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Welcome to Reception!

Oak Class

Class teacher: Miss Hannah Goodman
TAs: Miss Elaine, Mrs Misik, Miss Naomi
Lunchtime Assistants: Mrs Sustins, Mrs Misik, Miss Elaine

PPA Cover: Mrs Gratwick

Our P.E. day has changed to Thursday afternoon this half term

If you would like to hear how we pronounce the sounds that we teach the children, please scroll down and find the link to the "articulation of phonemes" video below. If you would like to know more about how to help your child read at home, take a look at the "Parents Reading Meeting ppt 2018.pptx" powerpoint below, which we share at our reading meeting at the beginning of the year. You will find both of these resources underneath the text on this page

We are using this class page to share information, and photos, so do check it regularly. It will be updated about once every half term.

Class Routines

Please click on the link below entitled "Information and Routines for September 2018.doc", the link entitled "Welcome to Reception Booklet 2018.pdf" will also have further information about the reception year.

PE is on a Thursday afternoon and this half term the children are focusing on gymnastics.
Please get your child to change their reading book every morning.

Please choose a new library book every week, signing it out and returning the previous one as you do so.

Your child needs a water bottle in school every day.

Please send your child to school in weather appropriate clothing, (sun hats and with cream applied on warm sunny days, a raincoat and with wellies in a bag if it has been raining or rain is forecast.)

Children need their book bags and reading records everyday and they need to change their reading books every day.

The Reception Gate opens at 8.45am, and closes at 9.00am. Please be vigilant for your children’s safety before the doors are opened in the morning and after they open at the end of the school day. This is especially important when your children are on climbing equipment. Toys in the outdoors and covered area are kept safe and tidy, please leave them packed away after school, ready for staff to set up for the children in the morning.

Homework: Simple letter sound practice/ a suggestion for writing /some fun maths will be sent home each Friday, related to the learning we have been doing that week. If the children bring this back during the week, they will get a fun stamp on it.

If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to one of us briefly in the morning. If you need more time you can make an appointment to see the class teacher in a Monday Surgery session.

We are encouraging the children to be more independent. You can help by asking them to put their own things away in the morning. We are also encouraging them to assess their own safety when they are climbing trees and using our outdoor den building equipment. We ask them questions such as:

  • Are those branches strong enough to hold you?
  • Can an adult reach you if you get stuck?
  • Can you get down safely? If not don’t go that high
  • Can you lift it on your own or do you need a friend to help?
  • Did you bend your knees? (why do you need to bend your knees when you lift?)
  • Are you looking forwards? (don’t walk backwards)
  • Are you holding the stick pointing to the sky?

Our Learning This Half-Term

You can find out which phonemes and maths the children will be focusing on each week during this half term, by clicking the link for

"Phonics and Number Summer 1st half 2019.pdf" below.


Our topic title this half term is all about bugs, we're hoping to get some caterpillars and hatch them into butterflies, click on the pdf document below, entitled "Blossom Bugs and Butterflies Summer 1st Half 2019.pdf" to find out more about what is being covered in this topic. There is also "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Word Mat.pdf" and a "Minibeast Hunt Word Mat.pdf" to give you an idea of some of the vocabulary that you can discuss with your children to help them with this topic. If you feel they already know all of these words, then please feel free to extend their vocabulary further with words like metamorphosis, life cycle, thorax, antennae etc. The Minibeast Hunt would also be really fun to do around your garden or a local park.


Some dates for your diaries this half term are:

11th - 15th March, Science Week

Tuesday 26th March - Our Class Sharing Assembly 9am

Friday 5th April - Easter Whole School Assembly 9am


The section at the very bottom of this page is full of stories and songs that the children have been enjoying.

Dates for your Diaries



If any of the links on this page do not work - please let us know in school, there is an occasional technical hitch, which we would be eager to solve if it ever crops up. 
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