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Welcome to Reception!


Mrs Vincent is the class teacher and Mrs Lee is the teaching assistant.  On this page you will find information about Reception class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.  

Our topic this half term is Let's Get Cooking. Please see our Summer One Newsletter and topic map below outlining the activities your child will take part in, linked to the 7 areas of learning.

Talk For Writing

As a Talk 4 Writing school, we place emphasis on children learning to orally retell different types of texts using story maps and actions. We ask all parents to support children with learning these texts at home orally, so that children can use them to create their own versions.


The table below highlights the text types and texts that we are learning in Reception. The table will be updated and added to throughout the year. Please download the texts and story maps and practise retelling them.  Aim to retell the texts with actions and expression!


Date Text Type Text Title
w.c. 16th September 2016 A Cumulative Tale The Little Red Hen                              
w.c. 17th October 2016 A Cumulative Tale The Gingerbread Man
w.c. 14th November 2016 A Cumulative Tale The Sleepy Bumblebee
w.c. 2nd January Recount Our Dinosaur Egg Hunt
w.c 13th February A Cumulative Tale The Three Little Pigs
w.c 24th April Instructions How to Make a Crazy Cake
w.c 15th May A Cumulative Tale The Magic Porridge Pot


In Talk for Writing, we are learning to retell a set of instructions- How to Make a Crazy Cake. When we can retell the instructions really well, we will innovate them to make them our own. The children will draw a new text map and retell their own instructions for making a silly soup. We will be learning to write the set of instructions, using our phonic knowledge carefully and practising our letter formation and spelling of our tricky words.

This half term, in Phonics, we will begin Phase 4 of Letters and Sounds (see phonics timetable below). As well as this, we will be consolidating our knowledge of the phase 3 sounds (ch, sh, th, ng, qu, ee, or, oa, ar, ur, er, oi, ow, igh, ear, air, ure). We will be learning to read some new tricky words which are outlined on the phonics timetable below. Tricky words are words that you cannot sound out. 

In maths, we are continuing to count on for addition and count back for subtraction, as well as using practical resources to explore doubling, halving and sharing. We will be solving problems that involve combining groups of 2, 5 and 10.