Welcome to Reception

This is a very exciting year for your children as they make the transition from Nursery to Reception. We aim to make this transition as smooth as possible by providing a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum. In Reception the children will learn lots of new skills which they will achieve by learning through their play. The children can follow their own interests, and topics are often catered to what the children are interested in. Reception is a creative, fun and warm environment to explore and learn in. We focus on subjects such as Phonics, Literacy and Maths, as these are the fundamental areas of early learning. As well as learning new educational skills, we work on becoming members of a new school community, learn to form new friendships, be more independent, and to follow school rules and routines.

Please do not hesitate to book an appointment if you have any concerns at all. We are committed to ensuring that every child has the very best, happiest and smoothest start to their school life.

Miss Dixon & Mrs Hill


Welcome to Reception PowerPoint

Getting ready for school

BBC Bitesize – ‘Getting Ready for School’

A useful site for parents to find information about starting school. There are also activities that you can share with your child.

Guide to Starting School

A guide that explains about how children will be taught Literacy and Maths in their first year of school.

Tips on getting ready for starting school

Recipes, activities, songs and stories that you can share with your child


Reception Christmas Party

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A Special Arrival in Reception

The children were very excited to come into the classroom today to find an elf, a present and a letter from Santa Claus. Unfortunately the elf is in isolation for a few days but I hope he doesn’t get up to any mischief when he can finally join us…

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Phonics & Reading Meeting PowerPoint

Key points from the video:

  • Homework folders should be in your child’s book bag every day
  • Children should practice their sounds and sight words using their purple sound/sight word books (please do not write in these books)
  • You will notice that Mrs Hill has written page numbers in the sound books – these page numbers correspond to the pages in the handwriting books that the children need to complete.
  • Handwriting books are to be completed at home – they do not need handing in. It is so important that your children learn to form their letters correctly from the beginning so please try to complete at least one page for each sound when possible.
  • The children will get a new reading book every Friday which must be returned the following Friday. Please write a comment in the reading record book – the more comments you write the more house points your child will receive.


A Spooktacular Halloween Day in Reception

Reception have had a fantastic day today all dressed up for Halloween. They had so much fun dancing at the disco, carving pumpkins and doing lots of Halloween crafts.

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Meeting Our Buddies

Reception had a very exciting day today as they got to meet their Year 6 buddies! Year 6 very kindly made a card for their buddy to welcome them to St. Bede’s and their house group.

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First Days at School

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Curriculum Information

Learning and Development in the Early Years

Curriculum Overview: Autumn 2020

Curriculum Overview: Spring 2020

Curriculum Overview: Summer 2019

Phonics Information

Reading and Writing Targets

Mathematics Targets

Early Learning Goals: A Parent’s Guide

What to expect, when?

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the 7 areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

Useful Websites

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception and are free to use by both teachers and young people. The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:



A Cbeebies website that has lots of phonics videos and games.


An educational website full of games, videos, craft activities and radio shows.


A website full of interactive literacy and numeracy games.


Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!


In response to the ongoing situation PhonicsPlay is now free to use without parents needing to subscribe. To access the resources logon using the following details;

Username: march20 Password: home

The website consists of lots of phonics games that the children are used to playing in school.


This website has a huge selection of cross curricular resources and is also offering a free subscription to parents.

Oxford Reading Buddy

Oxford Reading Buddy is a virtual reading service that develops comprehension skills and makes reading fun! All of the children have their own login in for Oxford Reading Buddy that can be found in their home learning packs.

Teach your Monster to Read

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn.

As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Letters and Sounds Phonics

Access to free resources to help support the Letters and Sounds programme that we use in school.


A website packed full of maths games and activities.

Go Noodle

A range of movement and mindfulness videos.

White Rose Maths 

White Rose Maths are currently providing a daily video and work under the home learning tab on the website’s main page.

Recommended stories to read with your child

100 picture books to read before you are 5 years old.

TTS home learning pack and activities

Useful Information

Things to remember:

  • Please make sure the children have their book bags in school with them every day. Homework folders and reading books should be kept inside of book bags at all times.
  • Reading day for the children is a Friday. Remember to write a comment every time you read as these will equate to house points awarded to the children.
  • Our P.E session is a Tuesday afternoon. Children are to come into school dressed in their P.E kits.
  • All money should be handed into school in a named envelope.
  • All items of clothing and property must be clearly labelled. This helps to reunite your child with any lost property.
  • Please ensure your child is prepared for any potential type of weather so as to not limit their outdoor learning opportunities. E.G sun cream, hat, raincoat, gloves and wellies.
  • Please support your children to practise putting on and fastening his/her coat at home. This will increase their independence.
  • We kindly ask for a 50p donation every Monday which helps towards the cost of baking ingredients and resources for the children.

Home learning expectations:

  • Your child’s reading book will be changed on a Friday. Please write a comment in the record books every time you hear your child read.
  • Please use the children’s purple books to practise their sight words and sounds – little and often is best!
  • Please complete the children’s handwriting books once we have learnt the corresponding sound. We ask that the children use a pencil and colour in the pictures using coloured pencils only.

Thank you for your support, cooperation and involvement.

Miss Dixon & Mrs Hill