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Reception Induction Presentation

Week Beginning 3rd July 2017

Well we are nearing the end of term; where has that year gone!!! Lately the children’s interests are Star Wars, fairies and space and we have therefore planned these interests into our continuous provision. We are in the process of tying up any loose ends before the year is out.


  • Phonics workshop will end on Monday 3rd July (Thanks for your support!)


  • Reading and library books to be returned to school by the Friday 7th July


  • Homework will finish on the Friday 7th July


To aid your child’s transition into year 1 please continue to reinforce tricky words, digraphs, visits to the library and some number work (addition, subtraction, 1 more or 1 less, counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s) over the summer months. Please do these concepts through play activities rather than sit down number sentence.


The tricky words learnt to date are:

  •  I, go, into, the, no, to, he, she, we, be, you, me, are, was, her, all, they,my, look, said, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what, it's, children, made, your, could


The digraphs learnt to date are:

  • Sh, ch, ng, nk, qu, th, ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy, ea, oi, a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, aw, are, ur, er, ow, ai, oa, ew, ear, ure


Transition information for children to move to year 1

Transition Plan



How to achieve target

To have a good knowledge of the children prior to starting year 1

June 6th

Year 1 teacher visit children in reception to introduce himself and TAs

To understand and use the development matters

June 8th

June 22nd

Reception and Year 1 meet to discuss how scores are entered and information found out

To develop the Year 1 area for continuous provision

June 15th (draw plan)

Sept 1st move furniture

Use the same areas of learning as in Reception (just slimmed down slightly)

To give more opportunity for independent learning

July 6th

Audit resources in Year 1 and consider ways to share receptions resources

Spend a playtime with Year 1 children in the Reception playground



June 14th

June 21st

June 28th

Reception and Year 1 teachers to supervise

Reception children to go into KS1 playground to undertake playtime


July 5th

July 12th

July 19th


Reception and Year 1 teachers to supervise

Year 1 teachers visit for circle time


July 19th

Planning with Year 1 teachers

Reception parent transition meeting

July 18th (TBC)

Presentation with Year 1 teachers

Reception Overview Summer Term 2017

The children learn how to blend/segment sounds and read/write words using Fred Talk. The following links will provide you with lists of words that can be read/written with ‘Fred Talk’. Be guided by your child as to which sounds they have learnt and don't worry if all the sounds haven't been learnt this year as phonics continues into year one.

Useful Websites 

Phonics play - there are several free games to play that will help your child with their blending and segmenting.

Phoneme pop! - the sounds/letters drift by on bubbles and your child has to pop the matching sound!

Phonics Presentation November

Week Beginning 22nd May 2017

The children have been reading Little Red Riding Hood and have enjoyed learning about real life wolves, hot seating and role play. The focus this half term is on writing narratives.


Thank you to the parents who have already made donations to aid our learning in the mud kitchen and creative area. We welcome further donations of any pots, pans, baking trays, silicone baking moulds, metal spoons of various sizes, wooden spoons, buckets, gardening equipment, soil, bark, wallpaper, bottle tops, corks, biscuit tins…the list is endless!


We need your support with filling in ‘star moments’ at home. The sheets can be found on the parents’ notice board inside the classroom doors.


As the weather has improved it is essential that you provide your child with a water bottle. The children are free to refill these if necessary. The children play outside every day and therefore we recommend that you apply sunscreen before they come to school in the morning. We are not permitted to apply sunscreen. Single daily sunscreens are available. However you are welcome to send in easy to apply sunscreen but please teach your child how to apply it. Please label the sunscreen if you are sending it in to school. We also recommend that your child brings in a suitable sun cap.


We feel the children would benefit from accessing mud play. Your child will need to bring in old clothing and wellies. Here are some pictures of the mud kitchen. 





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Week Beginning 8th May

This week we have been reading traditional tales, specifically ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have written stories, speech bubbles, taken part in role plays and watched the story on the interactive whiteboard board. In maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction. You will notice that your child has received a maths vocabulary booklet, please keep this in a handy place and use these words with your child whenever the situation arises.

We are now in a period of transition. We are introducing the children to the idea of moving to year one in the near future. Please support us with this by talking to your child about this change, practising phonics and maths skills. Continue to develop independence with getting dressed and undressed, toileting and washing hands.

This week Mrs Hill’s phonics group have been revising the sounds to date and have recently learnt the trigraph ear (hear with your ear). Mrs Carr’s phonics group has been learning the trigraph air (that’s not fair) and the diagraph ir (twirl and whirl).

Week Beginning 24th April 2017

We hope that you have had a lovely Easter break! The children have come back ready to learn and seem more grown up. There is a busy term ahead in preparing your children for the transition into year one and we look forward to this.


