and recognising numerals. We will also be starting to explore more within Shape, Space and Measure by looking at positional language, making patterns and naming and investigating 2D and 3D shapes.


We will be finding out more about our Learning Challenge through all aspects of our learning. We will be making pictures of farm animals and making collages and pictures using wool. We will also be exploring different materials including straw and wool and will be investigating wind in our science work. Will will also be having a go at some STEM activities by building animal enclosures. We will also find out about dinosaurs in preparation for our visit to see Dippy. We will be continuing with our Link 4 Life PE sessions as well as daily activities of Dough Disco, Tooth Brushing and Morning Write.


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.
  • 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.


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'):



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