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Reception 2020/2021


Welcome to Reception! 


We are the Owls class

In our class we work with Mrs Westhead and Mrs Hutchinson. We are also sometimes supported by Mrs Naughton, Mrs Wormwald, Mrs Hewitt, Mrs Nicholson and Miss Spooner.



Important Information:

Reception session times are currently as follows:

8.50am - 2.50pm

Please ensure you collect your child on time at the end of the day.

Thank You

Summer 1

Welcome to Summer 1. We are back in school and having lots of fun together


This half term, our topic is called 'Down on the Farm'. Our learning will be all about the different animals and jobs you can do on the farm. Our key texts are 'Farmer Duck' and 'Farmyard Hullabaloo'. We will also be continuing our learning about growth as we plan and work on our outside area to help develop a garden for the school to attract wildlife and promote sustainability.


Our English focus will be writing speech bubbles, developing our sentence writing, looking at rhyming and developing comprehension. 


In Phonics, we are now working within the Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme. We are working on Set 1 and Set 2 sounds. We are also practising our blending using Fred Talk. We are now bringing home new reading books to help us with our phonics.


In Maths we will be working on addition and subtraction, numbers to 20 including ordering, sequencing and counting. We will also be looking at measure and length.


We will continue our development of Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design through our learning in the continuous provision.


We will also continue our sessions of Link for Life, Dinosaur School,  and Wake Up Shake Up/Yoga.


Thank you for your continued support. If you have any queries or questions or wish to speak to a member of staff, please make a phone appointment via the school office.


Things to remember

  • PE is on a Monday afternoon. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school. PE kits can stay in school and will be sent home at half term to be washed.
  • Reading books will be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If your child has read it three times (please sign your child's reading diary). Books will be quarantined before being reissued.
  • Please name all your child's clothing. We are having a few mix ups trying to identify jumpers and cardigans.
  • If you would like, please bring in a named pair of wellington boots for your child to use in school.
  • Any donations of spare clothes and underwear will be gratefully received! 

Our Curriculum

In the Reception year at school our curriculum is based on ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS).


There are 7 areas of learning – 3 prime areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development) and 4 specific areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design).


At Moorhouse, the 4 themes of the EYFS underpin all our planning, practice and provision - A Unique Child, Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments, which together equal Learning and Development.


We also plan for, observe and assess the way in which your child approaches learning. This is done through the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ and we report on this at the end of the Reception year.   


 The 3 characteristics are Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.


Children participate in daily Literacy, Maths and Phonics sessions. These sessions are interactive, multi-sensory and adapted to different learning styles. Children often discuss their learning with ‘talk partners’ and are supported by a teacher and a teaching assistant.


Our Literacy sessions are based around a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Shared reading and writing is modelled and children also have the opportunity to compare texts/videos/web-based writing.


Our Maths sessions are often energetic and collaborative. We sing lots of songs and use lots of different resources to aid learning. The majority of our guided work is practical and there is lots of photographic evidence of the activities in the children’s books.


For our Phonics sessions we use a scheme called 'Read, Write, Inc'. In Reception we cover sets 1 and 2.


Useful Websites:



Use these phrases to help your child with letter formation:





Use these sound mats to support your child in phonics. We use the pictures to help (eg. 'c as in carrot' and 'ai as in rain'):