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Welcome to Reception

We would like to welcome you to our website page. We hope you find everything you need on this page.


A Little bit about us.....

There are two classes in Reception; Mrs Howard's Class, RSH and Mrs Ambrose's Class, RDA.  

Reception's teaching team includes:-

Mrs Ambrose (Teacher & Early Years Lead), Mrs Tierney (Teaching Assistant), Mr Horner (Teaching Assistant and sports specialist),

Mrs Howard (Class Teacher), Mrs Critchlow (Class Teacher) and Mrs Warren (Teaching Assistant).

Mrs Ambrose works full time and Mrs Howard works Monday - Thursday and Miss Critchlow is in RSH class on a Friday.


We also have a class Facebook Page. We use this page to post or share important information. Through this page, you can also request to join the closed, private group. Within this group, you can post photographs, safely.  Visit the page  by clicking - 


The importance of Early Years...

The early years curriculum is based on learning through exploration and play. There are a number of ways that you can help give your child the best start to school.

  • Always be on time.
  • Good attendance.
  • Home reading and making sure your child brings their book bag to school every day. 
  • Point out numbers and letters in the environment. 
  • Count at every opportunity!
  • Talk to your child about the world around them. Encourage their curious streak and pose questions starting with ‘I wonder...’
  • Ask your child what he / she has been doing in school.

The importance of Early Years - Our Curriculum

Autumn -half term 1

Our priority this half term is getting to know each and every child. We want children to feel happy, safe and excited to come to school. Our topic this half term has been 'Ourselves' linked with 'Autumn'. We have been getting to know the school routine, making friends and exploring our classrooms along with our fantastic outside area (our outdoor classrooms!)

Percy The Park Keeper has played a big role in our first topic. Click below to find out who Percy is and check out some of the exciting learning opportunities linked with the above themes.

Autumn - half term 2

The theme for Autumn term 2 is 'Celebrations'. We will be thinking about what we celebrate and different cultures and celebrations/traditions. We have a range of quality texts planned to read to children including; The Scarecrows Wedding, Happy Birthday Winnie, The Tiger Who came to tea, Harvey Sumfenburger's Christmas Present, The Christmas Nativity and Owl Babies, just to name a few!

Spring Term 1

The theme for Spring term 1 is 'It's Cold Outside'. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we are going to be at home until March. Children will be expected to come on Zoom twice a day, as per stated in the letter sent home.

Well........We followed as much of our planned learning activities as we could over our zoom lessons, getting the children to get outside and 'experience' winter, look for signs of winter, make icebergs for penguins to float on and learn about other palaces in the world that are cold all the time!! The book 'Penguin Small' provided a lot of our stimulus.

Click on the class to find out what we got up to at home - RSH and RDA.


Our priority when children return to school on 8th March will be to settle them back in and re-establish our routines. 

Settling back in after Lockdown! Feeling safe, happy and back in our routine!

Spring Term 2

Spring has Sprung!!

As we return we are learning about 'spring' and the changes it brings. Growing beanstalks (like Jack!), planting sunflowers, looking for 'signs of spring' and enjoying the improving weather.

Summer - half term 1

Our summer term 1 topic is 'Growing'. This follows on nicely from our previous topic, 'New life'. During this term we will be getting some special visitors delivered (clue - they will eventually fly away...) , we will be looking at growth from baby to child and we will be covering healthy living through fruit tasting and some other lovely activities. 

Knowledge Organiser 'Growing'

Summer Term 2       

'Once Upon a Time'     

Our topic this term is going to bring to life some of the most popular of our traditional stories. We will read them over and over again, sharing different versions, talking about the differences and similarities. We will act out the stories as the children become more familiar with them, the children using the story dialogue confidently as they act in character. Through becoming totally familiar with these key texts, we will encourage the children to write for various purposes......a 'sorry' letter from Goldilocks to the 3 bears, a recipe for Red Riding Hood to make a cake for her granny, a 'wanted' poster describing the big, bad wolf or the troll! Look at our 'Knowledge Organiser' to see the range of learning activities that your child will be taking part in this term.



Knowledge Organiser 'Once Upon a Time'.

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Keep in touch! As times are so different and we have to socially distance as best as possible, we know it is sometimes hard to speak to us about issues. So, if you don’t manage to speak to us during drop off and pick up, please drop us a message on here and we will get back to you as soon as possible. No matter how small or trivial you think it might be – feel free to ask! 

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