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Welcome to our Reception 2020/2021 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.

Parents Phonics Loom

Below you will find a PowerPoint to explain the world of phonics. As we are moving into phase 2, we would like you at home to pick up phase 1 which runs alongside all the other phases.

We are experiencing technical issues in uploading the video with the teachers explaining each slide, so we have put the PowerPoint on for you to access and enable you to get started in helping your child. Thanks.

Spring Term 2 

We are delighted to welcome everybody back to school this week. The children have been amazing and were overjoyed to see each other.

Our timetable has been refreshed in light of the lockdown experiences the children have had (see timetable below).

You will notice that we have ensured the children are receiving a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on the children's well-being.

This week we have focused on reviewing digraphs and numbers within ten. We have noticed the children are becoming more skilled in the use of a tens frame and their writing is beginning to take off.

Reception children's timetable

Spring term 2021

The Year, and indeed the new school term, hasn't quite started as we had hoped but the children have all been amazing over the last few weeks, adapting to the changes and challenges of either home learning or being in school as a Key Worker child.

They are embracing their learning with enthusiasm and it is lovely to see how much they are enjoying and engaging with the home learning tasks we are setting for them. Please continue to upload their work so we can see how well they are doing.

The children all look so happy on our daily Zoom sessions and are proud to show us all the work they have been doing.

Here are just a few photos of the work the children have been doing, both at home and in school. We will try and keep and adding to the gallery each week.

Many thanks for your continued support, stay safe

The Reception teamsmiley

Autumn 2- week beginning 14.12.20

Wow! What a busy, fun-filled week we have had this week.

The children did an amazing job in the Infant Nativity and we were really proud of how they performed using their big confident voices. They also really enjoyed watching themselves on the big screen in our Nativity premier. We hope you enjoy watching it too.

In Forest School we were having fun running in the rain and splashing in muddy puddles. We were trying to see if we could find the deepest puddle and how we could make our splashes bigger.

On Thursday we started the day with a visit form our very own 'Santa Paws' Ralph and then we tried out our best dance moves at the Christmas party. We enjoyed eating some yummy party food and playing games like 'Pass the Parcel' and 'Santa's Coming'.

We finished off the week joining in with a prayer service led by Year 6 and a live Zoom from a very special visitor.


We hope you all have a magical Christmas with your families and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Christmas Blessings from the Reception Team


Next Steps for learning:

Over the Christmas holidays we would like you to help the children to decorate the reading journal they have brought home today. They can draw pictures of their favourite characters/ stories and decorate with stickers, glitters or anything else they would like to add. Maybe you might like to share with them some of your favourite stories too.

Autumn 2 - week beginning 7th December

 This week we have been preparing for our Christmas Nativity, which we will be filming next week and really looking forward to showing you. We have also been learning the sounds e,u,r and h in our phonics lessons.


Next steps for learning:

You can help your child progress with their learning by:

Making sure they can do their coats up by themselves (we will be sending a text reminder to the parents of the children who still can't do this to practice over the holidays)

Encouraging children to look for words that begin our phonics sounds from this week.

Continue to help children to write their own name (Capital letters at the beginning only please)


Thank you for your continued support.                                                                                                          Reminder: Next Thursday is a non- uniform day and Christmas party day 




Our Home learning -week 2

The children were amazing again in their 2nd week of home learning. They were learning about the numbers 4 and 5 in Maths. In phonics they learnt how to write the letters g,o,c and k and how to say the sounds they make.

In RE, the children were learning about how we can prepare for baby Jesus during advent and wrote some beautiful, thoughtful prayers to help us to get ready.

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the children and parents for their continued support with out home learning.

Our home learning- week 1

The children have been working so hard this week on their home learning and it is lovely to see so many of them on our daily zoom sessions, and seeing the photos of the work they are doing at home. Take a look at some of their photos here. Thank you parents for your continued support. We miss them all, we are very proud of them and can't wait to see them again in school next Thursday .

Home learning update -26/11/20

Well done to the children for all their amazing work so far. Here is a copy of our phonics sheets, if anyone has not got one.

phonics sheets week 1

Home learning update -23.11.2020

Moving forward for the next 9 days, our daily schedule will be as follows:

1st lesson Phonics (this will be a pre-recorded Loom for you to access) followed by child's free play with writing in various media eg- chalk , flour on the windows etc.

2nd lesson Maths (suggested time 10.30) This will be a pre-recorded video from the White Rose website, so you won't see the teachers. There is a video to watch and a follow up activity.

3rd lesson -RE/PSED or Outdoor Learning (suggested time 12.30) You will find the details for this on BGFL- J2Homework page listed for that day.


Mrs Hill will start each day with a live 'Zoom' at 9 am, welcoming the children and explaining the work for the day.


Mrs Bailey will end each day with a live 'Zoom' looking at the work the children have done and reading a story (all children will be muted until we un-mute them individually)


All lessons can be accessed via the BGFL-J2Homework page. You will need the passwords sent home last week to access this. Any problems logging on, please let us know and we will try to fix it as soon as possible. See you all on the 3rd December

Autumn 2 week beginning 16th November 


We have had another amazing week in Reception where the children have all been working really hard.


This week, linked to the children's interests, we had a Paw Patrol theme to our activities. The children enjoyed playing in the Lookout, making paw biscuits, helping Rocky with his recycling and rescuing the sea animals with Zuma.


In Maths we were building on our knowledge of the numbers 1,2 and 3 by looking at shapes with 1,2 and 3 sides (circle, semi-circle and triangle). We learnt the words 'straight' and 'curved' and introduce the language of 'one more' and 'one less'.


In Phonics we revisited the letters S,A,T and P, focusing on the sweep needed to start each of these letters when we write them in precursive. We practiced blending these sounds to make words.


It was also anti-bullying week and road safety week in school this week.


We thought about how we are different to each other and how important it is to be kind to each other even though we are different.


The children watched a video and talked about the rules we need to have to keep us safe on the road. 


Next steps for learning:

You can help your child with their learning by:

  • Look for circles and triangles in your home. Can the children draw the objects and label them?
  • Make a poster to show how to be safe on the road.
  • Paint hand prints for all the people in your family and bring them into school. We can them use these for our 'Kind Hands' anti-bullying display.
  • Paint or draw your Christmas card design for Mrs Kennett's Christmas card competition.

Thank you for your suppport. Have a lovely weekend. The Reception teamsmiley




Home learning 16.11.20

Please find below some ideas for those children who are isolating at home, linked to what we will be learning about in school this week.  Please remember to help your child to write their name on all thier work, using the correct letter formation. Thank you for your support. Any questions, please email us:


Maths- This week we will be learning about circles (a one sided shape) and triangles (3 sided).Have a look at the picture below and see how any circles and triangles you can spot.


Phonics- Revise the S,A,T,P sounds we looked at last week. Can you find objects around the house that begin with these sounds and label them?


PSHE- The focus of our PSHE lessons this week is exercise, and why it is important. Look at th -e activities below and see which you can do. Can you create a poster to encourage people to exercise?


Anti-bullying week  - As this week is Anti-bullying week we will be focusing on how we can show kindness to one another. Can you paint your hand and think of ways to have 'Kind hands.' 

Autumn 2 week beginning 9.11.20

We began this week learning about Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. We made poppies and thought about why we wear them. On Wednesday, the children took part in the whole school 2 minutes silence very respectfully, and we were very proud of them.


In Maths we have been learning about the numbers 1, 2 and 3. We tried our best to write the numbers correctly and how to count a collection of 1,2 or 3 objects. We also went on a number hunt around our classroom looking for the numbers. We discovered numbers are everywhere!


