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Explanation of the Home School Expectations (3 Stages)

Welcome to Reception


How the year group is organised

The year group is divided into three classes.  The class teachers are:


Miss Louise Cox- Ladybirds

Miss Emma Ramshaw and Miss Luisa Butters- Bumblebees

Mrs Jackie Fazal- Butterflies 


The teaching assistants based in Reception this year are:


Mrs Jo James

Mrs Kirsty Lewis

Mrs Gayle Fellows

Miss Olivia Phillips



General expectations, rewards and sanctions

We expect all children to try their best and work hard at school.  We always encourage the children to treat each other and all adults, with respect and demonstrate the school values of Aspiration, Resilience, Kindness and Wisdom.  In accordance with the rest of the school, we follow the behaviour policy whereby positive behaviours are rewarded and negative behaviours sanctioned in a way appropriate to Reception.  Please see the school’s behaviour policy for further details.


Across the school, children can earn house points for their house team, whole class marble rewards and have the chance to take home a Headteacher Award certificate that will be linked to one of our four school values.  


Collection of children

Your child's class teacher will escort their class to the classroom door at the end of the day and ensure each pupil is handed over to a parent or carer.  Pupils who are not collected are sent to the school office until their parent or carer arrives.  The classroom is very busy once the children arrive each morning, so if you wish to speak to your child's teacher, please chat to them at the end of the school day or leave a message in the home link booklet.  If there is a change to the routine, or a different person collecting your child, please notify the school office or leave a message in the home link booklet.



Our topics this year will be:

Autumn 1- Magical Me!

Autumn 2- It's Party Time!

Spring 1- Shiver Me Timbers!

Spring 2- Ready, Steady, Cook!

Summer 1- Out and About

Summer 2- People Who Help Us

How can you help?

  • Encourage your child to enter the classroom independently upon arrival at school each day.
  • Make sure your child has a decent breakfast before arriving at school.
  • Ensure your child brings a named book bag every day.
  • Provide your child with a named water bottle (water only please).
  • Name all clothing to help your child identify their own belongings.
  • Ensure earrings are removed on PE days.  Ensure that footwear is comfortable and easy for your child to put on independently- trainers please.
  • Complete home learning tasks with your child. We recommend ten minutes reading time every day.
  • Use the home school link booklet to share important messages with the class teacher.
  • Establish a good bedtime routine, as the school day is tiring and the children need to recharge their batteries ready for the next day!


We look forward to working with you this year.



A typical day in Reception (Autumn 1)


8.40-8.55 Arrive at school and complete morning jobs

8.55 Registration

9.00 Phonics

9.10 Busy Time (Child initiated learning- staff observing and working with individuals/small groups of children.)

10.10 Snack

10.30 Morning break

10.50 Maths

11.00 Busy Time

12.00 Lunch

1.00 Teaching input (Topic or PSHE for example)

1.10 Busy Time

2.20 Afternoon break

2.45 Worship

3.00-3.15 Home time


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! 

12 Things to Do Before Leaving Reception

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!

12 Books to Read Before You Leave Reception

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (letter sounds).

Number formation video

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