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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 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.  '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. 



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Topic overview: People Who Help Us


This half term, Reception are following a theme called, ‘People Who Help Us’.  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, ‘Changing Me’- learning to cope positively with change, how we change and how we can develop resilience

Communication and Language

  • Asking and answering questions when meeting visitors from different occupations
  • Talking about the jobs we would like in the future
  • Sharing stories that explore occupations, including the Stanley series by William Bee
  • Role play/ dressing up in our doctors surgery/police station

Physical Development

  • Gross motor skills- large apparatus, both indoors and outdoors
  • Gross motor skills- a variety of equipment including hurdles, skipping ropes, bats and balls, hockey sticks
  • Spatial awareness games
  • Sports day preparation including races
  • Dressing and undressing with independence
  • Practise holding a pencil with a comfortable tripod grip
  • Scissor skills- children can earn their ‘scissor licence’


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.


  • 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.  We will continue to revise digraphs (two letters that make one sound) and trigraphs (three letters that make one sound). Revising Phase 4 of the ‘ELS’ phonics programme
  • Group guided reading- pupils will bring home reading books to share with you weekly
  • Reading and spelling ‘harder to read and spell words’ (‘tricky’ words)
  • Practise correct letter formation
  • Writing simple sentences and developing correct sentence structure
  • Understand story structure- beginning, middle and end, characters, settings and main events
  • Read a variety of occupation themed stories
  • Learn ‘The Owl and The Pussycat’ for the Longfleet Poetry Festival


  • Number recognition, formation and sequencing to 20 and beyond
  • Composition of numbers to 10
  • Explore subtraction facts and double facts
  • Number bonds to 10 (for example: 3+7, 7+3)
  • Sharing quantities evenly
  • Odd and even

Understanding the World

  • Develop competent mouse skills and familiarity with the keyboard and simple ICT programs.  E –safety sessions
  • Explore different occupations
  • Discussing our future career aspirations
  • Talk about our part within a wider community
  • Explore ways to take care of the world around us
  • Rainbow Day- whole school
  • RE- explore the special places of worship for Christianity, Judaism and Islam

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Doctors surgery/police station role play
  • Music making- exploring a variety of instruments, beat and rhythm
  • Poetry Festival- ‘The Owl and The Pussycat’
  • Rainbow Day- whole school

A Typical Day in Reception (summer 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!)

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)