Reception class page. 2022 - 2023

Mrs Harrison



Welcome to Reception's Class page!

"The child grew and became strong in body, mind and spirit."

Welcome to the Reception page and Happy New Year!

During the year we will get to know your child, their abilities, gifts and next steps. Every child is unique. With our help your child will learn key skills and knowledge, providing them with a firm foundation on which to build on, throughout their education. We will look after your child's mental health and support their wellbeing, as we ensure all children at St.Peter's learn in a happy, safe and inspiring environment. We will support your child in learning letter sounds, in order to read and write.  Reading is the key to education- we enjoy it a lot! We also learn all about numbers up to 20, a variety of shapes and how to solve problems independently.  We will nurture your child in our Church of England school. We make sure that the learning environments are inviting and stimulating, both inside and out.  

Here are a few bits of information to help you:

  • Children will have access to fruit and milk each day, although you are more than welcome to send in a small, healthy snack with your child. (Not a sugary or chocolate snack) Please remember that this cannot contain nuts or peanuts (including chocolate such at Nutella). 
  • P.E. is on a Tuesday and children should come dressed in their PE kits on this day. 
  • Home activities are sent out at the beginning of each half term and your child can choose which options they would like to complete- or all!. It is not compulsary, but we do find that families enjoy engaging with the challenges that we set and they do consolidate all the learning in class. This can be recorded in the Home Learning book or on Tapestry. Children can bring the book in each week on Wednesday, if they wish to. I will send it back home on Friday. 

  • We have had fantastic feedback from parents and I know you love Tapestry! Please keep posting observations from home too, as you are so important in your child's education.
  • Reception enjoy home reading books and also guided reading at school. We have some lovely books that have parent prompts and questions for you, to help you to use the book more than once. Your child can retell the story using the illustrations and learn new vocabualry. We have Oxford Reading Tree, Little Blending books, Project X and other Oxford press books that are closely matched to the phonics being taught in class. For example, as your child learns new letter sounds, the book they bring home will help to practice these. Please sign the reading record after each read and ensure your child reads their book around three times. This will help their reading immensely. 

This year, your child has completed a baseline assessment- simply a few activities that Mrs Harrison completed with them, individually. Please see the leaflet attached to tell you more.


A Special Journey

As part of our theme this half term we will be learning all about adventures and journeys. We are using 'Pathways to Write' for our English carpet sessions and we will explore the book;

'Let's all creep through crocodile creek!'


We will also look at the story, 'All Aboard for the Bobo Road.' We will look at African cutlure.

In maths, we will follow the'White Rose' scheme as we continue to learn about early number and the principles of counting. The units this term are 'Alive in 5' and 'Growing 6,7,8'. We are looking at numbers within 8 and learning to count confidently, exploring the composition of numbers.  We will also explore capacity and measures. Have a look at the long term and medium term plans below and click on the white rose link here:

We are following Essential Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. Click on the link to learn the correct pronunciation of the letter sounds:

There is also some information here: Essential letters and sounds

Below is a Reception Timetable, so that you can see what we do every day! There are also plans for the year and a curriculum overview. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to us by appointment or for a brief chat on the door. 

Mrs Harrison & Mrs Lever


Files to Download

Reception class page.: Gallery items

Early reading, by Mrs Harrison

Obstacle Course, by Mrs Harrison

St Peters C of E Primary School, Birley St, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 9UR