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Welcome to Reception

Ladybirds: Miss Cox (Year Leader) 


Bumblebees: Miss Ramshaw and Miss Butters


Butterflies: Mrs Fazal


Teaching Assistants:


Mrs Fellows      Mrs Lewis      Mrs James    Miss Phillips        Mrs Price



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. 

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.  High frequency 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. 



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Topic overview: Shiver Me Timbers!


This half term, Reception will be following a theme called, ‘Shiver Me Timbers!’  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, ‘Dreams and Goals’- talking about our achievements and things we would like to achieve in the future
  • Things that are special to us- sharing our personal ‘treasure’

Communication and Language

  • Go on treasure hunts around school.  We will prepare treasure hunts for others to use
  • Role play/ dressing up on the pirate ship or treasure island
  • Pirate theatre workshop (to be confirmed)

Physical Development

  • Gross motor skills- large apparatus, both indoors and outdoors
  • Practise holding a pencil with a comfortable tripod grip


Specific Areas of Learning and Development:

These areas of learning include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.


  • Revising Phase Two and Three letter sounds (phonemes) learned so far following the ‘ELS’ phonics programme and practising oral blending of sounds and blending sounds to read
  • Writing messages in bottles and labelling treasure maps
  • Understand story structure- beginning, middle and end, characters, settings and main events
  • Read a variety of pirate/treasure themed stories


  • Number recognition, formation and sequencing to 10 and beyond
  • Develop maths vocabulary, e.g., ‘more’, ‘less’, ‘bigger’, ‘smaller’, ‘fewer’
  • Number bonds to 5

Understanding the World

  • Finding out about islands in the UK and around the world
  • Finding out about Harry Paye, the famous Poole pirate
  • Exploring Chinese New Year- Year of the Tiger
  • Pirate theatre workshop (just after half term)

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Pirate role play
  • Songs and rhymes- sea shanties
  • Chinese craft- lanterns and lucky money wallets

A Typical Day in Reception (spring term)


8.40-8.55 Arrive at school and complete morning jobs

8.55 Registration

9.00 Phonics

9.25 Wheel Time 1 (adult directed learning- children working with an adult or independently at a task.)

10.00 Snack and a story

10.30 Morning break

10.50 Maths

11.15 Wheel Time 2 (adult directed learning- children working with an adult or independently at a task.)

12.00 Lunch

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

1.10 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

Articulation of phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (letter sounds).
(Caution: This video pronounces the /w/ phoneme as 'wuh' - we teach the children 'wwww' without the 'uh' part!)

Reception 'tricky' words

The words on green bricks are words that your child can sound out.  The words on red bricks are 'tricky' or harder to read words which you cannot sound out.  

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)