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Welcome to Reception Class!

We hope that you and your child will soon settle in and feel happy and confident in being part of our school.

Through the first term we will be learning our letter sounds.  We use the ‘Read Write Inc' phonic scheme to learn to read and write our sounds, quickly building a wide phonic knowledge in order to spell and read confidently. Each sound comes with its own special writing rhyme, which helps to build a link between the sound itself and the correct formation.  Follow this link to see the Read Write Inc sounds list and writing rhymes. Please note that in Reception we begin with sound set 1 and work towards sound set 2. 

In number work we use the ‘Maths Makes Sense’ scheme.  This is a learning scheme designed to reinforce the learning of maths skills through physical tasks, including skills such as addition, subtraction, shape, pattern and measure. 

Twice a half term we share a learning leaflet, designed to inform parents and carers of the learning that is going to be happening throughout the half term, and then a round up and celebration of the achievements that have been made over the weeks. This way you can talk to them about their time at school.  Each child has their own ‘Learning Journal’.  This is for everyone to share their achievements while in Reception.  We all add to this- the children, you and the teachers.  It shows the levels your child is working at in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage and has examples of their activities and achievements.  We share this with you every half term.  We will have a time for you to come in and share this with your child or you may take it home to share with other  members of your family.


Please make sure your child always has a coat as we go outside in most weathers.

If you have any concerns, please pop in to see one of our team.

We have P.E on Tuesday morning.

Library is on Friday morning.

Picture 1 Visiting the railway as part of our topic.
Picture 2 Exploring our surroundings
Picture 3 Making up stories and taking turns
Picture 4 Exploring and talking together
Picture 5 Working together to build a den
Picture 6 Playing musical instruments
Picture 7 Writing our letters
Picture 8 Exploring what we can make our bodies do
Picture 9 Recreating stories we have been reading

School Readiness:

In Reception Class we encourage children to be as independent as they possibly can, developing an array of skills throughout the year. In order to give your child the best possible start from September we encourage parents to think about how to prepare their child ready for school.                                                  

At Renhold, we consider school readiness to be:

  • Can use the toilet independently.                                                                                                                                   - Can recognize their own name.
  • Able to eat independently, using a knife and fork ideally.                                                                                               -  Can write the initial sound of their name, if not their whole name, .
  • Can dress themselves as independently as possible, e.g putting on coats, shoes and socks etc.