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Welcome to our Reception 2020 web page


On here you will find lots of information about our weekly routines and details about the exciting learning that will be taking place both indoors and outdoors this term. 


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 are Mrs Hill and Mrs Bailey (class teachers), Mrs Naylor and Miss Jones  (teaching assistants). We are a big team who all work together to ensure all the Reception children are happy, engaged, supported and challenged.

Teacher Biographies

Here are the biographies we have written to tell you more about ourselves.

Our daily routines

Here is an outline of how our day looks in Reception

Helping at home

Please have a look to see how you can help with your child's learning at home.

Autumn 1 week 7 -19.10.20

Wow! The children have been working super hard this week. 

In Maths, we have been developing our sorting skills and thinking about which is the 'odd one out' We have been using sentences to describe how we know.

In Forest school, we had great fun building our own obstacle courses and getting the teachers to test them for us (Mrs Bailey only fell off once!smiley) We were thinking about how we could make them more challenging and we learnt what the word 'stable' means. We also went on a bear hunt, exploring the different elements form the book that we could find in the forest. See if you can spot where the bear was hiding.


As part of our work on Black History Month we listened to the story 'Handas' Surprise' and tasted some of the fruits from the story. We really liked the mango and pineapple. " It tastes sweet like jelly".  We made African necklaces and had a go at weaving. We also listened to music by Bob Marley and had our our disco. We liked listening to his music because " it makes us feel happy". Mrs Bailey and Mrs Hill were very impressed with our dance moves! 


Next steps for learning: 

Over half term, you can help your child by :

  • Continuing to name and recognise colours.
  • Encouraging them to read and write their own name.
  • Watching the video below to reinforce our learning on 'odd one out' and look for examples in your home environment.

We would also love to see any photos of what you are doing as a family. Send them to our year group email address: 


We are so impressed with how hard the children have worked this half term and they are settling really well into school life.

We hope you have a great half term. See you on the 2nd November.

Mrs Hill and Mrs Bailey x




Autumn 1 week 6 (12/10/20)

Wow, what a week we have had this week! The children have been really engaged with their learning and have been having lots of fun.

This week we learnt about people who care for us and linked this to the people who cared for Jesus (Mary, Joseph and the Disciples). We talked about a wedding that Jesus went to with Mary and how he performed his first miracle. We even had our very own wedding in school!

On Tuesday, we celebrated the feast day of Saint Edward by making Autumn crowns in Forest School and have a party feast in our classroom.

In our phonics lessons we have been listening carefully to the sounds musical instruments make and copying the sounds.

In Maths, we were learning how to sort objects and explain how we have sorted them - for example things that are red, things that are blue.

Next steps for learning:

You could help your child to progress in their learning by:

  • Helping them to and name all colours including grey ,brown, black and white.
  • Focus on using a knife and fork correctly at home  (can grown ups sit and eat with their child to model good behaviour?)
  • Look for photographs of weddings you have been to at home. Can you talk about them with your child. If you have any to send in to school, that would be great


We really appreciate your continued supportsmiley

Looking forward to another great week- Remember this Thursday the children can wear sports clothes for £1 to raise money for Acorns

Autumn 1 week 5 (week beginning 5.10.20)

This week we have been having lots of fun in forest school learning about Autumn. We looked for Autumn leaves and sorted them into colours and size. We also collected twigs and leaves to make our own hedgehog homes.


We have also been thinking about how we can solve problems in school through conflict resolution. 


In Maths we were learning about how to match in pairs and how we know if something is a pair. We have challenged the children to help you with the washing and match up the pairs of socks.


Next steps:

  • Ask children to tell you the strategies they have learnt at school to solve conflicts. Can they use these at home too?
  • Please continue to encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat. Well done to the children who have managed that this week.
  • Look for pairs around the house with children, encouraging them to say why they are a pair.


Autumn 1 week 4 (Beginning 28/9/20)

This week the children were interested in submarines, music and technology. The teachers planned for this through the different areas of learning and the children have produced some quality creations which are on display in the classroom. They are very proud of their work and like to show it to the adults.


In group time we have focused on personal, social and emotional development, specifically interactions with other children and looking after our resources. We have introduced 5 rules:

  • We put our hands up to speak in group time.
  • We wait until an instruction is finished before moving.
  • When the teacher is speaking we look and listen.
  • We all help to keep our classroom tidy.
  • We have kind hands and feet.

We have spoken to the children about why these rules are important and what will happen if one is broken.


We had great fun in the forest this week, learning about God's creation. The children understand the things God created and commented that the most precious gift God gave us is ourselves.



We would appreciate your help with:

  • Putting on coats independently.
  • Zipping coats up independently. 


We look forward to next week!

Phase Three Word List

Reception Class Prayers

Reception Curriculum Overview 2020-21

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: