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Autumn 1

Welcome to Reception!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday and your children are ready to start their first term in reception! They have certainly made a very good start and  I’m very proud of them all.

Our topics this term will develop as the term progresses based on the children’s interests but we will start with finding out about ourselves and looking at traditional tales. We will begin by looking at the story of the three Billy Goat’s Gruff.

INITIAL LEARNING THEME – All about me and traditional tales

The main focus for the learning will be:

Communication language and literacy – role play the Three Billy Goat’s Gruff Story, making wanted posters for the troll, listening to the story, using puppets, writing our names

Mathematics – counting up 10 forwards and backwards, one more one less

Physical Development – building bridges and balancing

Understanding the world – building dens to hide from the troll, growing cress, observing seasonal fruits

Expressive arts and design - making traps for the troll, self-portraits, painting our soft toys, making glitter names, songs and rhymes

Personal Social Emotional Development – all about me, learning children and adult names, making friends

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The children will be learning about rhymes and pre reading skills this half term. The children will bring a library book home for you to share with your child. We are really looking to promote a real enjoyment of books so anything you can do to support this will be helpful (there is nothing like a good bedtime story!). As the term progresses we will introduce different sounds. We will place the sounds we are looking at in your child’s bookbag. Once children are confident with their sounds we will send home a reading book but in the meantime we will be sending books home from our class library, please feel free to change them as you need to as part of the morning routine.


You may find your child coming out of school telling you they received a ‘shooting star badge’. This means your child has been a superstar! They may have been kind to another a child or completed a task really well or shared resources. Feel free to shower them with praise when they get home, they will have worked really hard.


PE in Reception will take place on Wednesday's initially in small groups. We ask the children to come to school in their PE Kit, please provide warm clothing as this will be outdoors. Children with long hair will need to have it tied back for safety reasons. Any earrings (studs only are allowed in school) will also have to be removed (by the child) or covered with a plaster (which must be supplied from home).

Your child will require the following PE kit (Clearly named):

  • Plain white t shirt
  • Black/grey shorts
  • Sweatshirt(no hood)
  • Joggers
  • Trainers


We use an online system to report on your child’s progress, this is called Tapestry. This will give you access to all photographs and observations we make about your child. You will shortly receive an e mail to set up a login and password, please look out for this, it is not junk! We will talk about this in greater detail at our workshop.


Finally I would like to wish you all a fantastic half term, the reception team will be working hard to ensure your children settle well into school and are happy.