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

Summer 2022


The Reception Team

The Reception Teachers are: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Collins. 

Learning support staff is: Miss Neale.


The Early Years (Nursery and Reception classes) gate opens at 8:30am and closes at 8.45am.  If your child is late you will need to enter 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 2.50pm. Please arrive on time to collect your child. 


Remote Learning in Reception


Should it be needed for individual cases, information regarding remote learning can be found on our class Sway page on the school website under the Parents tab and then Home Learning Support. This folder contains learning activities for pupils who are absent for a few days as they are currently isolating awaiting test results (if well enough to access) or siblings of pupils who are required to isolate.


If the whole year group or an individual child needs to isolate for the recommended 10 days then we will contact you with further details about teaching and learning at home. This longer term learning will be delivered through Seesaw.


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


Our Learning in Summer 


This term we shall guide and progress the children in all 7 inter-connected areas of learning and development within the new and updated EYFS Framework.

These 7 areas are:

Communication and Language (Listening, Attention and Understanding, Speaking)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships)

Physical Development (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Literacy (Comprehension, Word Reading and Writing)

Maths (Number and Numerical Pattern)

Understanding the World (Past and Present, People, Culture and Communities and The Natural World)  

Expressive Arts and Design (Creating with Materials and Being Imaginative and Expressive)


We monitor the children's progression through adult and child daily interactions, observations during whole class, group, individual teaching and during continuous provision. 


Our Summer topic is: Traditional Tales






Traditional tales – Once upon a time...​​

Core Texts ​​

  • ​ Rapunzel
  • Little Red Hen
  • Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Pattan's Pumpkin
  • We shall also explore some tradtional Nursery Rhymes, such as Little Miss Muffet and Jack and Jill 


Global Themes​​

Peace and conflict​​


Social justice & equity​​

Global Goals and RRS​

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions​

Good Health and Wellbeing​

Article 2 Non-discrimination ​

Project Outcome​​

Care packages for the community​​

Events, Celebrations and Cultural Capital​


Trip to supermarket, Pizza Express ​,

Caterpillars, Pentecost​, Transition to year 1​​


Communication and Language​

Core rhymes, poems and songs:​

  • The Animal Boogie​

  • There was an old lady who swallowed a fly​

  • We're all going on a summer holiday​

  • Wonderful World ​

  • The sun has got its hat on​

  • When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears (maths link) ​


Expressive Arts & Design ​​

Line drawings of animals​, observational drawings,​​

Changes in music​​

Animal masks​, Moving like different animals​​

Making prop​​

Colour, design, texture of different animals ​​



Daily activities to complete with your child-

  • Daily writing practice - please encourage your child to practise writing their first name, encouraging them to use an upper case letter for their initial and lower case letters for the other letters. Please share any writing on Seesaw or Tapestry. 
  • Daily reading practice - please continue to engage with daily reading with your child; this could be through singing rhymes, poems and songs also as well as reading stories. 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. Reading Eggs is a highly recommended resource, so please take full advantage of your school subscription. Please practise recognition of the Phase 2 sounds and Phase 2 tricky words also. During the Spring term we will move onto Phase 3 letters and sounds. Staff will send out further details when appropriate.
  • Daily number/counting practice -  Counting up to 5, 10 or 20. Sing number songs and rhymes. Using mathematical language such 'more' and 'less'-this could be done when playing or when preparing food together. Go on a number hunt around the home or outdoors-focus on identifying numerals 0-5. Order numerals to 5 and then 10. 



In Maths we will be focusing on counting objects, actions and sounds, ordering and recognising numerals to 10, exploring numbers to 20, subitising (instantly recognise small quantities), singing counting songs and number rhymes and read stories that involve counting, comparing and ordering, one to one correspondence. We will be sorting and matching, creating patterns and finding them around us. 






In literacy, we will consolidate phase 2 and 3 of the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme, specifically; segmenting and blending the sounds in words, reading words, captions and sentences and spelling tricky words as well as attempting to write our own phonetically plausible sentences. We move through the programme by daily phonics sessions where children have the chance to read and write the sounds. 

For more detailed information on the phonics phases please see the Little Wandle website: and click on the parents tab. 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.






This term we will teach RSE, using the scheme Ten Ten - Life to the Full. Below is an overview of the lesson objectives your child will cover over the Spring term.



Religious Understanding

Me, My Body, My Health

Emotional Wellbeing

Life Cycles

Learning Objectives

Children will learn:

  • We are created individually by God as part of His creation plan.
  • We are all God’s children and are special.
  • Our bodies were created by God and are good.
  • We can give thanks to God!

Learning Objectives

Children will learn:

  • We are each unique, with individual gifts, talents and skills.
  • Whilst we all have similarities because we are made in God’s image, difference is part of God’s plan!
  • That their bodies are good and made by God.
  • The names of the parts of the body (not genitalia).
  • That our bodies are good and we need to look after them.
  • What constitutes a healthy lifestyle, including exercise, diet, sleep and personal hygiene.

Learning Objectives

Children will learn:

  • That we all have different ‘tastes’ (likes and dislikes), but also similar needs (to be loved and respected, to be safe etc).
  • That it is natural for us to relate to and trust one another.
  • A language to describe their feelings.
  • An understanding that everyone experiences feelings, both good and bad.
  • Simple strategies for managing feelings.
  • Simple strategies for managing emotions and behaviour.
  • That we have choices, and these choices can impact how we feel and respond.
  • We can say sorry and forgive like Jesus.

Learning Objectives

Children will learn:

  • That there are natural life stages from birth to death, and what these are.





PE (Physical Education) in Reception will start after the October half term. We plan for it to take place each Friday outdoors on the astro turf pitch. Therefore, after the October half term, your child will arrive to school in their PE kits each Friday. 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 Friday. The school uniform shop in Heaton Moor sells St Mary’s PE hoodies. These are permitted to be worn on a Friday but please do not feel that you have to purchase one as the normal school jumper is fine.






Tapestry Online Learning Journal


This year, we will use 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.


During the first term you will receive 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

Book bags and reading books need to be returned each Wednesday. We will return them to you by the following Friday. During the first term you will receive your QR code to access our Seesaw home learning page. We normally use Seesaw to upload maths home learning and the phonic words from that week, but feel free to upload any other learning your child engages with.  The children love to share their home learning with the other children each Wednesday morning. They especially like to watch video clips of their friend's learning at home. Please see a member of staff as soon as possible if you are having any problems accessing your Seesaw account.




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




The Early Years Framework


As you may already be aware, the DFE (Department for Education) have introduced a new EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) framework, commencing September 2021.  Your child will follow the updated EYFS framework and will work towards the final assessment at the end of the Reception year, using the new ELGs (Early Learning Goals). These goals are short statements that teachers assess your child against at the end of the year.  The 7 main areas of learning remain the same. These are;

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the World

As part of the changes to the new framework, it also means that there is less emphasis on recording paperwork, meaning we, as adults, can spend more time with your child getting to know them and having those quality interactions. The new framework is also more aligned with the KS1 curriculum, further ensuring your child’s educational journey from Reception to KS1 is building upon previous knowledge. See the attached link below for the statements that your child will be assessed against at the end of Reception. We have also provide a link below to the Development Matters 2021 document, which outlines the principles behind the new framework.

Partnership with Parents


  • It is important for parents and early years settings to have a strong and respectful partnership. This sets the scene for children to thrive in the early years.
  • This includes listening regularly to parents and giving parents clear information about their child's progress.
  • The help that parents give their children at home has a very significant impact on their learning.
  • Some children get less support for their learning at home than others. By knowing and understanding all children and their families, we will offer extra help to those who need it most.
  • It is important to encourage all parents to chat, play and read with their children.


Useful Information for parents from the NSPCC

Positive parenting (

Look Say Sing Play: to build your baby’s brain every day (

Handle with care: How to keep your baby safe (

Talking about difficult topics | NSPCC

Helping Your Child Cope with Your Divorce or Separation | NSPCC

Online Safety for Children - Tips & Guides | NSPCC


Useful Information for parents from Early Education

Babies - learning starts from the first day.pdf (

Children as artists.pdf (

Going out to play and learn (3).pdf (

Helping children cope with change.pdf (

Helping children with their behaviour.pdf (

Making their mark - children's early writing.pdf (

Maths is Everywhere.pdf (

Questions and answers.pdf (

Science all around.pdf (

The road to reading.pdf (

Toddlers and very early learning.pdf (


Useful Information for parents from BBC/CBeebies

Grown-ups - for parents and carers - CBeebies - BBC


Tips and clips for good oral hygiene and teeth brushing

Reception Curriculum Overview 2020-21

Phase 1 Phonic Home Learning Activities

Phase 2 Phonic Home Learning Activities

Phase 3 Phonic Home Learning Activities

Phase 4 Phonic Home Learning Activities

Phase 2, 3, 4 and 5 tricky words

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