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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! I fully appreciate how difficult the transition has been because of the current climate but The Reception Team are very excited to work with you and your wonderful children.

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 – matching, recognising pattern, numbers to 5, counting, partitioning numbers to 5

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 Three Billy Goat's Gruff Overview    
Goat troll toss
size trip trap river
horns middle-sized Traditional Tales
field clip clop mountain
bridge thump meadow


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 book bag. 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.


PE in Reception will take place on Wednesday's initially in small groups.  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). Ideally earrings could just be removed on Wednesdays.

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

  • Plain white t shirt
  • Black shorts


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! 


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.