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Welcome to the Reception class page!  Our Reception class is taught by Miss Hellier (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and Mrs Burley (Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Wednesday mornings).  Our teaching assistants are Alison Becconsall, Emma Thomas and Claire Dunn.

The children learn through a mixture of child initiated learning (play based) and direct teacher led learning which may be whole class, group or individual. 

You can find out lots more about what we do on this page by looking at our long-term plan, the plan for the current term and by clicking on the links below to help support your child at home.


Useful Resources 

Literacy Tab

Sound cards

Decodable words

Tricky words 2, 3 and 4

First 100 words

Handwriting letters with pictures

Handwriting font

Phonics Handout for parents (October 2020)

Maths Tab

EYFS Maths Handbook

Number cards

2D and 3D shapes reference for adults

Shapes for cutting out


Things to do at home

Here are some websites that you might like to explore at home:


Here are some activities that you might like to do as a family at home:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development




Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Sing nursery rhymes together.

Practise throwing and catching a ball or cuddly toy. How many catches can you do without dropping it?

Talk about the feelings of the characters in stories.

Sing nursery rhymes together.

Complete all the ideas in the maths booklet sent home two weeks ago.

Search for minibeasts e.g. ants, woodlice and talk about them e.g. markings, number of legs etc.

Sing songs together. Make up some new dance moves. 

Go on a listening walk around the house and ask your child what they can hear e.g. the pipes, people talking.

Is it a high or low sound?  Fast or slow sound? Long of short sound?

Practise balancing on one leg.  Which parts of the body can you balance a cuddly toy on? How many times can you hop on one leg? Swap legs.

Draw a smiley face every time you are kind to someone in your family.

Read stories to your children and ask questions e.g. What do you think this character is thinking?  What adventure could this character have next?

Go on a shape hunt around the house.  Talk about the shapes you find. How many corners does it have?  How many sides does it have?  Are the sides straight or curved?

Draw a family tree and talk about how everyone in your family is related.

Put on a show to tell the story of The Three Little Pigs or Goldilocks and the Three Bears and other favourite stories.

Learn lots of new words by talking about the words in stories.  Use your senses to describe how things feel, look, sound, smell and taste e.g. favourite meals.

Make some play dough and ask your child to teach you ‘dough gym’. Choose a song track with a steady beat to do this to.

Play lots of board games.

Read a favourite story and change the ending, or swap a character from another story into it.  What would happen?

Sing, say and act out number rhymes together. Use fingers to represent the numbers in the rhymes. Can you show the numbers in a different way?

Do some cooking and talk about how the ingredients change.

Set up a role-play shop, restaurant, doctor’s surgery etc. to play with members of the family.

Play schools at home and let your child teach you.

Practise handwriting patterns – circles, waves, spirals, horizontal lines, vertical lines and zig-zags.

Practise using a knife and fork to cut up food at mealtimes.

Make up and tell a story using your five favourite toys.

Watch Numberblocks (it is linked to our curriculum).

Learn the names of all the different part of the body e.g. thigh, shin, shoulders, ankles.

Create a band using pots and pans.  Make up songs.  Can you play more quietly, slowly, quickly etc?