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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. We understand that school can be an overwhelming place for a new Reception child, so this page of our website will hopefully give you as much information as you need to help your child settle in and feel comfortable. 


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


We have P.E on Tuesday morning. Weather depending, we may use our hall inside or our outside playground/field, so please make sure your child has full P.E kit. 


Library is on Friday morning and this is when children will have a chance to change their library book. Please ensure that your child has their library book with them in order to change their book. 


Please make sure your child has their book bag everyday in school containing their library book, reading book and reading record as we will be reading with the children every week after October half term. We will write in reading records once we have read with the children and we encourage you to do the same at home so that both you and we can see how often children are reading, when books are being changed and how well your children are doing. 


Please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff on the gate, or through the school office if you have any worries or concerns. 

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 recognise their own name.
  • Able to eat independently (ideally using a knife and fork).                                                                                             
  • 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. 



Early Reading and Mathematics


In phonics, we use the Read Write Inc scheme. The children get used to the Read Write Inc style of learning phonics very quickly and each sound is taught in a similar way. The children follow a series of activities within each session which helps them to embed their learning and recap previously learnt sounds. They particularly enjoy the fun ways of praising each other and themselves; it really does bring their learning of reading to life and brings smiles to everyone's faces. Fred the frog also makes regular appearances throughout phonics sessions and we use him to help break down words in their sounds. As Fred can only speak in 'Fred talk' and not in words, the children use Fred to help segment words into their individual sounds before blending them back together to form words. Please note that in Reception we begin with sound set 1 and work towards learning all of sound set 2 by the end of Reception year. 


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.


Our Golden Rules and Behaviour Chart

Our Golden Rules and Behaviour Chart  1
Our Golden Rules and Behaviour Chart  2

We are always talking about our Golden Rules in Reception class. 


When we follow the Golden Rules we get to go on the rainbow, pot of gold or unicorn. You can also go onto the rainbow for trying really hard with your work, doing something amazing or impressing one of the adults. If we need to think about the rules we go to the thinking cloud, where if we make good choices can go back to the sunshine. However, if we don't make a good choice in our behaviour we have to go to the sad cloud. If we are on the sad cloud, we lose five minutes of our choosing time. 

What have we been up to this week? 




Over the past half term, the children have been extremely busy settling in to their new class and getting to know each other. They have all made a fantastic start to the school year and we would like to share a few highlights of the term. 


We have thought about our senses this half term and the children smelt, touched and tasted different objects and items of food. It was excellent to see so many children trying new things. 


We have also been practicing our throwing and catching skills within our P.E lessons. The children were fantastic, impressing all the adults with how well they could all throw and catch a ball. 


Over the past week, we have been thinking about changes to our environment during Autumn. The children have been on nature walks, completed leaf rubbings and made hedgehogs and bowls out of the leaves they have collected. 


Well done to everyone on an amazing half term! 


Weekly updates on what we have been up to will follow on the website as of next half term

Picture 1 learning to throw and catch
Picture 2 learning to throw and catch
Picture 3 nature walk
Picture 4 nature walk
Picture 5 baking and decorating cakes
Picture 6 baking and decorating cakes
Picture 7 sense of touch
Picture 8 sense of smell
Picture 9 sense of taste
Picture 10 hunting for shapes
Picture 11 learning our high frequency words by playing snap

Previous Year's Learning

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