This week we started our weekly phonics drop ins (Mondays at 3:35 – 4:15) and this will continue for the rest of this half term. Thank you to those who attended yesterday and we look forward to seeing you at future sessions. It was suggested at the phonics workshop that it would be helpful if we provided word lists for sounds taught so you can further support your child’s writing at home. See below for phonics resources but let your child lead you through the sounds/rhymes that they have learnt. Recently Mrs Hill’s phonics group have recently learnt the following sounds ea (cup of tea), oi (spoil the boy), aw (yawn at dawn), ur (nurse with a purse), er (a better letter), ow (brown cow), ai (snail in the rain),oa (goat in a boat). Mrs Carr’s phonics group have recently learnt: ow (blow the snow), igh (fly high), ee (what can you see?), ay (may I play), oo (poo at the zoo), oo (look at the book), ar (start the car).


We have updated the curriculum overview for the summer term and have outlined areas that you can support your child with. Please record your child’s new learning at home on the star moments which is located on the parents notice boards in the classrooms. These star moments will be used to inform your child’s assessment. Thank you for your continued support.


Week Beginning 6th March 2017

You may have noticed that we have had an overhaul of the provision. We have already made changes indoors and are in the process of improving our outdoor provision. This includes the addition of a new mud kitchen and digging area. We would welcome any pots, pans, baking trays, silicone baking moulds, metal spoons of various sizes, wooden spoons, buckets, gardening equipment, soil, bark, wallpaper, bottle tops, corks, biscuit tins…the list is endless!


If your child is Mrs Hill’s phonics class they have learnt the following sounds: ir, ou, oy, ea, oi, ur, er, ow, ai, oa. The children have recently started their red diaries and they are going well; thank you for your support! Please ensure your child is sounding out their words as we are not looking for correct spelling but phonetically plausible attempts. If your child is Mrs Carr’s phonics class they have recently learnt the following: nk, qu, ay, ee, igh, ow. The children in this group will be starting homework shortly.


The children have been learning about farm animals as we will be shortly visiting Mount Pleasant Farm. We would appreciate you talking about farm animals and their young at home.

Week Beginning the 6th February  

Over the past couple of weeks the children have been learning about measures (length, weight, height and capacity). Please use vocabulary associated this area e.g. length = long and short, weight = heavy and light, height = tall and short (avoid saying big), capacity = empty and full).


We have split the classes for phonics and therefore the children are at different stages. If your child is in Mrs Hill’s phonics class they have learnt the following diagraphs: sh, ch, th, qu, nk, ng, ay, ee, igh, ow, oo (uh), oo (e.g. zoo), ar, or, air. If your child is in Mrs Carr’s phonics class they have learnt the following diagraphs: sh, ch, th and ng.


Please practise reading and writing tricky words. New tricky words will be sent out next week.

Week Beginning 16th January 2017

This week the children have had great fun with our Pirate topic. They have enjoyed playing in their new role play and reading area (a pirate’s ship and a desert island); building pirate ships on the playground; balancing whilst walking the plank; digging in sand for treasure and drawing treasure maps.


In literacy the children wrote letters to the pirates asking for their class bears (Bertie) back as they have been taken by the pirates. We have been searching for clues in the classroom but are yet to get the bears back. We hope that they will be returned soon!  


On Monday mornings we have been having PE lessons with an Aston Villa coach. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school. Thank you.

Week Beginning 9th January 2017

This has been a very busy and enjoyable week. The children were very excited about attending the ‘Snowman’ production at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and thoroughly enjoyed watching the performance. We were all very proud of how they represented our school so well.


On Thursday R1 children had great fun exploring Blakesley Hall. They enjoyed learning about the history of the Tudor house through listening to stories and singing nursery rhymes. The children asked lots of interesting questions about the building and listened attentively to their teaching guide. R2 children will be in for a treat when they visit Blakesley Hall on Tuesday the 24th of January.


 A big thank you to all of the parents that supported with the trips, it was much appreciated!


Week beginning 2nd January 2017

Happy New Year! It has been lovely to see the children return happy and with an eagerness to learn. They have enjoyed sharing their stories about the Christmas break and are looking forward to starting our new topic ‘Pirates’. They have already made lots of suggestions about how to make this an enjoyable and inspirational topic. We welcome any further ideas you may have.


Next week will be a very busy week as the children will be attending a trip to the theatre on Friday the 13th to see the Snowman production. R1 children will also attend a trip to Blakesley Hall on Thursday the 12th. Thank you for those who have returned the letters and have offered to support with the trips.


This week the children have been practising reading and writing tricky words. Please continue to practise these at home. Phase 2 tricky words are I, go, into, the, no, to and phase 3 tricky words are he, she, we, be, you, me, are, was, her, all, they, my. 

