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Welcome to Reception! We are 'St Mary's' class. 

Autumn 2 2020


Welcome to our Reception class home page. We have two Reception classes- RFC and RK.


The Reception Team

The Reception Teachers are: Mrs Farrell, Mrs Collins and Miss Knowles. 

Learning support staff are: Mrs McEntee, Mrs Murphy and Miss Neale.


The Early Years gate opens at 8:30am. The Early Years bubble (Nursery and Recpetion classes) will close at 8.40am prompt. If your child is late you will need to waiting until all other mini school bubbles have closed before entering the school through the school office. Please ensure your child arrives promptly to school each day. At the end of the day, the doors open at 2.45pm. Please arrive promptly to collect your child. 


Remote Learning in Reception


This term, in line with Years 1 to 6, we will move from Sway to Seesaw for remote learning. Should it be needed, information regarding remote learning can be found on our class Seesaw page on the school website under the Parents tab and then Home Learning Support


This folder contains learning activities for pupils who are currently isolating awaiting test results (if well enough to access) or siblings of pupils who are required to isolate.


Should the whole of the Reception classes need to self-isolate then this folder will be updated more frequently. If the whole year group does need to isolate then we will contact you will further details about teaching and learning at home.


There are also many home learning resources and support further down this class page.


Our main topic for Autumn 2 is "Changes" 


We will be observing changes in our environment. The children will learn about the changes that occur during the different seasons. We will also look look at changes through a series of scientific investigations and look at changes as we grow.


Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

After the Storm by Nick Butterworth

One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

The Queen's Christmas Present by Steve Antony

The Nativity Story (various authors)






We will also learn about Diwali, Christmas, Bonfire Night, St Andrew's feast day, Remembrance Sunday and Advent.


Daily activities to complete with your child-

  • Daily writing practise - please encourage your child to attempt to write their name. If they are confident with their first name then encourage them to write their surname.
  • Daily reading practise - please continue to engage with daily reading with your child. It is really beneficial to read aloud to your child each day. This will prepare them to succeed as a reader. Bedtime stories are so valuable to encourage good future reading habits with your child. 
  • Daily number/counting practise -  Counting up to 5, 10 or 20. Using mathematical language such 'more' and 'less'. Encourage your child to point with their finger as they count out a group of objects. Encourage them to recount to check they counted accurately.



In Maths, we will be focusing on counting, one to one correspondence, number recognition and order.  We will be making sets and starting to find one more and less.  We will be exploring maths within the environment especially looking at shapes and measures.  We will be sorting and matching, creating patterns and finding them around us.  We will be building on the children's mathematical vocabulary around everyday maths concepts such as time and positional language.






In literacy, we will continue to consolidate our phase 1 phonics and continue to teach phase 2 where we look at letter sounds and begin to use these to read and write simple words.  For more detailed information on the phonics phases please see the Letters and Sounds website (  We will be doing lots of mark making in a variety of contexts and for varied purposes, encouraging the use of the letter formation as we learn them.  We will be working hard on our speaking and listening skills, having paired discussions with our 'talk partners', telling our news and sharing lots of stories and rhymes.  We will be using the Tales Toolkit approach ( to support shared narratives and independent story telling.






From October half term your child will need to wear their PE kit on their PE (Physical Education) day. PE in Reception will take place each Wednesday outdoors on the astro turf pitch. Therefore, your child should arrive to school in their PE kits each Wednesday. They will not need their standard school uniform on this day as they will stay in their PE kits all day.

As in line with our school uniform policy, your child’s PE kit should be as follows:

  • Plain navy joggers (no brands or logos).
  • A pair of trainers (velcro trainers if they cannot tie their laces independently).
  • Your child can wear their usual white polo shirt and navy school jumper on a Wednesday. The school uniform shop in Heaton Moor does sell St Mary’s PE hoodies. These are permitted to be worn on a Wednesday but please do not feel that you have to purchase one as the normal school jumper is fine.

The above will begin from Wednesday 4th November.





Tapestry Online Learning Journal


This year, we will trial Tapestry, an online learning journal, in Nursery and Reception. Tapestry is a program which allows all children in our Reception classes to have a personal on-line learning journal which records photographs, observations and comments to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. 


You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s individual Learning Journal and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us. The safeguarding of our children is very important to us. Everything that is added to Tapestry will only be viewed by school staff using the program, and also yourself, using your own log in. You will only have access to your child’s Learning Journal and this cannot be seen by other parents. It is crucial that you do not share photos or videos from your child’s learning journal on social media or through other online platforms.


Tapestry will be a wonderful way of additional communication between staff and parents; enabling you to view your child’s experiences and comment on the posts, as well as share what you have been up to at home with school.


You should have received an email (the email you registered for Parentmail with) enabling you to log onto your account.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.





Home Learning

Further information regarding Seesaw and home learning to follow asap...




If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Reception Team. 

Many thanks for your continued support


The Reception Team




Phonics websites


Mr Mc is doing fun and interactive daily phonics lessons for children age 4-5. He focuses on new digraphs and has lots of different ways to revisit already learnt sounds.


Phonics apps


Jolly Phonics Lessons


Meet the alphablocks


Read with phonics games


First words sampler


Teach your monster to read


Maths websites


Maths Apps


Kids counting


Maths Tree


Bugs and Numbers


Busy things


Maths ages 3-5


Maths YouTube videos


Jack Hartman


Monkey floss counting backwards from 20


2D shape song


3D shape song






Counting by 10s


Counting by 5s


El Nombre for number formation


Money song




Reception Curriculum Overview 2020-21

Activities to support your child as they start Reception

Phase 2, 3, 4 and 5 tricky words

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