Welcome to Reception!

 Mrs Burgoyne is the Early Years leader and Reception teacher. Miss Lythgo is our other teacher. 

Mrs Bench, Mr Clissett and Mrs Pearce are our fabulous teaching assistants, who will be supporting learning in Reception this year. Mrs Harrison will come down to help us sometimes too.

We work closely together in the Foundation stage to plan a challenging and stimulating learning environment, where children can develop and consolidate new skills and knowledge, take reasonable risks and learn to be independent.

We know that children learn best through play which is why we plan meaningful learning opportunities based on children's own interests and fascinations. We ensure a careful balance of adult initiated activities with child initiated play and spend time observing children to understand their learning styles and to plan their next steps. 


Please speak to Mrs Burgoyne or Miss Lythgo if you have any questions about your child at school.  

In Reception we love to read!! We have story time everyday and we love all kinds of different stories. 

As well as sharing stories, it is also really important that your child reads their reading book at home every night, even if they have read with an adult in school- and don't forget to write it in their reading diary too! The children can earn stickers and prizes for reading at home, so don't forget!! 

We change the children's reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Please ensure that the children bring their book bags every day so that we can send letters home too. 


Thank you to everyone who attended our story sessions before the half term break, we were overwhelmed by the amount of support we received. Storytime will continue on Friday afternoons at 2.45pm. Grandparents are more than welcome too! 


Take a look at our Reading for Pleasure webpage for ideas on how to develop your child’s love of reading and suggestions for books to read together. Click here 

Spring 2

Our topic this half term is Pets

Types Of Pets And Related Vocabulary In English

                                 Welcome back!

We hope you had a lovely half term break and are ready to continue your learning. 

This half term our topic is Pets. We will be finding out about the different types of pets people have, what pets we have, what they eat etc. Please send photos in of you with your pets, either on Tapestry or actual photos (we will return them.) We will also be reading lots of stories about animals.




To find out more, read our curriculum newsletter.


Click here to view our topic web.




On Tuesday's we will be having PE with Mr Vaness- the children can come into school wearing PE kit on these days. 

We also spend lots of time outdoors using the bikes/scooters, climbing equipment and the balls/beanbags/hoops etc. 

Physical development in Early Years is also about developing fine motor skills. Threading, cutting, play dough, puzzles and using tweezers all help the children develop their hand eye co-ordination and build up the muscles in their hands ready to start writing. Lots of these activities are easy for you to do at home too! 



Learning from home

If your child cannot come to school for some reason, we will try to put some ideas for work for you to do at home. 


Focus is counting to 30 and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd 3rd etc). 

Have races with your friends- who came 1st? 

Put your toys in a line- which one is 1st in the line? Which is 3rd? 

Putting numbers in order- you could make some number cards to use too. 

Sing some number songs- how many do you know? 

Go on a number hunt- can you write down the numbers that you find? 

Practice counting- you could count your toys, sweets etc

Practice subitising- look at a pattern and say how many are there without needing to count them. Playing games using a dice is a really good way of doing this. 



  • Practice all the sounds we have learnt so far- s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,ff,l,ll,le,ss. This is all of Level 1+
  • We are now working through Level 2. So far we have learnt j,v,w,x,y,z,zz,qu and ch
  • Think of some words starting with these sounds
  • Try reading words using these sounds. For example jam, buzz, fox, yell, wag, zip, chip, quiz- can you write them too? 
  • Practice the new sounds we learn each week- remember to keep looking at your phonics pack!




Screen-free Afternoons!

We all need time to unplug. While we all recognise the numerous benefits of mobile devices for children to learn at the moment, it’s equally important to remember the importance of screen-free time. Research has found that too much screen time can have a negative impact on children, affecting their sleep and eating habits, among other things. We would like children to have time to play and relax using other methods. Children need time to be able to explore their physical world, build their curiosity, and expand their imaginations. Therefore, as a school we are asking that you take an afternoon a week as screen-free time.


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