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  •  Friday 1st February Reception Outdoor Day 
  • Tuesday 12th February Parents' Evening  
  • Wednesday February 13th Parents' Evening
  • Friday 15th February Non Uniform Day (Donations for school fund
  • Monday 18th February half term – Friday 22nd

Phonics Workshop Autumn 2018

Sharing Books with your Children

December Indoor Learning

Week Beginning 10th December 2018

Well done to all of the reception children for their wonderful singing during the Christmas nativity play. We were all very proud of them! Thank you to all of the parents and family members who attended and supported the children. 


In class we have been learning about Advent and how we can prepare for Christmas. The children have explored the meaning of the Advent wreath and have taken part in class prayer services. We would like to say a big thank you for your generosity with donations to the 'Reverse Advent Calendar.' It was wonderful for the children to know that their family was helping others in need. 


 This week in phonics we have been learning the following sounds l, ll, ss, j and v. Next week we will be learning w, x, y, z and zz. So far to date we have learnt the following sounds sa, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss, j and v. We have also begun learning a new set of tricky words that includes he, she, we, be, me and was



Week Beginning 3rd December 

This week the children have been busy preparing for the Christmas nativity that will take place for parents on the afternoon of Wednesday 12th and the morning of Thursday 13th. They look forward to sharing their singing and actions with everyone. The children have also enjoyed a performance of Dick Whittington from a visiting pantomime.

Picture 1

This week in phonics we have been learning the following sounds h, b, f and ff. Next week we will be learning l, ll, ss, j and v. So far to date we have learnt the following sounds sa, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f and ff.  We have also begun learning a new set of tricky words that includes he, she, we, be, me and was

Useful Websites

Fun and games:


Try the CBeebies site for lots of games, stories, rhymes and activities:


The PBS KIDS site has a range of online stories:


Information for adults about quality books and reading activities:




Week Beginning 26th November 


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. 


This week in phonics we have been learning the following sounds e, u, r and have been practising reading/writing tricky words I, go, no, to, into and the. Please continue to encourage your child to write for pleasure at home e.g shopping lists, cards and letters to relatives or Santa. This will give them confidence within the classroom. 


The children have shown an interest in colour mixing and have been investigating what happens when primary colours (red, yellow and blue) are mixed together. They have had great fun experimenting! 



Week Beginning 26th November

Week Beginning 19th November 

On Friday the children enjoyed exploring the forest during Outdoor Day. They worked in teams to build a family home (dens) for Stick Man and had great fun retelling the story in the forest. We looked for signs of winter and used torches to explore shadows and mini beast habitats.


So far in phonics we have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck and e. Next week we will be learning u and r. The children have been enjoying writing shopping lists and creating story maps for the story Stick Man. 

Stick Man

The children have been exploring numbers 1-8 through various representations and resources. Before Christmas we will have explored 1 through to 10. The children have enjoyed learning about numbers using Number Blocks and have shown an interest in creating them during free play (using interlocking cubes, in the paint area and with play dough).  We have also introduce part, part, whole to the children to support their number sense and addition/subtraction skills. The children are learning to use numicon to show different representations of numbers. 

Exploring Number

Week Beginning 12th November 

This week the children have shown an interest in rainbows and have been painting them during free play. The children have explored colour mixing and have been careful to wash their brushes between colours. There was great excitement when we spotted a rainbow in the sky. We talked about how the rainbow was created and later  explored creating different colours by overlapping coloured lasers. 


The children have also been exploring light and how shadows are made using torches in the investigation area. They explored how to make shadows bigger and smaller by moving the source of light. The children were challenged to see if they could change the colour of a shadow and used different coloured cellophane sheets to explore this. It has been lovely to see such curiosity about our world!

Week Beginning 5th November

The children learnt about the importance of Remembrance Day and why many people wear poppies at this time of year. They created their own poppies for a whole school display and also for a local nursing home. The staff in the nursing home were delighted with the poppies and wanted to say a big thank you to the children for the donation of poppies! 

