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Reception 2020/2021


Welcome to Reception! 


We are the Owls class

In our class we work with Mrs Eastwood and Mrs Hutchinson

Mrs Mayne is also teaching us.



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

Spring 1

This half term our topic is 'If you go down to the woods today....' Our learning will start by focussing on the season of winter and polar bears before we start looking at and finding out about different types of bears and how they live.


In English we are looking at non-fiction texts as well as key texts We're Going on a Bear Hunt and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will be continuing to develop our writing skills by using our phonic knowledge to write CVC words and start to try writing short sentences.

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 3 and children are already learning how to say, read and write pure sounds. We are continuing to practise our segmenting and blending and will use these skills to help develop our reading through individual reading and group guided reading sessions. We will also be developing our comprehension skills by talking about stories and thinking about what happens in different books.


In our Maths we will consolidate our learning on numbers to 10. We will be exploring finding one more, finding one less, comparing and adding numbers within ten.


We will develop our other areas of learning throughout 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'):