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dragonfly logo iconReception

Welcome to Reception

In Reception we wear our school uniform and a smile every day!


The class teachers are:
Mrs. Rayer ~ RS (Mon - Wed)
Mrs. Street ~ RS (Thurs - Fri)
Mrs Rayment ~ RR

The teaching assistants are:
Mrs Morgan 
Miss Charles

Context for learning – Getting To Know You


Reception Parent Overview – Autumn  2019

Context – Getting to know you.

Starting school is a very exciting time and we welcome all of our children into Reception. We spend the first few weeks settling our children and making sure they feel happy and safe. We talk to the children about school rules and devise our own class rules, for example, listening carefully, using kind words and sharing toys and resources. We teach the children the school routines, for example, answering the register, playing in the Foundation Phase playground and having lunch in the Foundation Phase hall. We baseline our Reception children, this means we assess where the children are in Personal and Social Development, Language, Literacy and Communication Skills, Mathematical Development and Physical Development.     

We invite parents and carers to a reading afternoon to share how we teach reading and ways to support your child at home. The children take home their first reading book and are encouraged to practise reading the first key words. Reception Reading Meeting Wednesday 25th September, 2.30pm in the Foundation Phase Hall.

Language, Literacy and Communication

Mathematical Development


Talk about myself, my family and my friends.

Learn and say my teachers’ names.



Share stories and learn how to handle and enjoy books.

Introduce Oxford Reading Tree characters – Kipper, Biff, Chip, Mum, Dad and Floppy.

Read and talk about the story of The Kissing Hand.



Encouraging children to hold writing implements correctly, using their thumb and two fingers.

Teach children to write their own name using a capital letter at the beginning, for example, Adam.

Draw a picture of myself showing my head, body, arms, legs and facial features and write my name.

Penpals Handwriting – writing patterns.

Letters and Sounds – learning the sound of letters, starting with the letters:

s, a, t , p, i, n.



Recite a range of number rhymes and songs.

Count a group of objects reliably

Understand that 0 means “none”.

Read and write numbers to at least 10.

Recite numbers up to 20, forwards and backwards, and from different starting points, for example, starting at 7 up to 15.

Sequence the numbers 0 to 10.


Manage Money:

Use 1p, 2p coins to pay for items.



Recognise and name common 2D shapes (circle, square, triangle and rectangle) and some 3D shapes (cube, cuboid, and sphere).



Use the concept of time in terms of their daily activities, for example, register, snack time, playtime, storytime.

Sing/chant the days of the week, months and seasons of the year.


Data skill:  

Recognise and repeat two to three object/colour/clapped patterns and sequences, for example, red, blue, red, blue


Personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity

Understand simple behavioural expectations.

School rules, how to line up, kind hands, kind words, waiting my turn to talk.

Start to perform care routines independently.

Putting coats on, washing hands, going to the toilet and lining up.

Play co-operatively with other children. Share and take turns.


Knowledge and understanding of the world

Identify the similarities and differences between myself and other children.

Learn the names of the parts of my body.

Use mirrors to observe my face and paint a picture of myself.


Physical development

Develop gross motor skills using trikes, bikes, scooters, balls and hoops.

Develop fine motor skills using scissors correctly, writing implements, playdough, jigsaws, threading and construction.


Creative development

Singing a range of songs.

Explore and experiment with a variety of materials, for example, paints, felt tips, pastels and wax crayons.




How to help your child this half term:


Each week, there will be homework relating to what we have been learning in class. Please help your child to complete their homework and ensure it is returned EVERY MONDAY.

You could also:

Talk to your child about their day in school. Share stories every day at home. Encourage your child to dress themselves each morning. Encourage your child to wait their turn to talk and answer questions clearly. Help your child with their reading book and key words.



PE will take place every Tuesday afternoon. The children will not change for PE in the Autumn term .We will inform you when your child will need to bring a PE KIT into school.

Snack Money is £1.20 per week. You can pay weekly, half termly or termly.  Please make cheques payable to Lakeside Primary Snack Account.



Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct school uniform and suitable clothing according to the weather eg hat, suncream, raincoat etc. All items must be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

Reading folders
Please share the library and reading book with your child and write a comment in the record book. Did your child like the story? What was their favourite part? Does your child know what the story is called?
Ensure your child reads their flashcards. You could play games with these cards; matching pairs, matching word to character.



Please return reading folders with flashcards every week, on the day your child is given.

Visit your local library to share books of your child's choice.

The children participate in letters and sounds sessions each week. They will learn the letter sounds, play sound games, record some work in their books and sing sound sounds.

 If you would like to listen to the songs you can visit the following website - Communication4All - Phonics and click on Interactive Phonics Presentation and songs. You can also visit the Letters and Sounds website for ideas and games to play with your child. -

Encourage your children to look for numbers in the environment; on buses, houses, in shops. Sing number rhymes, play number games and maths jigsaws.

Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!

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