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Please watch this short message from the Reception teachers about reading at home. 


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All of the Reception team Miss Woodford, Mr Cox, Miss Millotte, Miss Lewis, Mrs Hole, Mrs Smith, Miss Hall and Mrs Gibbs are really looking forward to the upcoming year.


Meet the Team

Here you will find information about the school day, home learning, resources and useful websites. We will update our page weekly to inform about the topic your child is learning, the phonics that have been taught and the new skills they have learnt for mathematics. 

We have lots of fun topics to explore during the year based on the children's interests. These experiences will provide us with excellent opportunities such as trips, cooking and visitors coming in to talk to us.  Some of our topics in the past have included pirates and fairy tales and exploring under the sea which included a trip to the Sealife Centre.


We will begin learning our sounds, learn how to write (including lots of fine and gross motor activities) and will start to learn lots of various maths skills including measuring, identifying patterns and exploring numbers to 10.  


In Reception we learn through play and we are looking forward to creating lots of fun and exciting experiences for the children.  If you feel this is something you could support us with we always welcome volunteers into our base.


Useful Information

  • P.E is on a Tuesday afternoon can your child please wear a PE kit (suitable for the weather that day)
  • We read with the children twice a week and this is when reading books are change. The days can vary so children need to bring in their reading book and reading record every day
  • Water only in water bottles
  • Book bags are not required
  • Doors close at 8:40am any children arriving after this time will need to enter through the main reception

Vocabulary Exposure


Mr Cox talks about the importance of talking to your child.

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In Reception, children work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG). Children should achieve these goals by the end of Reception so that they are ready for the KS1 curriculum to begin in Year One. Below is a list of the 17 areas of development that children will be required to achieve the Early Learning goals 

The 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) are:

Communication and Language

Listening, Attention and Understanding ELG

Speaking ELG

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self-Regulation ELG

Managing Self ELG

Building Relationships ELG

Physical Development

Gross Motor Skills ELG

Fine Motor Skills ELG


Comprehension ELG

Word Reading ELG

Writing ELG


Number ELG

Numerical Patterns ELG

Understanding the World

Past and Present ELG

People, Culture and Communities ELG

The Natural World ELG

Expressive Arts and Design

Creating with Materials ELG

Being Imaginative and Expressive ELG



Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Children should be able to....

-Recognise the following graphemes (letters that represent a sound) -

Set 1: s    a   t   p

Set 2: i    n   m   d

Set 3: g   o   c    k

Set 4: ck   e   u   r

Set 5: h   b   f, ff    l, ll     ss

Set 6: j   v   w   x (ks)

Set 7: y   z, zz    qu (kw)

ch   sh   th   ng   ai   ee   igh    oa    oo    ar   or   ur   ow   oi   ear   air   ure   er


-Recognise the following words by sight - 

Tricky words - I, to, no, go, the, into, he, she, me, we, be was, my, you, they, her, all, are, said, so, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, do, when, out, what

-High Frequency Words - a, an, as, at, if, in, is, it, of, off, on, can, dad, had, back, and, get, big, him, his, not, got, up mum, but, will, that, this, then, them, with, see, now, down, look, too, went, it’s, from, children, just, help




Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.



Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.


To Support reading at home you should….

Ensure you read with your child every day.

Ensure reading is part of your daily routine including bedtime stories.

Sign up to Teach Your Monsters to Read on the following link


To support writing at home you should….

Encourage children to use writing as part of their day. i.e writing shopping lists, letters etc.

Practise correct letter formation when the children are writing and ensure they use the correct sounds when segmenting for writing. The phonetic alphabet can be found here….


To support mathematics at home you should….

Ensure you continue to provide opportunity to use number and shape in everyday life e.g counting out food, sharing our dinners, discussing shapes you see and their properties.

Use Numbots as a way to develop number fluency. 









Below are a few websites that may be of use to help your child continue their learning when at home:





Tricky words (songs) 


Tricky words are words that cannot be 'sounded out'






Get Squiggling Fine/gross motor