In RE we have begun learning about the special celebration of Baptism. We thought about our Christian names and why they are special. Then we began to look at the symbols of baptism and what they mean.

We also learnt about the Hindu Festival of Diwali and had a very special teacher in our class teaching us all about their celebrations at home.


In Phonics we have been working super hard to read and write the letters s,a, t and p. We have been learning the jolly phonics songs and actions to go with each letter.


In Forest School we went on a mini beast hunt, thinking about where we might find mini beasts, and why they might like to live where they do.


Next steps for learning:

This week you can help your child to progress by:

  • Completing the final letter in their homework booklet (p)
  • Looking for numbers 1,2 and 3 around the house. Can the children write the numbers they have found?
  • Watching the videos below to reinforce the learning from our phonics lessons this week.
  • If your child has been baptised, or you have been to a baptism, look at photographs and talk about the special day. We would love to see any photographs you have.


Thank you for your continued support, have a lovely weekend.

The Reception teamsmiley


Autumn 2- week beginning 2.11.20

This week the children in Reception had to become detectives when we discovered that there was a chocolate thief in Reception. We looked for clues, questioned suspects  and made wanted posters to display around the school. Luckily, with our hard work, and a little help form the police, we found the thief. We then wrote letters to them to give them advice about their bad choice and what to do next. We talked about how saying sorry is a very important thing to do and how we should show forgiveness to someone when they do say 'sorry'.


In Maths, we have been learning about simple repeating patterns and how to describe objects and people by their size, using vocabulary such as 'big', 'small' 'tall' and 'short'.


On Monday we learnt about Fireworks night and made our own fireworks in the water tray, created some beautiful fireworks pictures, and made some very tasty fireworks biscuits. This was a very popular activity with the children!


In forest school, we built nests for Sarah, Percy and Bill from our story 'Owl Babies'. We looked at the best places to build a nest and decided that a tree would keep the nest safe. Then we looked closely at the trees in our forest, learning their name, making rubbings of their bark, and even giving them a hug!


There was also lots of home learning by the children who had to isolate this week and we are very grateful to their parents for their support. Well done children!


Take a look below at the photos of all the fun we have been having.


Next steps for learning:

This week you can help your child to progress by:

  •  Completing the homework sheets we will be sending home next week (a copy is also attached below)
  • Continuing to help them write their name, sitting on the line and using pre-cursive letters.
  • Talking about conflict resolution. We have been learning about this in school and the children should be able to tell you how we decided to solve problems (sharing, using a timer to wait their turn or using their words to explain what they want)

Thank you as always for your continued support, have a lovely weekend. The Reception teamsmiley



Phonics Homework covering letter

Homework week 1 (s,a,t,p)

Home learning week beginning 2.11.20

Below you will find some ideas linked to the activities we will be undertaking in school. Please email us any pictures of work you do

Please also practice writing your childs' name everyday, using correct pre-cursive letter formation (see below) Thank you for your support.


Maths-  This week we are thinking about pattern. Can you make a pattern of your own? Look at the sheet for ideas of other activities you can do.


Literacy- This week our focus is on the book 'Owl Babies'. Watch the story using the link below and discuss any new vocabulary (sad, lonely, unhappy, miserable, gloomy, abandoned, happy, glad, overjoyed, delighted, thrilled, trunk twigs, branch, ivy, swoop)  Can you draw or write about the story? The sheet will give you some activity ideas.


Phonics- Rhyming words  Focus on the nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickory Dock'. Pause at 2 words that rhyme eg- 'dock' and 'clock' and comment how these words rhyme. Can your child identify any other words that rhyme? Repeat with other nursery rhymes.


Topic- Fireworks night  We are learning about fireworks and looking at the shapes and colours they make. Think about the noises they make- are they loud or quiet? Have you seen fireworks before? Can you make your own firework picture?



Maths pattern activities

owl activity ideas

Bonfire night power point

Pre-cursive letter formation

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: