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

  • This week, we have continued to love taking part in the Big Schools’ Birdwatch! We had great fun going to the trim trail to watch for birds. We took our binoculars and clipboards and were very excited to see lots of wonderful birds in the trees behind school. We were all fantastic at staying still and quiet as we have been learning about how loud noises can scare birds away.
  • In Literacy, we have been helping the Little Red Hen’s friend, the dog, write an apology letter to her after he did not help her make some bread. We really impressed Mrs Baxter with our writing!
  • On Wednesday and Thursday, we loved getting messy with Mrs Longhorn as we helped her make some chocolate bird nests. We rolled two dice and were able to count out the correct number of ‘eggs’ to place in our nests. Great job!
  • On Friday, we had a wonderful day celebrating Winnie the Pooh day. We all brought in our favourite teddies and it was lovely to listen to lots of wonderful stories about Winnie the Pooh and his friends!

Your Tapestry Online Learning Journeys are now ready to be downloaded. Please click here  for more information on the importance of downloading and about how to download.

Next week in Reception

  • Next week, we will be continuing to help the Little Red Hen with some of her jobs as well as being introduced to her friend Chicken Licken. We wonder what help he will need…
  • We will be continuing to practice our counting on skills to help us answer some addition questions left by the Little Red Hen.
  • In Chatter Matters on Friday, we will be talking to Miss Woodruff all about the birdwatching we have taken part in and she cannot wait to see our lovely drawings and writing! 

Healthy Heroes

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

Our Healthy Hero challenge is all about trying new foods. It is really important that we introduce new foods into our diet and that we have a varied diet. It can take a long time to begin to enjoy a new taste so we have to be patient!

Check out the link below for lots of information and helpful tips about how you can take part in these challenges at home.

 Try New Foods

Stars of the Week


For showing a positive attitude in everything he does!

Leo B-W

For impressing all the adults by painting a very detailed picture of a blackbird!

Citizens of the Week


For being a good friend and always following our values!

Oliver C

For being a super friend and continually spreading happiness!

The Golden Purple Pen Award

This week is awarded to

Hope from RLB/SW for trying very hard with her letter formation!

Oliver R from RJL for holding his pencil using a snappy crocodile in every piece of writing he has done this week!

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 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.