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 a challenge week where we have had to complete six different independent challenges around the classroom to earn ourselves an award.
  • On the writing table we were challenged to write a monster story or monster description and on the workshop table we had to build a boat from the junk model pieces and then test it to see if it could float!
  • Our construction challenge was to build a castle for Princess Elsa and her snow monster. We used sugar cubes and other different materials to build.
  • The malleable table asked us to create our own monster from play dough and in the music area we had to create and perform our own monster songs.
  • Our outside challenge was to play a game of basket ball with a focus on sharing and team work.
  • We have all worked really hard this week and we have had lots of fun!

Next week in Reception…

  • Have a wonderful half term holiday and don’t forget to share your adventures with us on tapestry!

Healthy Heroes

We have had a great time taking part in our first few Healthy Heroes challenges with Freddie the Frog!

Over the half term holidays we would like you to try and spend time being active as a family. Being active as a family is a fun way to spend quality time together!

Please see below for some top tips and ideas of how you can get involved in this challenge at home together. Let us know how you get on with this fun challenge by uploading comments and/or photos onto your child’s Tapestry account.

Get Active with their Families

Please see below for a questionnaire which we would be grateful if you could fill in and return. This will help us to plan which activities are especially appropriate for our children.

Healthy Heroes Helping You survey

We are looking forward to a fit and healthy 2020!




Get Active with their Families

Stars of the Week





Citizens of the Week






The Golden Purple Pen Award

This week is awarded to

Miss Ireland

Assistant Head Teacher, Early Years Leader

Miss Culkin

Reception Teacher

Mrs King

Reception Teacher

Mr Guilfoyle

Reception Class Teacher

Miss McGowan

Key Worker & Welfare Assistant

Mrs Steele

Mrs Steele

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackson

Keyworker, Reception

Mrs Patel

Mrs Patel

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Eade

Mrs Eade

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Essa

Key Worker, 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 we will be sending you a termly 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.