Cycle 4

Cycle 4

The children in Reception have worked extremely hard during Cycle 3. We have just started Cycle 4 and are excited about all of the learning that will take place.


  • Reception’s Key Texts this cycle are Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons and The Train Ride by June Crebbin and Stephen Lambert.
  • Reading at home

Please continue to listen to your child read their reading book every night. Ask your child questions about their book to check their understanding of what they have read. Please help them to practise the highlighted words on the sheet at the front, every night.  The last book change for this academic year will be on 11thJuly.

We are continuing to work hard in RWI lessons to segment and blend to read and write words and short sentences.

In Maths, children are learning how to double and halve numbers and to describe properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Snack Money
We ask that the children continue to bring in 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks.


Please be reminded that the school doors open at 8:50am and maths lessons commence at 9am prompt.  It is important your child arrives to school on time to ensure valuable learning is not missed.


Please ensure your child has spare clothes and underwear as there may be times when your child gets wet during outdoor play.  As the weather is getting warmer we would appreciate your child coming to school with sun cream already applied so they are able to learn in the outdoors immediately. A sun hat and spare sun cream which can be kept in school with your child’s name on is also recommended.


Please ensure all clothing is labelled clearly with your child’s name. We are still noticing a number of jumpers and cardigans with no name.




Reception has really enjoyed their learning during cycle 2 and have had lots of fun in doing so.

The children are becoming more confident in all aspects of their learning and during Cycle 3, we will be developing their knowledge and understanding of the world with the arrival of some very special eggs in the forthcoming weeks.  The children will learn about the lifecycle of a chick leading onto Easter Celebrations and different ways that people celebrate around the world.

In recent weeks, we have been discussing healthy eating and we will be inviting parents and carers to come and enjoy a healthy breakfast with your child. Keep your eyes peeled for an invitation!

Our Focus

During this cycle, we will be focusing on writing and encouraging children to apply their phonics knowledge to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

Our phonics programme provides children with the strategies they need in order to read and write. With this in mind, it is important that children are in school every day and arrive on time ready to start lessons at 9am prompt.


The children will be developing their language of size, ordering items by length and height.

We will be looking at ‘flat’ 2D and ‘solid’ 3D shapes and using mathematical names to describe them.


Some texts we will be covering this term include:


  • Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name. We are finding many jumpers/cardigans around the classroom with no names on them.
  • Snack money is 50p per week. Thank you to those who have paid for the full term. Your contributions help to pay for additional snacks and experiences for the children, such as, pancakes during our Shrove Tuesday celebrations.
  • Home reading books need to be in school every day.Please ensure you read with your child every night and sign the reading record so we know they have read with you. Home reading books are changed in school on a Thursday.

Spare Clothes Donations

We are running extremely low on spare clothes in school and would be very grateful for any donations.  If you have any old clothes, underwear or socks that would fit children in Nursery or Reception, please could you bring them into school?

Stay and Play Workshops

I will be running both a Maths and Reading workshop during this cycle and hope you can all make it.  The children love sharing their learning and this is a good way to see your child’s progress.  I will provide more details on dates during parents evening.



Cycle 2

Website info.


Thank you to all who came to the Early Years reading meeting held in October. I hope that you found this information useful and it has helped in some way to support your child’s reading at home.  The feedback we received has been very positive and we will be scheduling an additional stay and read session in the New Year.

Please remember to bring your child’s reading book to school every day and support them with their reading at home.   Ask your child questions about their book to check their understanding of what they have read and help them to practise the highlighted words on the sheet at the front. Completing the reading record is an excellent way for us to communicate and share your child’s reading skills.

During this cycle we will be reading Owl Babies, The Jolly Christmas Postman and Biscuit Bear which will also support our writing and enable the children to produce some lovely work.


Christmas is quickly approaching and the children are working hard practising the songs for the Snowman at Sunset production which I am sure you will all love.  Further information about the show will be sent home in due course.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Snack Money

We ask that the children continue to bring in 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks and to help fund additional resources throughout the year.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated.


Please be reminded that the school doors open at 8:50am and phonics lessons commence at 9am prompt. It is important your child arrives to school on time to ensure valuable learning is not missed.


As the weather is now turning much colder it is essential for all children to have spare clothes and wellie boots left in school on their peg.  The children access the outdoors in ALL weather and we do not have enough spare wellies for them in school.  Children also require a thick winter coat, hat, scarf and gloves. Please check all items are clearly labelled with your child’s full name.


Over the following weeks, Manchester United will be in school every Thursday morning to conduct coaching sessions for the class boys.  Please remember to bring in trainers or pumps that day so they are ready to take part in the sessions.





Welcome to Reception


Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception class! We hope that everyone has had a lovely Summer. The staff that will be working in Reception this year are:

Miss Livesey – Class teacher

Mr Brathwaite – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Richardson – Teaching Assistant

Miss Meadowcroft – Teaching Assistant

Miss Wroe – Teaching Assistant

What we learn

In Reception we work towards the children reaching the Early Learning Goal at the end of the year. The Early Learning Goal is found in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and we will work within this framework to support your child’s learning and development throughout the year. In reception class children learn through play, therefore the children spend most of their day in continuous provision where staff observe the children and support their child-initiated play in order for children to achieve their next steps. Throughout the day the children will also take part in adult-led group activities; reading, phonics and maths.

The Early Years Foundation Stage framework contains seven areas of learning, each having a number of statements, which staff use in order to track your child’s learning and development.

There are three prime areas of learning;

  • Communication and Language- This covers speaking, understanding and listening and attention.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development- This covers managing feelings and behaviour, making relationships and self-confidence and self-awareness.
  • Physical Development-This covers health and self-care and moving and handling.

And four specific areas of learning;

  • Literacy-This covers reading and writing.
  • Mathematics-This covers number and shape, space and measure.
  • Understanding the World-This covers technology, the world and people and communities.
  • Exploring using Media and Materials- This covers exploring using media and materials and being imaginative.


Reception’s Key Texts this cycle are The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson and No Dinner! by Jessica Souhami.

Please ensure your child has their home reading book in school every day with a comment in their reading record book about their reading at home. I shall be reading with your child at least once a week and change their book regularly.

Focus child

We have three focus children each week. We record additional information on paper to be kept in the child’s folder in the classroom. Parents can contribute to this by bringing in or emailing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: A trip to the park, visiting family,swimming lessonsThe photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class or to write about. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.


  • The children in reception are able to enjoy our outdoor area in all weathers, therefore as the weather is now changing please ensure your child has appropriate clothing in school for all weathers; including hats, gloves and wellies when appropriate.
  • Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes at school in their bag at all times.
  • We aim to offer a range of snack options for the children, therefore we ask for a voluntary contribution of 50p per week to enable us to buy this. Please give this to your child’s class teacher every Monday.
  • If you would like to sign up to target tracker please ask your child’s teacher for a consent slip and we can invite you to join online. All you need is an email address! This is a lovely way for you to see comments and pictures about what your child is learning in school.