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Clare Marsh
Class Teacher, SENCO

Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception!

In Reception we recognise the importance of play in a child’s development. Through play, children can experiment with language, relationships, movement, creativity and practise key skills they need to develop. It allows them to use their imagination and engage with the world around them using all their senses.

Across Foundation Stage, we have set a series of curriculum goals for children to aspire to achieve related the Areas of Learning as set out in the EYFS. These are for children to be a:

  • Confident Communicator
  • Independent Individual
  • Fantastic Friend
  • Amazing Athlete
  • Talented Tool User
  • Brilliant Bookworm
  • Wonderful Writer
  • Master of Maths
  • Exceptional Explorer
  • Compassionate Citizen
  • Dynamic Designer
  • Proud Performer


It is very important that children develop their phonemic awareness – the ability to hear and identify different sounds. Children will complete a daily phonics lesson where they learn new sounds and how to use them to read and write words and sentences. To support children’s vocabulary and story writing skills, we use the Talk for Writing approach. The children will engage with 2 different texts each half term where they learn to retell it, innovate it and finally produce their own version of the story. We aim to provide children with a love of reading and support this by reading and engaging with high quality texts and books.

This year we are using a new scheme for phonics called Monster Phonics.


Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically later in life. In Reception, children have a daily maths session together where they learn the basic principles of number. Throughout the year we aim to give them a deep understanding of numbers to 10 (whilst being able to count and recognise numbers beyond this!) and how to use them to solve problems, notice patterns, double, group and share. They will also learn other mathematical concepts including shape, space and measure throughout the year.

Autumn Term Information

This half term our topic is What A Wonderful World. We will be focussing on the world around us, including Much Wenlock. We will be comparing it to London and countries around the world.

PE day is Wednesday

Forest School day is Friday 

Please send your child’s reading book and reading record in every day so we can read with them in class throughout the week. 

Reception Long Term Plan 2022-23