Welcome to Reception!

On this page you will find all the information that you need about what’s going on in Reception

This week in Reception

  • We have had another busy week, full of lots of wonderful fun and learning!
  • We have done some fantastic independent writing with Mrs Baxter in literacy. We were able to confidently identify the initial sounds in the words we were writing, and some of us were even able to write the words ‘robin’, ‘bird’, ‘fox’ and ‘duck’ all by ourselves. All of our teachers were very impressed!
  • We have been showing our creative side by using a bundle of earbuds to paint Autumn trees, tissue paper and paper plates to make fox faces and leaves to create leaf hedgehogs! 
  • We have been exploring the outdoor environment for signs of Autumn, and we have been fantastic at spotting how the natural environment is changing around us following on from our Autumn walk last week.
  • Last, but certainly not least, we all loved our visit from Pudsey! We were all extremely excited when he arrived and we were so impressed with the amount of money we raised. As a school we raised £6286.05 and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who helped us raise some an amazing amount of money for such a fantastic cause!

Next week in Reception

  • Next week, we will be continuing to build on the children’s interests in woodland animals. We will also be looking at the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ as the children have been starting to get into the spirit of Christmas.
  • We will be continuing to find out lots of interesting facts about 2D shapes, and we will be continuing to challenge ourselves to describe shapes using their properties.
  • We will be taking on the roles of the characters from the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and will be experimenting with different ways of moving in PE.
  • Finally, please remember it is a non-uniform day in order to collect prizes for our annual Christmas Quiz. Reception Class are collecting for a ‘Cozy night in’ hamper. Items, such as slipper socks, popcorn, chocolates, DVDs, would be greatly appreciated.

Healthy Heroes

We are looking forward to starting a new Healthy Hero challenge next week!

We will be focusing on ‘having a go at something new’– by experimenting and trying out new ideas, we learn lots! We will be talking about how it is important to try new things and that it is OK to get things wrong. We will be trying lots of new things in Reception class next week.

Check out the link below for lots of information and helpful tips about how you can play your part at home too. You will also find information about this challenge on our Healthy Hero window display.

Love to learn

Stars of the Week


For gaining confidence and joining in with more of our activities!


For naming all of his 2D shapes, even a diamond!

Citizens of the Week


For respecting everyone in Reception Class at all times!

Oliver R

For always respecting the importance of coming to school and trying his best!

The Golden Purple Pen Award

This week is awarded to

Mateo from RLB/SW for trying really hard with his letter formation!

Iola from RJL for independently writing and labelling a variety of woodland animals!

Miss Ireland

Assistant Head Teacher, Early Years Leader

Mrs Baxter

Reception Teacher

Miss Woodruff

Reception Teacher

Mrs Longhorn

Reception Class Teacher

Susan McGowan Bowerham

Miss McGowan

Key Worker & Welfare Assistant

Mrs Essa

Key Worker, Reception

Mrs Jackson

Keyworker, Reception

Homework this week

Homework will be given out on a Friday. Often homework will be something for you to do or to talk through rather than written work that needs handing in, but when something does need to be handed in, please send it back in by Tuesday.

To find out what homework Reception has this week please visit our Homework Page.


Please wait with your child in the Reception class playground until the doors open at 8.40am. We try and encourage the children to be as independent as possible and therefore ask you to encourage your child to come into school by themselves. It is very important for your child’s development for them to be able to take responsibility for themselves and their own property. There is always a member of staff helping and supporting the children inside if needed and a member of staff outside for any parents who wish to pass on any messages or information to key workers.

Teaching sessions start at 9am and the main gate will be locked at 9am.  If you arrive after this time, please take your child to the office.

At the end of the day please collect your child at 3.20pm from the Reception playground.  Your child will not be sent to an adult collecting until a member of staff has seen who is there to collect. If someone different is due to collect your child please indicate so in the communication diary.

At least 2 members of the staff will be available at the beginning and end of each day to answer any questions that you may have.  Any of the staff will be able to answer your questions or direct you to the appropriate person.  If you wish to make an appointment to see the teachers, this can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to any member of the Early Years Team.

Useful links and information for Reception Parents

The link below will take you to ‘families in the foundation years’ website. It’s a great site in providing information from pregnancy to age 5, including a section on joining Reception class and encouraging independence.

The Foundation Years Website



We love being able to upload all our observations to share with you throughout each half term as well as being able to share all the exciting things you upload at home too!

Your Tapestry account for your child is only ‘live’ for the length of time they are in Reception class.  Once they go into year 1 or to another school you will no longer have access to your child’s Tapestry account.

We want you to be able to have this learning journey as your own and therefore at the end of each term we will be sending you a PDF download of your child’s learning journey.  This can then be saved on your hard drive to then enable you to keep it ‘forever’!  It is important that you do save it as this will be your only opportunity to keep it term by term.  You will be notified of the download via a sticker in your child’s communication diary. Downloads will then expire within 1 month.

Please note: you will need to access Tapestry through their website and not the app to be able to successfully download your child’s observations.

The link below will take you through the process of how to download your child’s Tapestry observations.

How to download your child’s Tapestry observations


Sun Safety

In Reception class we value the importance of outdoor play and children have the opportunity to be outside for most of the day. As such, we need to make sure that your child is kept safe in the sun. As parents, it is your responsibility to ensure your child is kept safe in the sun. The following requirements are essential in order for staff to allow your child to play outside-

  • Ensure sun cream is applied to your child before you bring them to school – this will give your child the sun protection they will need for the morning session. We will assume that sun cream has been applied prior to arriving.
  • Send your child with a named sun hat on sunny days.

Staff will ensure that children wear their sun hats when playing outside.

On sunny days staff will also re-apply sun cream to your child at 1pm before the afternoon session begins. We have purchased sun cream – Boots Soltan Kids Factor 50 hypoallergenic sun care lotion, which we will apply before the children go outside for the afternoon session. If you do not wish for your child to use this and would like to provide your own lotion, please send your sun lotion in a named bottle – which can be left in Reception Class. Lotion cannot be kept in children’s bags for safety reasons. Our sun cream will be available for you to ‘patch’ test your child if needed.