Below you will find the letters learnt to date:

m, a, s, t, d, b, n, g, o, p, c, k, u, i, e, f, l, h, j, r, v, y, w, x, z 


Week Beginning 5th December 2016


This week the children have enjoyed helping to create their new role play areas in their classrooms (nativity scene and a Christmas elf workshop) and have had great fun watching the staff acting in a role too. The children have been busy preparing for the Christmas nativity that will take place for parents on the afternoon of Tuesday 13th and the morning of Wednesday 14th. They look forward to sharing their singing and actions with everyone.


During the week we have been practising new tricky words: he, she, we, me, be, you, all, are, her, they, my, was. Please to continue to practise these at home.

Week Beginning 28th November 2016

This week the children have been busy practising Christmas carols and have been learning actions too. They are looking forward to the upcoming KS1 and reception performance.


During the week the children had fun creating chocolate Christmas trees for the Christmas Fayre and were very pleased with the results. In class we have been discussing the season of Advent, a time when we prepare and wait for the birth of Jesus. The children will continue to learn about this special season during the next few weeks and will attend a whole school mass on the 7th of December.  

Week Beginning 21st November 2016

This week we have learnt the following sounds:

x, z and w.

This week the children have been discussing how to stay safe on the roads. On Friday they enjoyed our whole school road safety walk and had the opportunity to show off their road safety posters.


We have been working hard on learning our Christmas carols this week, so you may hear these being sung at home!


On Thursday we attended a prayer service and balloon release to remember Debbie Davies and Logan Keogh. 

Week beginning 14th November 2016

This week has been an eventful week starting with ‘Takeover Day’ last Friday which involved children from older classes teaching and supporting lessons in reception. Fun was had by all!


This was followed by the Blessing for new families in St Edward’s church on Wednesday. The children listened well and were very reverent throughout the service. Thank you to all the parents that supported on the day.


The letters learnt this week are j, r, v and y. We have also been practising our tricky words (I, the, no, go, into) this week. Please continue to practise these at home. 

Week beginning 7th November 2016

This week took us on a journey through our local community to Stirchley library. It took us one hour to reach our destination! The reason for this was observing issues in our local community such as graffiti, litter and broken windows. These were great discussion points! We will proceed to report these problems to the local authority and will continue to discuss with the children how to make our community a better place to live.


This week we have been learning the following sounds e, f, l and h.


It was requested at the phonics workshop that parents would like a list of CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. See below for examples –

sat, tap, pat, sit, pit, pip, sip, pan, pin, tin, tan, nap, man, mat, map, sad, dip, pig, dig, gas, gap, pot, top, dog, pop, cot, cap, cod, kid, kit, pet, ten, net, pen, peg, men, nun, mug, cup, sun, mud, rat, rag, ram, rug, rot, rip, rim, run, bad, bag, bed, bug, bus, bat, fan, fat, fit, fun, fog, lap, leg, lit, hot, hut, hop, hit, hat, hum, hug. 

Welcome to Reception!

Our team includes Mrs Hill (R2), Mrs Carr (R1), Mrs Naylor, Miss Adkins, Mrs Hulme and Mrs Guiden.


Reception children have all settled in well and have made a great start to the school year. We have had fun reading the stories Owl Babies and the Gruffalo. They have helped design and create the reading areas and class doors. The children have brought these stories to life through learning actions and by using expression to retell the stories. This show cased in front of the whole during their first assembly – everyone was very proud!


Our next class story is Handa’s Surprise and the children have already begun comparing life in Zimbabwe to Birmingham.  We forward to seeing how this book develops.


With regards to phonics we have begun learning our single sounds and listening for them in words. We have been exposing the children to reading and writing short simple words with an emphasis on letter formation. Please continue to encourage your child with the correct formation of letters and learning their ‘tricky words.’


In maths we have been counting objects and saying how many are in a set, sorting and number recognition. The children have also been recognising shapes in the environment. We have undertaken all of these activities practically using real life objects and would appreciate your help at home to support us in reinforcing understanding.  


We have embarked upon our new topic ‘People Who Help Us.’ The children are extremely excited by this and have begun planning what they want to do with this topic. Please if you have any ideas which you feel the children will enjoy, your welcome to come and share them with us and we will feed them into our planning.


Some points to note:

We will be starting P.E. on Friday 11th November. The PE kit is as follows – white t-shirt, royal blue shorts and black pumps. We will send the kit home to be washed at the end of every half term.  


If you observe your child doing anything new or out of the ordinary please write it onto one of our star moment’s sheets. You can find the star moment’s sheet on the parent’s notice board just inside the classroom door.

Thank you.

Class Teacher – Mrs Hill and Mrs Carr              


Here are some useful phonics websites:

Phonics Pronunciation:

Phonics Support:

Jolly Phonics Songs: 

Reception Autumn Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview Spring 2017