Creating Poppies for a Local Nursing Home

On the 8th of November the children enjoyed a visit from the Animal Man. They loved learning about the different animals and took great care when handling them. Well done Reception, you were very kind and caring towards the animals! 

Animal Man visit details

Week Beginning 22nd October

We would like to thank everyone for attending our Buddy Assembly on Friday 19th. The children enjoyed meeting their Year Five buddies and are looking forward to further opportunities to meet them. We were very proud of all of the children. Well done Reception for a lovely first assembly!


For the past couple of weeks we have delving into the book ‘Owl Babies’. We have been reading the story in class using actions and have also been talking about the main characters and setting. The children created story maps and have enjoyed retelling the story. We have also been exploring non-fictions texts about owls and other nocturnal animals. The children collected things around our school grounds and worked in teams to create nests.


In mathematics, the children have been learning to recognise numerals 0-5 and have been practising matching the numerals to different representations of number for quantities. We have enjoyed learning about numbers through Numberblocks and practical activities. In phonics, we have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d and this week g. We have been identifying initial sounds using objects/words and have begun practising blending sounds together in CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. Examples are as follows – sat, tap, pat, sit, pit, pip, sip, pan, pin, tin, tan, nap, man, mat, map, sad.


It has been a very busy first half term and the children have been fantastic. We are very proud of the progress each child has made, well-done children! Thank you parents for your continued support and enjoy the half term break.

Week Beginning 8th October 


In phonics we have begun learning our single sounds and listening for them in words. We have begun learning ‘s, a, t, p, i, n’ and have been learning how to form the letters using a pre cursive style. Our writing/mark making has been supported by fine motor activities that are aimed at strengthen our hand muscles and pencil control. The children have been enjoying learning the sounds taught and the actions and songs that go with them. They have discovered that there are some tricky words that we cannot use our phonics to read and have begun learning tricky words ‘I’ and ‘no’. The children have been practising how to read and write these tricky words in class.


In mathematics, we have been assessing the children’s knowledge of shape and number. The children been talking about shapes in the environment and making pictures/arrangements using 2D shapes. We have begun teaching number recognition and will be focusing on developing a deep understanding of numbers using different representations.


The children have been learning about autumn and the changes that have been happening around us. We have explored the forest area and have collected ‘autumn treasure’ for our nature table. The children have been describing the different textures of acorns, leaves, conkers and pine cones in our sensory tray. We have also been learning about nocturnal animals and are looking forward to reading our next story Owl Babies!

Tuesday 2nd October - Phonics Workshop


Thank you for all those who attended our Phonics workshop this morning.  It was lovely to see so many of you there and enjoying the opportunity to learn alongside your child.  Below are the slides we used for the presentation.

Welcome to our Reception Web page! 

On this web page we will be putting lots of information about all the exciting things we will be doing this year.


The Reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. During this year we will all work together to ensure that your child has a wonderful learning experience and reaches their full potential in all aspects of the curriculum.


At St Edward's we aim to provide a fun, exciting learning environment for the children where they can feel confident to make their own choices, take risks and be independent. Children will have the opportunity to build on their nursery and home experiences and take part in a wide variety of multi-sensory activities in both the classrooms and outdoors. Learning opportunities are planned around different themes as well as the children's interests, with lots of practical experiences. They will be provided with a balance between adult and child led activities. Visits and visitors help enrich the curriculum and parents are encouraged to play an active role in their child's learning. 


We hope your child's first year at school will be both rewarding and enjoyable. If you have any questions or worries please don't hesitate to come and speak to the Reception staff!


Our Reception team consists of Mr Worthington and Mrs Carr (class teachers), Mrs Naylor, Miss Jones and Mrs Hulme (teaching assistants).

Reception Yearly Curriculum Overview Sheet 2018-2019

Reception Autumn Term Information Sheet 2018