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Welcome to Reception

A Little bit about us.....

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

Reception's teaching team includes:-

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

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

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


We 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

What does a typical day in Reception look like?....

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.

Autumn -half term 1

Our priority during 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 is 'Autumn is Coming!''. Of course, 'Autumn' is the time when the children start school so we will spend lots of time focusing on the children settling in the first 3 weeks, making sure they are happy, busy, engaged and making friends. We will all be getting to know each other.


As September comes to an end and as 'Autumn' is increasingly apparent, we will be meeting Percy The Park Keeper, who will play a large role in our learning, leading and engaging the children in a variety of Autumn inspired activities. For a detailed outline of what Autumn 1's topic looks like, please click on the 'Knowledge Organiser' below. 

Autumn  - half term 2

The theme for Autumn term 2 is 'Celebrations'. We will be thinking about what we celebrate, different cultures and celebrations/traditions as well as visiting a local church. 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  - half term 1

The theme for Spring 1 is 'It's cold outside'. This topic will coincide with the season winter and we will be looking at all things arctic! Children will be learning about the world around them include where in the world is cold/hot, different arctic animals. We will look at a range of non-fiction books alongside the chosen key story book texts; 'Winnie in Winter', 'Charlie Crow in the Snow', 'Frog in Winter' and 'Penguin Small'. 

Spring  - half term 2

The weather is warming up and we have a new theme for Spring 2. Our new theme is 'New Life'. This topic will look at growth, changes over time and new life.  We will read at a range books that will form our key texts, including; 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The very Hungry Caterpillar'. 

Summer Term 

Our topic this term is going to bring to life some of the most popular 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 familiar with these key texts, we will encourage the children to write for various purposes......a 'MISSING' poster for Goldilocks,  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 and to find out the key texts. 

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