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Welcome to Reception

Ladybirds: Miss Cox (Year Leader) 


Bumblebees: Mrs Evans and Miss Butters


Butterflies: Mrs Fazal


Teaching Assistants:


Mrs Fellows   Mrs Lewis     Mrs James   Miss Phillips  Mrs Winter   Mrs Hillier


Welcome to Reception!  We are delighted to be working with your children as they start their learning journey at Longfleet CE Primary School.


If you would like to discuss your child’s learning or share any pastoral information (e.g. changes in circumstances at home, friendships) please contact the team on, noting in the subject heading which teacher you would like to get in touch with. We will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible during the working week.  For all non-learning matters (e.g. payments, clubs, pick-up arrangements), please contact .

Our aim is to give every child the opportunity to experience ‘Life in All Its Fullness’ and we hope that your child has a wonderful year with us here in Reception.


PE days: Tuesday and Thursday 

Your child will need to come into school in their PE kit on their PE days, alongside any days in which they are attending an after school sports club. 

Reception Autumn Newsletter (things to look forward to in the autumn term)

Home Learning 


Reading: At least 3 times a week, checked on Friday.

Your child will bring home a selection of books to read.  Ideally, we hope that our children read daily, but we expect every child to read a minimum of three times a week and record this in their reading record.  Please see our parent guide below for further year group-specific information. 


GO WILD for Reading is Longfleet's home reading reward scheme for pupils in Reception and Key Stage 1.  Children challenge themselves by reading as frequently as possible at home, colouring in 'WILD' letters and aiming to collect pin badges to celebrate their accomplishments over the year.  We encourage every child to develop a love of books and, as it is such an essential life skill, we expect all of our children to read a minimum of three times a week at home and to record these reads in their reading records. Thank you for your support with this. 

  • Children must have their reading records and books in school every day.
  • Reading records will be checked every Friday.
  • 'WILD' letters will be coloured in at school.

You also have the option of enjoying some e-books on the Oxford Owl website.  These are allocated by class teachers each week and log on information is stuck inside the front cover of your child’s reading record. 


Phonics: (Optional)

Each Friday, the children will take home a sheet with the four letter sounds taught that week.  'Harder to read and spell' words ('tricky' words) will also be sent home for your child to practise reading.  We encourage you to practise the sounds and words with your child to help consolidate their learning.  Below, you will find a useful video showing a range of phonemes (letter sounds) and their correct pronunciation. 



For technical and password support on Google Classroom, please contact Mr Oulton on or follow the link below:

Topic overview: Magical Me!


This half term, Reception will be following a theme called, ‘Magical Me!’  Here is a brief outline of some of the work and activities we will be covering.

Prime Areas of Learning and Development:

These areas of learning are fundamental and work together to support development in all other areas. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Using the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme, our topic focus is, ‘Being Me in My World’- working with others to make our school a good place to be, introducing our school values with a particular emphasis on Kindness and being supported to make new friends
  • Talk about ourselves, our families and interests through Magical Me books and boxes
  • Introduce our school and classroom rules

Communication and Language

  • Share ‘Magical Me’ boxes with teachers and new classmates
  • Home corner role play
  • Learn to introduce themselves to new friends
  • Speaking and listening games in small groups or as a whole class

Physical Development

  • Gross motor skills- spatial awareness games involving changes of speed and direction, locomotion games involving walking, marching and running
  • Fine motor skills- begin to identify a dominant hand, grip a pencil with two fingers and thumb, put own coat on and practise using scissors safely


Specific Areas of Learning and Development:

These areas of learning help strengthen and apply the Prime Areas of Learning and include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.


  • Introduce Phase Two letter sounds (phonemes) following the ‘ELS’ phonics programme and practise oral blending of sounds and blending sounds to read
  • Introduce Harder to Read and Spell words (‘tricky’ common exception words)
  • Become familiar with story structure- beginning, middle and end, characters, settings and main events
  • Read a variety of stories about families, starting school, ‘Funnybones’
  • Write own name and begin to link sounds to letters, writing some identifiable letters


  • Match, sort, compare amounts and explore pattern
  • Explore 1, 2 and 3, circles and triangles and positional language
  • Represent numbers to 5, explore 1 more and 1 less, shapes with 4 sides and the language of time

Understanding the World

  • Explore how we grow and change from a baby to an adult, the similarities and the differences
  • Talk about parts of the body and practise handwashing
  • Talk about and describe where we live and what we see on our journey to school
  • Explore our school environment
  • Explore maps and make a map for the skeletons in Funnybones
  • Explore the seasons, with a focus on autumn
  • Celebrate Harvest

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Home corner role play
  • Nursery rhymes and songs
  • Self portraits

A Typical Day in Reception (Autumn 1)


8.40-8.55 Arrive at school and complete morning jobs

8.55 Registration

9.00 Phonics

9.15 Busy Time (child initiated learning- staff observing and working with individuals and/or small groups of children)

10.00 Snack and a story

10.30 Morning break

10.50 Maths

11.05 Busy Time (child initiated learning- staff observing and working with individuals and/or small groups of children)

12.00 Lunch

1.00 Teaching input (wider curriculum focus, such as Topic or PSHE for example)

1.15 Busy Time (child initiated learning- staff observing and working with individuals and/or small groups of children)

2.20 Afternoon break

2.45 Worship

3.00-3.15 Home time


Reception Baseline Assessment

Reception 'Must Read' Books

Above are a selection of our 'Must Read' books that we enjoy throughout the year in Reception. These are high quality texts that we feel will enrich our children's reading experiences as well as help to take them on a varied reading journey throughout their time at primary school.  By the end of Reception, all of the children will have heard and enjoyed these books in class, but they may wish to add them to their own collection at home.  Re-reading and discussing favourite books is such a valuable part of the reading experience and something that can also be enjoyed as a family.  Happy reading! 

How Can I Support My Child at Home?

Department for Education (DfE) support for parents

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds- Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words - Oxford Owl

Suzy Ditchburn explains how letter sounds can be blended to read words, and gives tips on how to practise phonics with your child.

The words on green bricks are words that your child can sound out and are commonly used (high frequency) words.  The words on red bricks are 'tricky' or harder to read and spell words which you cannot sound out to read.  

Number formation video

Still image for this video

We hope you and your child will enjoy completing these challenges this year!  Some of them will be completed at school through our topic work and others you may like to complete as a family at home.  Have fun!

COVID 19 Provision: Explanation of the Home School Expectations (3 Stages)