Reception class page. 2023 - 2024

Mrs Harrison



Welcome to Reception Class page!

Mrs Harrison, Mrs Lever, Mrs Price

"The child grew and became strong in body, mind and spirit."

Welcome to Reception Class page!

At St. Peter’s C.E. in Reception, we have embedded the COURAGE CURRICULUM into our school ethos, and it is interwoven into all aspects of our school life.

CULTURE: We promote our Christian ethos in daily worships and RE sessions. We look our local area and School.

ORACY: We have discussions and develop speech and language, learning new vocabualry. We learn to express our own ideas and opinions.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD: We look at real life problems in maths activities. We have visits and visitors in class. We learn about the world around us. 

READING: We have been lucky to have lots of new books. Reading is a big part of our learning. We read at home, school, with teachers and to ourselves. We learn letters and sounds and develop early reading quickly.  

ARTS: We have opportunities to perform and act in music and PE, as well as in the provision in EYFS. We develop our ceative abiltiites, expressing ourselves through art and design. 

GROWTH: We learn about the growth mindset learning pit. With perseverance and determination, we can overcome the difficult challenges. Jigsaw lessons and circle times help us to grow. 

ENQUIRY: We learn how to ask questions and foster curiosity for new learning and vocabualry. We complete investigations and follow our interests, learning about the world around us. 


During the year we are getting to know your child, their abilities, gifts, learning styles and next steps. Every child is unique. With our help your child will learn key skills and knowledge, providing them with a firm foundation on which to build on, throughout their education.

We will look after your child's mental health and support their wellbeing, as we ensure all children at St.Peter's learn in a happy, safe and inspiring environment. We will support your child in learning letter sounds, in order to read and write.  Reading is the key to education- we enjoy it so much!

We also learn all about numbers up to 20, a variety of shapes and how to solve problems independently.  We learn about the local community and the wider world, developing your child's cultural capital.

We will nurture your child in our Church of England school. We make sure that the learning environments are inviting and stimulating, both inside and out.  


Here are a few bits of information to help you:

  • Children will have access to fruit and milk each day, although you are more than welcome to send in a small, healthy snack with your child. (Not a sugary or chocolate snack) Please remember that this cannot contain nuts or peanuts (including chocolate such at Nutella). 


  • P.E. is on a Tuesday and children should come dressed in their PE kits on this day. 


  • Home activities are sent out at the beginning of each half term and your child can choose which options they would like to complete- or all! It is not compulsary, but we do find that families enjoy engaging with the challenges that we set and they do consolidate all the learning in class. This can be recorded in the Home Learning book or on Tapestry. Children can bring the book in each week on Wednesday, if they wish to. I will send it back home on Friday. 

  • We continue to have fantastic feedback from parents and I know you love Tapestry! Please keep posting observations from home too, as you are so important in your child's educational journey. Come to the EYFS workshops, as they will help to keep you up to date and with your child's learning at school. 


  • Reception enjoy home reading books and also guided reading at school. We have some lovely books that have parent prompts and questions for you, to help you to use the book more than once. Your child can retell the story and learn new vocabualry. We have Oxford Reading Tree, Essential Letters and Sounds, Little Blending books, Project X and other Oxford press books that are closely matched to the phonics being taught in class. For example, as your child learns new letter sounds, the book they bring home will help to practise these. The book should not be too challenging, enabling your child to read with confidence and develop reading fluency.
  • Please sign the reading record after each read and ensure your child reads their book around three times. This will help their reading progress immensely. 


Your child has now completed a baseline assessment- simply a few activities that Mrs Harrison completed with them, individually. Please see the leaflet attached to tell you more.


Tell Me a Story

As part of our theme this half term we will be learning all about rhymes and traditional tales. We are using 'Pathways to Write' for our English carpet sessions and we will explore the book;

'The Three Little Pigs'

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We will also look at the text, 'A Letter to Santa', as we head into Christmas week.   

In maths, we will follow the new 'White Rose' scheme as we continue to learn about early number and the principles of counting. The units this half term will teach us to sing number rhymes, count, sort, subitise and recognise numerals. We will also problem solve. We are looking at numbers within 5 to begin with, exploring the composition of numbers.  We will also explore shape.  Have a look at the long term and medium term plans below and click on the white rose link here to find out more:


We continue to follow our successful Essential Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. Click on the link to learn the correct pronunciation of the letter sounds:

There is also some information here: Essential letters and sounds


A big THANK YOU to all the parents and carers who came to the recent workshops. I have attached the slides to the files below. There will be a Maths one soon too...


Below is a Reception Timetable, so that you can see what we do every day! There are also plans for the year and a curriculum overview. Of course we add bits through the year and adapt it ongoing to meet the interests and needs of all learners, as we follow your child's next steps on their unique journey. 

Click on the link to look more closely at 'Development Matters 2023'


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to us by appointment or for a brief chat on the door. 

Mrs Harrison & Mrs Lever


Files to Download

Reception class page.: Gallery items

EYFS, by Mrs Harrison

St Peters C of E Primary School, Birley St, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 9UR